Posts Tagged ‘African Americans’

Juneteenth

June 19, 2017

Juneteenth
(General Orders, Department of Texas, June 19, 1865)

On June 19, 1865 Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which began: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This ended the legal institution of chattel slavery in the United States, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

More:

“Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day,” Kenneth C. Davis, Smithsonian.com

“Juneteenth,” Teresa Palomo Acosta, Handbook of Texas Online

“Juneteenth,” Stephanie Hall, Folklife Today

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Juneteenth

June 19, 2016

Juneteenth

(General Orders, Department of Texas, June 19, 1865)

On June 19, 1865 Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which began: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This ended the legal institution of chattel slavery in the United States, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

More:

“Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day,” Kenneth C. Davis, Smithsonian.com

“Juneteenth,” Teresa Palomo Acosta, Handbook of Texas Online

“Juneteenth,” Stephanie Hall, Folklife Today

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Hole In the Wall

February 20, 2016

“Hole in the Wall,” written and performed by Shelton Brooks, from the 1939 “race film” Double Deal. The film’s other performers include Monte Hawley, F.E. Miller, and Jeni le Gon, who is said to be the first African American woman signed by a major Hollywood studio.

See the full 1 hour film here.

More:

“Shelton Brooks: A Profile,” Thomas Morgan, Jass.com

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Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

February 14, 2014

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

— Frederick Douglass (ca. 1818 — 1895), Speech on the twenty-fourth anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (April 1886)

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September 15, 1963

September 15, 2013

On this day in 1963 Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair were murdered in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

More:

“Eulogy for the Martyred Children,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The King Center, Stanford University

“One small shoe: A legacy of the Birmingham church bombing,” Roy Peter Clark, CNN

“Congress honors Birmingham’s ‘four little girls,’” Hamil Harris, Washington Post

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Juneteenth

June 19, 2013

Juneteeth

(General Orders, Department of Texas, June 19, 1865)

On June 19, 1865 Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which began: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This ended the legal institution of chattel slavery in the United States, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

More:

“Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day,” Kenneth C. Davis, Smithsonian.com

“Juneteenth,” Teresa Palomo Acosta, Handbook of Texas Online

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Exposure

August 20, 2010

Exposure

Photographer Roy Lewis began his professional career in 1964 when Jet magazine published his photo of Thelonius Monk.  Mr. Lewis was with Jet and Ebony before leaving Chicago for Washington in the 1970s to work for the Afro-American Newspapers, the Washington Informer, and as a freelance photographer. 

Roy Lewis has captured images of the African-American experience for a half century, across the country and beyond. In 1974, when Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman in Zaire, Roy Lewis was there with a camera.  No wonder his current exhibit at Gallery 110 is called “Everywhere with Roy Lewis.”

Everywhere with Roy Lewis
Gallery 110, Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD. 20722 (map)
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm & Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Free. For more information call (301) 209-0592

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Civil War Shame in Virginia

April 9, 2010

 

Civil War Shame in Virginia

There is a Civil War scandal in Virginia that has nothing to do with Governor Bob McDonnell. The culprit: Arlington National Cemetery.

1,500 African American soldiers who served in the Union’s U.S. Colored Troops and thousands of freed slaves housed on the Arlington Estate grounds were buried in the cemetery’s Section 27, which was neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair. The cemetery was ordered to correct this shameful situation almost two decades ago.

Cosmetic changes compounded the institutional disrespect, reports Salon‘s Mark Benjamin. 500 graves now lack headstones, previously identified burials are now marked “Unknown,” some graves are misidentified, and records claim that one man is buried in two places. Cemetery Superintendent John C. Metzler, Jr. who told Congress that neglect of Section 27 would be rectified, still holds his position today.

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Edible Black History

February 26, 2010

Edible Black History

Rice (Oryza sativa)

Calas (pronounced ca-LA) are fritters made from cooked rice and flour. They were sold in the streets of New Orleans by vendors, women of color, often slaves (who had Sundays free), and remained part of old-time home cooking for many Gulf Coast families of African descent.  The recipe may have been modified in the New World, but the term and concept are said to have been brought to Louisiana by slaves from Ghana.

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Ben Ali, 1927 — 2009

October 10, 2009

Ben Ali, 1927 -- 2009

Ben Ali, founder of U Street landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl, passed away last week. He was 82.

Ben’s signature dish is the Chili Half-Smoke sausage, so we celebrate Mr. Ali’s memory with links:

“Ben’s Chili Bowl Founder Passes On,” DCsocialite.com

“Saying Goodbye to a D.C. Legend,”  Two DC
 
“Ben Ali, Founder Of Ben’s Chili Bowl, Dies At 82,” WUSA9.com
 
“Founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl Passes,” DC Mumbo Sauce
 
“Rest in Peace, Ben,” Malnurtured Snay

“Obituaries: Ben Ali, Ran iconic D.C. diner, 82,” AP via Philly.com

“He Added Spice to Our Lives,” Washington Post

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