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For you two @SonnieJohnson @JaVonniBrustow ...

A History of the Lily-White Movement - Richmond, Virginia

"In 1920, state Republican leaders decided that in order to win, they needed to establish a “lily white” image. At their state conventions in 1920 and 1921, ... Image
@SonnieJohnson @JaVonniBrustow ..., the Lily White Republicans barred black voters from attendance. Black delegates were not seated in 1921.

Racial justice did not make it onto the platform. Image
"In response, 600 Black delegates met in Richmond on September 5, 1921, and nominated their own Republican candidates for state office—all Black." Image
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Rare video 📹: Black Wall Street. #BlackWallStreet #BlackHistoryMonth
#BlackWallStreet is a very serious reminder of the dissimilar history African American businesses had to endure, endured, things, that most of "The Newly Arrived" would've never survived. And, despite our history: Today, they ask "Why can't you just be like the good Asians".
You could have built to the moon 🌚 and watch it all disappear, all in one night, all in one night! The legal beneficiaries of our pain, being falsely compared to us. Centuries of working for free; due to slavery,

And, now, this. After all that — and we were supposedly "free".
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Today is Joe Biden's 100th day as President with a majority in both the House and Senate.

Here is the most comprehensive thread on how, like Trump, he has failed us thus far. ⤵️ 1/
Despite being dragged into office on the back of last summer's protests led by black activists, Biden has largely ignored #BlackLivesMatter and their policy demands since their inauguration. 2/
Biden, who oversaw the militarization of our police as VP, promised very minor reform by executive order in week one. It never came.

Instead, he's now transferring even more weapons to cops at a faster rate than Trump had been. 3/
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Had a fun time talking about #leadership in #STEM (at any stage of career), #BlackExcellence #WomenInSTEM #DEI #DiversityandInclusion to a range of students and faculty at @tennesseetech. Thanks for the invitation @JosephCSlater. Look forward to building further on this.
Talked about ways to take on community level leadership roles to develop skills in acquiring funding, managing a budget, team building, managing people, executing.

Know what you are good at and balance the rest with your team. Don’t try to be it all.
Particularly on #Twitter, being overt about terms like #bias or #BLM or #racism can result in blowback. That does not mean what you said was wrong rather others may have insecurity or have work to do. Manage your energy as an advocate. Avoid burnout.

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1/ Time for a rant.

People denying your lived experience is infuriating.

Many promises were made after George Floyd but now I see it was a social media trend. People are bored now.

Now we have been told to shut up, sit down & carry on as normal.

Institutional racism is real.
2/ Also I’m getting tired of educating people who don’t want to do the work.

After George Floyd, many PoC laid bare the struggles that we faced in our daily lives & gave intimate details of what it’s like to constantly be treated different just because of your skin colour
3/ We posted resources, gave lectures, made documentaries & had webinars to discuss this.

Because of BLM & George Floyd, #BlackHistoryMonth was expanded for 4 months!

I had hope then.

But this report has confirmed my worst suspicions. It basically said we are making it up. OK.
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How Discrimination in Judaism led to the growth of Christianity

A story about an African Queen, and her treasurer, a black (Jewish) Cushite ✡ eunuch (a sexual minority) convert to a new Jewish sect called, The Way — today, it's called Christianity.

The Black Queen in The New Testament

“Toward the end of Acts, Philip converts an #Ethiopian eunuch to Christianity. He's described as “a court official of “Candace” queen of the Ethiopians” and as being “in charge of all her treasure”.
“Interestingly, the eunuch is also said to have traveled to Jerusalem in order to worship there. While there are plenty of questions raised by the eunuch’s presence in the text, I felt more intrigued by those concerning the queen he served.”

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The next #VisibleWomen is Monday, March 29. This is gonna be a thread about that.
I should probably start at the start -- the first #VisibleWomen day was in 2016. It started out of frustration at the perception that it was hard to find women who were qualified or wanted to draw mainstream comics. The first VW was for artists only. It went well.
So we did it again 6 months later. The goal was never just visibility; the goal was to get women work, to get them PAID. So we started producing a spreadsheet from the hashtag and offering it free of charge to any hiring professional in the publishing industry.
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People choose to overlook the learning happening in schools during this pandemic, but for many of us doing the teaching, we've been VERY BUSY finding new opportunities to make learning more inclusive and empowering for all of our students. 1/
When our entire school was fully remote, we realized that we could finally organize school-wide events. Pre-pandemic, we had +1600, making events such as our Juneteenth, BLM at School, & Lunar New Year events near impossible. Now? We have zoom + almost all Ss w/devices! 2/
The @BrooklynMs88 equity team will be hosting its 4th school-wide event 2mrw: A combined #BlackHistoryMonth + #WomensHistoryMonth celebration!

