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Jack Johnson: A Rebel Without a Cause?

Jack Johnson: A Rebel Without  a Cause? | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Yet if you look at Johnson’s many statements in both the black American press and foreign newspapers, a much different picture emerges – one of a very self-aware fighter who understood that others saw his actions in and out of the ring as political...   [@KlecticAcademiK]

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Teddy Roosevelt's 'Shocking' Dinner With Washington

In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dine with his family at the White House. News of the dinner became the subject of inflammatory articles and cartoons and shifted the national conversation around race at the time.
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Willie Middlebrook dies; photographer documented African American life

Willie Middlebrook dies; photographer documented African American life | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Willie Robert Middlebrook, a photographer who sought to enlarge public perceptions of the African American community through painterly depictions of its people and places, died Saturday at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City.
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Emory University Opens Its Archives of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Emory University Opens Its Archives of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference | Our Black History | Scoop.it

The collection, obtained by Emory in 2008, includes 918 boxes of materials documenting the activities of the SCLC from 1968 to 2007. The collection includes administrative files with correspondence, reports, memos, notebooks and meeting minutes, as well as photographs, flyers, and audio and video recordings.

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That Cotton Thing…and Food….

That Cotton Thing…and Food…. | Our Black History | Scoop.it

So about 150 years ago, my paternal grandfather’s ancestors in upcountry South Carolina and my maternal grandparents ancestors in northern, central and eastern Alabama, Tennesse and Georgia all worked and lived on cotton plantations of various sizes. [via @KosherSoul]

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Two Decades Later, Children of the L.A. Riots Share Memories

Two Decades Later, Children of the L.A. Riots Share Memories | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Watch a series of video portraits of young adults who were 8, 9 and 10-year olds during the LA Riots. [via @drdavidjleonard]

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Friday 13th - Afri-centric analysis

At the outset, it must be stated quite equivocally that Friday 13th is neither negative nor Black. It is also not a day that portends illegality, bad luck, frightfulness or alarm.
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NAACP Papers, 1940-1955

NAACP Papers, 1940-1955 | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Black Power and District Home Rule, 1945-1973 (a dissertation in progress)

[this Tumblr site includes NAACP papers regarding complaints about segregation and exclusion in places of public accommodation and recreation between 1940 and 1955, and dozens of other amazing resources via @turbtastic]

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From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: How Black Women Turn Grief Into Action

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: How Black Women Turn Grief Into Action | Our Black History | Scoop.it

We cannot get the anguished face of Sybrina Fulton, the mother of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin out of our minds.  [via @BlackInformant]

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Sons of former slaves, and sons of former slave owners

Sons of former slaves, and sons of former slave owners | Our Black History | Scoop.it

The Coming to the Table story is about connecting people and the past to the
present and future in a way that is relevant for our nation. Housed at Eastern Mennonite
University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, CTTT was launched when people whose
ancestors were connected through an enslaved/enslaver relationship realized they
had a shared story that remained untold.

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Gil Scott-Heron, R.I.P. - New York Music - Sound of the City

Gil Scott-Heron, R.I.P. - New York Music - Sound of the City | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 - May 28, 2011)

 

" You know why Gil never had much love for that ill-conceived Godfather of Rap tag. If you're already your own genre, you don't need the weak currency offered by another. If you're a one-off, why would you want to bask in the reflected glory of knock-offs? If you're already Odin, being proclaimed the decrepit sire of Thor and Loki just ain't gonna rock your world."

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Kamoinge :: Home

Kamoinge :: Home | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Kamoinge | a group of people acting together... was formed in New York in 1963 to address the under-representation of black photographers in the art world. The group was founded by Louis Draper, Ray Francis, Herbert Randall and Albert Fennar, with Roy DeCarava serving as its first director.
Kamoinge's body of work spans the past forty years and included numerous images of daily life in black America during the last half of the twentieth century.

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Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike (1968)

Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike (1968) | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Chronology of 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike which began on February 12. "The night before his assassination in April 1968, Martin Luther King told a group of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee: “We’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. We’ve got to see it through” (King, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” 217). King believed the struggle in Memphis exposed the need for economic equality and social justice that he hoped his Poor People’s Campaign would highlight nationally."

