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Still flying  high
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Still flying high
The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen continues to inspire almost 80 years after African Americans were first allowed to become U.S. military pilots. Reviving their glory, the Commemorative Air Force’s Red Tail Squadron celebrates black history with Rise Above, an inspirational and educational traveling exhibit about this significant aspect of aviation history.
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Get out the black vote
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Get out the black vote
New restrictions on voting such as the closing down of polling places, purges of voter data rolls, restrictions on voting days and language access all amount to a valid attempt to take away the right to vote for minorities and people of color.
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When it’s dangerous to be yourself
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When it’s dangerous to be yourself
Afrocentric hairstyles such as natural crowns, elaborate braids, twists and locs are beautiful, but natural hair wearers are often met with discrimination in the workplace and at school.
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Why Black History Month is still important
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Why Black History Month is still important
Black History Month began as a “Negro History Week” in 1926. Scholar and historian Carter G. Woodson chose the second week in February, as it contained the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, to bring awareness to African Americans’ role in shaping U.S. history. President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month a national observance in 1976.
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In 1850s Boston, slave case sparked conflict
Long before the modern fight over safeguarding immigrants from deportation, the Shadrach Minkins case challenged Massachusetts’ status as a sanctuary state. The situation heated up after a new law required law enforcement officers to ignore the sanctuary status, and Boston’s mayor formally announced his intention to comply with the feds.
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Black history is American history
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Black history is American history
In 2018, the tomb holding Martin Luther King Jr. was covered in plastic while workers spruced up the reflecting pool that surrounds it. Written in the tiles is King’s promise that he will never be satisfied “until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
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William Monroe Trotter: A race man
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William Monroe Trotter: A race man
William Monroe Trotter considered his newspaper, the Guardian, to be in the abolitionist tradition. His idol was William Lloyd Garrison, editor of the Liberator, and leader of the abolitionist movement in the United States. Trotter kept a bust of Garrison on his desk. In 1908 when office space became available, Trotter opened the downtown offices of the Guardian in the same building on Cornhill which had once housed the Liberator.
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Booker T. Washington’s message to young African Americans in Cambridge
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Booker T. Washington’s message to young African Americans in Cambridge
On the night of Sept. 2, 1903, national black leader Booker Taliaferro Washington delivered a short but uplifting address to young black Cantabrigians on the importance of saving, purchasing property and going into business. Invited by then-third Assistant U.S. District Attorney William Henry Lewis, Washington spoke at Mt. Olive Baptist Church (now known as the Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church).
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Why we remember
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Why we remember
The creator of what’s now known as Black History Month hoped for a day when it would no longer be required.
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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
On Tremont Street in Lower Roxbury there is a building with a mural on it. It features the likeness of Frederick Douglass. Who was Frederick Douglass?
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Spotlight: Rosa Parks
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Spotlight: Rosa Parks
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Louise Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. By staying seated, she stood up to racial injustice in America and helped spark a wave of protest for civil rights in the United States.
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Love and nonviolence
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Love and nonviolence
Civil rights is a complicated issue for even grown-ups to work out and Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just a day off school. Here are some activities you and your family can do together to help children understand King and the civil rights movement.
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