A zoom celebration means that all students & their FAMILIES are welcome! Yay! This has been the BEST part.

*flyer by @maimizunooo* 3/ Image
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35.01/ Week thirty-five, March 13-19 2021, begins here. Last week's thread is below.
35.02/ An accurate thread of Ashkenazi culture on #Passover. [Hint: we rabbis haven't forbade potatoes yet. But don't provoke us]
35.03/ Thread about #PiDay, Albert Einstein and the movie IQ. Because, of course
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Okay, I'm about to start listening.
Thanks @AmyBaugher for bringing this podcast to my attention, and thanks @statsepi for preparing me for the offenses I'm about to hear.

And to think, this was released during #BlackHistoryMonth

🧵 live tweeting this podcast
Title: #StructuralRacism for Doctors- What is it?
1st the title is distressing. Why are we still asking what is it? Why aren't we focused on addressing it? Still defining something that is clear, noted in research, & pervasive is problematic & stalls progress.
Pressing play now
"We discussed structural racism. Going into this interview I didn't understand the concept." I'm confused, who are you? There's no introduction of the narrator. What field is he from? What work does he do? Does he interact with patients & not understand this life & death concept?
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#tdih 1955 "I could not move, because history had me glued to the seat. . . Sojourner Truth’s hands were pushing me down on one shoulder & Harriet Tubman’s hands were pushing me down on another, & I could not move. — Claudette Colvin, #BlackHistoryMonth…
At 15, Claudette Colvin had been politicized by false arrest & torture of her classmate, poet Jeremiah Reeves . . . she refused to move on bus. "'We’d been studying Constitution [in school #BHM] . . . I knew I had rights.'” -- Read:… via @JeanneTheoharis Jeremiah Reeves
Colvin’s case went to trial in May. The judge strategically dropped two charges (for disturbing peace and breaking the segregation law), found her guilty of assaulting officers. Therefore, appealing her case could not directly challenge the segregation law. -- @JeanneTheoharis
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#NP - "TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT" - Isley Brothers

Nat King Cole and Sidney Poitier.

“In 1964, Sir Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field.”


- Born: Feb, 20, 1927
- He is 94 years old.

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The DR is building a border wall between itself and Haiti. Securitized borders there are an import from the US Border Patrol, part of an initiative to "fight terror." In truth, it is another effort to externalize migration, to force refugees to stay in their countries of abuse 1/
Context: Haiti is in the midst of a political uprising and pandemic. Despite both of these facts, the US has continued to deport and illegally expel (with no screening for fear of return) Haitian nationals, including children. It continued to do so during #BlackHistoryMonth. 2/
Some of the conditions that exist in Haiti today are related to the US' support for father and son dictators in Haiti. Also, DR dictator Rafael Trujillo, who first trained with the US military, ordered the Parsley Massacre where tens of thousands of Haitians were slaughtered. 3/
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In the late 1600s or early 1700s, a man was enslaved and brought to Boston. He was renamed Onesimus, meaning "useful, helpful, or profitable." We do not know his real name.
He would become one of the most important figures in American public health. #BlackHistoryMonth
In 1716, he taught Americans something he had learned in Africa: that a small, controlled infection of smallpox could protect from future serious disease. This "inoculation" was the precursor of vaccines.
It was practiced in China, the Middle East, and Africa, but not Europe.
Before its eradication in 1980 (a scientific and medical miracle), Smallpox was a blight on humanity, killing 500 million people in the last 100 years of its existence alone, and scarring and blinding survivors.
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On this final day of #BlackHistoryMonth  2021, you’re invited to listen to Paul Robeson’s powerful 1956 HUAC testimony re-enacted by Avery Brooks.

If anyone was ever “canceled” it was Paul Robeson. Powerful.

2/6 - Paul Robeson’s HUAC testimony as re-enacted by Avery Brooks 🔥
3/6 - Paul Robeson’s HUAC testimony as re-enacted by Avery Brooks 🔥
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While this is the last post of our #BlackHistoryMonth series, our work to amplify Black voices and stories in STEM doesn’t end in February, and will continue all year, every year. Today we highlight Roger Arliner Young.
She was the first Black woman in the US to earn a Ph.D. in Zoology, the first known Black woman to do research at the Marine Biological Laboratory and called a “real genius in zoology” by her mentor at the time and a fellow Black STEM pioneer, Ernest Everett Just.
She focused on paramecium anatomy and the impact of UV radiation on sea urchin eggs, was the first Black woman published in “Science” which led to prestigious recognition, and stepped in as head of the Howard zoology department while Dr. Just was away in Europe.
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1/ On this final day of #BlackHistoryMonth & on this #CiteBlackWomenSunday, I am overflowing with gratitude as I share my first @NEJM publication.

