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Medgar Evers: A Civil Rights Hero

“Before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took over, as the voice, conscience and vehicle of the Civil Rights Movement, there was Medgar Evers, whose civil rights activism in Mississippi began with the death of Emmett Till in 1955.” Medgar Evers was a civil rights hero who fought for justice in the racially charged south as the NAACP’s first field representative …

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Flashback Friday: Tulsa’s Black Wall Street Massacre

CNN’s Sara Sidner takes us back to a time in America’s history many would like to forget–a thriving, Black-community burned to the ground. I never learned about Tulsa in high school or college. I once found a DVD about Tulsa in an African store that my friend’s dad owned in Humboldt County when I was a junior in college. This is …

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1991 Documentary: The History of Oregon’s Black Exclusion Laws

“They did not want slavery here. They didn’t want land taken over by large plantations so they didn’t have to compete with bonded labor. But they also thought blacks were inferior. That is still here. White supremacy is about that: the beliefs that whites were supreme.” Yesterday I came across an article in The Washington Post about the history of …

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Carter G. Woodson – The Father of Black History Month

“In 1915, Carter G. Woodson helped found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (later named the Association for the Study of African American Life and History), which had the goal of placing African-American historical contributions front and center. Woodson established the scholarly publication Journal of Negro History in 1916, and to help teachers with African-American studies, he created …

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On This Day In Black History: Langston Hughes Was Born

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born (February 1st 1902-May 22, 1967) in Joplin, Missouri and was a poet, writer, novelist, playwright and columnist. He was also one of the many artist and writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was considered to be a rebirth of African-American arts and was a cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place …

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The Story of Marcus Garvey: A Documentary

“Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940), was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a proponent of the Pan-Africanism movement, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). He also founded the Black Star Line, a shipping and passenger line which promoted the …

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Bastards Of The Party

I was chilling with my roommates this evening and we began to have this discussion about the whole Black Lives Matter movement. I discussed my own sentiments, being that I thought the hashtags were very cliche. I was also confused as to why we as Black people only seemed to make a roar when someone other than a Black person kills one …

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