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African American History aka Black History & History of Afrikans World Wide

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Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr. is one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.
He survived 43 combat missions during World War II and is one of only a dozen remaining Tuskegee Airmen from the famed “Red Tails” fighter group still alive.
He turns 95 on July 4 and said he’ll never forget his days escorting B-17 and B-24 bombers over Italy, Germany and Austria, taking on enemy fighters in his P-51 Mustang.
 

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Ottowa W Gurly~ The Creator of #BlackWallStreet.
In 1906 O.W. Gurley a Wealthy Black Man from Arkansas Moved to #Tulsa & Purchased over 40 acres of Land & Sold Exclusively to Other Black Americans Creating an Economically Independent Black Town Ship.
 

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Drs. John Henrik Clarke, Yosef Ben Jochannan & Chancellor Williams.

“What will we tell our children about our role in history, how we survived to this point? When people say we were slaves, what do we tell our children about our slavery in particular and slavery in general? What do we tell our children so they can stop turning their face away and want to crawl under the table when you mention our condition in the world? When will they stop blaming themselves? You have not explained it to them because you have not explained it to yourselves. You have to know your oppressor and the nature of his oppression and what you did about it… At what time do we sit down and tell simple stories about our revolutionary heritage?… To know themselves our children must know what kind of society produced them.”
 

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Dutty Boukman, a self-educated slave, led the Haitian Revolution of (14Aug 1791-1 Jan 1804)
“ God who makes the sun which gives us light, who rouses the waves and makes the storm,though hidden in the clouds, he watches us. He sees all the whites are doing. The god of the whites orders crime, but our god calls upon us to do good works. Our god who is good to us orders us to avenge our wrongs. He will direct our arms and aid us. Throw away the symbol of the god of the whites, who has so often caused us to weep, and listen to the voice of liberty, which speaks in the hearts of all of us.”
— “ Voice of Liberty “ speech, Dutty Boukman
 

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Born on April 25, 1887, Prince Marc Kojo Tovalou Quénum (center) also known as the Marcus Garvey of Europe was a prominent African critic of the French colonial empire in Africa.
Educated in France, he received a law degree, medical training, and served in the French armed forces as an army doctor during the First World War.
He founded in 1924 the Universal League for the Defense of the Black Race and that same year, he would visit Harlem to meet Marcus Garvey later becoming his most influential representative in Europe.
Quénum pictured with George Marke of Sierra Leone (left) and Jamaican activist, Marcus Garvey (right) in 1924.

 

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The Only African American Ship Captain on the West Coast of the United States in the Late-1880s and 1890s

William T. Shorey (July 13, 1859 – April 15, 1919) was a late 19th-century American whaling ship captain known to his crew as the Black Ahab.

Shorney was born in Barbados and spent his life at sea. After only ten years at sea, he became the only African American ship captain on the west coast of the United States in the late-1880s and 1890s. He obtained his certification in 1885. His whaling voyages were based out of San Francisco on the whaling bark John and Winthrop. The John and Winthrop was the only whaling ship in the world to be manned entirely by an African-American crew. Shorey retired from whaling in 1908.

Onshore he lived in Oakland and worked on the docks as a special policeman for Pacific Coast Steamship Company from 1912 to 1919.

In 1919 he died from the Spanish flu pandemic. He is buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California.
 

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Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed
1968

Did you know that the first open-heart surgery was performed by a black doctor, Daniel Hale Williams?

Not many people did in 1968, the year this eye-opening film, narrated by Bill Cosby, was first released. Many still don't today. "Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed" reviews the numerous contributions of African-Americans to the development of the United States.

From the perspective of the turbulent late 1960s, the fact that their positive roles had not generally been taught as part of American history, coupled with the pervasiveness of derogatory stereotypes, was evidence of how black people had long been victims of negative attitudes and ignorance.

Viewing this film today offers students and adults an opportunity to explore their own perspectives - to examine how things have changed in their lives and those of their parents, as well as how troubling stereotypes still persist four decades later.



 

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Lord Thing
1970

DeWitt Beall’s LORD THING (1970) is a film that “begins in the ghetto streets of the mid-Fifties— a virtual combat zone for dozens of small neighborhood gangs from different parts of the city [that in time unite] forces in a common cause.” Only a muddy VHS copy of the film had been circulating until CFA recently discovered 16mm prints in storage and under the care of Beall’s widow. This film won a Silver Medal in the Venice Film Festival.

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The Corner
1963

Robert Ford’s THE CORNER (1963) was filmed as a student project and is a more personal exploration of the Vice Lords gang members.

The west-side youths struggle to better understand themselves in the context of their neighborhood, slowly exposing the underpinnings of gang mentality.

This film received a Golden Eagle certificate from the Council on International Non-theatrical Events


 

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The Road To Freedom - Black History and The Civil Rights Movement

This 2 hour special narrated by Deon Cole, gives a fresh perspective of the Black Movement in America, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights Era

 

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Inside the last known American slave ship

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks to Garry Lumbers and Altevese Rosario, descendants of Cudjo Lewis, about the National Geographic documentary “Clotilda: Last American Slave Ship.”

 

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Elizabeth Cotten’s namesake style of play was formed by left-handedness & the banjo. After marriage, she closeted her guitar for over 30 years until fortuitously becoming housekeeper to the Seeger family. Here, c. 1960s, she performs the folk standard Freight Train, a song she wrote as a teenager.

