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Florida Community Slow to Fund Name Change For Klan School

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A petition drive forced a Florida high school named after a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan to change its name, but now funding the name change has become an issue. In January the Duval School Board voted to rename of Nathan B. Forrest High School, since the school had been named after a Confederate general and KKK leader. The high school’s new name is Westside, but Jacksonville.com reports…

Black slave owners in America owned slaves as a means of philanthropy to protect them from being owned by vicious white people. www.blacklikemoi.com

Did You Know? Free Blacks Owned Family Members as Slaves to Protect Them

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Reported by April V. Taylor Henry Louis Gates Jr. recently wrote an article for the Root where he examined the history of free African-Americans owning slaves.  According to his research, free blacks in the United States owned slaves from at least 1654 on through the Civil War.  According to African American historian John Hope Franklin, most black slave owners “had some personal interest in their property.”  Many were family members…

The Planter was seized by Robert Smalls and used to free 15 slaves It was found in a South Carolina harbor. www.blacklikemoi.com

Ship Used to Free 15 Slaves Found Near S.C. Harbor

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Reported by April Taylor Archaeologists with the United States marines have identified wreckage that they believe to be from a Confederate ship named, “The Planter.” What makes the find of unique significance is that the ship was used in a slave escape.  Robert Smalls seized the ship during the Civil War in 1862 and guided it into Union territory, freeing 15 slaves in the process — including seven crewmen, five women,…

Country Music Singer Wears Confederate Flag Earpiece on National TV

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Some of these folks make you shake your head in both awe and disgust.  A country music singer by the name of Trace Adkins blew up the Twitter-verse by wearing a confederate flag as his earpiece on national television.   The fashion statement was made during the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, and has led to charges of racism against the singer and the network that gave him a platform. The…

Russell Simmons Schools Jay-Z about Occupy Wall Street

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Last week, in an interview with New York Times Style magazine, Jay-Z made some comments about Occupy Wall Street and those comments caught Russell Simmons’ attention. Now Russell Simmons has written an open letter to Jay-Z. According to the interview that Jay-Z did, he felt that the Occupy movement did not establish clear enough goals and stand firmly in opposition to the wealthy, especially addressing a nation that values hard…

Smithsonian Black History Museum Accepts KKK Robes

Smithsonian Black History Museum Accepts KKK Robes

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      WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired two Ku Klux Klan robes that will be exhibited in its future home on the National Mall. One of the robes donated Monday comes from the family of the late writer Stetson Kennedy, who died in August some six decades after he infiltrated the KKK and exposed its secrets. The second robe belonged…