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Unlike Oprah’s network, which broadcasts talk shows, soaps and sitcoms, Beyonce’s is likely to have an educational focus instead … platform is said to create content designed to celebrate African and American studies.

American School system won’t include black history in the books? So Bey is here. #Love it!

nytimes.com
Why Won’t Hollywood Cast Asian Actors?
Economics has nothing to do with racist casting policies.
By Keith Chow

“If minorities are box office risks, what accounts for the success of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which presented a broadly diverse team, behind and in front of the camera? Over seven movies it has grossed nearly $4 billion worldwide. In fact, a recent study by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that films with diverse leads not only resulted in higher box office numbers but also higher returns of investment for studios and producers.”

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Y’all better quit sleeping and learn your history. The police forces in this country aren’t suddenly wilding out - they are doing WHAT THEY WERE ORIGINALLY CREATED TO DO. They are doing WHAT THEY HAVE ALWAYS DONE. And, soberly, they will continue to do WHAT WE ALLOW THEM TO DO until we fight back.

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On This Day in History June 6, 1966: Activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.

The article 1966: Black civil rights activist shot from the BBC On This Date 1950-2005 website describes the what happened to Meredith:

The 32-year-old civil rights activist began his solo 220-mile March against Fear yesterday in Memphis and was heading for Jackson to show his fellow black citizens how to stand up to white authority and also to encourage them to register to vote.

At Hernando, Mississippi - 30 miles from his starting point - he saw an armed man aim at him and dived to the ground, but he was shot three times. Bleeding from the head, shoulder and leg he shouted: “Oh my God.”

FBI agents and reporters who were following the march witnessed the ambush.

An ambulance took him to hospital where doctors later said his wounds were not serious.

Though shot, Meredith’s wounds were not serious enough to stop his march. His being shot brought awareness to the goals of his march which was the encouragement of black people to register to vote. Aubrey James Norvell confessed to the shooting and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Time seems to have somewhat embittered Meredith to his role in the civil rights movement. In the article James Meredith, Central Figure In Ole Miss Integration, Reflects On 50th Anniversary, Resents ‘Civil Rights’ Moniker (PHOTOS) by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS from the Huffington Post dated October 01, 2012 Meredith is quoted:

James Meredith is a civil-rights icon who hates the term “civil rights.”

It’s as if civil rights were somehow set apart from – well, rights.

“When it comes to my rights as an American citizen, and yours, I am a triumphalist and an absolutist. Anything less is an insult,” said the black man who 50 years ago inflamed the anger of white Mississippi by quietly demanding admission to the state’s segregated flagship university.

The article goes further into Meredith’s point of view:

Yet he says he doesn’t plan to participate in the university’s commemoration of his history-making enrollment, which prompted a state-federal standoff, sparked deadly mob violence and ultimately ended the university’s official policy of racial segregation.

The university says Meredith has been invited to take part in events to mark the anniversary, including a walk that student leaders will take Monday to retrace his first day on campus.

Meredith says he doesn’t see the point.

“I ain’t never heard of the French celebrating Waterloo,” he told The Associated Press. “I ain’t never heard of the Germans celebrating the invasion of Normandy, or … the bombing and destruction of Berlin. I ain’t never heard of the Spanish celebrating the destruction of the Armada.”

Asked to clarify, Meredith said: “Did you find anything 50 years ago that I should be celebrating?”

The article also states:

Meredith writes that although people consider him a “civil rights hero,” that’s not how he sees himself: “I’ve always found the rhetoric of mainstream civil rights leaders and organizations to be far too timid, accommodationist and gradualist. It always seemed to me that they behaved like meek and gentle supplicants begging the oppressor for a few crumbs of justice, for a few molecules of citizenship rights.”

And:

Meredith is now memorialized by a bronze statue near the University of Mississippi’s main administrative building. Yet he calls it “hideous,” and wants it destroyed.

Meredith says the monument glosses over the magnitude of Mississippi’s resistance to his exercise of what should have been recognized as his obvious, inherent rights as an American citizen.

It was, he said, a war.

“Mississippi has so humiliated me – they ain’t never acknowledged that there was a war,” Meredith said.

Chancellor Dan Jones says the university won’t destroy the statue, which was dedicated in 2006.

In 1987, more than 400 protesters marched at University of California, Berkeley, to call for the creation of a graduate program in African American Studies. November 6, 1987.

African American students at University of California, Berkeley, demand a graduate-level program in the Afro-American/Ethnic Studies department. Despite a concurrent weakening of institutional support for affirmative action in higher education, UC Berkeley students pressed forward on a multicultural agenda. In 1986, a student-led movement successfully convinced the Regents of the University of California to fight apartheid by divesting three billion dollars in their endowment and retirement stock portfolio of companies doing business with South Africa. A Ph.D. program in African Diaspora Studies was approved for African American Studies until 1996.

The Lost Cities of Africa
by Basil Davidson

“Combining archeological evidence and scholarly research, Davidson traces the exciting development of the rich kingdoms of the lost cities of Africa, fifteen hundred years before European ships first came to African shores.”