🧵to reflect and give thanks

Without Sanctuary | NEJM…
2/ I am indebted to so many for this piece--but most especially, my patients. They are so much more than my muses. They are the ones that force me to confront myself & strive for something better; my greatest teachers; & are my true north when the why gets hard to see or remember
3/ This piece started as a tweet--a reflection from our first @CPSolvers AntiRacism in medicine podcast. So very grateful to @RheaBoydMD & @RRHDr for their wisdom & generosity of spirit which served as the prompt for my reflection & the words that followed
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Throughout #BlackHistoryMonth, we’ve had the pleasure of talking with some amazing Black creators bringing wonderful art to the screen.

Here’s a quick look back at those interviews, which we would highly recommend reading:
“One of the big surprises … was the length the FBI went to undercut Dr. King.”

Our first interview this month spotlighted Sam Pollard, director of the documentary @MLKFBI:…
“It is fictionalized, but it’s 100 percent powered by the facts.”

Kemp Powers, the screenwriter behind #OneNightInMiami, talked with us about that story, the mastery of @ReginaKing, and more:…
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Throughout #BlackHistoryMonth, our very own producer @BTerrell88 sought out the people making Black history right now.

Watch — you’re getting a first look at the young, gifted, and Black folks shaping tomorrow.
Meet Lauren “Lo” Harris, @loharris_art, the artist who went viral for capturing the trauma and promise of our summer of racial justice.
This is Cavanaugh Bell, an 8-year-old who’s already spent his life savings — and more — to give food and comfort to senior citizens confined to their homes during the pandemic.
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Today's #clubhousetownhall thread starts here! 👇🏻
Starting with what happened this week in #clubhouse, highlighting Bill Gates, a walkthrough room for blind users, Mental Health Summit and a shout out to black creators on the last day of #BlackHistoryMonth. #clubhousetownhall
A few of the black creators name-checked in the recap were invited on stage to talk about what they've been up to. #clubhousetownhall
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This 2nd Sunday of Lent, Mark 9:2-10 asks us to revisit Christ as the"beloved Son,"and rededicate ourselves to Jesus. Our Lenten journey should replicate Matthew 5-7--doing good works: caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, helping the poor.
On this last day of #BlackHistoryMonth, I hope my fellow Catholics and Christians will consider how anti-racist activism can be focal points for our Lenten journey--reading the sermons of MLK, pledging to fight white nationalism, spreading the word of racial justice.
Lent is supposed to be about connecting our personal faith to the path toward the Resurrection. The suffering Christ endured centered on his activism and the reformist work he was doing which put him at odds with the State. We can follow that model and speak truth to power.
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Jour 26 du #BlackHistoryMonth. Pour cet avant-dernier jour, je voulais vous partager une histoire méconnue, inspirée par ma semaine de vacances en Charente-Maritime : celle des soldats coloniaux de l'île d'Aix en 1798-1799. C'est parti pour un mini-thread ⬇️
Déjà l'île d'Aix, pour ceux qui sont nuls en géo (comme moi quoi), c'est quoi ? Une petite île d'1 km2 carrée, située entre Rochefort/La Rochelle et l'île d'Oléron.
A partir de 1795, l'île est utilisée comme dépôt colonial (en parallèle de Dunkerque, Le Havre, Nantes, Bordeaux et Marseille) : elle sert à contrôler les arrivées depuis les colonies en rassemblant les soldats venus des territoires antillais ou libérés par les Anglais.
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If you wanna say “Black,” say Black!

Not underrepresented
Not under-resourced
Not underprivileged
Not low income
Not inner city
Not urban

If you wanna say “Black,” it’s okay to just say... Black. 😉👍🏽
This #BlackHistoryMonth, I am praying for the courage to just say “Black” when I mean it & worry less about upsetting the sensibilities of those unable or unprepared to say “Black” themselves.
I say “Ohioan” when I mean Ohioan
I say “rural” when I mean rural
I say “poor” when I mean poor
I say “immigrant” when I mean immigrant

I can say Black when I mean Black.

And if you’re being truthful & respectful, go ahead and say it, too!

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 removed any legal basis for segregation based on race. After nearly 100 years of repercussions of the compromise of 1877, the Act reclaimed the original intent of the 14th Amendment.
Southern Democrats filibustered for 75 days, attempting to block the Act on the grounds that it intruded on “states’ rights [to treat Black people unjustly and inhumanely]”, which was a long-held tradition in the south.
The Act was finally signed into law in July of 1964, and later that summer it became a point of contention for the Republican party that would ultimately lead to it changing course from supporting civil rights, to supporting southern whites.
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