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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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Amber Ruffin Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Song

Amber Ruffin Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Song

-Today is Martin Luther King Day. Here to celebrate is one of our writers. Please give it up for Amber Ruffin, everyone. [ Cheering and applause ] ♪♪ -♪ Get up and shout, Yay! ♪ ♪ It’s Martin Luther King Day ♪ ♪ It’s a day we look upon ♪ ♪ With happiness and cheer ♪ ♪ Get up and shout, Yay! ♪ ♪ It’s Martin Luther King Day ♪ ♪ It’s the day we remember ♪ ♪ What he…

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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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America Will Be – Episode 1: Uniting a Movement

America Will Be – Episode 1: Uniting a Movement

Workers who make minimum wage are protesting across the metro Atlanta area, and not just here, but also across the country. And this is supposed to be the richest most powerful United States or something. We can’t get clean water to our people. The fight for clean water, the fight for environmental justice, the fight for living wages, the fight for voting rights, the fight for health care are all interlocked. That’s why we’ve gotta have a Poor People’s Campaign….

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Fannie Lou Hamer’s Powerful Testimony | Freedom Summer

Fannie Lou Hamer’s Powerful Testimony | Freedom Summer

The testimony before the Credentials Committee, the FDP had a line up of very different people. They had Rita Schwerner, the widow of Mickey, who had been killed in Neshoba County. They had Martin Luther King. Everybody knew King. The seating of the delegation from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, has political and moral significance far beyond the borders of Mississippi, or the halls of this convention. But the highlight of that testimony was that of Fannie Lou Hamer. The…

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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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Marxist Lucifer King

Marxist Lucifer King

My four little children, will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the judge of their character. I have a dream today. Martin Luther King Junior is a man that is universally praised as one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century. Every year on the 3rd Monday in January, a national holiday is celebrated in his honor. But the truth is, that Martin Luther King…

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Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘Great March to Freedom Rally’ Speech – Detroit, Michigan – June 23, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘Great March to Freedom Rally’ Speech – Detroit, Michigan – June 23, 1963

My good friend, the Reverend C. L. Franklin, all of the officers and members of the Detroit Council of Human Rights, distinguished platform guests, ladies and gentlemen, I cannot begin to say to you this afternoon how thrilled I am, and I cannot begin to tell you the deep joy that comes to my heart as I participate with you in what I consider the largest and greatest demonstration for freedom ever held in the United States. [Applause] And I…

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Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Birth of a New Nation’ April 7, 1957

Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Birth of a New Nation’ April 7, 1957

I want to preach this morning from the subject: “The Birth of a New Nation.” And I would like to use as a basis for our thinking together, a story that has long since been stenciled on the mental sheets of succeeding generations. It is the story of the Exodus, the story of the flight of the Hebrew people from the bondage of Egypt, through the wilderness and finally, to the Promised Land. It’s a beautiful story. I had the…

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