African Americans in United States History

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How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope. Before its subversion in the Jim Crow era, the fruit symbolized black self-sufficiency.

How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope

Courtesy Brown University Library It seems as if every few weeks there’s another watermelon controversy. The Boston Herald got in trouble for publishing a cartoon of the White House fence-jumper, having made his way into Obama’s bathroom, recommending watermelon-flavored toothpaste to the president. A high-school football coach in Charleston, South Carolina, was briefly fired for a bizarre post-game celebration ritual in which his team smashed a watermelon while making ape-like noises. A Study of Frances E. W. Harper's Feminist(ic) Writings. "Wrongs to Be Righted"[1] A Study of Frances E.

A Study of Frances E. W. Harper's Feminist(ic) Writings

W. Harper's Feminist(ic) Writings In 1864 and after four years of marriage, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was left a widower with one daughter and three step-children. Black Nashville Genealogy & History. The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords. The Project Gutenberg eBook of Slave Narratives, A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves. Black/Asian "solidarity" on MLK Day (with tweets) · so_treu. Salviprince.tumblr. Slave Narratives: Chronological List of Autobiographies.

Autobiographies Listed Chronologically Jeffrey.

Slave Narratives: Chronological List of Autobiographies

Declaration and Confession of Jeffrey, a Negro, Who Was Executed at Worcester, Oct. 17, 1745, for the Murder of Mrs. Tabitha Sandford, at Mendon, the 12th of September Preceding. How African Americans beat one of the most racist institutions: The swimming pool. Because this water drown my family, this water mixed my bloodThis water tells my story, this water knows it allGo ahead and spill some champagne in the waterGo ahead and watch the sun blaze on the waves of the ocean. – Frank Ocean, “Oceans” In 1930s New Orleans, when the city began draining swamps around Lake Pontchartrain to create the whites-only Pontchartrain Beach, African Americans naturally protested because there were few other places for them to legally and safely bathe and swim.

How African Americans beat one of the most racist institutions: The swimming pool

The city considered giving blacks a beach in a tiny portion of the lakeshore called Seabrook, where the Industrial Canal spills into the lake — along with all of the pollution you would guess is carried in a canal built for industrial purposes. But white homeowners didn’t want to grant even this filthy area to black kids.

The Edgewood Improvement Association, a white homeowners group, complained that the mere presence of black swimmers would depress property values. Watch Now: Black Surfer Feature Doc 'White Wash' Narrated By Ben Harper, Black Thought. Narrated by Ben Harper and Tariq "Black Thought" of The Roots, the 75-minuted documentary film White Wash is available on DVD and other formats, including screening for FREE on Hulu, which I discovered over the weekend.

Watch Now: Black Surfer Feature Doc 'White Wash' Narrated By Ben Harper, Black Thought

I spend so much time on Netflix that other streaming sites (like Hulu) are ignored. And while Hulu has its pay service (Hulu+), the standard Hulu service is free, with commercials of course. The Forgotten Radical History of the March on Washington. The Forgotten Radical History of the March on Washington Bayard Rustin and Cleveland Robinson 3 weeks before the march (Orlando Fernandez, Wiki.

The Forgotten Radical History of the March on Washington

Com.) The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which occurred fifty years ago this August 28, remains one of the most successful mobilizations ever created by the American Left. Organized by a coalition of trade unionists, civil rights activists, and feminists—most of them African American and nearly all of them socialists—the protest drew nearly a quarter-million people to the nation’s capital. Composed primarily of factory workers, domestic servants, public employees, and farm workers, it was the largest demonstration—and, some argued, the largest gathering of union members—in the history of the United States.

The Spy Photo That Fooled NPR, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, and Me - Lois Leveen. A story of a mistaken identity reveals a lot about the history of black women in America, the challenges of understanding the past, and who we are today.

The Spy Photo That Fooled NPR, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, and Me - Lois Leveen

Wikimedia Commons It's a blurry image. But in some ways that makes it the perfect portrait of Mary Bowser, an African American woman who became a Union spy during the Civil War by posing as a slave in the Confederate White House. King Institute Encyclopedia. 8 Successful and Aspiring Black Communities Destroyed by White Neighbors. Black Archives of Mid-America Kansas City. Black Pulp Fictions: Yesterday and Today. Too good, too bad...too small in the poster?

