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Hattie McDaniel’s Conflict With the NAACP and Tragic Death

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While many people simply know Hattie McDaniel as the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, there is much more to her story than just that.  She was born June 10, 1885 in Wichita, Kansas.  She was the 13th child of a family of entertainers.  Her father was a minister who played the banjo, and her mother was…

Real Cool Soul Train Line to Curtis Mayfield’s “Get Down”

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Everybody loved Curtis Mayfield.  He was one of a kind.  Here’s something that will make you feel good.  It’s a Soul Train line to Curtis Mayfield’s “Get Down.”  Check it out. But before you watch, here’s the basics on Mayfield, courtesy of Wikipedia: Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer. He achieved mainstream solo success and recognition from being involved…

Georgia School Has First Integrated Prom: ‘We Are Living MLK’s Dream’

Georgia School Has First Integrated Prom: ‘We Are Living MLK’s Dream’

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Is Dr. King’s dream only about black and white people attending a prom together?  That’s the simple version.  But it might be a first step toward something better.  The governor or Georgia, Nathan Deal, isn’t willing to support the prom, but the kids are moving ahead anyway.  Good for them.    Just a few months shy of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream”…

Frank Igwe, PhD: Black History Month Demands that We Strategize and Push for Change

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“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” -Frederick Douglass   As we near the end of Black History Month, it is important that we, as a Black community, maintain ownership of our history, and continue to reflect on the strategic genius that was a signature of the Civil Rights movement, along with the people who led it.The United States is still a relatively young country, and the scars of its original…