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Just in case anyone was unaware: the Choctaw Nation chose to legalize chattel slavery within the tribe. Tribal members owned slaves of African descent and many enslaved people walked the Trail of Tears with their masters during Indian Removal.
Once in Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma, Choctaws continued owning slaves and slaves built much of the infrastructure in Indian Territory. Slaves rebelled. For example, many Choctaw slaves participated in the 1840 Slave Rebellion in the Cherokee Nation to escape bondage.
Slaves performed difficult labor under the threat of and with actual violence. The Choctaw Nation had slave patrols as well.

Correction: the Cherokee Slave Rebellion took place in 1842.
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The ancient name for Africa was “Alkebulan” meaning “mother of mankind”

The name Africa is a phenomenon. Home to 1.216 billion people, the world’s second-largest population and 2nd largest continent after Asia.
Africa is a renowned name that has traveled way beyond the shores of the Nile to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The name is one, over time that is connected to historical heritages and tied to historical revolutions.
However, there is one significance about Africa’s name which has been a subject of debate for decades. Several schools of thought have emerged on the true name of what we today know as Africa.

A school of thought argued that the name Africa never originates from within
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All American & worldwide friends I am offering these autographed books on my Bobby Seale website:… #blackpanthers #blackhistory #blackpantherparty #bobbyseale Image
“POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The World of the Black Panthers.” By Stephen Shames and Bobby Seale [$65.00] (Autographed by Bobby Seale)… #blackhistory #blackpantherparty Image
“SEIZE THE TIME” (BPP classic completed via original interviews in the San Francisco county jail) By Bobby Seale [$30.00]. (Autographed by Bobby Seale)… #blackpanthers #blackhistory #blackpantherparty #bobbyseale #blackpanthers #seizethetime Image
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It is very okay to want to write about black history but then it is important to make intensive research, get your information from reliable sources so that you don't misinform people.
How do we intend to know more about our history if we can't make deep research about it but we just copy from the westerners without even proof reading? These people lie virtually about everything and you still go ahead to copy about "YOU" from them?
No... We want our stories written by our own people and not them.

You can't write on black history of you're not willing to make researches.... Deep deep researches.

We actually can do better!!!

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Diallo Diallo: The man whose tragic story Wyclef immortalised in the worldwide hit song

"YOU said he reached sir
but he didn’t have no piece sir
But now he rest in peace sir
in the belly of the beast sir”, sings Haitian-American superstar Wyclef Jean.

Wyclef penned the lyrics to the hit song Diallo Diallo on the back of an infamous killing of an unarmed black man in New York on February 4, 1999, by police.

Amadou Diallo’s death sparked conversations on police brutality and racial profiling in the United States and even beyond
The 23-year-old was Guinean and so that time, the echoes of the shots in New York rang some 9000 miles away on the African continent.

For Africans, the confusion was genuine. Racism in America is old news to Africans yet the intricacies of racial politics are not what most
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Saartjie Baartman

The South African woman who was exhibited for her large buttocks in Europe.

Sarah Baartman was born in 1780,her names were Saartjie or Sawtche or Ssehura which means diminutive form. She was from the KhoiKhoi nomadic ethnic group that lived in the eastern
Region of the Cape colony in present day South Africa. Sarah was 4ft 7in tall.

Sarah's life was lined with difficulties. Her mother passed away when she was only 2years of age. Her father who was a cattle driver also died in her teenage years. The mother of Sarah belonged to
South Africa oldest tribe,the khoi. Khoi khoi women's skin was lighter and their hips were well built. The hips developed in the tribe of Sarah's mother were at that time a sign of beauty.
Sarah's difficulties started after a Dutch Doctor called William Dunlop purchased Sarah
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A thread on the composition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by “Uncle” Wallis Willis and “Aunt” Minerva Willis, enslaved people of African descent owned by Britt Willis, a Choctaw citizen. (Thread) Image
“Uncle” Wallis Willis and “Aunt” Minerva Willis were owned by Britt Willis in Holly Springs, Mississippi and when Britt and his wife walked the Trail of Tears following the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit, Wallis and Minerva were amongst the 300 slaves they forced along the trail (1). Image
A side note here: Many people don’t know this, but thousands of enslaved people were forced to walk the Trail of Tears with their enslavers from the “Five Civilized Tribes” (Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole Nations). Painting in above tweet by Elizabeth Janes.
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THREAD: As we approach #Juneteenth, let’s highlight and celebrate the Black community in our district. Today, here is some local #BlackHistory from #CA44. 1/
After #WWII, the #Black community in L.A. grew quickly as people moved from all over the country in search of greater #opportunity. #SecondGreatMigration 2/
#Watts was one of the few places where #Black families were not #redlined or otherwise prevented from buying property. 3/
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Although #ShutDownSTEM & #ShutDownAcademia is just for today (I do need to go back to work tomorrow), it was great to find this calendared resource from @Autumn_Bry which means I can carry on learning over the following weeks:…
And another huge list of articles and resources:…
More music: Jamrock by Damian Marley remains an absolute bop. David Rodigan closed a session with this in London and I've never felt a beat so heavy. Incredible sound.
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If you interested in researching and finding out more about #Blackhistory in the #WestMidlands here is a thread of some of the #archive resources you can find in our area. Please add to the list with any other sources you know of #archives 1/6
A list of sources relating to Black and Asian history at #Staffordshire Archive and Heritage @ArchandHeritage… 3/6
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Do you know her?
She is Mary Beatrice Davidson, The black woman who invented sanitary pad!

