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MFA Boston to host online community celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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MFA Boston to host online community celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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King’s life reflects story of a movement
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King’s life reflects story of a movement
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, was born not just to preach, but to preach to the world.
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Bostonians reflect on King’s unfinished agenda
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Bostonians reflect on King’s unfinished agenda
In early 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw in Boston a city rife with segregation and politically dominated by whites. 55 years later, many Bostonians are ready to usher in a new era of Black women in positions of power. Despite these victories, local leaders insist that a lot must change before King’s dreams are realized.
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Descendant of Slaves Becomes the Youngest Black Osteopathic Doctor in History
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Descendant of Slaves Becomes the Youngest Black Osteopathic Doctor in History
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Study: Great Depression Banking Policies Helped Create Urban Hot Spots
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Study: Great Depression Banking Policies Helped Create Urban Hot Spots
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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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Black History
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
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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