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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 Civil Rights Movement: A Cultural Revolution

The Civil Rights Movement: A Cultural Revolution

America’s civil rights movement ushered in an era of a cultural revolution in the United States. It was a great unifying time and I’ll fight for freedom, justice and equality that brought together young white people and older whites and African Americans that was for freedom. We got involved because we knew that right is might and wrong is very strong. The legacy of slavery continued to define the collective consciousness of blacks and whites. Jim Crow laws and customs…

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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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Who Were the Freedom Riders? | The Civil Rights Movement

Who Were the Freedom Riders? | The Civil Rights Movement

Freedom Rides are a dramatic moment that occurred at the peak of the Civil Rights era in 1961. They were a response to a law that had been passed. So in 1961, a northern group of civil rights activists called CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality, decides to test this law by calling together activists of different ages, of different races, of different educational and economic backgrounds, and of different religions to travel together, sitting side-by-side on interstate buses from…

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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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Fighting for Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad

Fighting for Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad

(dogs barking) (dramatic music) (dogs barking) (dramatic music) (knocking and door opens) [Male Guest] A friend of a friend sent me. [Gentleman] Come in, quickly! It’s alright You’re safe here. [Lewis Hayden Voiceover] I belonged to the Reverend Adam Rankin, in Lexington, Kentucky. My master was a minister, yet he sold my mother. He sold all my brothers and sisters at auction. He swapped me for a pair of horses. [Narrator] From the time of its inception, America was deeply…

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