Black Pulp Fictions: Yesterday and Today

Filmmaker and sometime mystery writer Nelson George (The Plot Against Hip Hop and Night Work) wrote a commentary in the February 15, 2013, New York Times, “Still Too Good, Too Bad or Invisible.” The piece focused on the portrayal of black leading men in recent movies, including Quentin Tarantino’s lauded and lambasted Django Unchained, for which he won the Oscar for best screenplay. As the film has been popular in black movie houses, George noted there are many examples of disconnect between the critiques of the black intelligencia and what captures the imaginations of the black masses. When I was a teenager growing up in South Central Los Angeles in the ’70s, there was a type of paperback novel you couldn’t find at B. Dalton or Martindale’s. Dated January 25, 1870, these are the credentials. New book lionizes America’s first black public high school, source of many African-American greats. ‘First Class’ by Alison Stewart.

New book lionizes America’s first black public high school, source of many African-American greats

(Photo courtesy of Alison Stewart) William Syphax became the Chief messenger of the Department of Interior. 1956 Black History Viewed Through Magazines : un album sur Flickr. Search Results: "" - Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Facial Hair Friday: Portrait of the Artist with a Mustache. This self portrait, with carefully groomed mustache in the center, is a glamorous photo of a hardworking, groundbreaking photographer.

Facial Hair Friday: Portrait of the Artist with a Mustache

James Stephen “Steve” Wright was from a working-class family in Washington, DC. By the 1940s he was head of photographic operations for the Federal Works Agency. But like many young black men at the time, he began at the very bottom of the career ladder, working at the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works (FEAPW) as a messenger and chauffeur. However, unlike other young black men at time, Wright worked for FEAPW Administrator Harold Ickes, who fought battles over segregation and discrimination, and who hired like-minded people into his agency.

A Racial History of Drowning. A male white Bengal tiger cub ducks as a female Bengal jumps over him. (NancyChan/AP) "Children should be taught never to roughhouse in water and never to hold another child underwater. " Stop Whitewashing. The African American woman pictured above, Zelda... Stop Whitewashing. Gradient Lair. Dear, can you help me a bit? I'm trying to find your posts on respectability politics to send to a friend with whom I'm arguing about the measure of offensiveness in power dynamics, with no avail... Which tag do you use to mark them? Thanks in advance for the help! The politics of respectability originated as cultural, sexual, domestic, employment and artistic “guidelines” or “rules” for racially marginalized groups to follow in the effort to be viewed as “human” in a White supremacist society and by individual Whites. Audiophile Life. Stop Whitewashing. National Postal Museum. The 6888th: Women Who Managed the Military’s Mail The United States Army remained segregated during World War II.

A group of African American women played a significant role in maintaining troop morale during the conflict. These women belonged to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, part of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was made up of 855 enlisted African American women and officers.(1) The battalion was commanded by Major Charity Adams Earley, the highest ranking African American woman in the military by the end of the war.(2) The 6888th was the only all African American, all female battalion.(3) It was deployed overseas first to Birmingham, England then later to Rouen, France.(4)

An Ancestry of African-Native Americans- page 1. Angela Walton-Raji has been researching African-Native American genealogy for nearly 20 years and is the author of the book Black Indian Genealogy Research: African-American Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes. She recently presented a series of genealogy workshops at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the exhibit IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. Walton-Raji’s ancestors are Freedmen, African-Americans who were slaves of the Five Civilized Tribes – the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Nations – in Indian Territory, which became Oklahoma in 1907. The Cherokee freed their slaves in 1863, and after the Civil War, the other tribes did the same. Young Black and Vegan - classicladiesofcolor: Before she became known as... Gallery - The Wayland Rudd Collection. EXTENDED: Until February 22, 2014 Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present The Wayland Rudd Collection, a collaborative project organized by Yevgeniy Fiks that focuses on the representation of Africans and African-Americans in Soviet visual culture.

A point of departure for this project is Fiks’ collection of over 200 Soviet images (paintings, movie stills, posters, graphics, etc.) of Africans and African-Americans spanning from the 1920s to the 1980s. Cold Town, bellecs: winningthebattleloosingthewar: On the... Great Performances . Aida's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera. The Spirit of New Orleans — For decades, the Baby Dolls were among the more... WPA Federal Theater Project in New York:Negro Theatre Unit:"Macbeth", ca. 1935. Scientific American Frontiers . Unearthing Secret America . Slave Housing at Monticello. 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro. List of African-American inventors and scientists. Famous Black Inventors. The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences.

The Secret Histories Project. The Big Idea: 7 Groundbreaking Black Female Inventors « MadameNoire MadameNoire. African Influences in Modern Art. Influence of African Art on Cubism - African-American History Through the Arts.

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