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Mary Fields (c. 1832–1914),also known as Stagecoach Mary and Black Mary, was the first African-American female star route mail carrier in the United States. She was not an employee of the United States Post Office; the Post Office Department did not hire or employ mail carriers..
for star routes but rather awarded star route contracts to persons who proposed the lowest qualified bids, and who in accordance with the Department’s application process posted bonds and sureties to substantiate their ability to finance the route. Once a contract was obtained,
...the contractor could then drive the route themselves, sublet the route, or hire an experienced driver. Some individuals obtained multiple star route contracts and conducted the operations as a business. #BlackHistoryMonth2020 🇺🇸
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Sitting here reading the words of the great Robert F. Williams being reminded how ashamed I am of the @naacpimageaward and the @NAACP itself for giving this award to @RepMaxineWaters last year. I’m a Lifetime Member of the NAACP and have not be able to justify the $10K I gave...
to support the Hollywood Chapter. They have ostracized me during my time of need 13 years ago and continue to “bend over backwards” to the liberals that pays their bills. The Board Members should be bold enough to just dismantle this irrelevant and shady organization forever.
I’m baffled at the silence of the @NAACP regarding the “suspicous” death of my friend and Ferguson Activist Darren Seals. Not to mention the ‘untimely ‘deaths of the other Ferguson Activists. Apparently Black Lives Don’t Matter to these spineless and lackluster traitors, who kiss
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Edward Wilmot Blyden was an educator, writer, diplomat, and politician primarily in Liberia. Born in the West Indies, he joined the free black immigrants from the United States who migrated to the region. He taught for five years in the British West African Colony of...
...of Sierra Leone in the early 20th century. His writings on Pan-Africanism were influential in both colonies. These were founded during the slavery years for the resettlement of free blacks from Great Britain and the United States.
In fact, W.E.B. Du Bois was heavily influenced by Edward Wilmot Blyden, who I consider the “Father of Pan-Africanism” and not W.E.B. Du Bois as many have been taught. That said, both men inspired me to seek my historic dual-citizenship given to me solely based on my DNA...
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Mama Assata Shakur ❤️🖤💚

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REPORT: Barnes & Noble canceled tonight's panel. the books were not on display, but they will be behind the cash wrap at 6 p.m. Had a great conversation in the store with Sanyu Dillon, who oversees corporate marketing at Penguin Random House. She gave me more backstory.

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Idea came from @TBWAChiatNY - without knowing the titles that would be chosen or what the covers would look like, POC leaders at PRH decided to support Barnes & Noble in this campaign. It was NOT intended as their only initiative for #BlackHistoryMonth2020.

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Sanyu assured me and others present including reporters that only this store would be getting the books. It is not, she tells me, a national campaign.

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#BlackHistoryMonth is American History. #BlackHistoryMonth2020

Josiah Thomas Walls was born enslaved.

But the Civil War freed him, and he decided to fight.

He enlisted with the Union Army, served out the war. Bought land. Got educated.

Here's what happened next:
The Ku Klux Klan began a campaign of terrorism against freed Blacks in Florida.

Josiah, already a community leader, was unafraid. At the urging of his party, he ran for Congress.

His opponent? A former slave owner and a Confederate army veteran.
The slave owner started a smear campaign. Josiah, the former slave, wasn't "educated enough" to serve in Congress, he argued.

Josiah's response? He challenged him to a debate.

The campaign raged on. Josiah was holding strong. They tried to kill him.

