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Fred Hampton – Beau of the Fifth Column

Fredrick Allen Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was an American activist, Marxist-Leninist and revolutionary socialist.[4][5] He came to prominence in Chicago as chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and deputy chairman of the national BPP. In this capacity, he founded the Rainbow Coalition, a prominent multicultural political organization that initially included the Black Panthers, Young Patriots, and the Young Lords, and an alliance amongContinue reading “Fred Hampton – Beau of the Fifth Column”

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The Tuskegee Airmen – Black History Month

The Tuskegee Airmen /tʌsˈkiːɡiː/[1] were a group of primarily African-American military pilots (fighter and bomber) and airmen who fought in World War II. They formed the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces. The name also applies to the navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs, nurses,Continue reading “The Tuskegee Airmen – Black History Month”

Civil Rights and the 1950s – Black History Month

The 1950s are a deeply nostalgic period for many Americans, but there is more than a little idealizing going on here. The 1950s were a time of economic expansion, new technologies, and a growing middle class. America was becoming a suburban nation thanks to cookie-cutter housing developments like the Levittowns. While the white working classContinue reading “Civil Rights and the 1950s – Black History Month”

Aretha Franklin – Black History Month

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, and civil rights activist.[2] Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was a minister. At the age of 18, she embarked on a secular-music career as a recording artist for Columbia Records. WhileContinue reading “Aretha Franklin – Black History Month”

George Floyd Protests – Black History Month

As outrage spreads over the killing of George Floyd in the US, protesters have taken to the streets around the world. The protests were called in solidarity with America’s Black Lives Matter movement, but the protesters are also highlighting racism and police brutality in their own countries — with Australians hitting the streets in especiallyContinue reading “George Floyd Protests – Black History Month”

1300 Men: The Memphis Strike ’68 – Black History Month

The night before his assassination in April 1968, Martin Luther King told a group of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee: “We’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. We’ve got to see it through” (King, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,”Continue reading “1300 Men: The Memphis Strike ’68 – Black History Month”

Gwendolyn Brooks | First Black Author to Win the Pulitzer Prize – Black History Month

Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the most highly regarded, influential, and widely read poets of 20th-century American poetry. She was a much-honored poet, even in her lifetime, with the distinction of being the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She also was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress—the first Black woman toContinue reading “Gwendolyn Brooks | First Black Author to Win the Pulitzer Prize – Black History Month”

George Edwin Taylor | First Black US Presidential Candidate – Black History Month

George Edwin Taylor (August 4, 1857 – December 23, 1925) was an American journalist, activist, and politician, who was the candidate of the National Negro Liberty Party for the office of President of the United States in 1904. He was the first African American to run for president.[1] Taylor was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to a slave father and a free mother.Continue reading “George Edwin Taylor | First Black US Presidential Candidate – Black History Month”