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A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later

A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later | Our Black History | Scoop.it
A deal was reached with the family of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells became critical in research after her death from cancer in 1951.
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A culinary history of American slavery

A culinary history of American slavery | Our Black History | Scoop.it
AVELLA – Someone would ring a bell when it was time for American slave children to eat and they would all come running to the hog trough on Southern plantations before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
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UMD Uncovering Oldest U.S. Community of Free Blacks?

UMD Uncovering Oldest U.S. Community of Free Blacks? | Our Black History | Scoop.it
A University of Maryland archaeological team is excavating what may be the oldest community of free African Americans in the United States.
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‘Born in Chicago’ Tells of Titans Who Taught Young Protegés

‘Born in Chicago’ Tells of Titans Who Taught Young Protegés | Our Black History | Scoop.it
A new documentary, “Born in Chicago,” looks at an era when blues musicians like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf took young white neophytes under their wing.
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White Rage

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White Rage: There is another emotion than fear with perhaps even greater historical valence for understanding these events: rage.... This kind of racial rage has deep roots. In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, white Southerners lashed out with homicidal rage against their former bondsmen.... While it is tempting to see those bloodthirsty visions as irrational, in fact, they possess a logic all their own. Racial violence allowed defeated white Southerners to re-enact their dominance over the people they so recently owned by law. The killing and mutilation of freed slaves spoke to the power of violence to mark the inferiority of blackness. 

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The Nadir of American race relations

The Nadir of American race relations | Our Black History | Scoop.it
The Nadir of American race relations (c. 1890 - c. 1940) was when racism got worse among White Americans after blacks were freed as slaves. This affected not just blacks in America but people of co...
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White, Lulu Belle Madison (1907-1957) Houston NAACP Leader

White, Lulu Belle Madison (1907-1957) Houston NAACP Leader | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Lulu Belle Madison White, civil rights activist in the 1940s and 1950s, devoted most of her adult life to the struggle against Jim Crow in Texas.
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It's hard to find anything about the Civil Rights Movement in Texas. Molly Ivins said once that if she wrote a book about it, it'd be titled "Nobody Famous Ever Came."

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The Unfinished March on Washington

The Unfinished March on Washington | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Fifty years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, how much has changed for African Americans?
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1968 Olympics and the Black Power Movement

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The Human Rights Salute, popularly known as the  Black Power Salute was made famous to the world at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. 

The movement that lead to the preparation of this iconic photo was called the Olympic Project for Human Rights or OPHR, which was established by Harry Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, UC Berkeley.  

The 1968 Olympics took place the same year that Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. It took an enormous amount of courage to make these public displays of solidarity.


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Martin Bernal: March 9, 1937 - June 9, 2013

Martin Bernal: March 9, 1937 - June 9, 2013 | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Europeans not only colonized the globe, they colonized the past. The "Aryanization" (ethnic cleansing) of classical antiquity was deemed a project of immense significance given the need of European...
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What I was not taught about American history

What I was not taught about American history | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Here are some of the things in American history I was taught little to nothing about at American high school. I post this as a way to compare notes and get ideas for future posts.

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Slaves Granted Posthumous Freedom

Slaves Granted Posthumous Freedom | Our Black History | Scoop.it
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Fourteen slaves who petitioned the New Hampshire Legislature for their freedom during the Revolutionary War were granted posthumous emancipation Friday when the governor signed a largely symbolic bill that supporters hope will...
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What happened to Black Wall Street on June 1, 1921?

What happened to Black Wall Street on June 1, 1921? | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Black Wall Street, the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all-Black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious Whites – a major Africa...
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Icons of Cruelty

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Wilson Chinn was posed by Paxson in profile in the C.D.V. from the Met’s exhibit wearing a spiked collar and leg irons and holding a nail-studded paddle. (There exist at least two other versions — a frontal view by Kimball with the paddle on the floor and a third, also by Kimball, in which the instruments of torture are all on the floor. Wilson stands with his left foot atop the paddle — no doubt symbolizing that he is now free.)