Until sanitary pads were created,women used all kinds of reusable fabrics to absorb menstrual flows. Mary's invention was initially rejected. Image
The first company that showed interest rejected it because of RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. The world had no choice,her inventions was too important to ignore. It was later accepted in 1956. 30 years,she received five patents for her household and other personal items creations.
one of her inventions is the bathroom tissue holder,which she co-invented with her sister. The patent number was US 4354643,dated October 19, 1982.
I saw a thread sometimes back,some people commented that Africans never contributed to humanities development, I marvelled at their
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My high school’s tradition of blackface: A THREAD (1/9)
I was raised in Westford, MA. A town that prides itself on its public school system. 2/9
On the day of the annual spirit rally, @westfordacademy seniors from at least as early as 2011 (when I was in 9th grade) through 2019 have dressed up in blackface as an act of school and class spirit. Yes, you read that correctly. 3/9
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Since 2016 I've been part of @projectDOHR, a community-based partnership that, “examines the experience of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children as part of the history and legacy of systemic and institutionalized racism” (Province of NS, 2015a: 4)

The opportunity to work with former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC), the NSHCC Restorative Inquiry, Victims of Institutional Child Exploitation Society (VOICES), educators, historians, and legal experts on this project has been transformative.
Being immersed in African Nova Scotian and African Canadian history has been a tremendous learning experience and opened my eyes to events and issues in #cdnhist that I might not have known about otherwise.

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The importance of curriculum design is even more obvious during these times when racial hatred is dividing the world before our eyes. Our curriculum promotes #BlackHistory 12 months of the year and provides pupils with the language, knowledge and confidence to challenge racism.
#BlackHistory is bigger than slavery. We teach our children accordingly. To give our pupils a chance of living in a more equitable society, we have to change the way we teach them and what we teach them. This thread highlights some of the content of our curriculum.
In English we read texts that teach our pupils #BlackLivesMatter, including powerful texts by @jewell_p_rhodes, Beverly Naidoo and @EMRLaird.
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Hey ya’ll! As we support Black companies and creatives and more using #BuyBlack, I want to highlight Black museums who could use our $$$ support because we know now more than ever, we need to invest in the institutions that sustain & educate us on OUR history.

Keep in mind, because of COVID, it’s been predicted that 13% of museums won’t open back up. Due to a lack of funding, a large number of those museums may be Black museums. We can’t afford to lose our history and our story. #BuyBlack ⬇️
When your allies reach out to ask questions about Black history and culture, tell them to #PullUp by donating to a Black historical site or museum in appreciation of doing the work of telling our story. Here’s a SHORT list:
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Trans Geschichte no. 2 : Angie Stardust (1939 – 2007)

Angie Stardust war Sängerin mit 3 eigenen Platten, Kabarettistin, Club-Betreiberin, Schauspielerin in 4 Filmen und Community-Organizerin.

cn : #Transfeindlichkeit #Rassismus #Polizeigewalt /1
Das Pronomen von Angie Stardust war "sie/ihr" und sie verstand sich als Schwarze transsexuelle Frau. Sie wuchs in Harlem, New York, auf und stand schon mit 14 als Kabarettistin auf der Bühne. /2

#transhistory #BlackHistory
In einem Interview erzählt sie vom Rassismus in der New Yorker Theaterszene und von rassistischen Polizeikontrollen:

cn: teilweise rassistische Bezeichnungen, #Genitalien

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While preparing a livestream about the growing confusion that's being made between inventors and entrepreneurs, I am discovering the impressive work of Lewis Latimer
Lewis Latimer was born in 1848 to Rebecca and George Latimer (pic), two former slaves who ran away to freedom to Boston, in October 1842
When James Gray, George's 'owner' tried to take the couple back to Virginia, several abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison got involved
Their story became an important case for the abolition of slavery and, eventually, funds were raised to pay Gray the $400 that would buy George Latimer's freedom.

