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Frederick Douglass (fmr. slave and proud black Republican at the time) vs. Gen Robert E. Lee.


"Whatever else I may forget, I shall NEVER forget the difference between those who fought for liberty and those who fought for slavery."
... between those who fought to save the Republic and those who fought to destroy it”.

-- Frederick Douglass

(1894 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York) ImageImage
"Nevertheless, we must NOT be asked to say that the South was right in the rebellion,or to say the North was wrong. We must NOT be asked to put no difference between those who fought for the Union and those who fought against, between loyalty and treason." Image
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It's not "different" in #Cardiff 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿. Cardiff is home to the oldest continuous Black community in the #UnitedKingdom🇬🇧. Historically, Cardiff🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 had one of the largest #Black communities in the #UK🇬🇧. #BlackLivesMatter now, and throughout history. 1/
Mahmood Hussein Mattan, pictured below, was a sailor from #Somaliland and worked as a merchant seamen. His work brought him to #TigerBay in #Cardiff, #Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿.

Here is a photograph of Mahmood. 2/
He wrongfully convicted of the murder of Lily Volpert on 6 March 1952, and the murder took place in the dockland area of South Cardiff, Wales🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿. Within a few hours Mattan was questioned by the Cardiff City Police+ten days later he was charged with Volpert's murder. 3/
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Tonight is the @PeelSchools Board meeting. Meeting supposed to start at 7:30 pm, with lots of people having arrived early. Great to see lots of community advocates present! Got media is here too including @ShreeParadkar #antiBlackracism
.@ShreeParadkar wrote about @PeelSchools
sending a letter stating that a community advocate cannot attend tonight's meeting. My reading of the Bylaws doesn't end up with the same conclusion. Hmm…
After the land acknowledgment and national anthem, Chair MacDonald shares that he wants to make some remarks. In relation to last meeting, he says that the police responded to a request for support after a Trustee Colleague Trustee Green, from what we heard on audio) felt unsafe.
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When @OrlandoPolice’s first Black officers—Belvin Perry Sr. and Richard Arthur Jones—began their careers in 1951, they had secondhand cars and no radios.

They could issue arrests, but if the suspect was white, they weren’t allowed to take them to jail. #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM
Despite these challenges, they served Orlando with professionalism and distinction.

Belvin Perry Sr., Richard Arthur Jones, John W. Jordan, Otha Lee Kelly, Mayo Howard and Gainous Wright were the first Black officers for the @OrlandoPolice
Louis Crooms, Leroy Williams, Tommy Ward, Jimmie Randle, Luis Demps, Roosevelt Sealey and William Williams were the first Black deputies for the @OrangeCoSheriff.
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The Black Priest Who Brought down King Leopold

William Henry Sheppard was one of the earliest African Americans to become a missionary for the Presbyterian Church.

While in Africa he exposed the atrocities of colonialism.
William Henry Sheppard (1865–1927) is often dubbed the "Black Livingstone" after the famed Scottish explorer of Central Africa.…
William Morrison (left) and Dr. William Sheppard (right) with Bakuba witnesses who traveled to Kinshasa for the Sheppard-Morrison trial in 1909.

(Courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Montreat, NC office)
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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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#BHMReadingChallenge! There are 4 weeks of #BHM2020, so I want to issue a challenge. I want Black folks to recommend 4 Black-authored books in 4 genres they think non-Black folks should read. Then I want non-Black folks to post the books they read this month. Got it?
Potential genres for #BHMReadingChallenge: fiction, creative non-fiction, academic non-fiction, poetry, memoir/autobiography, YA, children’s, graphic novel...
Here are mine:
-Pleasure Activism by @adriennemaree (essays & interviews)
-Homie by @Danez_Smif (poetry)
-Medical Apartheid by @haw95 (academic)
-Kindred by @OctaviaEButler (fiction, but also there’s a graphic novel adaptation by @DamianD2Duffy & @JIJennings)
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So…#BHM 2020 is gonna be SAUCY! Wanna see what we’ll be up to? #familyhistory #genealogy #BlackProGen
**Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm Central**
Twitter Chat: #CrewChat Does TV: Roots (1977)

What can you learn from the family story of Alex Haley that can be applied to your own family history research? Join us and see! #BlackProGen
**Wednesday, February 5, 8pm Central**
Episode 103 - Breaking Ancestral Narratives Free. Reminders, watch live, & catch the replay:

