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Serena Williams, born September 26, 1981 in Michigan, is a professional American tennis player who has earned many Olympic Gold Medals, in addition to over thirty grand slam titles. She has been training vigorously since she was three years old. Her first major championship victory was in 1999. She had won the US Open at 17 years old, defeating her sister, Venus Williams, on the path to their family’s first Grand Slam victory.

In 2002, Serena was victorious in the French Open, The US Open and Wimbledon, defeating her sister, Venus, in the finals of each tournament. In 2003, she had her first Australian Open Victory, which satisfied her desire to hold all four major titles at the same time. She identified this as the “Serena Slam”. She has teamed up with Venus on many occasions to win a string of doubles titles. In 2008, at the Beijing Games, through her teamwork with her sister, she earned a second women’s doubles Olympic Gold Medal.

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African American Military Policemen, Camp Wheeler GA, 1941. Being a black MP in a segregated US Army during World War 2 (especially in the South) was arguably one of the toughest and thankless jobs in the military.

In response to white MP’s systemic racism, violence and outright murder of black troops, newspapers like The Pittsburgh Courier (where Zora Neale Hurston was a reporter) and The New York Amsterdam Star-News started campaigns in favor of recruiting armed black MP’s on military bases whose demographics were predominantly African American.

In response, the Army established the Corps of Military Police on September 26, 1941 to properly establish doctrine, provide training, and supervise organization and procurement of personnel for military police units.

But being a black MP exercising your duties in the Jim Crow South was extremely dangerous.

In just one instance (of many) on April 1, 1942 at Tuskegee, Alabama, friction between armed black military police from the nearby Air Field and townsfolk came to a head. A black MP took a soldier from the custody of a white city policeman at gunpoint. City police, reinforced by a deputy sheriff, two Alabama state policemen, and about fifteen white civilians armed with shotguns, took the soldier back from MPs in a scuffle, during which a black military policeman who had drawn his pistol was beaten and the remainder of the MP’s disarmed. A large group of soldiers and civilians gathered. White officers from the post residing in the town rounded up most of the soldiers and returned them to camp, but not before black soldiers on the post had become alarmed at the prospect that armed townsfolk might attack Tuskegee Army Air Field. Thank god the situation was diffused and that never happened. The Tuskegee Airmen may have never had the opportunity to train there.

I have the utmost respect for these MP’s. Volunteering to serve as military policemen in an atmosphere of Klan oppression in a segregated military counts them among some of the unsung heroes of the war.

(original US Army photo from our private collection)

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What’s the Matter with Black History?

When those in the black community realize that trying to get respect for being black from people you don’t even like doesn’t get you respect, then you’ll be in a much better place.  You really should think about that.

You don’t even like white people…but you want their respect.  Why would you even care if people you don’t like respected you?  You’re going about it backwards.  You’re not going to get respect for being black.  You get respect by exhibiting good character and service as a person seeing another person ‘as a person.’  Getting respect as a person is as good as it gets.  Anything beyond that is greed.

“I don’t want to be respected as a person but as a black person!”  Well, you lost.  If a white person can’t be at peace with just being respected as a person, but wants to be respected for being white, well then that person lost, etc.

A big piece to the puzzle that too many in the black community is missing is just to enjoy being a person.

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“One reads the truer deeper facts of Reconstruction with a great despair. It is at once so simple and human, and yet so futile. There is no villain, no idiot, no saint. There are just men; men who crave ease and power, men who know want and hunger, men who have crawled. They all dream and strive with ecstasy of fear and strain of effort, balked of hope and hate. Yet the rich world is wide enough for all, wants all, needs all. So slight a gesture, a word, might set the strife in order, not with full content, but with growing dawn of fulfillment. Instead roars the crash of hell…”  
 ―    W.E.B. Du Bois, from his classic history, Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880    

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Michael Jackson once told Oprah he didn’t want a white actor to play him

In the middle of a controversy over white actor Joseph Fiennes’ new role as Michael Jackson in an upcoming British TV movie, who better to hear from than the King of Pop himself? In 1993, Jackson explained his pride in being black. That didn’t stop Fiennes from coming up with an excuse for his casting.

Let’s see
  • IrishAmerican Heritage Month: *silence*
  • Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month:*silence*
  • Jewish American Heritage Month:*silence*
  • Hispanic Heritage Month:*silence*
  • Native American Heritage Month:*silence*
  • Black History Month: “Omfg this is so  #racist and unnecessary why do you get special treatment?? why isnt there a white history month?? We’re all american and why be so divided??

And there are MANY more non ethnic/racially based awareness days/months but basically what my point is that most of yall are fake and anti Black and your beef with BHM has nothing to do with there being a month to celebrate Black history but everything to do with the fact that yall just cant stand to see Black people to have some attention without feeling jealous and bitter.

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February 1st 1960: Greensboro sit-in

On this day in 1960, four African-American college students walked into the Woolworth store in Greensboro, NC. and sat at the whites-only lunch counter. By 1960, the Civil Rights Movement was gaining momentum, especially following the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-6 which was prompted by Rosa Parks’s defiance of the city’s segregated public transport. Activists calling for black civil rights, influenced by Martin Luther King Jr’s nonviolent tactics, employed peaceful protest. The power of this approach was exemplified by Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond on February 1st, 1960. Inspired by previous sit-in protests, the black students were refused service in the segregated diner, but continued to sit patiently and wait to be served. As they sat, the students were threatened and harrassed by the white patrons, but they refused to respond with violence. The sit-ins continued for the next few days, with hundreds of demonstrators eventually joining the protest. The heroism of the Greensboro activists inspired a wave of sit-ins across the south, with 54 taking place by February 7th. By the end of 1960, over 1,500 black demonstrators had been arrested for taking part in sit-ins. However, their efforts were not in vain, and the sit-ins - along with widespread boycotts - prompted restaurants across the south to desegregate. Additionally, the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee (SNCC) was formed that year to organise future grassroots protests. The decade that followed was characterised by stoic protests by African-Americans, despite the ever-present threat of violence. The first freedom ride occurred in 1961, followed by protest marches including the iconic March on Washington in 1963. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965, important steps were made towards racial equality. The Greensboro sit-ins were not the first of their kind, but they mark a major moment in the Civil Rights Movement as they drew attention to the injustices of Jim Crow and inspired a youth-led movement to challenge segregation across the United States.

(Sources: http://www.ushistory.org/us/54d.asp, http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/the-civil-rights-movement-in-america-1945-to-1968/greensboro-1960/)

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