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Wattstax

"Wattstax" Bill Cherry, Cherrytree Productions Columbia Pictures 12/13/72 "Wattstax" was a concert - a very special kind of concert, given by an entire Black...
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The Convict Lease System by Frederick Douglass

The Convict Lease System by Frederick Douglass | Our Black History | Scoop.it

[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.

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'Southern Discomfort' a tour through early African-American foodways

'Southern Discomfort' a tour through early African-American foodways | Our Black History | Scoop.it

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.

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Ku Klux Klan: Extraordinary images from a divisive era capture a day of reckoning as 50,000 white supremacists marched on Washington DC

Ku Klux Klan: Extraordinary images from a divisive era capture a day of reckoning as 50,000 white supremacists marched on Washington DC | Our Black History | Scoop.it
The phantom-like figures out in numbers on Pennsylvania avenue pulled off a show of force that shocked and frightened the nation, even as, widely discredited, the group began to wither away.
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"An ill-bred lady with a great big chip on her shoulder"

"An ill-bred lady with a great big chip on her shoulder" | Our Black History | Scoop.it

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]

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Black Fashion Through the Years: Michelle Obama to Michael Jackson

Black Fashion Through the Years: Michelle Obama to Michael Jackson | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Check out 17 classic looks, from 19th-century dresses to Michelle Obama's inauguration gown.
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Harriet Tubman

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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.

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Right Wing Denial and the Legacy of Slavery

Right Wing Denial and the Legacy of Slavery | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Conservatives can't handle the truth about the aftermath of slavery or neo-slavery and how it still affects African Americans lives today.
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Five Things Black People Learned From Don Cornelius

Five Things Black People Learned From Don Cornelius | Our Black History | Scoop.it

"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."

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Newspapers gave a Voice of the Fugitive | The Lance

Newspapers gave a Voice of the Fugitive | The Lance | Our Black History | Scoop.it
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.
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Robinson, Nina Hill. Aunt Dice: the Story of a Faithful Slave.

Robinson, Nina Hill. Aunt Dice: the Story of a Faithful Slave. | Our Black History | Scoop.it

"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

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James "Alley Pat" Patrick: Atlanta Man Bailed Out MLK

James "Alley Pat" Patrick: Atlanta Man Bailed Out MLK | Our Black History | Scoop.it

"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. "

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Notes of a Native Sister - James Mercer Langston

Notes of a Native Sister - James Mercer Langston | Our Black History | Scoop.it

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.

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ROMARE BEARDEN FOUNDATION - Biography

ROMARE BEARDEN FOUNDATION - Biography | Our Black History | Scoop.it

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.

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Black History Is Gold: Esperanza Spalding's New 'Black Gold' Video | Urban Cusp

Black History Is Gold: Esperanza Spalding's New 'Black Gold' Video | Urban Cusp | Our Black History | Scoop.it
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!
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When Frederick Douglass met Abraham Lincoln

When Frederick Douglass met Abraham Lincoln | Our Black History | Scoop.it

Often forgotten in this history is the fact that Lincoln was a reluctant liberator. Lincoln initially refused to allow black troops to serve in the Civil War....


However, Lincoln did move forward on questions of race during his time as president, perhaps in large part because of the influence of Frederick Douglass.

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Pieces of a Man | A Toast to Gil Scott-Heron

Pieces of a Man | A Toast to Gil Scott-Heron | Our Black History | Scoop.it

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.

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Teenie Harris Archive

Teenie Harris Archive | Our Black History | Scoop.it

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.

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Civil rights leader Patricia Stephens Due dies at 72

Civil rights leader Patricia Stephens Due dies at 72 | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Civil rights leader Patricia Stephens Due died Tuesday at age 72, nearly 52 years after she played a leading role in student sit-ins in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Five Most Famous Black Churches of Civil Rights Movement

Five Most Famous Black Churches of Civil Rights Movement | Our Black History | Scoop.it
Here are the five churches that helped play a central role in shifting our national conscience during civil rights era...
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The Willie Lynch School of Social Research

The Willie Lynch School of Social Research | Our Black History | Scoop.it
It’s Black History Month and as both a professor and a lover of Blackness, Black things and Black people, I want us all to study up.
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Rescued from the trash: Photo album of fascinating WWII portraits of African-American troops in Europe

Rescued from the trash: Photo album of fascinating WWII portraits of African-American troops in Europe | Our Black History | Scoop.it
A Philadelphia woman found an family photo album filled with pictures of African American soldiers fighting during World War II and hopes to reunite it with the proper owner.
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NewBlackMan: From the Digital Crate: "What if the Greensboro Four had Twitter?"

NewBlackMan: From the Digital Crate: "What if the Greensboro Four had Twitter?" | Our Black History | Scoop.it

"This protest—formally known as a sit-in—began weeks of similar protests, that went viral throughout the American South in ways that mirror the functions of today’s social media."

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Fear of a Black President? Love of the Confederacy? Explaining the Tea Party GOP and the "Southern Religion"

Fear of a Black President? Love of the Confederacy? Explaining the Tea Party GOP and the "Southern Religion" | Our Black History | Scoop.it

“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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In writing history of black churches, local historian finds powerful stories and inspiration

In writing history of black churches, local historian finds powerful stories and inspiration | Our Black History | Scoop.it
For Paulette Horton, who is writing a history of black churches in Mobile, the 19th century seems as vivid as yesterday.
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