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The ‘Soul Sisters’ in the Kitchen

The ‘Soul Sisters’ in the Kitchen | Our Black History | Scoop.it
An unequal system between African-American cooks and their white employers has been in place and largely unchanged for decades.
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Key Moments in the Fight for Civil Rights

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When, in 1951, the Sumner School in Topeka, Kansas refuses to admit 9-year-old Linda Brown because she is black, it unknowingly sets the stage for the Supreme Court ruling that would mandate desegregation of all public schools, push segregation and Jim Crow into the public eye and fuel what would become a decades-long civil rights movement. 

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The article features 15 key moments from the Brown case through the assassination of Martin Luther King.

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Black History Meets Black Music: 'Blues People' At 50 : NPR

Black History Meets Black Music: 'Blues People' At 50 : NPR | Our Black History | Scoop.it
In 1963, a jazz-obsessed, college-educated black Beat poet in New York wrote a "theoretical endeavor" linking the sociopolitical and the sonic.
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These Cases Are Not Cold: Forgotten History in the Deep South

These Cases Are Not Cold: Forgotten History in the Deep South | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Two weeks ago, 60 Minutes presented the story of Louis Allen, whose murder is being investigated under the FBI’s Cold Case Initiative. Five years ago, when the Bureau began the project, I was beginning my book, If Sons, Then Heirs, with a long-hidden lynching at its emotional center. Like the great-grandfather in my book, Mr. Allen was a law-abiding owner of his land and various businesses.

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Aint a dang thing changed: From the Till Generation to the Trayvon Generation

Aint a dang thing changed: From the Till Generation to the Trayvon Generation | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Rage . . . anger . . . sadness; Angry at the prosecution & police; the jurors and the Zimmerman supporters; angry at CNN (the defense) and so much more; Angry at a system that at its core has n...
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“I will not equivocate; I will not excuse”; I will use the severest language I can command

“I will not equivocate; I will not excuse”; I will use the severest language I can command | Our Black History | Scoop.it
For me, the best speeches on the United States' Independence Day are not from inside the glory and the beauty of celebrants, of politicians rising their constituents to hope-swelled chests or inspi...
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Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s

Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s | Our Black History | Scoop.it
After the end of the Civil War, would-be black voters in the South faced an array of disproportionate barriers to enfranchisement. The literacy test—supposedly applicable to both white and black prospective voters who couldn’t prove a certain level of education but in actuality disproportionately administered to black voters—was a classic example of one of these barriers. 
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Detroit Race Riots Began On This Day In 1943

Detroit Race Riots Began On This Day In 1943 | Our Black History | Scoop.it
In Detroit, this very day marks the beginning of a violent, race-fueled riot that lasted for days and left dozens dead and countless others injured. Of the persons killed, 25 were African American ...
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The Kings of Africa: 18 Portraits by Daniel Laine

The Kings of Africa: 18 Portraits by Daniel Laine | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Re-blogged from:  The African Renaissance                                                            "Click on each image below for a short bibliography of each King" "From 1988 to 1991, French pho...

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How KKK rally image found new life 20 years after it was published

How KKK rally image found new life 20 years after it was published | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Buried on Page B1, alongside the hum-drum headline “KKK march calm,” a powerful image of race relations in the southern United States was nearly lost. In fact, it almost wasn’t published at all.

And in the 20 years since, this emotionally complex photograph of a Klan-robed toddler playfully touching the riot shield of a bemused African-American state trooper has gone uncelebrated and largely unknown.

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The Comet by W.E.B. DuBois

The Comet by W.E.B. DuBois | Our Black History | Scoop.it

HiLobrow is pleased to present the five installments of our serialization of “The Comet,” a 1920 science fiction story by W.E.B. DuBois, the most important black protest leader in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. “The Comet” was originally published as the tenth chapter of Du Bois’s avant-garde fiction, poetry, and autobiographical collection Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil.

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W.E.B. DuBois' writing