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America’s Long History Of Opposition To Black Business Growth

AFRICANGLOBE - In the days of Jim Crow, it was unimaginable that a Black-owned business would be able to compete in the marketplace against established whites. The risk of being able to overcome such an impediment was too high. Many Blacks are unaware of the Battle of Tulsa, the Elaine Arkansas Massacre and other violent racial attacks designed to destroy Black economic success. However, those memories are implanted in the psyches of many African Americans.

Remembering Fred Hampton, A Giant Among Men

AFRICANGLOBE - I remember Fred Hampton.  For the last year of his life, which was the whole time I knew him, he was Deputy Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party.  Fred was a big man whose inexhaustible energy, keen insight and passionate commitment to the struggle made him seem even larger still.  We called him Chairman Fred.  Chairman Fred was murdered by the FBI and Chicago Police Department in the pre-dawn hours of December 4, 1969.  He was just 21 years old.  Fred’s family and comrades mourned him for a little while and have celebrated his life of struggle, service, intensity and sacrifice ever since.

1 Of The Last Survivors Of 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Dies...

AFRICANGLOBE - One of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riot, one of the worst race riots in U.S. history, has died at age 103. Olivia Hooker was 6 years old when the late-spring riot destroyed much of a Tulsa neighborhood that had been known as “Black Wall Street.” She told National Public Radio in an interview this year that she hid under a table as a mob of torch-carrying white people destroyed her family’s home.

Mary Elizabeth Bowser: A Union Military Spy In The Southern Confederate...

AFRICANGLOBE - The story of Mary Elizabeth Bowser is one of intrigue and espionage during the U.S. Civil War. She is among a number of Black women who served as spies for the Union. The most well-known Union spy is Harriet Tubman, who worked in South Carolina and Florida.

Watch Malcolm X Prophesize Today’s Police State

AFRICANGLOBE - The “justice” system in America is set up in such a way as to punish Black Americans more than the Caucasian, to deny this racism is to deny reality. On June 8, 1964, Mike Wallace interviewed Malcolm X and they discussed the African American Harlem environment and the community’s hostility against policemen. During this interview, Malcolm X outlines this disproportionate targeting of the African American community by police, and why they do it.

James Baldwin Issues A Wake-Up Call To Black America

AFRICANGLOBE - Death has this way of making truth-tellers seem harmless. Alive, Martin Luther King provoked a president and divided a nation with his truth. Dead, he is an image on a commemorative place mat, his words safe enough for recitation by children. This also holds, albeit to a lesser degree, for Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Dead, they were no longer dangerous. “We took out all the radicality of their legacy,” says Raoul Peck, director of “I Am Not Your Negro.”

The Greatest – The Gantt Report

AFRICANGLOBE - People only like the easy and the good things about great men and women but the truth of the matter is many great people were whipped and beaten, many great people were jailed and incarcerated, many great people were hated and criticized at some time in their lives and careers but they continued to do what they had to do to become great! Ali, Prince and many other greats left us in 2016 but there are still greats among us because we all have greatness in us.

Hubert Harrison: Growing Appreciation For This Giant Of Black History; December...

AFRICANGLOBE - Hubert Harrison (1883-1927), the “father of Harlem radicalism” and founder of the militant “New Negro Movement,” is a giant of our history. He was extremely important in his day and his significant contributions and influence are attracting increased study and discussion today. On the anniversary of his December 17, 1927, death let us all make a commitment to learn more about the important struggles that he and other waged. Let us also commit to share this knowledge with others.

The Fascinating Story Of James Armistead Lafayette

AFRICANGLOBE - James Armistead Lafayette was the first African American double spy. An African American slave, Armistead was enslaved by William Armistead in Virginia during the American Revolution. James Armistead took the surname of Lafayette to honor General Lafayette, whom he served under in the Revolutionary War. Because Slave-owners seldom kept records of the births of the people they enslaved, it is unclear exactly when and where James Armistead was born, but most records agree that he was born in 1748 in Elizabeth City, Virginia.

Benjamin Banneker’s 1791 Letter To Thomas Jefferson And Jefferson’s Reply

AFRICANGLOBE - Benjamin Banneker was an astronomer, mathematician, clockmaker, farmer, author of almanacs and one of the three city surveyors for Washington D.C. As a country, the U.S. was not quite 20 years old when Banneker was appointed city planner to the District of Columbia by U.S. President George Washington. Banneker's 1793 almanac contained what would be the earliest known policing plan for the new nation -- which had just won its freedom from Britain, titled "A Plan of Peace-office for the United States."

Have Today’s Rap Artists Lost Touch With Black Historical Icons?

AFRICANGLOBE - Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes involving the use or misuse of Malcolm and other Black icons have raised the question: Has rap lost touch with Black history?

Don’t Forget The Contributions Of Black History Giant Hubert Harrison

AFRICANGLOBE - Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) is one of the truly important figures of 20th-century history. A brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic and political activist, he was described by the historian Joel A. Rogers, in World's Great Men of Color as “the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time.” This extraordinary praise came amid chapters on Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, William Monroe Trotter and Marcus Garvey.

Missing From Black History Month? Radical Black Tradition

AFRICANGLOBE - Noticeable is the large absence of the radical Black experience from the Black History Month celebration. Where are the Black Panthers? Where is Stokely Carmichael? Where is Malcolm X? Where is the prophet tradition calling out America’s racism, poverty, colonialism, and sexism?

Rap Disrespect Of Black Icons Raises Concerns

AFRICANGLOBE - Many of today's mainstream rappers use images of revolutionary Black icons to promote an anti-establishment image. All the while, they're being funded and pushed by major corporations. Mainstream rap music has lost its reverence for anything besides money. Today's rappers threaten to kill people who disrespect them, but they sit back and let you disrespect our legacy, our culture, our history.

Phillis Wheatley And The Information Revolution

AFRICANGLOBE - Phillis Wheatley, the first published African-American author and the original poet laureate of black letters. Thanks to generations of great scholarship, we know more about Wheatley’s magical muse than ever before, especially her ability to distill the hopes and horrors of the Black experience in lines of verse that dance off the page.

What White People Need To Learn

AFRICANGLOBE - Invariably, around February of each year, coinciding with Black History Month, you’ll hear White people asking, “Why isn’t there a White history month?” Do these people mean we should condense all the American history centering around White people to just one month and devote the other 11 to Black people? Of course not.