Ever wanted to craft a narrative for your ancestors, but you weren’t sure where to start? Tune in! #BlackProGen
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I’ve long said a privilege of spending time with older people is hearing about their lives, these autobiographical stories can transform ones perception of an individual from frailty to one of admiration & awe -#BlackHistoryMonth has reminded me of such an encounter @nhs
Over a period of several years I got to know a couple who would visit my pharmacy, we would talk and chat about the usual pleasantries, until one day the husband let slip about his ‘thing on’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I was then presented with a copy of ‘their book’ #BHM
Modest by nature, I had to press hard for fascinating details of a whole lifetime of activism and campaigning now deposited in archives #BHM2019…
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1/12 I aim over this month to highlight of Afro heritage who are hero’s to me. Some be well known internally, other not so much. This list is about me sharing daily a black historical ( living or deceased) figure who has contributed to me being me, & I wish to celebrate that.
2/12 I’m Vincentian🇻🇨 by birth and wish wish to highlight is Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer, also known as Satuye a Garifuna (Black Carib) chief as my first #BHM. It’s a lengthy tweet. I make no apologies.
3/12. The Garifuna are the indigenous Caribbeans who inhabited the island including St Vincent & Grenadines before the British laid claims to the island in 1672. By the time of Chatoyer’s rule, the people had mixed with the enslaved Africans* mostly from West & Central Africa.
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#BHM - Immigration and, Black Americans: Testimony - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

1. Illegal immigration negatively impacts #ADOS U.S.-born workers.

2. #ADOS Black men are
disproportionately effected.

3. Black men, haven't generally fared well in the U.S. labor market.
#BHM -

1. 6/10 Black men have only a high school degree.

2. 47% of #ADOS men are employed in occupational categories, described as illegal-immigrant heavy Vs. only 34% of native-born white men.

3. Black men unemployment 13% in these same occupations Vs. only 7% for White Men.

Top countries of origin for (DACA) Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals recipients: 97.7% South American.
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Reworked my course on nonprofits and social innovation for #BHM to open each class in Feb with African American history. A thread on the sources I used and how this history helped me frame the seemingly neutral "third sector" as a site of struggle, power, and change 1/
For context--this is an intro course for 40 undergraduate @UMDPublicPolicy @DoGoodatUMD students interested in nonprofits and social innovation. Each class meeting contains both lecture and discussion. Here are the topics we covered: 2/
Nonprofits: The Boston Black United Front and their denial of charitable status by the IRS to discuss nonprofits as spaces for politics, black power, and policing by federal agencies.… 3/
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FYI: White slave masters raped black women regularly, fathered mixed children, & placed those children (their own progeny) into chattel slavery.

White “Christians” worshipped God w/ slaves chained to pews.

If racists will enslave black people; racists can have black employees.
Black slave women who served in the house taking care of white children (Mammys) were considered part of the family. They were more valued like beloved pets than people but racist slave masters white still considered them “family”.
A “good n*gger” was something racists called black people, typically men, who were docile and did exactly what they were told. These blacks were called “friends” & the Psychological manipulation led some slaves to love & protect their masters in return for The “friendship”.
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The Black ⛪️ Church

One of the oldest institutions opposed to #whitesupremacy.

In celebration of #BHM #BlackHistoryMonth, we pay homage to “The Black Ark”, to our teva ark in Hebrew (תבה) — The Black Church.

History of the Black Church in America

The Black Church was our ark in ⛈ weather, our refuge before any dove could be released!
After slavery was abolished, segregationist attitudes in both the North and the South discouraged and even prevented African Americans from worshiping in the same churches as whites.
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The #BrownvBoard ruling followed an arduous, spirited, and inspired legal strategy pioneered by Charles Hamilton Houston: taking aim at segregation and the pernicious precedent of Plessy v. Ferguson through a series of challenges throughout the country. #BlackHistoryMonth
The Supreme Court declared the longstanding doctrine “separate but equal” unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education (1954), one of the most important and celebrated legal cases in American history. #BlackHistoryMonth2019
Houston died in 1950, but his protégée Thurgood Marshall continued to carry the torch, litigating Brown, a coordinated effort which linked five lawsuits against school districts in Kansas, South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. #BHM
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The Black Conservative Civil War

“There is a civil war occurring between the intellectual, solution-driven black conservatives and the fame-oriented, pseudo-intellectuals on the black right.”…

