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Black Fact of the Day: Sunday September 6, 2020 – Brought to you by Black 365
September 6, 2020
Black Fact of the Day: Sunday September 6, 2020 - Brought to you by Black 365 Frederick Douglass gave a speech at the Republican National Convention that is credited for helping African Americans get the right to vote, 1866 Brought to you by the Black365 Calendar. Find out more at Black365.com ... read more »
Achieving Justice for George Floyd: Radically Reimagining and Rebuilding America
July 16, 2020
Indeed, it is a clear and constant given that if we are to achieve real justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and all the victims of this racist violent democracy called America, to paraphrase Min. Malcolm, then we have two interrelated objectives that must be achieved. They are: radically reimagining and rebuilding America; and sustaining the struggle on every level which will make this possible. And key to all of this is holding the ground we’ve gained, building on what we have and fighting fiercely to move forward, day by day, year by year and battle by battle until victory is clearly won. ... read more »
Questioning the Country with Frederick Douglass: Judgment, Not Joy on July 4th
July 2, 2020
If we are to honor and rightfully appreciate our history and struggle to liberate ourselves and expand the realm of freedom and justice in this country, we must stand with Frederick Douglass at Rochester, New York in 1852, at every Fourth of July celebration. To stand with Douglass on this day is not only to read, discuss and study his July 4th speech, but to join him then and now and afterward in questioning and critical judgment of society. Indeed, this calls for questioning and rejecting celebration of a myth of an inclusive freedom that doesn’t exist, a society still deformed and ruined by racism and the practice of an infantile, mindless and immoral patriotism which requires forgetting one’s own oppression and that of others to be a part of this madness.  ... read more »
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Maintaining the Meaning of Juneteenth: Staying Focused on Freedom
June 18, 2020
The celebration of freedom is to be encouraged and applauded everywhere and all the time, and the celebration of Juneteenth, June 19th as Emancipation Day, is, of necessity, no exception. For freedom is so essential to our lives, our concepts of ourselves and our understanding of what it means to live and flourish as human beings. In this context, Min. Malcolm X makes freedom the most essential value in his ethical insistence on freedom, justice and equality as non-negotiable needs and rights of the human person. Thus, he states that “freedom is essential to life itself” and equally, “freedom is essential to the development of the human being.” Moreover, he says, “if we don’t have freedom we can never expect justice and equality.” For “only after we have freedom, does justice and equality become a reality.”  ... read more »
Artistic Likeness of Frederick Douglass Adds Ancestral Wit to COVID Awareness 
May 7, 2020
The Frederick Douglass Family Initiative (FDFI), an organization the social reformer and writer’s descendants founded to keep his legacy alive, commissioned the award-winning African American concept artist Nikkolas Smith to sketch a rendering depicting Frederick Douglass in a medical mask.   ... read more »
Black Press of America Celebrates 193 Years of Freedom-Fighting Journalism
March 19, 2020
“As we deal with some of the most challenging times in modern history, it is important that we understand the significance of the Black Press in reporting on and recording our history,” said National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Chair, and publisher of the Houston Forward Times, Karen Carter Richards. The NNPA is the national trade association representing America’s Black Press. ... read more »
Black Fact of the Day: Feb. 12, 2020- Brought to you by Black365
February 12, 2020
The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in D.C. was dedicated on this date, 1988. ... read more »
Harris: ‘The Senate Trial of Donald Trump Has Been a Miscarriage of Justice’
February 7, 2020
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday delivered a speech on the floor of the United States Senate announcing that she will vote to convict President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. ... read more »
Will A Woman Be President In 2020?
January 30, 2020
Though polls are not a definitive measure of who will win an election, Warren and Klobuchar tend to poll more weakly than the men in the race – Vice President Biden, Sanders, and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Have we come such a long way since 2016 that a woman is electable? Can so-called progressive men who want to get 45 out of the White House overcome their gender bias to vote for a woman? ... read more »
Descendants of Harriet Tubman & Frederick Douglass Discuss the Legacy & Future of Black America
January 3, 2020
For Frederick Douglass descendant Kenneth B. Morris Jr., who bears an uncanny resemblance to the famed statesman, orator and abolitionist, he is most proud of Douglass’ “lifelong commitment to the fight for women’s rights and women’s suffrage.” ... read more »
Black News Channel Network Delayed Until February 10
January 2, 2020
The historic launch of the BNC will fulfill the business dream and vision of J.C. Watts, Jr., a nationally known entrepreneur and former U.S. Congressman, representing Oklahoma’s Fourth District. ... read more »
Rethinking Thanksgiving: Beyond Big Turkeys and Small Talk
November 28, 2019
The histories and holidays of the oppressed, colonized and enslaved are, of necessity, different from the history and holidays of the oppressor, the colonizer and the enslaver. Likewise, their interpretations of those histories and holidays also differ, for they are lived and learned from different standpoints. Thus, the Palestinians call the conquest and colonization of Palestine, the Nakba—the Great Catastrophe, and the Israelis call it the war of independence. The Native Americans call the conquest and colonization of their land and the decimation of their people genocide and Holocaust.  The Europeans call it “discovery,” “the move westward,” “reaching the promised land,” and other self-sanitizing words and phrases. ... read more »
Journalists Blast Facebook’s Zuckerberg for ‘Free Expression’ Speech
November 8, 2019
A growing group of publishers, news gatherers, journalists, photographers, and other professionals, the Save Journalism Project’s is to educate and activate journalists across the country to tell the story of big tech's threat to journalism. ... read more »
America is My Home
September 20, 2019
This year, as that date approached, I was listening to one of my all-time favorites, Luther Vandross's "A House Is Not A Home," when the question popped into my head: Do I consider America to be my home, or just my house? ... read more »
Black Fact of the Day: July 4, 2019 – Brought to you by Black365
July 4, 2019
On this day, July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed while individuals of African descent remained enslaved. Brought to you by the Black365 Calendar. ... read more »
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