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Sandra Oh reads Yuri Kochiyama

"Actress Sandra Oh reads the speech given by Yuri Kochiyama who was held in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. Part of a reading from Voices of a People's History of the United States given October 5, 2005 in Los Angeles California"

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Yuri Kochiyama is a Japanese American human rights activist who was put into a U.S. concentration camp at age 17. She was influenced by Malcolm X and was there holding his hand as he lay bleeding from his fatal gun shot wound. 

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Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices [VIDEO]

Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices [VIDEO] | Community Village World History | Scoop.it


"The renowned scholar, author and activist Dr. Cornel West, joins us to discuss his latest book, "Black Prophetic Fire." West engages in conversation with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf about six revolutionary African-American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells. Even as the United States is led by its first black president, West says he is fearful that we may be "witnessing the death of black prophetic fire in our time."


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Duke University Debuts Website Documenting SNCC & the Voting Rights Struggle

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Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has just debuted a new website documenting the struggle of theStudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to secure voting rights for African Americans. The site, entitled“One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of the SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights,” went live one week before the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights march in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965.


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The ATTICA Prison Rebellion and the State-Sponsored Massacre That Followed [VIDEO]

The ATTICA Prison Rebellion and the State-Sponsored Massacre That Followed [VIDEO] | Community Village World History | Scoop.it


By Caleb Gee


The preamble to the Attica Liberation Manifesto of Demands put the world on alert to the deplorable conditions prisoners are subjected to in the so-called "Land of the free".


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Black History: Brown v Board of Education

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"This case changed the face of America in away, unlike any other decision. The Brown case, as it is known, was not the first such case regarding civil rights argued before the court it is worth mentioning. It was just the most significant of what some would say was the final battle in the courts that had been fought by African American parents since 1849, which started with Roberts v. City of Boston in Massachusetts. It is also important to note that Kansas was the site of eleven such cases spanning from 1881 to 1949.


The case was named after Oliver Brown one of 200 plaintiffs. The Brown case was initiated and organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) leadership who recruited African American parents in Topeka, Kansas for a class action suit against the local school board. The Supreme Court combined five cases under the heading of Brown v. Board of Education: Delaware, Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The ultimate goal sought by the NAACP was to end the practice of “separate but equal” throughout every segment of society, including public transportation, dining facilities, public schools and all forms of public accommodations.


The Brown Supreme Court ruling determined racial segregation in public education was unconstitutional in Brown I, the first opinion. The court’s implementation mandate of “with all deliberate speed” in 1955 is known as Brown II. In 1979, twenty-five years later, there was a Brown III because Topeka was not living up to the earlier Supreme Court ruling, which resulted in Topeka Public Schools building three magnet schools to comply with the court’s findings. As had been the case since Homer Plessy, the subject in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896 when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that a Louisiana law mandating separate but equal accommodations for blacks and whites on intrastate railroads was constitutional. This decision provided the legal foundation to justify many other actions by state and local governments to socially separate blacks and whites."


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This is an interesting topic. 


On the one hand, students may fair better with peers of a feather and teachers of a feather. I’ve read reports about children of color being discriminated against by TEACHERS within majority white schools. 


However, we should have the freedom to go to any school we like, but due to the existence of private schools many cannot afford to go the them which creates class segregation. Is a good option to ban all private schools? Even though that is limiting freedom – I think that might be better for society as a whole. 


There’s a book that describes how de-segregation never really took root. It’s called Dismantling Desegregation: The Quiet Reversal of Brown V. Board of Education 


This topic ties in with housing segregation because children are only allowed to go to public schools within their local school district – at least in the Bay Area, California. 


I’ve been asking myself also about segregated communities. 


We fought for de-segregation, then we got the by-product. Gentrification. 


My questions: 
Can we have de-segregation without having gentrification? 
What is worse, de-facto segregation or gentrification? 


My guess is that most people want freedom to move anywhere ALONG with respect for ALL people in both communities. 


I think the main complaint with gentrification is that when new money moves in, disrespect and intolerance often moves in with it. Hence the never ending need for racial justice studies and racial justice campaigns. 


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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, April 26, 5:07 AM

Neither is no education at ALL!   

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Racism before 1400

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By Abagond


Racism before 1400 was not common to most human societies. It is not mainly rooted in the human condition.


The common mix-up
is between ethnocentrism and racism:

  • racism – dividing humans into “races” based on physical appearance, like skin colour, with the aim of ranking them from highest to lowest according to supposedly unchangeable, inborn qualities, like intelligence, civilization, moral character or beauty.
  • ethnocentrism – judging other cultures based on one’s own. This leads to the illusion that one’s own culture is best. From this comes stuff like “American exceptionalism”, non-Greeks as “barbarians”, China as the “Middle Kingdom” and Inuits as “the Real People”.


