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October 7, 1821: William Still Is Born

On this day in 1821, William Still, the “Father of the Underground Railroad,” was born. Watch the story of a man who risked his life shepherding runaway slaves to freedom.

Photo: Library of Congress

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Rise of the Black Pharaohs (Full Episode)

About the Program

The Egypt of the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Valley of the Kings was an empire of indomitable might. Then, around 800 BC, the impossible happened. Kush, a subject kingdom from the south, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs, and ruled for nearly 100 years.

These were the mysterious Black Pharaohs of what is today Sudan—the Nubian kings—whose reign has become legendary among Africans and written off as heresy by early archaeologists who refused to believe that dark skinned Africans could have risen so high.

But now, in the heart of Sudan, exciting new archaeological finds are revealing the truth about the great Kush dynasty. A sacred mountain holds the key to the Kush kings’ spiritual claim on the Egyptian throne; stunning statues are providing details about the true color of their skin and their long and prosperous reign; and a long-hidden tomb complex is shedding light on the trappings of their royalty and the extent of their empire.  [View complete episode at pbs.org.]

pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 26, 1948: President Harry Truman Signs Executive Order 9981

On this day in 1948, President Truman issued an executive order abolishing racial segregation in all branches of the armed forces and establishing the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services. This major piece of legislation was a welcome victory for the African American soldiers’ “Double V” campaign, in which they fought both WWII abroad and racism at home.

Learn more about the importance of Truman’s order with a featured video from Tavis Smiley.

Photo: The Chicago Defender announces Executive Order 9981. Library of Congress Exhibition

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The Amazing Connections Between the Inca and Egyptian Cultures 

"The ancient Egyptians (in Africa) and the ancient pre-Incas/Incas (in South America) evolved on opposite sides of the globe and were never in contact.

Yet, both cultures mysteriously possessed the same strikingly identical body of ancient art, architecture, symbolism, mythology and religion.

The Victorian era scholars, faced with this enigma, concluded that both cultures must have been children of the same Golden Age parent civilization, “Atlantis.”

Today, Egyptian/Inca parallels are not only being ignored by American and Western scholars, they’re being suppressed.

Many baffling and unsolved similarities link the ancient Egyptians and the ancient pre-Incas/Incas ― even though both cultures evolved on opposite sides of the planet, separated by oceans” Read More

Ancient History is always important.

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cartermagazine:

Today In History
‘Gwendolyn Brooks became the first Black person to win a “Pulitzer Prize.” Brooks won the award for her book, Annie Allen, on this date May 1, 1950.’
(photo: Gwendolyn Brooks)
- CARTER Magazine

cartermagazine:

Today In History

‘Gwendolyn Brooks became the first Black person to win a “Pulitzer Prize.” Brooks won the award for her book, Annie Allen, on this date May 1, 1950.’

(photo: Gwendolyn Brooks)

- CARTER Magazine

cartermagazine:

Today In History
‘Septima Poinsette Clark, educator, civil rights activist, was born on this date May 3, 1898. Clark received the “Living Legacy Award” from President Jimmy Carter.’
(photo: Septima Poinsette Clark)
- CARTER Magazine

cartermagazine:

Today In History

‘Septima Poinsette Clark, educator, civil rights activist, was born on this date May 3, 1898. Clark received the “Living Legacy Award” from President Jimmy Carter.’

(photo: Septima Poinsette Clark)

- CARTER Magazine

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Ray Charles,
Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) Disc 5

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SONG OF THE DAY:

RAY CHARLES- (NIGHT TIME IS) THE RIGHT TIME

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Floetry ft. Common - SupaStar

Nice!!!

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