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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

In March 1931, a freight train crowded with homeless and jobless hoboes left Chattanooga, Tennessee, bound for points west. A short time after it crossed into Alabama, a fight erupted between two groups of hoboes, one black and one white. The train was stopped by an armed posse in the tiny town of Paint Rock, Alabama. Before anyone knew what had happened, two white women stepped from the shadows of a boxcar to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers aboard the train.

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Building Black Power in a White Political Structure, Part 1: Civic Engagement…Or Not?

LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. Related Link: Guilty By Association? Aaron Harvey and Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan Speak at San Diego City College EMBED CODE <iframe src=”https://africanelements.org/?p=7665/fvp/” allowfullscreen width=”560″ height=”340″ frameborder=”0″ style=”max-width:100%”></iframe>   Building Black Power in a White Political Structure (Part 1): Civic Engagement…Or Not? Khalid Alexander and Laila Aziz discuss the importance of building Black Political power in California. A new opportunity and need to engage African American voters has emerged in the wake of Black Lives Matter and a growing national movement to raise public awareness and accountability around police brutality, mass incarceration and the problem of school-to-prison pipeline practices in public schools. California is home to the 5th largest black population in the country. African-Americans play a defining role in electing progressive candidates and passing progressive laws. As “likely voters” in the Black community age, it is critical to engage and motivate younger generations to step into leadership and civic engagement at higher rates. In Part 1, Khalid Alexander discusses the notion of civic engagement. https://www.facebook.com/events/711287302559293/... read more

Africa’s Great Civilizations

In his new six-hour series, Africa’s Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century.

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African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Episodes 1-6)

The series will take viewers across five hundred years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. By highlighting the tragedies, triumphs and contradictions of the black experience, the series will reveal to viewers that the African-American community, which abolitionist Martin R. Delany famously described as “a nation within a nation,” has never been a uniform entity, and that its members have been actively debating their differences from their first days in this country.

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Let the Fire Burn: Philadelphia Police Clash with MOVE Group

On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By 5:00pm, police had already fired over 10,000 rounds of ammunition into the fortified MOVE row house that contained children and adults. On orders from local authorities, police then dropped military-grade explosives onto the roof of the house. Captured live on television news, the ensuing conflagration quickly escalated, resulting in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. Only later was it discovered that authorities had decided to stand by and “let the fire burn.”

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