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Listening requires a certain skill set. Knowledge is power. Class is always in session. Come prepared. Very low tolerance for conscientious stupidity.
Sep 29, 2022 5 tweets 6 min read
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#OTD Charles "Chuck" Cooper (Sept 29, 1926 -  Feb 5, 1984). A 4-year starter for Duquesne University, he was was the 1st Black to participate in a college basketball game south of the Mason–Dixon line & 1st Black player drafted in the NBA.
#History #NBA ImageImageImageImage #OTD Charles "Chuck" Cooper (Sept 29, 1926 -  Feb 5, 1984). A 4-year starter for Duquesne University, he was was the 1st Black to participate in a college basketball game south of the Mason–Dixon line & 1st Black player drafted in the NBA.
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Sep 29, 2022 6 tweets 5 min read
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#OTD Sept 29, 1975: WGPR-TV (Where God’s Presence Radiates) became the 1st Black-owned TV station in the U.S. The station, located in Detroit, MI, was founded by William Venoid Banks. Their permit was granted on June 1, 1985.
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#OTD Sept 29, 1975: WGPR became the 1st TV station in the U.S. owned & operated by African Americans. Located in Detroit, MI, founded by William Venoid Banks.

“It’s important for people to participate in defining themselves...integrating media was the highest priority”
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Sep 28, 2022 12 tweets 15 min read
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#OTD Miles Davis joined the ancestors (May 26, 1926– Sept 28, 1991). Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, influential jazz figure. His variety of musical directions over a 50yr career kept him at the forefront of major stylistic developments in jazz.

Bio Pt.1
#History #Jazz #OTD Miles Davis joined the ancestors (May 26, 1926– Sept 28, 1991). Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, influential jazz figure. His variety of musical directions over a 5-decade career kept him at the forefront of major stylistic developments in jazz.

Bio Pt.2
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Mar 14, 2022 6 tweets 6 min read
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#OTD Marielle Franco was assassinated (July 27, 1979 - Mar 14, 2018). Brazilian politician, sociologist, feminist, socialist & human rights activist. She was an outspoken critic of police brutality & extrajudicial killings and paid for it with her life.
#History #OTD Marielle Franco was assassinated (July 27, 1979 - Mar 14, 2018). Brazilian politician, sociologist, feminist, socialist & human rights activist. She was an outspoken critic of police brutality & extrajudicial killings and her views led to her murder.
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Mar 14, 2022 4 tweets 4 min read
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#OTD Mar 14, 1964: Dallas, TX nightclub owner Jack Ruby is convicted of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
#History #OTD Mar 14, 1964: Dallas, TX nightclub owner Jack Ruby is convicted of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

Video footage of Ruby shooting Oswald.
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Mar 14, 2022 8 tweets 7 min read
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#OTD Fannie Lou Hamer joined the ancestors (Oct 6, 1917–Mar 14, 1977). Voting & women's rights activist, community organizer, civil rights movement leader & co-founder/vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party.

“The flag is drenched with our blood”
#History #OTD Fannie Lou Hamer joined the ancestors (Oct 6, 1917–Mar 14, 1977). Voting & women's rights activist, community organizer, civil rights leader & co-founder/vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she repped at the 1964 DNC.

LBJ was afraid of Sister Hamer
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Mar 13, 2022 5 tweets 5 min read
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#OTD Mar 13, 1914: James Reese Europe says his Clef Club Symphony Orchestra has the best Black musicians in NYC: “we colored people have our own music that is a part of us. It’s the product of our souls. It’s been created by the sufferings & miseries of our race.
#History ImageImageImageImage #OTD Mar 13, 1914 James Reese Europe, ragtime & jazz bandleader, arranger & composer, explains his Clef Club Symphony Orchestra as having the best Black musicians in NYC. When he joined the 15th Regiment & the WW I military band in the 1910s history was made.
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Feb 18, 2022 20 tweets 16 min read
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#OTD Feb 18, 1965: James Baldwin & William F. Buckley hold a debate at the University of Cambridge in England. The topic: "Is The American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?". Baldwin argued in favor while Buckley argued the opposing side.

Opening…
#History “The doctrine of white supremacy comes from Europe, that’s how it got to America” - Baldwin

#OTD Feb 18, 1965: James Baldwin & William F. Buckley debate: "Is The American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?" at the University of Cambridge in England.
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Feb 17, 2022 7 tweets 6 min read
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#OTD Huey P. Newton (Feb 17, 1942-Aug 22, 1989). Revolutionary who co-founded the Black Panther Party (BPP) w/Bobby Seale. They created the party's manifesto, the “ten-point program”. The BBP founded over 60 community support programs.
Pt.1
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#OTD Huey P. Newton (Feb 17, 1942-Aug 22, 1989). Revolutionary who co-founded the Black Panther Party (BPP) w/Bobby Seale. They created the party's manifesto, the “ten-point program”. The BBP founded over 60 community support programs.
Pt.2
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