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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. EMBED CODE <p align=”center”><iframe src=”https://africanelements.org/scottsboro-an-american-tragedy/fvp/” allowfullscreen width=”560″ height=”340″ frameborder=”0″ style=”max-width:100%”></iframe></p> 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. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. Before it was over, the Scottsboro affair — so-named for the little Alabama town where the nine were put on trial for their lives — would divide Americans along racial, political, and geographic lines. It would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, and yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions. But for all its historical significance, the Scottsboro story is at its core a riveting drama about the struggles of nine innocent young men for their lives-and a cautionary tale about using human beings as fodder for political causes. [BACK TO VIDEO LIBRARY]... read more

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

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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1964: The Fight for a Right

LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. EMBED CODE <iframe src=”https://africanelements.org/1964-the-fight-for-a-right/fvp/” allowfullscreen width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″></iframe> 1964: The Fight for a Right By the mid 20th century, Mississippi’s African Americans had suffered from nearly 75 years of slavery by another name – Jim Crow discrimination. In 1964 in Mississippi, people died in an effort to force the state to allow African Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Although the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer has passed, the struggle for voting rights is still pertinent. According to the NAACP, states have recently passed the most laws limiting voter participation since Jim Crow. Moreover, these laws also disenfranchise other people of color, the elderly, poor, and disabled. With the 2015 anniversary of the Voting Rights Act as well as the upcoming presidential primaries and general election, voting rights will remain at the forefront of a national debate. With historical footage and interviews with Freedom Summer architects and volunteers, as well as present day activists, 1964: THE FIGHT FOR A RIGHT uses Mississippi to explain American voting issues in the last 150 years. For instance, why are red states red? [BACK TO VIDEO LIBRARY]... read more

African Elements Week in Review | August 12 – August 18 , 2018

African Elements Week in Review for August 12 – August 18, 2018; Catch up on the past week’s stories in African American news and the African Diaspora that you may have missed. Here you’ll find links to major stories as well as those from off the beaten path.

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