 

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You kill a stereotype with the truth:
Know your truth
was a man who refused to beat black women.
was a man who refused to tell on other slaves.
was a man who would put cotton in other slaves’ bags at night, so that they wouldn’t get beat!
was a man who helped 100 slaves get free long before the underground railroad.
was a man, that once free, established the 1st Laborers school for other fugitive slaves!
? !
# was an author, abolitionist, and minister. Born into slavery, in Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland, he escaped to Upper Canada in 1830, and founded a settlement and laborer’s school for other fugitive slaves at Dawn, near Dresden, in Kent County, Upper Canada, of British Canada.
So stop calling these sell-outs Uncle tom! That’s a compliment! Its Sambo that was the sell-out, who would do anything for his slave masters’ approval!
Rest in Power
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So back in the day Black people had to sit in the back of the bus and if there were not enough seats available then had to wait for next bus or not go. State Board exams for Cosmetologist were always held in Austin, Texas. Well the students at Franklin Beauty were prepared to take their state board exam to become licensed Cosmetologist in the State of Texas. Since they didn't allow but 1 or 2 black students to purchase tickets for the bus to Austin, Texas my grandfather charted his own bus & took them all. The cool thing is they all passed the exam 34 students. #Legendary #JHJemison #BronzeMayor #FranklinBeauty #TexasHistory #nevergiveup #noexcuses
 

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You kill a stereotype with the truth:
Know your truth
was a man who refused to beat black women.
was a man who refused to tell on other slaves.
was a man who would put cotton in other slaves’ bags at night, so that they wouldn’t get beat!
was a man who helped 100 slaves get free long before the underground railroad.
was a man, that once free, established the 1st Laborers school for other fugitive slaves!
? !
# was an author, abolitionist, and minister. Born into slavery, in Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland, he escaped to Upper Canada in 1830, and founded a settlement and laborer’s school for other fugitive slaves at Dawn, near Dresden, in Kent County, Upper Canada, of British Canada.
So stop calling these sell-outs Uncle tom! That’s a compliment! Its Sambo that was the sell-out, who would do anything for his slave masters’ approval!
Rest in Power
✊


Made a brother work. :)
 

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So back in the day Black people had to sit in the back of the bus and if there were not enough seats available then had to wait for next bus or not go. State Board exams for Cosmetologist were always held in Austin, Texas. Well the students at Franklin Beauty were prepared to take their state board exam to become licensed Cosmetologist in the State of Texas. Since they didn't allow but 1 or 2 black students to purchase tickets for the bus to Austin, Texas my grandfather charted his own bus & took them all. The cool thing is they all passed the exam 34 students. #Legendary #JHJemison #BronzeMayor #FranklinBeauty #TexasHistory #nevergiveup #noexcuses
Great story, look at all of those beautiful black people. I love being black.
 

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EDMOND ALBIUS (1829-1880)
POSTED ONSEPTEMBER 13, 2020BY CONTRIBUTED BY: EUELL A. NIELSEN
Edmond Albius
Edmond Albius, 1863
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Edmond Albius was born a slave in 1829, in St. Suzanne, on the island Réunion. His mother died during childbirth, and he never knew his father. In his youth he was sent to work for Botanist Fereol Bellier-Beaumont.
The vanilla plant was flourishing in Mexico, and by the late 18th century, a few plants were sent to Paris, London, Europe and Asia, in hopes of producing the bean in other areas. Although the vine would grow and flower, it would not produce any beans. French colonists brought vanilla beans to Réunion around 1820.
Beaumont had been teaching young Edmond how to tend to the various plants on his estate. He taught him how to hand-pollinate a watermelon plant. Beaumont had previously planted vanilla beans, and had just one vine growing for over twenty years, but was also unable to produce any beans on the vine. Young Edmond began to study the plant and made a discovery. He carefully probed the plant and found the part of the flower that produced the pollen. Edmond then discovered the stigma, the part of the plant that needed to be dusted with the pollen to produce the bean. He used a blade of grass to separate the two flaps and properly fertilized the plant.
Shortly afterwards, while walking through the gardens, Beaumont noticed two packs of vanilla beans flourishing on the vine and was astonished when young Edmond told him that he was responsible for the pollination. Edmond was twelve years old at the time. Beaumont wrote to other plantation owners to tell them his slave Edmond had solved the vanilla bean pollination mystery. He then sent Edmond to other local plantations to teach other slaves how to fertilize the vanilla vine. Within the next twenty to thirty years, Réunion became the world’s largest producer of vanilla beans.
Edmond was rewarded with his freedom, and was given the last name Albius. Beaumont wrote to the governor, asking that Albius be given a cash stipend for his role in the discovery of the fertilization, but received no response. Albius moved to St. Denis and worked as a kitchen servant. He somehow got involved in a jewelry heist and was sentenced to ten years. Beaumont again wrote the governor on his behalf, and the sentence was commuted to five years, and Albius was subsequently released. A man named Jean Michel Claude Richard then set claim to have discovered the fertilization process before Albius. He claimed he visited the island in 1838, and taught a group of horticulturists the technique. Again, Beaumont stepped in and wrote to Réunion’s official historian declaring Albius as the true inventor, giving him all of the credit entirely. The letter survives as part of island history.
Albius returned to live close to Beaumont’s plantation and married. He died on August 9, 1880 at the age of 51 at a hospital in Sainte Suzanne. He never received any profits from his discovery. One hundred years after his death, the mayor of Réunion made amends by erecting a statue of Albius and naming a street and school after him.

 

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…Tunis 1931- A eunuch guarding a harem gate. Castration was typically carried out on the soon-to be eunuch without consent in order that he might perform a specific social function, this was common in many societies. Eunuchs would usually be servants or slaves who had been castrated in order to make them reliable servants of a royal court. Because their condition usually lowered their social status, they could also be easily replaced or killed without repercussion.

 
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