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All posts for the day July 6th, 2015
“The Confederates won with the pen (and the noose) what they could not win on the battlefield: the cause of white supremacy and the dominant understanding of what the war was all about. We are still digging ourselves out from under the misinformation they spread, which has manifested in our public monuments and our history books.” James W. Loewen
“Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong” here: http://bit.ly/1CdNGST
“I removed the flag not only in defiance of those who enslaved my ancestors in the southern United States, but also in defiance of the oppression that continues against black people globally in 2015, including the ongoing ethnic cleansing in the Dominican Republic. I did it in solidarity with the South African students who toppled a statue of the white supremacist, colonialist Cecil Rhodes
I did it for all the fierce black women on the front lines of the movement and for all the little black girls who are watching us. I did it because I am free.” Bree Newsome. Continue reading: http://bit.ly/1FLvz1M
Sharing another moment in history: On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass, delivered his now-iconic speech entitled, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” at an event at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York,
click this lick to read it here. (http://bit.ly/1zcRRtx) Ray Raphael on the hidden people’s history of the Declaration of Independence stated, we recommend this food for thought: “We should understand that July 4th, 1776, in many ways, represents a counterrevolution. That is to say that what helped to prompt July 4th, 1776, was the perception amongst European settlers on the North American mainland that London was moving rapidly towards abolition. This perception was prompted by Somerset’s case, a case decided in London in June 1772 which seemed to suggest that abolition, which not only was going to be ratified in London itself, was going to cross the Atlantic and basically sweep through the mainland, thereby jeopardizing numerous fortunes, not only based upon slavery, but the slave trade. That’s the short answer.”
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On July 6, 1957, Althea Gibson won women’s singles title at Wimbledon, becoming FIRST African American to win the title in the tournament’s 80-year history, and the first champion to receive the trophy personally from Queen Elizabeth
REMEMBERING MEDGAR EVANS Today.
Medgar Evers – July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963 – Evans was a black civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi.
Evers was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith and was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1963, he was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP and in 1969, Medgar Evers College was established in Brooklyn, New York, as part of the City University of New York.
On July 4, 1963, Clyde Kennard, an unsung hero of civil rights, died at the age of 36 from cancer. A Korean War veteran, Kennard put his life on the line in the 1950s by attempting to enroll at Mississippi Southern College and seeking to become the first African American to attend.
Kennard wrote poignant letters about the need for desegregation and his right to attend Mississippi Southern College. Instead of being admitted, the state of Mississippi framed him on criminal charges for a petty crime and sentenced him to seven years of hard labor at Parchman Penitentiary where he was beaten and serious health problems went untreated. Read more about Kennard’s brave story and his moving letters on the Zinn Education Project website: http://bit.ly/1ghbmMw Read more July 4 people’s history stories from throughout U.S. history here: http://bit.ly/1JDtrkk Portrait by Robert Shetterly of Americans Who Tell the Truth.