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On July 27, 1919, racial tensions exploded when seventeen-year-old Eugene Williams drowned in Lake Michigan after crossing the unofficial segregation-line and being stoned by a group of white youths. #RedSummer100 #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory
When police officers arrived on the scene, they refused to arrest the white man whom eyewitnesses pointed to as the responsible party. Angry crowds began to gather on the beach, and reports of the incident spread quickly. #RedSummer100 #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory
Violence broke out among mobs of black and white Chicagoans, mostly on the South Side neighborhood. Police were unable to stop the riots, the state militia was called in on the fourth day, but the fighting continued until August 3rd. #RedSummer100 #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory
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The “Queen of Disco” Donna Summer was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston in 1948. “Love to Love You Baby” was released in 1975 and became the single that would catapult Summer to international disco stardom. #APeoplesJourney #SmithsonianMusic #APeoplesGroove
The 17-minute long track, featuring Summer repeating the title lyrics in her signature ethereal vocal style, reached no. 2 on the American pop chart, becoming a disco standard. Summer would go on to release a string of hit disco and pop albums in the next decade #SmithsonianMusic
Her 1979 album Bad Girls, however, showcased Summer’s notable ability to transcend the disco genre - in addition to her pop sound, Summer also incorporated R&B, soul, and even rock influences into what would become the most successful album of her career. #SmithsonianMusic
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#OTD in 1865, enslaved African Americans were notified of their freedom by Union troops in Galveston Bay, TX—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

Known as #Juneteenth, this day is widely celebrated as the end of chattel slavery in the U.S. #APeoplesJourney
Though it has long been celebrated among the African American community, it is a history that has been marginalized & still remains largely unknown to the wider public. The legacy of #Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope & urgent organizing in uncertain times. #APeoplesJourney
For more than 250,000 African Americans in Galveston, Texas, June 19, 1865, signaled the final day of their enslavement. Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863, Texas had yet to officially recognize the President’s executive order.
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Marching bands are rooted in military training exercises & combat formations. AA marching bands & drumlines honored service in U.S. conflicts, while highlighting the absence of civil rights despite sacrifices to defend the nation. #APeoplesJourney #Homecoming #SmithsonianMusic
While laws prevented black people from carrying weapons, they were allowed to hold musical instruments. Many were assigned to the fife & drum corps—musicians that played small flutes & drums to boost the spirits of fighters, a tradition that goes back to the Revolutionary War.
Music became an expression of solidarity & pride. Marching bands evolved from their military roots to become vehicles of civil disobedience during Jim Crow segregation—and as a way to reclaim space.

The military’s only all-black female band battled & won:
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African American soldiers have served in every war in the United States. In choosing to join the military, African Americans sought to have their service understood by the nation as a demand for liberty and citizenship. We honor your sacrifice. #VeteransDay #APeoplesJourney
African American men and women who engaged in the military made their service useful not only for the good of their country, but to benefit both their personal lives and their community. #VeteransDay #APeoplesJourney
Approximately 5,000 to 6,000 African Americans served in the Colonial Forces; an estimated 20,000 served with the British Forces. Prince Simbo was a Revolutionary War Patriot who fought for his country's liberty, while many remained enslaved. #VeteransDay #APeoplesJourney
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Today in 1861, the Civil War began when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter, S.C. Nearly 200,000 black men served as Union soldiers during the war. Neither side predicted that African Americans would transform the war into a battle for freedom. #ANationsStory
Slavery and its expansion into the western territories divided the nation. Republican Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 election with less than 40% of the popular vote & without winning southern states. News of his victory prompted a secession movement across the South. #ANationsStory
Slavery was deeply woven into the fabric of the United States and challenged the meaning of democracy. Enslaved people’s work formed an economic engine for the country. Bought and sold as property, enslaved people were valued at an estimated $2.7 billion in 1860. #ANationsStory
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To maintain segregation in the South, many white residents sought to make fear part of everyday life for African Americans. #APeoplesJourney
Their tactics included physical violence, economic threats, and psychological intimidation, as well as sexual exploitation. #APeoplesJourney
Confederate veterans organized the first Ku Klux Klan group in Tennessee in 1865—intent on intimidating freedmen across the South.
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