#CPAC2019 #BHM
#BlackLivesMatter #blackconservativemovement
“The most identifiable feature of fame-oriented black conservatives is their absurdist addiction to the inconsequential issue of whether or not blacks choose to identify as African American or just American. They call this the “unhyphenated American” movement.”
“While this issue is unimportant to regular people, it is deeply important to pseudo-intellectual, fame-oriented black conservatives, because it is the key issue that they use to ingratiate themselves with white conservatives.”
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For #BHM Spotlight Sunday, I want to highlight an issue that deeply affected me as a child, and at times, a young adult: Colorism or "the prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group". A thread/
There is no denying that being Black comes with its own sets of struggles, but compound that with being *dark-skinned*? Whew chile, the fight becomes harder, esp. for Black women. There have been times when I am surprised when people call me beautiful. Colorism runs deeep. 2/
The idea of colorism is that the closer you are to being white the better, and you're worth is measured by that cc @SandyDarity @KEBroady work on Blackness…. It's reinforced when the only prominent BW that are uplifted are fair-skinned, e.g. Beyonce. 3/
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This is another form of anti-Black racism we endure on a nearly daily basis everywhere: White ppl making demands of us with the full presupposition that their desire, will and whim at all times has preeminence over ours...followed by their ire and vindictiveness if we dont submit
It's always cloaked in language of "courtesy". "Be courteous." "Iasked nicely." That's the rationalization, the pressure you feel. But it has NOTHING to do with courtesy and everything to do with White Supremacy.
It's not the spirit of courtesy. Ion care how insincerely they grin when they make the "request". Like a discerning Black apostolic church altar worker, Black folks can see that spirit a mile off. It's the spirit of Jim Crow.
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Every day for the rest of the month we'll be bringing you a #FoldingChair #BlackHistoryMonth fact, celebrating a man or woman who created their own seat at the table.
#CreatingCommunityWhereverWeSit #BHM
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm famously said “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” In 1968, Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. She campaigned using the slogan "Unbought and Unbossed."
#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM
Psychiatrist Frantz Fanon was a foundational figure in postcolonial thought and decolonization struggles. His written works have become central in Africana philosophy, due to their commentary on anti-colonial cultures and national liberation.
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The @Wikipedia page of Dr Clarice Phelps (…), researcher @ORNL, has been nominated for deletion because the references fail to establish notability. 🙏🏽 Please vote… and help improve the biography. #BHM #womeninSTEM
The problem is not that she’s not notable, or that @Wikipedia editors are a bunch of sexist trolls waiting to jump on the bio of an impressive scientist, but because despite her success there are very few reliable references I could use. She may have discovered an element, ..
but there’s relatively little written about her from reliable sources. Idea: universities, learned societies, news websites, start profiling these innovative and inspiring underrepresented minority scientists. It would help the @WikiWomenInRed squad a lot!
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The young girl who was to become Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped and taken to Boston on a slave ship in 1761 and purchased by a tailor, John Wheatley, as a personal servant for his wife, Susanna. She was treated kindly in the Wheatley household, almost as a third child.
The Wheatleys soon recognized her talents and gave her privileges unusual for a slave, allowing her to learn to read and write. In less than two years, under the tutelage of Susanna and her daughter, Phillis had mastered English.
She went on to learn Greek and Latin and caused a stir among Boston scholars by translating a tale from Ovid.
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#BlackHistoryMonth starts today: a time to honor African Americans and their powerfully important contributions to our country. All month, we’ll be celebrating black women & the barriers they've broken – often in the face of systemic racism.
Let’s start #BlackHistoryMonth by honoring Fannie Lou Hamer: a fierce civil rights leader. Fannie Lou championed women’s rights, voting rights & workers' rights. She endured violence to help thousands of people register to vote & fight illegal segregation.…
Today on her birthday, we celebrate a powerfully important voice in the fight for racial justice: #RosaParks. Her courageous act on a Montgomery bus changed the civil rights movement & showed our country the power of protest.… #BlackHistoryMonth
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February is #BlackHistoryMonth in the US. As I’ve been doing for past couple of years, every day this month I will post a book by/about a Black feminist or a Black woman whose writing is important to me. #BHM
#1. Some of Us Did Not Die: New & Selected Essays of June Jordan - June Jordan.
#BHM Book: Some of Us Did Not Die: New & Selected Essays of June Jordan.‬<br />
#2. Feminism Is: South Africans Speak Their Truth, Edited by Jen Thorpe (kindle edition)
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As promised, here's a short introduction to #BlackFinnishHistory
First, keep in mind that at present there is no book or course on Black Finnish (or Afro-Finnish/African Finnish) history for me to refer to. There's info out there but it hasn't been pieced together into a clear timeline.
While still part of Sweden, Finns were as engaged in colonialism as their peers during the 1600s and were present at col.settlements in the US, trade posts in West Africa. In all likelihood, Finns were involved in slavery and thus with slaves, but there are no clear records.
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