Black History

The Freedom Riders: The Courage of the Greatest Youth Generation

May 7, 2011
The Freedom Riders: The Courage of the Greatest Youth Generation

Fifty years ago, 14 black students from Tennessee State University were beaten and arrested during the Freedom Rides that helped integrate the South. For their courage, they were expelled from school, and informed of that decision by letter while still jailed in Mississippi. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Read...
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Frederick Douglass and the Meaning of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War

April 13, 2011
Frederick Douglass and the Meaning of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War

One hundred and fifty years ago marked the beginning of the Civil War, a violent political conflict that would redefine the reach of American citizenship, and set in motion a perpetual struggle for the meaning and soul of America. Frederick Douglass still provides the best summation and analysis of the Civil War. For Frederick...
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Honoring Martin Luther King’s Sacrifice Day: April 4th

April 4, 2011
Honoring Martin Luther King’s Sacrifice Day: April 4th

On April 4th we remember and honor Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr., for the sacrifice he made on behalf of black people and humanity in general. Note that by reframing April 4th as King’s Sacrifice Day, we take focus away from his killer(s) and place it on the heroic and ultimate sacrifice MLK made...
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Martin Luther King In The Eye Of The Arab Revolution

April 2, 2011
Martin Luther King In The Eye Of The Arab Revolution

Lost in the narrative of the uprising in North Africa and the Middle East is the model and inspiration Arabs are drawing from Martin Luther King and by extension the 1960 African American freedom struggle . Depicted as a comic-book action hero, Martin Luther King trumpets justice, advocates nonviolent struggle, and “dreams of a...
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The Promise and Problematic of Brown v Board of Education: Part Two

March 28, 2011

The problematic of Brown v Board of Education resulted in a disinvestment in black schools by black people. This along white working class resistance to busing and the goal of school integration has resulted in crisis in education among black youth that we see today and that is spelled out in A Call For...
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The Promise and Problematic of Brown v Board of Education: Part One

March 26, 2011
The Promise and Problematic of Brown v Board of Education:  Part One

The landmark Brown v Board of Education 1954 Supreme Court ruling had far-reaching implication beyond outlawing legal segregation in public schools, opening a new era of education for blacks. Yet, the Promise of Brown never materialized, leaving a legacy of uneducated and unprepared black children. Read more: http://afro-americanstudies.com/blog/2011/03/the-promise-and-problematic-of-brown-v-board-of-education-part-one/
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Heroines In History: African American Women In All Their Glory

March 20, 2011
Heroines In History: African American Women In All Their Glory

Who Will Speak Our Legacy But Us? You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise -Maya Angelou The epic story of African American women rising from the ash of slavery is still and untold and undervalued...
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Women’s History Month: Celebrating Black Women

March 1, 2011
Women’s History Month: Celebrating Black Women

Who Will Speak Our Legacy But us? The history of African American women is a corrective to racist and sexist history presented in the narrative of American history. Until recently, much of the history of black women was hidden or a footnote in Black and American history. Honesty and history compels us to recognize...
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Booker T Washington: Economic Czar for Black America

February 27, 2011
Booker T Washington: Economic Czar for Black America

“I plead for industrial education and development for the Negro not because I want to cramp him, but because I want to free him. I want to see him enter the all-powerful business and commercial world.” -Booker T Washington History and study has absolved Booker T Washington of the slanderous attack of being an...
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Black History Month: Books You Should Read

February 23, 2011
Black History Month: Books You Should Read

Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Struggle to End Segregation Author: Rawn James The Supreme Court 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education is widely considered one of the milestones of the civil rights movement. James Rawn explores the two men,  Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall, and the...
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