Black History

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Black History

CHANGING THE FACE OF CURRENCY-Maya Angelou

“Each 2022 quarter is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of accomplishments being celebrated throughout this historic coin program. Maya Angelou, featured on the reverse of this first coin in the series, used words to inspire and uplift,” Mint Deputy Director Ventris C. Gibson said in a statement.

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Black History

Minnesota Wild celebrates Black History Month

In late December, in conjunction with the NHL’s annual Winter Classic outdoor game coming to Minneapolis, the league debuted it’s Black Hockey History Mobile Tour, commemorating Black players in the game, past and present. The tour will continue throughout the U.S. this winter and spring.

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Black History

MLK’s Missing Legacy: Woke Warrior Part 4

Sadly, too many of today’s generations of White Americans, including those in positions of power and influence who were young adults when King was alive, still lack awareness of the three demands of the Negro Revolution:

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Black History

MLK’s Missing Legacy: Woke Warrior Part 3

Let’s also note the fact that MLK was alive and active in leading the Negro Revolution before … and after … the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Most Americans aren’t aware that this was yet another ineffective law, among a series of ineffective CRAs passed by Congress, dating back to the first in 1866.  

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Black History

MLK’s Missing Legacy: Woke Warrior Part 1

More than 50 years after his assassination, no schools in the nation portray King as a non-violent warrior leading a revolution in a war against segregationist policies and practices that protect white supremacy. But that’s how King described himself, specifically invoking the war motif.

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Black History

Vedet Coleman-Robinson

Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Oral History Collection
Vedet Coleman-Robinson is the Executive Director of the Association of African American Museums. This oral history collection explores the work of leaders in the field of Black museums

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Black History

Exploring the History of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, while it has picked up some greater awareness in the last decade, has never gotten the same attention and excitement as Christmas and Hanukkah.

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Black History

Dawoud Bey on visualizing history

Dawoud Bey is an American photographer and educator known for his large-scale art photography and street photography portraits, including American adolescents in relation to their community, and other often marginalized subjects

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Photo by Carmen Robles
Black History

A Conversation with David Rodriguez – PART 3

First of all, the term “Afro-Latino” was coined by Arturo Schomburg, who is considered “The Father of Afro-American Studies”, and an early pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance movement.  A highly educated man from Puerto Rico who realized the high number of Afro-Cubans and Afro-Puerto Ricans in Harlem at the time needed an identity to connect and define this demographic of people.  

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Photo by Carmen Robles
Awareness

A Conversation with David Rodriguez – PART 2

First of all, the term “Afro-Latino” was coined by Arturo Schomburg, who is considered “The Father of Afro-American Studies”, and an early pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance movement.  A highly educated man from Puerto Rico who realized the high number of Afro-Cubans and Afro-Puerto Ricans in Harlem at the time needed an identity to connect and define this demographic of people.  

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Photo by Associated Press
Advocacy

A CULTURAL AWAKENING: International Decade for People of African Descent

Before Christopher Columbus changed the name to Puerto Rico, my island was named Boriquen, and Puerto Ricans call themselves Boricuas, in honor of our ancestors. Our roots are linked to Afrodecendientes aka Afro-Latinos, descendants of enslaved West Africans brought to the US, the Caribbean and South America during the diaspora of the Atlantic slave trade.

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