Black History

Benjamin Mays: Schoolmaster of the 1960s Movement

February 22, 2011
Benjamin Mays: Schoolmaster of the 1960s Movement

Die young, die middle age, die old, but remember that the most useful life and most abundant life is the one in which one dreams that which will never completely come true, and chooses ideals that forever beckon buy forever elude. To seek a goal that is worthy, so all-embracing, so all-consuming, and so...
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Mary McLeod Bethune: Strong Black Women Just Keep on Coming

February 12, 2011
Mary McLeod Bethune: Strong Black Women Just Keep on Coming

I want to maintain their dignity at all cost. We as must recognize that we are the custodians as well as the heirs of a great civilization. We have given something to the world as a race and for this we are proud and fully conscious of our place in the total...
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The Man Behind the 1954 Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Board of Education: Charles Hamilton Houston

February 7, 2011
The Man Behind the 1954 Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Board of Education: Charles Hamilton Houston

The Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education is widely considered one of the milestones of the civil rights movement. It was to be sure, a decades-long legal campaign and struggle, brilliantly and relentlessly waged by two fiercely dedicated lawyers- Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall. Yet, there would not have been...
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Introduction to Black History: Understanding the Role and Significance of Ancient Egypt in African American History

February 1, 2011
Introduction to Black History: Understanding the Role and Significance of Ancient Egypt in African American History

For us, the return to Egypt in all domains is the necessary condition for reconciling African civilization with history, in order to be able to construct a body of modern human sciences, in order to renovate African culture. Far from a reveling in the past, a look toward the Egypt of antiquity is the...
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Restoring Martin Luther King’s Image and Legacy

January 13, 2011

The King 2011 celebration will more than likely follow the template of the past, sanitizing his teaching, censoring his more radical speeches, de-contextualizing King from his works and critique of American society, and repackaging his image to make him a non controversial hero. To the contrary, Martin Luther King (MLK) was against the established...
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Kwanzaa Gift Giving: Recommended Books

December 18, 2010

Kwanzaa gift giving underscores and highlights the imperative of education and learning. The guidelines for Kwanzaa gift giving are straightforward: the only mandatory gift for Kwanzaa is gift giving is not mandatory a book and heritage symbol. (See Kwanzaa DVD). Below is a list of recommended books for Kwanzaa gift giving. New Books Of...
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Toussaint L ‘Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution

December 1, 2010

Brothers and friends. I am Toussaint L ‘Ouverture, my name is perhaps known to you. I have undertaken vengeance. I want Liberty and Equality to reign in San Domingo. I work to bring them into existence. Unite yourselves to us, brothers, and fight with us for the same cause, ect. “Your Very humble and...
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Great African Military Leaders: Shaka of the Zulu Nation

November 29, 2010

Introduction The liberation movements in southern Africa- South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe- all owe their freedom to Shaka of the Zulu nation.  In fact, the colonial history of Africa may have been forestalled or defeated had it not been for the unfortunate and untimely assassination of Shaka.  Shaka was more than just...
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Great African Military Leaders: Hannibal of Carthage

November 22, 2010

The contribution of African military commanders and warriors is yet another missing page in history. The names Hannibal, Sonni Ali Ber, Shaka Zulu, Toussiant L’Ouverture, Harriet Tubman, Queen Nzingha, Amílcar Cabral, are never mention as a part of the pantheon of military leaders who shaped military science. Yet, all of the military leaders mentioned...
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Kwanzaa and African American History

November 14, 2010

The study and celebration of African American History is a central component of Kwanzaa. The Kwanzaa symbol, the mat or mkeka (Swahili), is symbolic of the tradition and history of African Americans both here in America and on the continent of Africa. As Malcolm X so brilliantly put it, “History is a people’s memory,...
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