On election day, he won.
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It is fitting to elevate #RosaParks on #TransitEquityDay & I’m reminded of Blk women who have held transit systems accountable from day 1. Just a few below, & I’d love to learn of others! Sister Harriet was manhandled on public transit @NedraDeadwyler @SPARCChub @waberosescott
Black while going to church...in the 1880s
citylab.com/equity/2018/10…
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Um, should I be offended that the theme of UW’s #BlackHistoryMonth2020 is Afrofuturism: B(l)ack to the Future & literally no one asked me to participate in any of the month-long series of events on a topic I literally wrote a book on?
I think it’s mostly student organized. I truly am not taking it personally. I mean, I’m on leave & traveling a bunch this month anyway. But I saw the announcement & was like...
People told me they saw the theme and assumed I was involved. Nope. Not at all. Literally found out about the theme three days into Black History Month. 🤷🏾‍♀️
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I used to dream about just being good enough to write for @Essence. Certainly never dreamed I’d be featured in it. ❤️❤️
What a time, tho, to be a black creative. We are in the second Renaissance and I am just grateful to be working in tangent with so much brilliance.
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Last year for #BlackHistoryMonth I tweeted about current history makers. Recently I have read about people who I have never heard of before and I majored in history. So I am going to spend the month talking about the forgotten history. #BlackHistoryMonth2020
Georgia Gilmore is shown here at Holt Street Baptist Church. She was fired from her job at the National Lunch Company for supporting the bus boycott. Big mistake! It freed her up to do more.
She founded the Club from Nowhere, a group of women who cooked and sold their sandwiches, chicken dinners, pound cake, and sweet tea to fund the Montgomery Improvement Association (the Montgomery Boycott) She was the only named officer to protect the other members.
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This thread is for #white #vegans & #animalrights activists who recognize we are often the problem in the way we articulate issues having to do with the other animals. One step is to learn as much as you can about #WhiteSupremacy & #WhitePrivilege. Read! #BlackHistoryMonth2020
Do you know the history of the Civil Rights movement? You could start by reading vol 1 of "America in the King Years," "Parting the Waters" by @taylorbranch. simonandschuster.com/books/Parting-…
@taylorbranch In 1962, the Civil Rights Commission was going to make a very strong statement about racism. Politically, it would be problematic for President Kennedy. JFK was told "It is legal for the police to use dogs." So, turn to "Afro-Dog" next. cup.columbia.edu/book/afro-dog/…
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❤️🇺🇸 #BeBest❤️🇺🇸 Learn about our Nation's great heritage. #BlackHistoryMonth
Larry Elder: Black History Month, Racism and the Top Issues Affecting Blacks in America theepochtimes.com/larry-elder-bl… via
@epochtimes
@EpochTimes ❤️🇺🇸🌹#BlackHistoryMonth
WWI Hero Henry Johnson Finally Receives Medal of Honor
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@EpochTimes ❤️🇺🇸 Learning should never end . . . #BlackHistoryMonth2020
DENNARD: President Trump Is Making History For Black Colleges And Universities dailycaller.com/2019/09/10/den… via @dailycaller
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For #BlackHistoryMonth2020 I will be highlighting the scholarship and efforts of Black scholars in the study of religion
#BHM #BlackHistoryMonth
Charles H. Long, author of the important book Significations: Signs, Symbols, and Images in the Interpretation of Religion (1986). More recently Long published Ellipsis: The Collected Writings of Charles H. Long (2018)
Judith Weisenfeld @JLWeisenfeld
Author of:

New World A-Coming: Black Religion & Racial Identity during the Great Migration

Hollywood Be Thy Name: African American Religion in American Film, 1929-1949

African American Women & Christian Activism: New York’s Black YWCA, 1905-1945
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People complain Black History Month focuses on just a few historical figures & events, but here's an antidote. 20 years in the making, this monumental work is still in print. I publish excerpts occasionally (not just in Feb) but it's best to read the book brambleman.com/the-way-it-was…
Antebellum Georgia History brambleman.com/georgias-most-…
Civil War and Reconstruction in Georgia brambleman.com/take-that-scar…
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Come along as we celebrate Black men and women who have contributed to academia. This month we are going to honor these brilliant academics in history who you may not know about. Let's learn about them together. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryMonth2020 #BlackLivesMatter Enjoy!
Day 1: Edward Bouchet (Sept.15, 1852- Oct.28, 1918) graduated from Yale with a PhD in Physics in 1876. He was among the first of 20 Americans to be awarded a PhD in Physics (the 6th of any race at Yale). Due to racial discrimination, Bouchet was unable to #BlackHistoryMonth 1/2
secure a university position so he moved to Philly & became a teacher at the Institute for Colored Youth (now called Cheyney University of Pennsylvania). Read more about Edward Bouchet here: bit.ly/38ZQ9Cm 2/2 #BlackHistoryMonth2020
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OK folks, it's the first day of #BlackHistoryMonth2020 #BlackHistoryMonth and that means peak season for the black Confederate myth. As many of you know I trace the origins of this myth to the Sons of Confederate Veterans back in the 1970s. The story goes something like this.
In an attempt to push back against an evolving Civil War memory in the 1970s, which included a new emphasis on emancipation, slavery, and black Union soldiers, the SCV started highlighting its own black soldiers as a way to defend the honor of their ancestors.
The Internet--especially social media--has kept this myth alive. @SCVHQ goes out of its way during February to flood its social media platforms with these mythical stories. This new video is a horrifying example. facebook.com/SCVOfficialPag…
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