Since the SHOOTING death of Michael Brown, multiple activist have been murdered violently in Ferguson, Mo. Leading many to believe something sinister is at play. All of the deaths (mostly black males) have been linked to the 2014 police involved shooting of the unarmed black teen. Following the acquittal of police officer Darren Wilson, protest […]
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — One of San Francisco’s biggest tourist destinations is tackling homelessness with a new approach, connecting with those in need and providing a connection to their loved ones. Union Square is one of the city’s most popular spots but its visitors and businesses face challenges when it comes to the homeless…
Use this… Knowledge, culture, community and unity are the best weapons to be armed with… Arm yourself with all the knowledge you can, in all regards…
HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Community members in Howard County have a colorful way to learn thanks to a new art program. The library system is using art and culture to inspire and expand their minds from amateur to professional collections- this art in the Howard County Library system are more than just pieces staring…
A great, inspiring and easy way to buy back the block! Have ownership in what is rightfully yours, make money and help that money cycle within the community… Let’s thrive!
There is so much history buried I intend to share to anyone who may not be aware of it as soon as my internet is back on (Monday, ideally!)… For now I am limited to posts and I hope you will take the time to consider the videos, and the link to follow.
Interested? Check out BuyTheBlock’s educational site here & get involved!
This is wonderful! Here is a list of books for children, written by Black authors… I’ve been wanting to get more things like this collected; feel free to share any more anyone may know of!
7 books about black children being carefree by black authors!
These towns and their self-reliant middle class and affluent residents are documented by the home movies of Reverend S. S. Jones, an itinerant minister and businessman.
Stunning and inspiring! Most of us know about Black Wall Wall Street; but there were many towns across America where Black people thrived. Whites didn’t like that, of course, and as we saw with Black Wall Street, these jealous sick freaks stole by demolishing, because they couldn’t handle not being best. It’s hard to be best when they always had others enslaved doing the work for them. But this is a happy post so!
the video footage by clicking here. I can’t embed it sadly. Article associated posted below.
Part three of a four-part series from the film archive of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
By the 1920s, Oklahoma was home to some 50 African-American towns, in addition to a large and prosperous black community living in the city of Tulsa. These towns and their self-reliant middle class and affluent residents are documented by the home movies of Reverend S. S. Jones, an itinerant minister and businessman. Known and respected by the citizens of the towns whose lives he captured on film, Rev. Jones’s work offers revealing glimpses of these communities as a haven for African Americans who very often faced discrimination elsewhere in America.
The subjects are everyday life: a family on the front porch of their bungalow, shop workers at a storefront, farmers plowing their fields, children playing on seesaws in a schoolyard. Much of the material documents the economic life of the towns, from business districts filled with prosperous merchants to the homes of successful professionals, with an abundant countryside beyond.
As Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, points out in her commentary, here we even find a married couple who were oil barons, proof of the extraordinary progress made in the relatively short time since the end of slavery.
The fashions and hairstyles, automobiles and horses, and even such details as a man manually pumping gasoline at a filling station make the films a fascinating record of the lives of Americans, and African Americans in particular, in the early 20th century.