( I have issues with the title but this is a very good book)

Happy Kwanzaa! Established by scholar Maulana Karenga in 1966, the holiday, whose name is derived from the Swahili words matunda ya kwanza, which mean “first fruits”, celebrates ancestry, community, family, and unity of all people of African descent throughout the world. Kwanzaa is celebrated from 26 December to 1 January, where each of the seven days correlates with the following principles Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).

Image Credit: “A woman lighting kinara candles” by Pharos. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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See what happened was I was ready to take out my hair,but decided to wait until I got home-Then Storm came upon me. Period.

bu.edu
Black Classics Scholars, an Untold Story | BU Today | Boston University
Portraits of pioneering intellectuals on exhibit at Howard Thurman Center

“You show me a Negro who can parse Greek and Latin, and I will consider the possibility that he’s a human being.”
         - John C. Calhoun, Southern defender of slavery, served as a senator, vice president, and secretary of state

An extremely important exhibition at Boston University, opening on MLK day.

M&TC:

“Two years ago,Walter Thompson-Hernandez, a researcher with the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at USC, began a research project on “Blaxican” identity, interviewing individuals of African American and Mexican descent like himself. He thought it was important to share his research with audiences outside academia, so he started a project on Instagram called Blaxicans of L.A., capturing portraits of Blaxicans and their families.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/moments/la-me-scm-blaxicans-20150715-story.html

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Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

  • Cecil MooreMunicipal Government Official, Lawyer, Civil Rights Activist, Marine Corps Officer
    Credit: “Cecil Moore gets out of county prison Thursday morning”, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photograph Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA
  • Dorothy HeightCivil Rights Activist, Women’s Rights Advocate, Human Rights Activist, Organization Founder / Official
    Credit: Library of Congress. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-119481. [Height is shown here with the labor leader A. Philip Randolph, at a banquet c. 1970–1974.]
  • Howard FullerEducator, Civil Rights Activist, Community Activist
    Credit: Howard Fuller. [Pictured during his time as a community organizer in Durham, NC, 1960s.]
  • A. Leon HigginbothamJurist / Judge, Civil Rights Activist
    Credit: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham.
  • Ella BakerCivil Rights Activist, Organization Founder / Official
    Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Visual Materials from the NAACP Records [reproduction number, e.g. LC-USZ62-123456]
  • Fannie Lou HamerCivil Rights Activist
    Credit: Library of Congress, 1964. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsc-01267.
  • James FarmerOrganization Founder / Official, Civil Rights Activist, Educator
    Credit: Library of Congress. World Telegram & Sun photo by Walter Albertin, 1963. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-119481.
  • Modjeska SimkinsHuman Rights Activist, Political Activist, Civil Rights Activist, Organization Founder / Official
    Credit: Modjeska Monteith Simkins Papers, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina. [Originally commissioned by the National Park Service.]
  • Nettie AsberryPianist, Civil Rights Activist, Social Worker
    Credit: University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, UW23184 (Nettie Asberry).

The Oxford African American Studies Center is free for Black History Month (just a few more days!). Simply use Username: blackhistorymonth and Password: onlineaccess to login. 

I’m very proud of these 5. These are 5 young Black adults who have pursued their academic careers in African American Studies. For the record, they are receiving their Masters in this field. They are using the work that they have done to contribute and help liberate Black people all around the world. Some of them want to focus on helping Black children, some want to focus on Black people in East Asia, some want to focus on Black people in the Cayman Islands… But these wonderful people are willing to do the academic, community as spiritual work to help liberate and educate Black people. People ask people in Black Studies, “what can you do with that degree?” whether it’s a BA, an MA, or a Ph. D. You have your answer now- CHANGE THE WORLD, LIBERATE BLACK PEOPLE and HELP THE WORLD BECOME HUMANE. I’m proud to call these people friends and I love them. Me being a member of your TU Af Am family is very proud of you. Love you. YOU ARE WHAT BLACK EXCELLENCE LOOKS LIKE.

The Assassination of the Black Male Image


by Earl Ofari Hutchinson


“A compelling expose of the truth behind society’s racial and sexual stereotypes of black men, this book offers a wide historical perspective and insights into such recent racially charged events as the Clarence Thomas hearings, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the Million Man March. Hutchinson brilliantly counters the image of black men as a population entrenched in crime, drugs, and violence.”

HI!

My name is Sammie, I am a research assistant working with Drs. Karen Suyemoto  and Tahirah Abdullah , psychology professors at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. On the behalf of my team, we would like to invite you to participate in our study.

We are currently conducting a much needed study examining experiences of racism, and reactions to these experiences. This study is an online survey that will take about 30-45 minutes.

To participate in this study, (1) you must be over 18, (2) understand written English, and (3) identify as a person of color or racial minority. Participation is completely voluntary and you can stop at any time without risk of any negative consequences. As a “thank you” for completing the survey, you are eligible (1) to be entered into a raffle for one of several $200 gift cards, or (2) choose to have the researchers make a $10 donation to an organization advocating for social justice.

If you are interested in participating in our study, please visit tinyurl.com/race-study. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at aart@umb.edu.

We want to thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

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You may be thinking about the year in review, but let’s take a look further back with these African American history titles from Oxford University Press. From the injustice of slavery through the twentieth century’s civil rights movement and today…

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