Black Teen Unlawfully Detained: Banking While Black

Some conservatives are attempting to paint Black Lives Matter as a war on cops, when we really have a war on Black youth. This is why I love the fact more and more Black Americans are starting not to care about what society thinks Black people should do when it comes to race. We are building strong coalitions to defeat systemic racism, while trying to fortify our own communities; of course Fox news and others would paint a different picture. They live in a bubble, which is why I don’t waste my time with people living in those bubbles any further; do you want the truth? Pop that bubble you are living in and enter the real world. Do research about the past and current plight of Black Americans, then we can talk. Outside of my community, I wouldn’t waste an ounce of my knowledge on someone who can’t take the time to do research on this important issue.

James Baldwin the Coolest Cat

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The Hip Hop Jazz instrumental is from the Youtube channel: BKBeatsChannel

Albert Einstein and Civil Rights

Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science, was also a passionate, committed anti-racist and stood for and with some of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.

In addition to developing the general theory of relativity, his mass-energy equivalence formula (better known as E = mc2), and positioning his thoughts into one of the pillars of modern physics, Einstein was also the winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.

It is his history within the African-American community that has not had much exposure in the soon-to-be 60 years since his passing. What has been revealed has come courtesy of Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor’s incredible book Einstein on Race and Racism (Rutgers University Press, 2006).

Throughout the 154-page recounting of Einstein’s life and legacy within the civil rights movement, readers are impressed to learn that he not only stood against racism, but delivered speeches and supported initiatives for education and against lynching.

Einstein’s efforts were routinely ignored by the mainstream press, which only highlighted his activities that weren’t geared toward an anti-racist agenda, as his collaborations with the likes of Paul Robeson,Lincoln University, and Marian Anderson are oftentimes overlooked.

Einstein Felt Blacks Were Treated The Way Jews Were In Germany

According to Jerome and Taylor, the mutual pens behind Einstein on Race and Racism, “Einstein realized that African-Americans in Princeton, N.J., were treated like Jews in Germany.” Einstein’s response to the blatant racism and segregation was to cultivate meaningful relationships within the town’s African-American community. In the book, elder blacks who still live in the town recall Einstein as a “white-haired, disheveled figure” who casually and calmly rolled through their streets, oftentimes stopping to strike up conversation with the locals, and handing out sweets to their children. Einstein lived in Princeton from 1933 until his death in 1955.

The writer William Faulkner once said, “History isn’t just a reflection of what was it’s also a reflection of what is.”

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/34617/20150224/black-history-month-6-ways-albert-einstein-supported-civil-rights.htm

http://www.inquisitr.com/1923798/why-is-albert-einsteins-history-with-the-african-american-civil-rights-movement-forgotten/

http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/einstein.asp

Disturbing Comments About Selma and American Sniper

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For those who might get it twisted, I am not comparing Martin Luther King to Chris Kyle; I’m discussing some people’s criticism of both movies and the men themselves. Chris Kyle might have made mistakes, but it is ridiculous to believe he deserved death.

Grace’s commentary on Selma

Grace’s commentary on American Sniper 

 

Sojourner Truth: American History

Synopsis

Born in New York circa 1797, Sojourner Truth was the self-given name, from 1843 onward, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Her best-known speech on racial inequalities, “Ain’t I a Woman?”, was delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.

http://www.biography.com/people/sojourner-truth-9511284

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/truth/1850/1850.html

http://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/people/sojourner_truth.html

FBI Letter Urged MLK To Kill Himself

http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/now-this-news/fbi-letter-to-mlk-jr-urges-suicide-358207043994

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/magazine/what-an-uncensored-letter-to-mlk-reveals.html

Urban Odyssey: Sterling Brown

African-American poet Sterling Brown is best known for writing poetry distinctly rooted in folklore and authentic black dialect. His works, including Southern Road (1932), have been widely praised for their authenticity and phonetic spelling.

Synopsis

Born on May 1, 1901, in Washington, D.C., African-American poet Sterling Brown is best known for his writing rooted in folklore and authentic black dialect. After graduating from Williams College in 1922 and receiving a master’s degree from Harvard University in 1923, Brown began working as a professor. Over the next few years, he began collecting folk songs and stories, and then published Southern Road in 1932. Later works includeNegro Poetry and Drama (1937), The Negro in American Fiction (1937) andThe Negro Caravan (1941). Brown died in Takoma Park, Maryland, on January 13, 1989.

http://www.biography.com/people/sterling-brown-38153

James Weldon Johnson: American History

Born on June 17, 1871, in Jacksonville, Florida, James Weldon Johnson was a civil rights activist, writer, composer, politician, educator and lawyer, as well as one of the leading figures in the creation and development of the Harlem Renaissance. After graduating from Atlanta University, Johnson worked as a principal in a grammar school, founded a newspaper, The Daily American, and became the first African American to pass the Florida Bar. His published works include The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912) and God’s Trombones (1927). Johnson died on June 26, 1938, in Wiscasset, Maine.

http://www.biography.com/people/james-weldon-johnson-9356013#synopsis

Great Black Women in American History

The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader

Seventy-one years before Rosa Parks’s courageous act of resistance, police dragged a young black journalist named Ida B. Wells off a train for refusing to give up her seat. The experience shaped Wells’s career, and—when hate crimes touched her life personally—she mounted what was to become her life’s work: an anti-lynching crusade that captured international attention.

This volume covers the entire scope of Wells’s remarkable career, collecting her early writings, articles exposing the horrors of lynching, essays from her travels abroad, and her later journalism. The Light of Truth is both an invaluable resource for study and a testament to Wells’ long career as a civil rights activist.

An amazing woman, and human being; with a courage unmatched by many in society.

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