Lewis Latimer joined the U.S. Navy at 15 and received an honorable discharge two years later.
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The fundraiser for Australian kid Quaden Bayles has topped $600k in a few days. The Australia fire Kangaroo gofundme raised $2M.

The campaign to provide clean water for poor kids in Flint poisoned by the American government has been active for two years, and can't reach $250k.
I've seen it all. From a Mariachi Band and a killer cop. To Trump's border wall, an Australian kid with interesting social media history and Kangaroos. Each of those campaigns received more support, media coverage, and concern.. than the clean water campaign for Flint.
You watched Little Miss Flint who started at 8-years-old, and you've watched me pretty much beg the world to take Flint's ongoing water crisis seriously. Our campaigns combined don't even compare numerically to the support Australia has received, or Trump's border wall.
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I’ve been thinking a lot about @DrIbram’s words, spoken at UVM and written in #HowToBeAnAntiracist, and contemplating what it means for #vted schools and educators.
Specifically, @DrIbram asks us to look at the outcome or impacts of policies, not their intent. Policies are racist if they have outcomes that disproportionately impact one group over another. Are #vted schools and educators looking for disproportionality in data?
Data from 2015 shows that Black and Native American students were 2 to 3 times more likely to be suspended from school than white students in Vermont, a clear indicator of racist policies and practices in #vted schools:…
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#storytime it’s #BlackHistoryMonth and I want to tell you all a little HIStory about my son. He is 14.5 years old and has an internship at Google. He is diagnosed with ADHD at 6 and has an IEP. I am going to tell you about systemic racism 1st hand.
At @SuccessCharters he went to their whitest location at the time (and still maybe) Upper West. He went there from 2011-2014. It was ran by predominantly white staff that probably considered themselves liberal and not racist. He was denied all his mandated services.
Instead of helping my son they suspended him. I know you’re probably thinking what does this have to do with #BlackHistory Well one day someone is going to do some research and my child is going to come up. Because he left this “school” 6 years ago & people still reach out to us
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A late afternoon at Grady

Her: "Do you know the words to the national anthem?"

That's what my last patient, a Grady elder, asked just before I got ready to leave her room on rounds one day. I’d just asked her if she had any questions for me.

This was not what I meant.

Were we about to unpack the NFL controversy? I was already tired. I had a lot on my plate and had had some pretty fitful sleep the night before.

A discussion about the anthem? Now?

*internal face wipe*

I took a drag of air and sat back down.
She must’ve read my face.

Her: “I ain’t talking ‘bout no spangled one, neither. I'm talking 'bout the negro national anthem.”

I smiled at how she annunciated the word “negro.” Then came a breath of relief when it registered.

Oh. That.

I sat a little taller and nodded.
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@jnlamstudies Forum, “#Shakespeare and #Black America” before the 2020 print publication if you have access to the
@CambridgeCore platform. Just in time for our #RaceB4Race discussions on appropriation! Buckle up--Tweetstorm a' comin' #LitPOC #MedievalTwitter
2/ These essays are short and, not just accessible, but actually enjoyable (IMHO). I’m always tweeting stuff for you to check out, but this time you don’t have to listen to just me. (Although y'all most def should listen to me) + #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race #LitPOC
3/ Look at this referee comment. Now you KNOW you need to read these if you are interested in #appropriation #pedagogy #theater #Activism #archives #BlackHistory! Thanks generous and insightful reviewer!! #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race #LitPOC #ShaxCultApp
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The colonial encounter
between Europeans and Africans
did not always end with Europeans triumphing.
Either at first, or later.

Thread # is #Africanarchive
Check out this fascinating moment
in the history of
colonial encounters between Europeans and Africans:

From 1557 to 1632,
#Jesuit missionaries from Portugal and Spain
endeavored to convert the #Ethiopians
from their ancient form of #Christianity
to Roman #Catholicism
After fifty years of failing to convert Ethiopians,
the Portuguese sent a new group of Jesuits to Ethiopia in 1603,
including a priest named Pedro Paez,
whose diplomacy and sympathy for the
tenets of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
enabled him to convert the emperor.
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