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Hoodwinked History: How False Civil Rights Narratives Distort Modern Freedom Struggles | The Root

Hoodwinked History: How False Civil Rights Narratives Distort Modern Freedom Struggles | The Root

-We all know how sanitized mainstream black history has become. Matin Luther King Jr.? Now he was a kumbaya preacher-man. Rosa Parks was a tired seamstress- she didn’t get up because he feet were hurting. Can you blame her? Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, everybody loved Muhammad Ali. Turns out that this remixed, retelling of black history is doing more harm than good. Today’s package: Whitewashing Black History. Over the years what we’ve come to refer to…

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The Haitian Revolution – Fire and Freedom – Extra History – #3

The Haitian Revolution – Fire and Freedom – Extra History – #3

August 22nd, 1791. North Provence, Saint-Domingue. A dog barks, waking the plantation manager. He tells the mutt to quiet down and drifts back to sleep. Minutes later, there’s another noise. He rises and goes to the window, where he then sees that his house is surrounded by the plantation slaves, carrying machetes and torches. “Who goes there!” he calls. A voice like thunder answers. “It is Death!” “Birth of the People” by HydroCarboM Across the North, the cane fields burned…

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Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

[music]>>JOHN LEWIS: I remember it like it was yesterday. We got off the bus and a group of young white men started beating us.>>JUDY RICHARDSON: We were put into the county jail. I suddenly realize I’m by myself and they can do anything they want to to me.>>CHARLES COBB: We knew that if you wanted to get some attention paid to what was going on in Mississippi, well, you bring the country’s children. [music] The biggest misconception of the movement…

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Becoming Equal Under the Law – A Quest for Freedom

Becoming Equal Under the Law – A Quest for Freedom

My great-great-grandfather was born on a plantation in Southampton, Virginia. He was born to the Blow family. They eventually moved to St. Louis. At this point, they had debts. And they had to sell something to cure those debts. My great-great-grandfather was purchased by an Army surgeon. The slave is taken into the Wisconsin Territory, in what is now Minnesota. And he met and married a young lady. Slaves were prohibited, actually, to marry, so it’s pretty special that they…

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This Is America – Animation – This Is Black History

This Is America – Animation – This Is Black History

Ya, ya, ya, ya, ya ya, ya ya, go go away. Ya, ya, ya, ya, ya ya, ya ya, go go away. Ya, ya, ya, ya, ya ya, ya ya, go go away. Ya, ya, ya, ya, ya ya, ya ya, go go away. We just want to tell you. About our history. Tell you all the things Black people used to do. Ah, things you never knew of. You would not believe. Going to have you tripping On all…

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The Freedom Singers Perform at the White House: 8 of 11

The Freedom Singers Perform at the White House: 8 of 11

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon: In 1962 in my hometown, we were engaged in a very intense struggle against racial segregation and there were mass jailings. At one point, a federal judge issued an injunction with names on it of the people they thought were the leaders of the movement. Reverend Samuel Wells was in Shiloh Baptist Church that night and he said, “I’m not going to let no injunction turn me ’round.” ♪♪ (singing) ♪♪ Ain’t gonna let nobody turn…

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The Nations Biggest Collection Of Racist Objects Are All In A Michigan College Basement (HBO)

The Nations Biggest Collection Of Racist Objects Are All In A Michigan College Basement (HBO)

I started collecting racist objects when I was a teenager and the stuff was everywhere. At a certain point I ended up with thousands of pieces. I didn’t know what I would do with it, I just thought a lot about what it meant to be a person of color living during Jim Crow. I had no intention of creating a museum, but the collection kept growing, so in the 1990s I gave my collection to the University. I took…

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony

Ladies and gentlemen please welcome our distinguished speakers please welcome the 43rd president of the United States George W bush and former first lady Ms. Laura Bush ladies and gentlemen the president of the United States accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama. please remain standing for the national anthem. who’s so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o’er the ramparts we watch were so gallantly streaming. And the rockets…

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