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Women’s History: Who was Melnea A. Cass?
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Women’s History: Who was Melnea A. Cass?
In the 1920s, the Cass family moved to Roxbury. With her husband Marshall’s support, Melnea A. Cass began what would be a long career as a volunteer community activist for human rights. It was in the 1930s that Cass began a lifetime of volunteer work on the local, state and national level.
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Byron Rushing: U.S. still grappling with color line
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Byron Rushing: U.S. still grappling with color line
Former state Rep. Byron Rushing, who served in the Massachusetts House from 1983 to this year, reflected on the problems of this century, inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’ famous use of the phrase in his 1903 book, “The Souls of Black Folk.”
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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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Black History
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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Black History
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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Banner book launch at Boston University
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Banner book launch at Boston University
Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center hosted a reception for Bay State Banner Publisher Melvin Miller marking the publication of his book, “Boston’s Banner Years: 1965-2015; A Saga of Black Success.”
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Lives of former slaves detailed in new collection at Suffolk University
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Lives of former slaves detailed in new collection at Suffolk University
Thousands of personal records from formerly enslaved African Americans, recently gifted to Suffolk University by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and the National Archives and Records Administration, are now publicly available in downtown Boston.
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Massachusetts: A leader in the abolition of slavery
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Massachusetts: A leader in the abolition of slavery
Slavery was legal in much of the United States until ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 6, 1865. Most of the black slaves were then located in the states of the Southern Confederacy, and were agricultural workers. However, Massachusetts had technically ended slavery many years earlier.
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Tough times for black patriots
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Tough times for black patriots
For decades, African Americans have been participating in Fourth of July events. They have marched in parades, attended barbecues and cookouts, and gone to fireworks displays. Blacks joined in the celebration as fellow citizens despite their acute awareness that they did not fully enjoy all the rights of Americans.
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Editorial
The resurrection of Lorraine Hansberry
Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry, two highly skilled film makers, have produced a documentary on Lorraine Hansberry. The film focuses on Hansberry’s early life and the challenges she faced in getting her play into a major theatre in New York.
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