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The Confederacy Making a Comeback in the South? KKK Grand Wizard Glorified, Civil Rights Heroes Ignored

The Confederacy Making a Comeback in the South? KKK Grand Wizard Glorified, Civil Rights Heroes Ignored | Our Black History | Scoop.it
As Southern whites sink into economic despair, more and more are retreating into a fictional past.
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Hog Killing Time–Comments and Commentary on a Southern Plantation Tradition

Hog Killing Time–Comments and Commentary on a Southern Plantation Tradition | Our Black History | Scoop.it
I’ve invited my friend Dontavius Williams of Historic Brattonsville in McConnells, South Carolina to join me in reaching and teaching on the matter of hog killing time.  Now most Southerners ...
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How Black Power Won the American West, and Why Tarantino Doesn't Get It

How Black Power Won the American West, and Why Tarantino Doesn't Get It | Our Black History | Scoop.it
"Django Unchained" is more entertainment than meaningful history.
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Our Lincoln, Ourselves: Rethinking Slavery and Abolition

Our Lincoln, Ourselves: Rethinking Slavery and Abolition | Our Black History | Scoop.it
When the script does not portray Lincoln as divinely inspired abolitionist, the film lapses into other problematic formulations of why people fought to end slavery.
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America's black cowboys fight for their place in history

America's black cowboys fight for their place in history | Our Black History | Scoop.it

In reality, the American West of the 1800s was traversed by an assortment of black, white, Mexican and Native American cattle hands. Contemporary records are rare but historians now estimate that up to one in four Texan cowboys was African American, while the number of Mexican cowboys was even greater.

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"Why are whites afraid of blacks?"

"Why are whites afraid of blacks?" | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Eighty-six-year-old Geneva Banks talks about her life in the segregated south and the segregated north...
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Slavery by Another Name

Slavery by Another Name | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Wall Street Journal bureau chief Douglas A. Blackmon gives a groundbreaking and disturbing account of a sordid chapter in American history — the lease (essentially the sale) of convicts to “commercial interests” between the end of the 19th century and well into the 20th.

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Harlem Renaissance Novel by Claude McKay Is Discovered

Harlem Renaissance Novel by Claude McKay Is Discovered | Our Black History | Scoop.it

A Columbia graduate student and his adviser have authenticated the student’s discovery of an unknown manuscript of a 1941 novel by Claude McKay, a leading Harlem Renaissance writer and author of the first novel by a black American to become a best seller.

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Were Slaves Really Loyal to the Union From the Start?

Were Slaves Really Loyal to the Union From the Start? | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Southerners have falsely claimed that "Black Confederates" fought in the Civil War. But the North has a myth of its own.
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America's Ku Klux Klan Mentality

America's Ku Klux Klan Mentality | Our Black History | Scoop.it
The nation’s deep-seated history of racism has helped preserve an apparent permanent subset of Americans who grow up with prejudicial feelings against anyone they perceive as a threat to their version of the “American way of life.”...
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Arthur Shores And The Story Of The Letter From The Birmingham Jail

Arthur Shores And The Story Of The Letter From The Birmingham Jail | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Shores was notably one of the attorneys who smuggled scraps of paper from Dr. King’s jail cell -- the now infamous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” In this excerpt from 'The Gentle Giant Of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and his Family’s Fight for Civil Rights,' his daughters Helen Shores Lee and Barbara S. Shores write of their father’s involvement in this historic moment in civil rights’ history.

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Short Story Contest Finalist: A Few Letters to Canada Lee by Garry Reece

Short Story Contest Finalist: A Few Letters to Canada Lee by Garry Reece | Our Black History | Scoop.it

 Born in New York City to Jamaican parents, Canada Lee (March 3, 1907 - May 9, 1952) was a boxer, DJ and actor. Among other films, he appeared in  Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944), Body and Soul (1947) and Cry the Beloved Country (1951). On stage he played Banquo in Orson Welles' Voodoo Macbeth for the WPA Negro Theater Project and Bigger Thomas in Native Son. In 1946 Lee produced the play On Whitman Avenue, making him the first African-American producer on Broadway.

