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1963 – MLK LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL

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On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his historic letter from a jail in Birmingham, AL. He initially wrote the letter in the margins of a newspaper, from his jail cell.  

King was intentionally arrested to help garner support for his work in the city.  The letter was written in response to criticism he received from white clergy in Birmingham who openly challenged his approach to fighting segregation through, protests, boycotts, and non violence.  The clergy criticizing King felt that he should operate within the confines of the law to accomplish his goals.  There were also those both black and white that felt King was stirring up trouble that could hinder progress.  King was also criticized for being an “outsider” who was stirring up trouble in the community.  

King eloquently articulated in the letter “why we can’t wait.” In honor of the historic letter, we are sharing two of our favorite quotes contained in the letter. These quotes still ring true today!!  To read the letter in its entirety click here.




Malcolm X Quote: “That’s Not A Chip On My Shoulder. That’s Your Foot On My Neck”

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A powerful quote from Malcolm X!!

“That’s Not A Chip On My Shoulder.  That’s Your Foot On My Neck” – Malcolm X

Remembering Maya Angelou & MLK

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Today we remember the incomparable Maya Angelou.  She would have been 89 today (4/4/17).  Many don’t know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on her  40th birthday birthday in 1968. After his assassination, she refused to celebrate her birthday.  Instead she would send flowers to King’s widow, Coretta Scott King. 

Ironically before Dr. King’s death, he had asked, Maya Angelou to travel with him and visit churches to raise money for his efforts to support the poor. Angelou agreed, but stated she could not begin until after her birthday.  A promise she would never get the chance to fulfill.  She was notified of his death while preparing for her birthday party.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Ain’t Having It!!

 

 

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Congress Maxine Waters is given us all LIFE!  In response to remarks made by Bill O’Reilly about her hair…..Waters comeback was EPIC!  Check out the video and be inspired.  One of the quotes we love from her comments was:  “I am a strong BLACK WOMAN.  I CANNOT be intimidated and I’m not going ANYWHERE!”  A more complete clip is also available from MSNBC,

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The Harriet Tubman Travel Agency: Specializing In “Underground Excursions”

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Ben Carson’s, ill-fated reference this week, of enslaved Africans as being immigrants received major shade on social media. (Click here to view our blog post on the incident) 

Amid the social media black lash, a quote from @justlikecandi_1 received thousands of likes and retweets.  It is the prefect combination of humor truth, and sarcasm.  

Oh No He Didn’t: Ben Carson Calls Enslaved Africans “Immigrants”

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Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Trump Administration described enslaved Africans who came to the U.S. in slave ships as “immigrants” who had a dream….. He made these comments during a speech to HUD employees.  No disrespect to those  who willingly came here as immigrants, but enslaved Africans came here in chains and were forced to work for free.  There is no logical way that Dr. Carson could or should refer to them as “immigrants”.  Check out the video clip and see it for yourself!.  Video clip is from USA Today.

 

Sources:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/03/06/ben-carson-calls-slaves-immigrants/98816752/

http://thehill.com/homenews/322545-carson-refers-to-slaves-as-immigrants-in-talk-to-hud-employees

Nancy Wilson: Iconic Songstress Turns 80

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Nancy Wilson (1927 – ), legendary vocalist with an iconic sound! Born in Chillicothe, OH, she began singing at age 4 sand hasn’t stopped!  On February 20, 2017, she celebrated her 80th birthday!  Check out this short video celebrating her life and legacy!

Queens!!

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The black women in this slide show are TRUE ROYALTY!  They should inspire us all!  They are diverse in their pursuits and chosen paths.  If you don’t know who they are…….It’s time to do some research and learn about their accomplishments!  

Kenneth Dunkley: African American Inventor Who Gave Us 3D Glasses

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African American Inventor Kenneth Dunkley (1939- ) created 3D glasses in 1986.


Sources: 

http://fenomlife.com/black-history-month-inventor-kenneth-j-dunkley-3-d-viewing-glasses-holography/

http://www.black-inventor.com/Kenneth-Dunkley.asp



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