[C]onvicts are leased out to work for railway contractors, mining companies and those who farm large plantations. These companies assume charge of the convicts, work them as cheap labor and pay the states a handsome revenue for their labor. Nine tenths of these convicts are Negroes. There are two reasons for this.
Culinary historian Michael Twitty's upcoming two-month journey to the counties and plantations where his ancestors were enslaved. Hoping to promote a greater awareness of African-American contributions to the development of Southern cuisine, he'll give demonstrations and workshops, record stories and collect living artifacts such as recipes and heirloom seeds.
An analysis of mainstream and black press coverage of Eartha Kitt’s January 1968 White House dissent on the Vietnam War is presented. Of particular interest is the way journalists constructed Kitt’s dissent for their audiences within intersecting discourses of gender and race. [PDF]
Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c. 1820 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made 19 missions to Maryland to rescue over 300 people using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
"Like the rest of America, I was distraught over the death of the great Don Cornelius, creator of the legendary show, "Soul Train." There will never be another one like him; for, he truly changed the Black entertainment landscape for all eternity."
For a long time, this area was the North Star sung about in African American slave gospels; the last stop on the long journey on the Underground Railroad, thanks to the British Empire abolishing slavery in 1833.
"As the details of everyday life would prove monotonous to the reader, the writer has given but little more than the outlines of the life of this beloved servant; and though a short work—only a recreative hour for the busy American—a simple story simply told, it is written as a tribute to the memory of one who was faithful in all her ways, with the hope that her name may be honored and remembered." via @AFBurialGrndNPS
"A groundbreaking radio personality on Atlanta's WERD, the first black-owned station in the country, Patrick was ... also known as the black bail bondsman who would show up in small-town bastions of Jim Crow to bail out civil rights protesters. "
James Mercer Langston, namesake of James Mercer Langston Hughes, graduated from Oberlin College in 1849. Langston was an abolitionist, lawyer, politician, legislator, and theologian; he also went on to found the Howard University law school and become its first dean.
Romare Howard Bearden was born on September 2, 1911, to (Richard) Howard and Bessye Bearden in Charlotte, North Carolina, and died in New York City on March 12, 1988, at the age of 76. His life and art are marked by exceptional talent, encompassing a broad range of intellectual and scholarly interests, including music, performing arts, history, literature and world art.
Watch Esperanza Spalding's new music video for "Black Gold" feat. Algebra Blessett and get a powerful history lesson about Black history in the context of African history. This video is beautiful and rich!
Gil Scott-Heron (and we cannot forget his partner in music Brian Jackson) was theme music for those who did not quite think things were right. For me and those I know, it was great to hear some cool music that had quality while talking things that mattered to us...
So let us raise our glasses to or let us pour our libations to the ground for this poet, musician, author, father, brother, Chicagoan, and social commentator. Although we cannot truly praise the complete man because we did not bother to know him, we can at least praise the pieces we bothered to pick up on.
Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh's African American community from c. 1935 to c. 1975. His archive of nearly 80,000 images is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today.
“The Southern Religion” is comprised of more than just theology. It is (and has long been) a powerful cosmology made up of faith, economics, a reflexive and unquestioning brand of martial patriotism, and the socio-political ramifications that result from this combination. It will affect in a large way what happens politically in America in 2012. Indeed, it has for some time now."
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