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African-American Experience Fund: Black History Destinations Tell Important Stories

African-American Experience Fund: Black History Destinations Tell Important Stories | Our Black History | Scoop.it

The Washington, D.C.-based African American Experience Fund, a program of the National Park Foundation, is dedicated to supporting, preserving and celebrating historic and national park sites that tell the story of black people's history in America.

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When Jim Crow Drank Coke

When Jim Crow Drank Coke | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Behind the N.A.A.C.P. brief against Mayor Bloomberg’s soda restriction is a tangled history of race and prohibition.
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Prisons for Profit

“In Louisiana, you’ve got all these prison entrepreneurs who are mostly local sheriffs who have built these prisons, and the prisons function just like hotels.
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Escaping Slavery

Escaping Slavery | Our Black History | Scoop.it
The idea that progress toward racial harmony would or should be steady and continuous is fraying.
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100th anniversary of the birth of Gordon Parks | Abagond

100th anniversary of the birth of Gordon Parks | Abagond | Our Black History | Scoop.it

"Photographer Gordon Parks was born a hundred years ago today – on November 30th 1912. Google, which regularly honours creative people, is not honouring him, but I will!

 

I have been posting some of his photographs on Tumblr today. Here are the ones that have been reblogged the most so far:"


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Nell Irvan Painter on soul murder and slavery

Nell Painter, historian, has pioneered a new field in the study of slavery. In her work Soul Murder and Slavery, Painter examines the psychological impact that the institution has on both black and white people. She looks at the effects of slavery-produced trauma on children especially, and at the culture that is created in a world based on domination and ownership.  

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The Cotton Kingdom: A Photographic Essay

The Cotton Kingdom: A Photographic Essay | Our Black History | Scoop.it

The fruit–it is a fruit–is inedible cellulose, it has been called Southern snow.... This plant spread, originally reminding the ancient Greeks of sheep growing on a plant. What a cute but creepy conceit–little screaming sheep spawning on a bush in the East, fauna bursting from flora.

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Grenada Mississippi, 1966 Civil Rights Movement

Grenada Mississippi, 1966 Civil Rights Movement | Our Black History | Scoop.it

A diary of the Civil Rights Movement during integration in Grenada by Bruce Hartford. "Grenada is small, but like all Mississippi counties, it is big enough to contain two separate — but unequal — worlds. ..."

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Church bells toll marking 49 years since bomb explosion that killed four black girls

Church bells toll marking 49 years since bomb explosion that killed four black girls | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Forty-nine years ago today a bomb exploded at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church killing four black girls, an act that shocked the nation and made the church holy ground in the fight for civil rights.
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New Ro Author Writes About Black America

New Ro Author Writes About Black America | Our Black History | Scoop.it

The cover of Linda Tarrant-Reid's new book is striking. Among the things the eye first focuses on, besides the photograph of President Barack Obama, is a magnifying glass highlighting a black man rowing at the knee of General George Washington in the iconic painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Leutze.

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Voter Suppression, Then and Now

Voter Suppression, Then and Now | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Frederick Douglass began his public life by committing what today we would consider voter fraud.

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Labor Day 2012: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Appreciation

Labor Day 2012: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Appreciation | Our Black History | Scoop.it

When the media noted the Aug. 15, 2012, death, at age 107, of Benjamin Isaacs, America's oldest Pullman server, a spotlight was also trained on the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first African-American labor union to win bargaining rights from a major corporation..

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Australian Government Will Issue Overdue Apology to 1968 Olympic Hero Peter Norman

Australian Government Will Issue Overdue Apology to 1968 Olympic Hero Peter Norman | Our Black History | Scoop.it

 Norman won the 200-meter silver medal at the 1968 Olympics, but that’s not why he’s either remembered or owed apologies. After the race, gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their heads and raised their fists on the medal stand and started an international firestorm. Many see the iconic image and assume Norman was just a bystander to history, or as he would joke, “the white guy.” But he was standing in full solidarity with Smith and Carlos, wearing a patch on his chest that reads, “Olympic Project for Human Rights.” As

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