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It turns out that the real life Samuel L Jackson is just as bad a** as all the characters he plays.

In 1969, actor Samuel L Jackson was expelled from historically black Morehouse College for locking board members in a building for two days in protest of the school’s curriculum and governance. Included in this group of people who were held hostage was Martin Luther King Jr.’s very own father, Martin Luther King Sr.

In 1966, during the height of the civil rights movement, Jackson enrolled at the historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, the alma mater of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1968, when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Kings body was brought to Atlanta to lie in state at Spelman College, the historically black woman’s school adjacent to Morehouse. Jackson attended King’s funeral as one of the ushers and then flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march that radicalized him and changed the way he thought. “I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn’t shocked by it. I knew that change was going to take something different – not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence,” he stated in an interview with Parade about his reactions to King’s death.

In 1969, as mentioned before, he and a group of radical Morehouse students held the college’s board of trustees hostage, demanding that changes be made in the curriculum of the school and stating that they wanted more blacks on the governing board of the institution. Morehouse eventually gave in and agreed to change but Jackson was expelled for his actions.

That summer he became connected with people in the Black Power movement including Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and others.

“I was in that radical faction,” Jackson told Parade. “We were buying guns, getting ready for armed struggle. ‘All of a sudden,’ he said proudly, ‘I felt I had a voice. I was somebody. I could make a difference. ‘But then one day,’ he added quietly, ‘my mom showed up and put me on a plane to L.A. She said, ‘Do not come back to Atlanta.’ The FBI had been to the house and told her that if I didn’t get out of Atlanta, there was a good possibility I’d be dead within a year. She freaked out.’”

Jackson stayed in LA working in social services for two years and then applied to Morehouse and returning in January of 1971 as a drama major. “I decided that theater would now be my politics. It could engage people and affect the way they think. It might even change some minds,” he toldParade.

While doing a student rehearsal for a play, Jackson met LaTanya Richardson, a drama major at Spelman “and boom! I knew she was the person for me. From then on, we were always together, and we’ve stayed that way,” he stated in  Parade‘s interview. The couple got married in 1980 and the rest is history.[X]

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Jasmine Guy. But you all may know and love her as the lovely “Whitley Gilbert” from “A Different World”

It was pretty cool seeing/photographing her at the Bernie Sanders rally yesterday speaking importance of being involved to young people.


Bernie Sanders HBCU Tour- ATLANTA

Morehouse College, Forbes Arena

2/16/16

Signs That You Attend An #HBCU...

1. When you got to school, you thought it was going to be like Hillman…


…but it ended up being more like College Hill.



2. If you’re a girl, you may have felt a little like this…

3. Girls show up to 8 a.m. classes in stilettos and in full make up


4. Your school gear always comes up missing when you visit home…

and you catch your family wearing it a few weeks later


5. Everyone on campus is quick to rattle off the names of your alma mater’s most influential alumni.


Morehouse

Howard

Tennessee State

North Carolina A&T


6. History classes (and poli sci, and English, and music) are steeped in black history…



And you can’t graduate without taking an African history class…

7. Graduating on time would be a miracle…

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8. During finals, the library feels a little bit like the club…


9. You Try to get a copy of your transcript, and the registrar is like…





10. You’re used to seeing someone you know leaving the financial aid office looking like this:

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(Unless it was refund check time, in which case they looked more like this…)




11. You missed every class during homecoming week…




12. Then you skipped your school’s homecoming to go to Howard’s…



13. The best part of the football games was halftime…




14. Out of nowhere everyone emerges outside on the first day of spring…




15. When people suddenly disappear during the semester, it’s probably  because they were doing this…

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16. And you spend hours waiting to see them do this on the yard…

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 (even though you can’t see or hear what was going on)…

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17. When you go to a party, no one can dance because of this…

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18. But you’ve never seen more than two Iotas at the same place at the same time…

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19. You’ve never heard of Delta Zeta or TKE or Alpha Phi or Kappa Alpha….

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But you can recite the names of the Divine 9 in order of their founding dates, even if you never pledged.

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20. Every dorm has a dude who can cut hair, or a girl who can put in weave for cheap.

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21. Eventually half the girls you know go natural at one point…

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22. You get a job off-campus so you won’t forget what it was like to have white friends…

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23. When you come home to visit, your family gives you a hard time about your decision to flout family tradition and go to Howard instead of Hampton…

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Or FAMU instead of Bethune-Cookman…

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Or Southern instead of Grambling…

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Or Alabama A&M instead of Alabama State

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24. But, in spite of the rivalries with other schools, whenever you meet someone who went to an HBCU, you do this.

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25. Because you both know that there’s one thing you can agree on:

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On Sunday, May 15, 2016 my dream came true.
I graduated from Spelman College.
My parents didn’t go to college… My mom had my older brother at 16, me at 18 and two more children after me. She didn’t attend a college or university and I watched her struggle to finish numerous nursing programs (which she eventually did last year!) My father sold drugs and was in and out of prison for a large portion of my life.
But this isn’t a story about where I came from, it’s a story about who I became.
I remember crying silently on the floor of my grandmothers bedroom (I didn’t have my own room at the time, and her bed was full) because I was afraid to leave home. I had never been further than Los Angeles from the Bay Area, let alone been outside of the state; and that night was my last night at home and I cried because I didn’t know what lie ahead of me. I cried silently in the backseat on the way to the airport. I cried when I left my parents and little brother at the security checkpoint and I cried alone in my dorm the first night I arrived. I was afraid of change, but I took the chance because I was blessed enough to be able to attend a college that I didn’t know was meant for me.
The past three years (yes, three because ya girl did that!) brought to me some of the most trying, difficult, and dark moments of my life. I struggled with depression, anxiety, an emotionally abusive relationship, sexual assault, self harm, suicide attempts… But I made it… And I would not have made it without what Spelman taught me. I would not have made it had I not learned resiliency, I would not have made it without the friends Spelman gave me, without the lessons that it taught me, without the safety and the love and the sisterhood that it blessed me with… Without the love for God that I discovered…. Without the love for myself that I acquired.
Every downfall that I faced, every morning where it ached to get out of bed, every time I walked on campus alone and afraid, only to find comfort on the shoulders of my friends, every sleepless night where I screamed and cried and begged for life to be over…. Every single thing that I endured and overcame led to that moment. That singular moment where I walked across the stage as a woman. A strong woman. A resilient woman. A black woman. An educated woman. A Spelman Woman.
And I say all of this to say to who ever is reading this: if you’re going through a tough time, if you’re struggling to fight your way through the day, if you feel like you’re so far from your dreams that they’re unobtainable, if you feel like it would be better to give up, to die, to walk away from whatever you want to achieve in life… Keep going. I promise you, dreams come true… And life gets better and when you get there, wherever it is you want to go… You’ll look back at everything you endured and you will see how strong you are.
You are powerful beyond measure.
You have every thing you need.
You are prepared for everything that is going to come your way.
This is for all of my Black brothers and a sisters who struggled or are struggling to make it through.
Take a deep breath, take life one step at a time, and just keep going.

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“This past weekend, 430 African American males graduated from Morehouse college during the institution’s 130th commencement. Among those graduates was Kwame Morris, the son of music legend Stevie Wonder, who was also in attendance with more than 10,000 other friends and family members.” Black Men We were destined to be Great.
Post By @KingKwajo