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The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Frederick Douglass

This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the Fourth of July. It is the birth day of your National Independence, and of your political freedom. 522 more words


The secret history of the jazz greats who were freemasons | Music | theguardian.com

“Although Sun Ra had links to the masons,” says Cherry, “there’s no evidence that he was ever a member of a particular Prince Hall lodge.” Cherry thinks it likely that Sun Ra was a member of a fraternal order called the Knights of Pythias, another secretive organisation who meet in lodges, and who also claim Louis Armstrong as a former member. 100 more words


Thomas Fuller African ''slave'' And Mathematician.

[reunionblackfamily.com] Thomas Fuller, known as the Virginia Calculator, was stolen from his native Africa at the age of fourteen and sold to a planter. 226 more words


Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Islam in America is rapidly expanding. It is the fastest-growing religion in the nation, and the second most practiced faith in twenty states. These demographic shifts prompted a prominent Los Angeles-based imam to comment, “Ramadan is a new American tradition.” The cleric’s forward-looking pronouncement marks Islam’s recent arrival in the US. 155 more words


Diverse Lineages of Existentialism

Last week (19-21 June 2014) I was lucky enough to head stateside for the Diverse Lineages of Existentialism (DLE) conference in St Louis, Missouri. The conference took place at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, in downtown St Louis and near to the Old Courthouse where the… 553 more words


Standing with Wesleyan AfAm

May 2014

To the students at Wesleyan University,

The Williams College Black Student Union and Africana Studies Program stand in solidarity with you as you fight for the future of Wesleyan’s African American Studies Program. 484 more words

Vol. 1, Issue 3: Spring 2014

Hattie McDaniel's Conflict With the NAACP and Tragic Death | Black Like Moi

McDaniel’s role in Gone With the Wind as well as additional roles that she played through the 1940s brought her the criticism of NAACP president Walter White who felt that the roles were stereotypical and derogatory. 141 more words