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Black history is American history
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Black History
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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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Spotlight: Ralph Abernathy
Ralph Abernathy was a fellow pastor and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s chief aide during the American civil rights movement. Keep reading to out more about the extraordinary life of this man.
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Teaching kids about King
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Teaching kids about King
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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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: The MLK Memorial
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: The MLK Memorial
Rising 30 feet above the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. is a granite statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that memorializes the man and his role in the American civil rights movement. Dedicated in 2011, the park sits at 1964 Independence Ave., S.W., with the address memorializing the passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: A legacy of inspiration
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: A legacy of inspiration
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., leading light of the American Civil Rights movement, was an advocate for nonviolent resistance to injustice and is recognized as a worldwide leader in civil rights, poverty and other injustice.
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Judge George Ruffin; 19th century politician
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Judge George Ruffin; 19th century politician
Honorable George L. Ruffin was born of free parents, George W. and Nancy Lewis Ruffin, in Richmond Virginia, December 16, 1834 Advantages for the education of blacks in Virginia were very limited. His parents, who were very anxious about moral and intellectual development of their children, moved to Boston in 1853 where their family could have the benefit of the schools.
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