Ethnocentrism is common if not universal in human history. Racism is not.


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Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968

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While most people know that students were killed at Kent State in 1970, very few know about the murder of students at Jackson State and even less about South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. In Orangeburg, two years before the Kent State murders, 28 students were injured and three were killed — most shot in the back by the state police while involved in a peaceful protest. One of the by-standers, Cleveland Sellers, was arrested for inciting a riot and sentenced to a year of in prison. Now president of Voorhees College, he was the only person to do time. Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 is an excellent documentary which brings to light this untold story of the Civil Rights Movement including candid interviews with many of those involved in the event: students, journalists, officers on the scene, and the then-Governor. The film also provides students with a good understanding of the concept of Black Power in the context of the Civil Rights Movement.


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Never again....

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Black History Month - Trayvon Martin

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Trayvon Benjamin Martin (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012) was a 17-year-old Black teen from Miami Gardens, Florida. His life became famous in his death that brought many issues to public interest, including neighborhood watch, stand your ground law, racial profiling, and police investigations. Trayvon’s death brought attention to the justice system and cultural diversity.


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Thank you Xena for this beautiful biography of Trayvon!

May he rest in peace and his family find resolution and comfort somehow. 
 

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Long-Lost Recording of Martin Luther King Jr. Speech at UCLA Discovered (AUDIO)

Long-Lost Recording of Martin Luther King Jr. Speech at UCLA Discovered (AUDIO) | Community Village World History | Scoop.it


A long-lost audio recording of a 50-year-old speech delivered at UCLA by the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been unearthed in a storage room in the communication studies department, which will put it online. The 55-minute speech (embedded below) went live on January 15, King’s birthday, four days before the national holiday honoring him.


“It’s a speech of importance that deserves to be released on a day of importance,” said Derek Bolin, a 2013 UCLA graduate who found the recording while working as a contract archivist. Over the years, King’s visit to UCLA became a proud part of campus lore. The spot where the civil rights leader stood to deliver his speech, at the base of Janss Steps, is now marked with a plaque and is a stopping point on some campus tours.


The speech, recorded originally on 7-inch, reel- to-reel tapes, will become part of the UCLA Communication Studies Speech Archive, an online collection of more than 400 speeches delivered on campus by politicians, activists, entertainment personalities and other newsmakers primarily during the 1960s and ’70s. Like King, the speakers were brought to campus by UCLA’s now-defunct Associated Students Speakers Program. With donations from alumni, the department began last year to digitize the speeches and upload them to YouTube. So far, more than 180,000 listeners have tapped into the online archive.


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King’s last speech: “I’ve been to the mountaintop”


HT @racelessgospel 


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If Dr. King's words are equally relevant today, what does that mean about those in power in the U.S.? And what does it mean about those who elect those in power? 


#BlackLivesMatter 

#EndNewJimCrow 

#NoJusticeNoPeace 

#HandsUpDontShoot 

#NotOneMore 


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Nas Shown Slavery Bill of Sale for His Ancestor

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Nas Shown Slavery Bill of Sale for His Ancestor -via PBS
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Sand Creek Massacre

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The Sand Creek Massacre (November 29th 1864) took place in Colorado, then a western territory of the US, now a state. US Army Colonel John Chivington had at least 105 women and children and 28 men ...
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Connecting the dots between historic oppression, and murder to modern day oppression,  and murder. 


What's in common: Euro-Americans oppressing in the past and now. Euro-Americans not punished for murdering in the past and now. 


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The True Story of "Thanksgiving" is One of Agony, Betrayal and Despair [VIDEO]

The True Story of "Thanksgiving" is One of Agony, Betrayal and Despair [VIDEO] | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
The terrorism wrought by the original white settlers continues to this very day. It is at the center of the project we call the United States Empire.
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Jane Addams

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Jane Addams (1860-1935) was one of the leading White liberal reformers in the US. She founded Hull House in 1889 in the Near West Side of Chicago, then an immigrant slum. It was a settlement house that became the model throughout the US. She also helped to found the NAACP. She opposed the US entering the First World War. That got her kicked out of the Daughters of the American Revolution – but led her to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.


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Well, I knew more about the Addams Family than about Jane Addams. 


Our schools could do a better job of sharing the accomplishments of women in history. 


People begging for White history month. Abagond did it on his blog. 
 

