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Vera Pigee: Pivotal in the Desegregation of the Whites-Only Bus Terminal in Clarksdale, MS

Mar 15, 2021 11:53 am

Vera Pigee was an American civil rights worker in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She served as branch secretary to the Coahoma County chapter of the NAACP, a chapter she helped organize with civil rights leader Aaron Henry. She was an advisor to the Mississippi state NAACP Youth Council. The group received its charter in 1953 and remained […]

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Social Search: This viral photo changed America — in 1863

Mar 15, 2021 11:53 am

Flipboard has been used to gather some of the world’s greatest minds together to order to increase awareness, share information, and open our minds to knowledge not often seen throughout mainstream media. In this Flipboard Find by Christopher Klein, we learn more about This viral photo changed America — in 1863 On the Fourth of […]

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Poem: “All Night in Savannah the Wind Wrote Poetry” by Aberjhani

Mar 15, 2021 11:53 am

American-born author Aberjhani is a historian, columnist, novelist, poet, and editor. Although well known for his blog articles on literature and politics, he is perhaps best known as co-author of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance and author of The River Winged Dreams. Born Jeffery J. Lloyd on July 8, 1957 Aberjhani grew up in Savannah, […]

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Black Abolitionists: The mural shows

Mar 15, 2021 11:53 am

By Lesley Gist, The Gist of Freedom “But at the center of this mural are the enslaved themselves, who have essentially set in motion their own liberation.” The mural shows, in a profound and powerful way, that the enslaved, themselves were driving their liberation.” The 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, was the last “Slavery Law” enacted. It ignited […]

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Schooled by Youtube: THE HANGING BRIDGE ~ Shubuta Mississippi

Mar 15, 2021 11:53 am

At Black Then, we often see videos that make us stop and think. They frequently reveal information that is not broadcasted to the masses and are created by great talents that are not shown in mainstream media. In this video we found, we learn more about It’s been seventy years now, since two african american […]

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RIP to Black American Boxing Legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler

Mar 15, 2021 11:53 am

*The following report was previously published by the sports media division of Heavy Inc. Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler (pictured) died on Saturday, March 13, at age 66, according to a post made by Hagler’s wife Kay on the boxing champ’s official Facebook fan club page. The news was later confirmed by the Associated Press. Hagler was one of the […]

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Joseph D. Harris: Physician & Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidate for the Republican Party (1869)

Mar 15, 2021 11:53 am

Joseph Dennis Harris was a physician and lieutenant gubernatorial candidate for the Republican Party in 1869. Harris was born free around 1833 of mixed-race ancestry in Cumberland County, North Carolina. He was the son of Jacob Harris and Charlotte Harris. His brothers included Cicero Richardson Harris, who became a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal […]

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Mabel Byrd: Key Activist in Oregon During the Early Civil Rights Movement

Mar 15, 2021 11:53 am

Mabel Byrd was a key activist in Oregon during the early Civil Rights Movement. After graduating from Washington High School in Portland in 1914, Byrd made history as the first African American enrolled at the University of Oregon. Byrd matriculated at UO in 1917 as a student majoring in economics, and spent two years on […]

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David Ruggles, An Aggressive Abolitionist Who Would Force His Way Into Homes to Inform Slaves That They Were Free

Mar 15, 2021 11:53 am

By age 23, David Ruggles (1810-1849), a free black, was working for The Emancipator, an anti-slavery paper. He was traveling, selling subscriptions, and seizing the opportunity to lecture. Ruggles’ speeches were famously impassioned and a stirring experience for his audiences. Nevertheless, unmitigated loathing for the abolitionist cause and racism ruled New York, the state Ruggles […]

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Is Dr. Cornell West’s Harvard Departure Being Over-Hyped or More Less Overdue?

Mar 15, 2021 11:53 am

Photo credits: Official Website of Dr. Cornell West Since his 1973 graduation from the prestigious Ivy League institution, Dr. Cornell West (pictured) has been a mainstay at Harvard University for more than four decades. The 67-year-old philosopher, political activist, social critic, and public intellectual is known for his firebrand speeches. Dr. West is also a prolific […]

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