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Black Women History In Humboldt County: The Amity Birthday Club

__________ Eureka, CA–On Sunday, February 10, 1952 eight Black women met at the home of Mrs. Margret Neloms with Mrs. Mary E. Watkins as the organizer. The purpose was organizing a social club that upheld christian values and celebrated members birthdays. The name Amity was selected because it means friendship, friendly relations, friendliness and good understanding. The women were devoted christians …

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Buried History of African-American Families In Humboldt County

Eureka, CA–One day not too long ago, a man went to the Eureka Historical Society to get help figuring out who were the people in photographs that he found in his family attic. Turned out the photos belonged to the granddaughter of Mary “Molly” Watkins-Crouch’s grand-daughter, Arrie Watkins. Leroy (1804-1877) & Mary “Molly” Watkins-Crouch (1831-1935), are among the first Black …

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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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Stacey Abrams Makes History As The First Black Woman To Win Democratic Primary For Governor

“I grew up in a working-poor family that struggled to make ends meet, despite getting the education they were told they needed to have to move forward.” Stacey Abrams made history last night as the first Black woman to gain the Democratic party’s nomination for Governor. If elected in November, she will be the first Black woman Governor of Georgia. …

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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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1977 SPECIAL REPORT: “THE BLACK UPPER CLASS”

“A 1977 clip of “November Magazine” on National CBS programming featuring History Maker and prominent Minneapolis couple, Cornell Leverette and Wenda Weekes Moore sharing a glimpse into the life of progressive Blacks in the North during a critical time in our history. A primary resource for students of the African American influential revolution.”

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RARE 1978 SPECIAL REPORT: “GHETTO BASKETBALL, THE WAY OUT”

“In recent decades, countless scholars have examined the developing trend of African American dominance in United States’ professional sports. Many have hypothesized that this overrepresentation is caused by the presumed reliance on sports as an avenue out of poverty for the African American youths. This trend, it is believed, has a highly detrimental effect the African American community.”

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1962 SPECIAL REPORT: “MISSISSIPPI AND THE 15TH AMENDMENT”

“A college student, a schoolteacher and a fellow of the National Science Foundation were all three ruled illiterate by the local circuit clerk and ineligible to vote. Filmed in 1962, this program reveals the double standards and the dangers faced by African-Americans registering to vote in Mississippi. Interviews with local officials, segregationists, lawyers, clergy and citizens on both sides of …

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Rare 1955 Special Report: “The Emmett Till Trial”

“Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, That’s their business, not mine.’ Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the …

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