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Finally Memphis Steps Up,Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street

Finally Memphis Steps Up,Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street

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  Forty-four years ago civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of  the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.  Now nearly half a century later, the city of Memphis will finally rename the one-mile stretch of Linden Avenue to Dr. M.L. King Jr. on the anniversary, April 4, of his brutal murder, reports CNN. Streets named after the slain leader can be found across the…

Lanier W. Phillips, Civil Rights Activist, Dies at the Age of 88

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Lanier W. Phillips, a prominent civil rights activist who was so deathly afraid of white people that he wouldn’t look them in the eye until he was saved by a group of them in 1942, died Sunday at age 88 in a retirement home in Gulfport, Mississippi. The great grandson of a Georgia slave, Phillips story is a fascinating one.  He was raised in the segregated south in the 1920′s and 30′s, where…

Meet Harvard’s First Black Graduate

Meet Harvard’s First Black Graduate

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  President Barack Obama may be Harvard’s most famous graduate and the first to lead its Law Review. But more than 140 years ago, another black man by the name of Richard T. Greener became the first black person to earn a diploma from the esteemed Ivy League school, elev8 reports. Documents proving this fact were found in a most unlikely place: an abandoned house. Elev8 has more: Historians thought…

10 Facts You May Not Know about the TV Show, “Good Times”

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Good Times was that show that all of us knew better than we know our own relatives.  Most of us can sing the theme song even without knowing all the words, and if I were to walk into a room and say the words “damn, damn, damn!” you would know EXACTLY what scene I was talking about. But here is a short list of interesting tidbits about the show that…

Michelle Alexander’s ‘New Jim Crow’ Raises The Debate On Drug Laws

Michelle Alexander’s ‘New Jim Crow’ Raises The Debate On Drug Laws

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  Garry McCarthy, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, did not expect to hear anything too startling when he appeared at a conference on drug policy organized last year by an African-American minister in Newark, where he was the police director. But then a law professor named Michelle Alexander took the stage and delivered an impassioned speech attacking the war on drugs as a system of racial control comparable to…

13-Yr Old Allegedly Persecuted by Teachers for “Radical” Essay on Frederick Douglass

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“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” Frederick Douglass On Saturday, February 18, 2012, the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York presented the first Spirit of Freedom award to Jada Williams, a 13-year old city of Rochester student….

Marc Lamont Hill: Make Black History Month a guidepost for year-round

Marc Lamont Hill: Make Black History Month a guidepost for year-round

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    It’s Black History Month, a celebration that began in 1926 as “Negro History Week” and has morphed into a widely recognized and celebrated part of American culture. As a result, schools all around Philadelphia, and in most parts of the country not named Arizona, will pay particular attention to the lives, triumphs and contributions of black people in America. Of course, many people remain infuriated by the idea…

Julieanna Richardson’s HistoryMakers records stories of unsung and famous African Americans for future generations

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The woman behind an ongoing project to document the experience of 5,000 African Americans wants to make sure their stories are around for future generations. Julieanna Richardson talked to future attorneys at Northwestern University’s law school Monday about the project she started 12 years ago that has turned into a labor of love. She set out to record the histories of thousands of famous and unsung African Americans. “People who…

What Happened To The “SLAVE” Who Wrote The Letter Everyone is Talking About

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A letter written by a freed slave to his former master has surfaced again after almost 150 years and is creating a lot of buzz. The letter was written by former slave Jourdon Anderson to his master Colonel P.H. Anderson in August 1865. According to Letters of Note, Colonel Anderson had written his former slave, asking him to return to work as a freeman on the farm on which he…

Chilli To Host ‘Soul Train’ Marathon on Bounce

Chilli To Host ‘Soul Train’ Marathon on Bounce

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TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas is hosting a seven-hour Soul Train marathon, Saturday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. in honor of the late, great Don Cornelius, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Cornelius was found dead Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, CA from a self-inflicted cranial gunshot wound. Chili’s segments will open and close each episode. The former ’90′s girl group member, who recently appeared on VH1′s Single Ladies, says…

Ali’s Legendary Trainer Angelo Dundee Dies At 90

Ali’s Legendary Trainer Angelo Dundee Dies At 90

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    There was no way Angelo Dundee was going to miss Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday party. The genial trainer got to see his old friend, and reminisce about good times. It was almost as if they were together in their prime again, and what a time that was. Dundee died in his apartment in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday night at the age of 90, and with him a part of…

Barack Obama’s Record: Three Years In Three Minutes [Video]

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    This video, “Change Happened,” is about to go viral, and it’s being highlighted by everyone from Dan Savage to Andrew Sullivan. It’s amazing, inspirational, and true. Frankly, there’s so much more that could have been put into it, but I commend video’s creator, “Digitocalypse.” Source

Washington Post: “Red Tails” Disrespects Tuskegee Airmen

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The movie “Red Tails” could not possibly have been “inspired by” the Tuskegee Airmen, as billed, for it is little more than a black comedy about guys who clown and connive their way through World War II, supposedly as combat pilots. Disheveled, undisciplined, crude and uncouth, they are the exact opposite of the real men who served in the all-black fighter group in the 1940s. In this movie — which has raked…

John H. Johnson to be honored with ‘Black Heritage’ postal stamp

John H. Johnson to be honored with ‘Black Heritage’ postal stamp

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    The U.S. Postal Service is unveiling a commemorative Black Heritage stamp honoring publishing legend John H. Johnson. Johnson, the founder of Johnson Publishing Company, which publishes Ebony and Jet magazines, is the 35th honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series. Past honorees in the series, which debuted in 1978, include Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Madam C.J. Walker and Barbara Jordan. “John Johnson’s unyielding commitment to journalistic…

Moving And Very Funny Letter From An Ex-Slave To His Former Master

Moving And Very Funny Letter From An Ex-Slave To His Former Master

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We found this amazing letter from an emancipated slave to his former master at Project Gutenberg, via LettersofNote.com The letter was written, or dictated, by Jourdan Anderson and sent to his former master, Colonel P.H. Anderson. Jourdan had been living in Ohio, earning wages as a free man. Colonel Anderson had written Jourdan asking him to come back and work on the farm again. The letter’s tone is at times friendly and…