What is Black History Month?

It’s February 1, 2018, the beginning of Black History Month. This is an opportunity to find out more about black history. This month, FTL will delve into our history before slavery by encouraging readers to share links or stories.

At a time when black lives are under attack, it’s imperative we come together and understand who we are.

Failure to Listen

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What is Black History Month?

The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Black History Month grew out of Carter G. Woodson “Negro History Week,”

 in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”[1] This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.[1]

Since 1976,  the month of February has been officially designated Black History Month by every US President.   Other countries including Canada and the UK also celebrate a month of Black history
What is Black History Month?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month

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Big Business and Slavery

 

Big business and potential slavery

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/07-Jul-2014/big-business-and-potential-slavery

 

The private prison industry is one of the fastest growing in the US with its investors sitting on Wall Street. It is a full-blown, extremely profitable industry generating millions of dollars of income for its investors. It even has its own websites, trade shows, catalogues, conventions, etc, which is an exploitation of the concept of incarceration and the incarcerated to its maximum degree. The incarcerated in private prisons are responsible for manufacturing a plethora of items such as military helmets, bulletproof vests, pants, ID tags, tents, bags, office furniture, microphones, headphones, speakers, medical supplies, aeroplane parts, and the list goes on. Human rights organisations are well aware that these are the components that directly lead to the incredibly huge profits that the investors of private prisons enjoy, but what can be done about it?

Full Story:  Big business and potential slavery

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/07-Jul-2014/big-business-and-potential-slavery

Greatness, Part 6: The Bondwoman’s Narrative of Slavery

Greatness, Part 6: The Bondwoman’s Narrative of Slavery

I couldn’t believe I was holding it, procured so easily from the public library: “The only known novel by a female African-American slave, and quite possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere,”read the cover jacket of The Bondwoman’s Narrative. Harvard Professor Henry Gates, Jr. who laid hold of the original 300-page handwritten manuscript launched an extraordinary quest to unmask the pseudonym of Hannah Crafts. Taking the clues he left, Professor Gregg Hecimovich from Winthrop University located the novelist in history after an assiduous ten-year pursuit of the sweet reward. Hannah Bond was the mulatto house slave who fled a North Carolina plantation disguised as a man and lived to tell her story cast in part fiction.

BondwomanI have always felt a pull toward the African-American odyssey through slavery. The female slave experienced double jeopardy not only for her race but also for her sexual vulnerability. In our look at the psychology and emotional challenge of living under oppression, I’d like to beckon to light the invisible greatness of a woman who made her way out of bondage with pen as she did with her feet.

The above is a snippet of this very interesting narrative from the Blog, A Holistic Journey,  for full story: Greatness, Part 6: The Bondwoman’s Narrative of Slavery
http://holisticwayfarer.com/2013/12/02/greatness-part-6-the-bondwomans-narrative-of-slavery/

images of slavery
images of slavery
newly arrived slaves
newly arrived slaves…imagine what their feelings….
Imagine .... and they committed NO CRIME
Imagine …. and they committed NO CRIME

A Holistic Journey

I couldn’t believe I was holding it, procured so easily from the public library: “The only known novel by a female African-American slave, and quite possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere,” read the cover jacket of The Bondwoman’s Narrative. Harvard Professor Henry Gates, Jr. who laid hold of the original 300-page handwritten manuscript launched an extraordinary quest to unmask the pseudonym of Hannah Crafts. Taking the clues he left, Professor Gregg Hecimovich from Winthrop University located the novelist in history at the end of an assiduous ten-year pursuit. Hannah Bond was the mulatto house slave who fled a North Carolina plantation disguised as a man and lived to tell her story cast in part fiction.

BondwomanI have always felt a pull toward the African-American odyssey of slavery. The female slave experienced double jeopardy not only for her race but also for her sexual vulnerability. I beckon…

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TACKLING RACE HEAD-ON

Eléctrica in the Desert

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Tackling Race Head-On To Expose A ‘Dreadful Deceit’

 National Public Radio

Aired December 08, 2013 8:00 AM

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Author Jacqueline Jones argues that race is a social construct and that people should think twice before even using the word. Host Rachel Martin talks with Jones about her new book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Race is a delicate and complicated subject in this country. Jacqueline Jones confronts it head on in her new book ” A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America.” Jones, who teaches history at the University of Texas, uses the stories of six Americans to illustrate  her point – that race is just that, a myth.

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One of those Americans is…

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White Privilege by Tim Wise

This videos is from Yusef Wateef’s, the Pathology of White Privilege, a creative presentation of this pathologic problem targeting ethnic minorities.   I like this video and others presented in Yusef’s articles.   

Who else should tell you about White…

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