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Black Fed Agent Honored For Protecting Man From White Mob 130 Yrs Ago

Black Fed Agent Honored For Protecting Man From White Mob 130 Yrs Ago | Our Black History | Scoop.it

William Henderson Foote was a black federal law enforcement official in America’s Deep South at a time of heightened racial tensions, tasked with collecting liquor tax revenue from wholesalers and retailers in post-Reconstruction Mississippi. He joined the military at the start of the Civil War and later was politically active, championing civil rights and ascending to the state legislature.

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Robert Smalls's Great Escape

Robert Smalls's Great Escape | Our Black History | Scoop.it

As elite Charlestonians slept unaware in the lavish mansions of the Confederacy’s spiritual capital, a slave — a mulatto man trusted by both his owners and employers — executed a daring plot that struck at the core of the white Southern imagination.

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Mississippi and Mr. Nicholas Katzenbach; looking for peace in belly of the beast

Mississippi and Mr. Nicholas Katzenbach; looking for peace in belly of the beast | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Mr. Nicholas Katzenbach, dead at 90, an attorney general in the Lyndon Johnson administration who tackled the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam War strategy, Segregation and ... (often) Mississippi

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Dred Scott prejudices echoed in denigration of Obama today

Dred Scott prejudices echoed in denigration of Obama today | Our Black History | Scoop.it

As Taney framed it, the key question was not whether Scott was a slave, but whether he was a citizen. To answer that question, Taney made up a story about the original intent of the founding fathers. Blacks, he argued, "are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word ‘citizens' in the Constitution."

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Racist Memorabilia Museum Offends Visitors

Racist Memorabilia Museum Offends Visitors | Our Black History | Scoop.it

It is a museum which is probably best avoided for those with a sensitive disposition.


The objects displayed in the U.S. state of Michigan's newest museum are steeped in racism so intense that it makes visitors cringe. 

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Spectacle: The lynching of Claude Neal

Spectacle: The lynching of Claude Neal | Our Black History | Scoop.it
The lynching of Claude Neal was an act of organized savagery witnessed by thousands that shocked the nation and left a stain on our state. The men responsible have never been named. After 77 years, is it too late for the truth?
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Billie Holiday in Conflict With the Law

Billie Holiday in Conflict With the Law | Our Black History | Scoop.it

The story of Lady Day is familiar to many. Eleanora Harris Fagan was 9 years old when she first came into conflict with the law. She was brought before the juvenile court for being truant and for “being without proper care and guardianship.” She was committed for a year at the House of Good Shepherd for Colored Girls, a Catholic reform school. Incidentally, I am currently doing some research on this reform school and will have more to share about it soon. [via @prisonculture]

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Trayvon Martin and the History of Lynching

Trayvon Martin and the History of Lynching | Our Black History | Scoop.it

What is lynching? In its prevalent forms in American history, it appears as the administration of racial formations through terror. The mutilation, shaming and degrading of black bodies, and also the corpses being retrieved and displayed as trophies, was intended to maintain the symbolic subjection of black people to, in bell hooks’ formulation, “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy”

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From Martin To Martin: Hoodies Up On The Mountaintop

From Martin To Martin: Hoodies Up On The Mountaintop | Our Black History | Scoop.it

The echo of Martin's last words ring in my head. It rained that night. A drizzle. Not a downpour, just a Memphis, Tennessee drizzle. It seemed like he knew. It seemed like someone had let him know....

 

...Just a quick walk to the store and back. Put the hoodie up 'cause of the drizzle. Pop. One Pop. Young Martin. Silent. I wish he knew 44 years later, we hadn't made it to the top of the mountain. 

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Rev. Addie Wyatt, labor and civil rights leader, dies

Rev. Addie Wyatt, labor and civil rights leader, dies | Our Black History | Scoop.it

The Rev. Addie L. Wyatt (March 8, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was one of the country's foremost champions for organized labor and civil rights. As a union leader, she fought for principles of worker rights such as equal pay for equal work and leadership roles for minorities and women, and she was the first female president of a local chapter of the United Packinghouse Workers of America. She worked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Improvement Association in Alabama and endured violent opposition during marches with King in Chicago in the 1960s.

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NYPL Digital Gallery

NYPL Digital Gallery | Our Black History | Scoop.it

The Digital Gallery of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has 3810 items available.

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HISTORY OF BLACK PEOPLE

HISTORY  OF BLACK PEOPLE | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Something Always more interesting The African Moors Sparked the European Renaissance! Ruling Spain, Southern France, much of Scotland and North Africa during the Middle Ages for 700 years, the Bla...


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