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X: Malcolm's Final Years [VIDEO]

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Commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death, teleSUR re-examines the life and legacy of Malcolm X. Interviews include Angela Davis and Danny Glover. (Executive Producer Paul Jay)
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Gloria Richardson 1963

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Gloria Richardson pushes a National Guardsman’s bayonet aside during a 1963 protest. pic.twitter.com/JEOrMYoOiP
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(VIDEO) Malcolm X, “The Police Attack You then Charge You with Assault”

(VIDEO) Malcolm X, “The Police Attack You then Charge You with Assault” | Community Village World History | Scoop.it
50 years after the death of Malcolm X and his prophetic words ring just as true today as they did in 1965.
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Rob Duke's curator insight, February 22, 12:02 AM

I wasn't with him, but I've not seen cops go out of their way to find trouble.  Folks are usually up to trouble; or, so emotionally engaged that they're not thinking rationally when the cops show up.  Those up to trouble have a huge incentive to resist order; and those who are irrational do everything to rationalize their behavior after-the-fact.  That's natural, but to place the blame on the individuals who get called to control deviance or reestablish order is often an unjust pursuit.

 

I do think we need to have permission to find social and economic truth for the folks we should be partnering with in policing.  If we give up the power and partner with them, we'll find (and so will they) that they want order and deviance control, too; but it will be under their terms not ours.  We need to have a little faith that it will make sense; and, we should retain the power to ensure the system isn't hijacked by another power group.

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Khalil Muhammad on Facing Our Racial Past | Moyers & Company

Khalil Muhammad on Facing Our Racial Past | Moyers & Company | Community Village World History | Scoop.it


Bill and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, head of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of The Condemnation of Blackness, discuss the importance of confronting the contradictions of America’s past to better understand the present.


Muhammad describes the New York City Police Department’s “Stop and Frisk” program as “an old and enduring form of surveillance and racial control”:


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Artifacts show a Rosa Parks steeped in freedom struggle from childhood

Artifacts show a Rosa Parks steeped in freedom struggle from childhood | Community Village World History | Scoop.it


When Rosa Parks was a little girl in rural Alabama, she would stay up at night, keeping watch with her grandfather as he stood guard with a shotgun against marauding members of the Ku Klux Klan.


Klansmen often terrorized black communities in the early 1900s, and
Parks’s grandfather, Sylvester Edwards, the son of a white plantation owner, had their house boarded up for protection.


But Parks longed for a showdown.


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Thank you @michaelruane and thank you for sharing @BrentNYT  
 

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History of Black Police Officers in St. Louis MO [VIDEO]

History of Black Police Officers in St. Louis MO [VIDEO] | Community Village World History | Scoop.it

The video is a bit over 20 minutes, and is jam-packed with history and information, including interviews and photographs.  After watching it, it brought revelation as to why the St. Louis police department made changes in who it appointed to oversee law enforcement during the Ferguson, MO protests after the police came out as a militarized occupying force..  That attitude goes back in history.


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To Some in California, Founder of Church Missions Is Far From Saint

To Some in California, Founder of Church Missions Is Far From Saint | Community Village World History | Scoop.it


[California Amerindians] were forced to shed their languages, dress, religion, food and marriage customs. Thousands died from exposure to European diseases to which they had no immunity. Of the approximately 310,000 Indians in 1769 in what is now California, only one-sixth remained a hundred years later, according to a University of California historian.


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Thank you to Steven Riley @mixed_race for the link!


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First Christmas without him. Inside MLK's home in 1968 [VIDEO]

The wife and children of Martin Luther King gather around the tree in 1968, their first Christmas after his death.
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Oprah and David Oyelowo on new civil rights film "Selma"

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“Selma” recounts the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo join “CBS This Morning” to discuss the highly anticipated film.


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In 1944, We Executed A 14-Year-Old Boy. Why Did It Take 70 Years For Us To Exonerate Him?

In 1944, We Executed A 14-Year-Old Boy. Why Did It Take 70 Years For Us To Exonerate Him? | Community Village World History | Scoop.it


George Stinney is the youngest person ever executed in the U.S. And there was no evidence that he committed the crime he died for.


 

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Documentary [VIDEO]: Activist State (1968 San Francisco Student Strike)

Documentary [VIDEO]: Activist State (1968 San Francisco Student Strike) | Community Village World History | Scoop.it


The 1968 student-led strike in San Francisco was the longest campus strike in United States history. The five-month event defined the University’s core values of equity and social justice, laid the groundwork for establishment of the College of Ethnic Studies, and inspired the establishment of ethnic studies classes and programs at other universities throughout the country.


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