African American History

Celebrating and Honoring The Message of Malcolm X

May 19, 2011
Celebrating and Honoring The Message of Malcolm X

Kwanzaa places a premium and priority on African American History. The Kwanzaa symbol ‘Mat” represents tradition and history. The Kwanzaa principle Self-determination instructs that African Americans study, know, and build upon their history and honor and celebrate their heroes and heroines. Thus, we honor and celebrate the 86th year birthday of Malcolm X.  Much...
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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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International Women’s Day: African American Women Defining Themselves in History

March 8, 2011
International Women’s Day: African American Women Defining Themselves in History

Indeed, African American women have been central and essential to the progress and achievement of America and beyond. They too “bathed people at the Euphrates when the dawns were young.” They were at the dawn of human civilization in ancient Egypt; they bore witness to the triumph of the human spirit during the Middle...
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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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