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“Sleepy” and Jack – The 1937 Davidson College football halftime act of a Cotton-Picking scene done to the tune of “Old Black Joe” vs Harvard University

October 8, 2022

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A historical look back at when young African American boys traveled with Davidson College, as a halftime act, for the football game with Harvard University in 1937.  The halftime act was a cotton picking scene done to “Old Black Joe”, a song composed by by Stephen Forster (1826–1864) and published by Firth, Pond & Co. […]

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The State of Florida vs Florida A&M University – A brief look back at racial desegregation

September 30, 2022

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This is a brief look at how the press reported on how racial desegregation of Florida’s only public historically black university impacted the Florida A&M University. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M University/FAMU) is a public land-grant university in Tallahassee, Florida and was founded on October 3, 1887. In 1884, Thomas Van Renssaler Gibbs, a […]

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Are there currently 2 Black women on the U.S. Supreme Court?

April 8, 2022

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Is Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson the first Black woman appointed the the U.S. Supreme Court? Did president Barack Obama actually appoint the first Black woman or just another white woman to the supreme court when he appointed current associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia M. Sotomayor? Most of the American people understand that fact that justice Sonia […]

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In 1905 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that compulsory vaccinations were legal in Massachusetts

January 22, 2022

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The 1905 U.S. Supreme Court decision established the constitutionality of state compulsory vaccination laws when they are “necessary for the public health or the public safety. Jacobson involved compulsory vaccination in the midst of a smallpox epidemic when there was no other less coercive means available to staunch the outbreak. Vaccine efficacy against infectious diseases rests on the concept of herd […]

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A look back at U.S. newspapers on January 1st when the nation enslaved African descent people

January 1, 2022

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This is a very brief look back at the United States of America and the American press covering the enslavement of African descent people on January 1st of various years. Click images below to enlarge for better viewing

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Creating Modern Atlanta: 1932 Georgia’s Fulton County merges with Milton and Campbell counties – 1952 Buckhead is annexed by Atlanta

November 22, 2021

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In 2021, there is a debate on going with some of Atlanta residents of the Buckhead neighborhood. Some of Buckhead’s residents seek to secede from the city of Atlanta to form an independent Buckhead City.   Opponents of a Buckhead succession say it would strip the City of Atlanta of the tax revenue and cripple the city’s budget generated by Buckhead’s […]

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2021- Republicans aim to suppress future African American voter turnout by using the 1898 North Carolina Democratic Party’s handbook

March 4, 2021

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2021- Republicans aim to suppress future African American voter turnout by using the 1898 North Carolina Democratic Party’s handbook The U.S. Supreme Court may soon rule to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona, that could make it harder to challenge voting suppression tactics that Republicans nationwide have planned. The Supreme Court ruling could make it very […]

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How racial desegregation changed Georgia State University

March 2, 2021

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How racial desegregation changed Georgia State University A look back at the racial demographic changes the have occurred, since 1962, at Georgia State University. Georgia State is Georgia’s largest public university by enrollment. Georgia State University has evolved from an evening school of commerce to a major state research urban university in Atlanta. Georgia State […]

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Atlanta’s Racial Segregation Wall – Peyton and Harlan Racial Road Barricades

February 23, 2021

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Atlanta’s Racial Segregation Wall – Peyton and Harlan Racial Road Barricades Two road barricades were erected on December 18, 1962 on Peyton Road and Harlan Road, in southwest Atlanta, at the direction of Atlanta’s Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., and Atlanta’s board of aldermen. This was to discourage African American citizens from purchasing homes in adjacent […]

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H.R.40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act – Introduced January 04, 2021

February 10, 2021

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H.R.40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act The United States of America’s most loyal and patriotic citizens are those who are of African descent, even though they have been discriminated against economically, physically and mentally. Yet, an act of insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was not one that involved the […]

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