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July 23, 2015

Cornel West – Quote

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Lerone Bennett, Jr Quote

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An educator in a system of oppression is either a revolutionary or an oppressor.

-Lerone Bennett, Jr.


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Black Face Fundraiser for Baltimore Cops Indicted on Freddy Gray Murder Canceled

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Really bad call: Berger was previously fired from the force for his blackface performances, but won his job back and later a $200,000 settlement (in full makeup)

Bob Berger, a retired Baltimore police officer planned a fundraiser for the police officers indicted in the death of Freddy Gray.  Event was canceled by the venue.  Over 600 tickets had been sold at $45/each.  Berger’s history of black face performance put him at odds with the department during his tenure there.   The picture below is Bob Berger performing in Black Face in the 1980’s.

The Baltimore Sun reported that attorney of Alicia White, one of the officers charged in the case sharply criticized the event and refused to participate stating it was racist!

I am in total agreement with Tessa Hill-Aston of the NAACP.  “Tessa Hill-Aston of the NAACP called Berger’s idea and performance ‘disgusting,’ adding; ‘Right now, with all the things that are going on in Baltimore and also with all the issues with the Confederate flag, this is just putting more salt in the wound.’ ”  (quote from Daily Mail).  Berger has done blackface performances for many years.  Check out this youtube video from 2007 where a reporter covers Bob Berger.  The video is disturbing to me in that it seems to justify or minimize the behavior.

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What Happened To Sandra Bland?

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Check out an article from The Detroit Free Press!  Still lots of unanswered questions!

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Rosa Parks!

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks is a civil rights icon who is well known for not giving up her seat on a Montgomery Bus in 1955. Below are some facts that you may not know about Rosa Parks.

  1. Parks had been thrown off the bus a decade earlier by the same bus driver –
  2. Parks was a lifelong believer in self-defense. Malcolm X was one of her personal heroes
  3. Her husband was her political partner
  4. Many of Parks’ ancestors were Indians.
  5. Parks’ arrest had grave consequences for her family’s health and economic well-being

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Browder vs. Gayle Supreme Court Ruling That Declared Segregation of Public Transportation Illegal

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Many may be familiar with Montgomery Bus Boycott which lasted from December 1955 to December 1956; launched to protest the unfair treatment of blacks on public buses. But do you know about the Supreme Court case that ended the bus boycott? The Browder vs. Gayle law suit was filed by civil rights attorneys to protest segregation of public buses in Montgomery, Alabama.   The plaintiffs in the law suit were: Claudette Colvin, Mary Louise Smith, Susie McDonald, Aurelia Browder, and Jeanette Reese. Jeanette Reese withdrew her participation due to receiving many threats.  There was consideration as filing this lawsuit using Rosa Parks as the plaintiff.  However, it was felt that the case might be delayed unnecessarily or even dropped.  So it move forward with the other women instead.

In November 1956, a three judge panel declared that segregation of public transportation was unconstitutional. This was a big victory for the civil rights movement. Browder vs. Gayle followed the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling which declared that segregation of public schools as being unconstitutional.   Read the article below for more info!

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