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How African Americans Ended Up Supporting The Democratic Party

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Dating back just one hundred years ago, the vast majority of African Americans were Republicans and not Democrats. The Republican Party was the “Party of Lincoln” the party that enacted the Emancipation Proclamation and supported Reconstruction.  Many blacks voted Republican following the Civil War through the first part of the 20th century.  Also at that time, most of the white politicians who supported segregation and governed the south were Democrats.  The Democratic Party did not officially open its doors to blacks until 1924 when they were allowed to attend the Democratic convention.  The majority of blacks at the time lived in the South, where they often prevented from even voting at all.  Starting slowly, but peaking in the 1960’s and going forward, blacks have shifted their loyalty to the Democratic Party.  The events of the civil rights movement were a catalyst for blacks to leave the Republican Party in droves.

Prior to the 1960’s, one of the initial shifts of blacks to the Democratic Party occurred during the Great Depression which lasted from 1929-1939. The Roosevelt presidential administration and its policies to bring jobs and assistance to the nations impoverished citizens made the Democratic Party very attractive to black who were experiencing the crushing blow of poverty.  Despite these gains, many blacks continued to stay affiliated with the Republican Party.  Not until Harry Truman received 77% of the black vote in 1948 did many blacks report they thought of themselves as Democrats.  This could be, due in part, to Truman issuing orders to desegregate the military.  He also issued an executive order to address racial bias in federal employment.  As late as 1960 approximately 2/3 of African Americans were affiliated with the Democratic Party.  Today the number is close to 90%.  Another major factor which contributed to the mass exodus from the Republic Party by blacks was the political agenda of US Senator and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. Goldwater was a 1964 Republican presidential nominee.  He was a 5 term US Senator from Arizona at the time of his nomination for president by the Republican Party against Lyndon Johnson.  Continue reading “How African Americans Ended Up Supporting The Democratic Party”

A Legend Honors A Legend: Stevie Wonder Reflects On Prince

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Stevie Wonder, was interviewed on CNN about how Prince influenced him.  A legend honors,  a legend!! Check out the video.

Prince Dead At 57

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Music icon Prince found dead in his home today 4/21/16. He was 57.

Check the article on CNN for more info:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/21/entertainment/prince-estate-death/index.html

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Mahala Ashley Dickerson: Legal Trailblazer And Life Long Friend Of Rosa Parks

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Mahala Ashley Dickerson (1912—2007) made history, becoming the first African American female attorney to be admitted to the Alaska and Alabama bar associations. Advocacy for the poor, women, and minorities was a hallmark of her legal career. Dickerson was born in Montgomery County, outside of Montgomery, Alabama. She had two sisters, Erna and Harriet. Dickerson attended Miss White’s School For Girls, which was also known as the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls. It was a private, K-8 school for African American girls. The school was started in 1886 by two white Christian educators, Alice White and H. Margaret Beard. White and Beard desired to provide an excellent education for African American girls as well as instill a sense of confidence a pride in the girls they educated. The school also promoted racial equality. The school’s curriculum focused on Christian morality, academic courses, and vocational education. All students were required to wear uniforms and were discouraged from wearing makeup and jewelry. Surprisingly students were encouraged to wear their hair, “natural” and not straighten it. It was here that Dickerson, would meet civil rights leader, Rosa Parks, who was also a student. The two would forge a life-long friendship. Continue reading “Mahala Ashley Dickerson: Legal Trailblazer And Life Long Friend Of Rosa Parks”

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MLK Statue With Donald Trump Slogan “Make America Great Again” At University Of South Florida Draws Outrage And Anger

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A University of South Florida statue of Martin Luther King,  Jr was photographed wearing a hat with Donald Trump’s campaign slogan,  “Make America Great Again”.  The photo was posted on Instagram by “students4trump” with the banner  “MLK KNOWS -TRUMP 2016” and the caption,  “Pretty Self Explanatory” Continue reading “MLK Statue With Donald Trump Slogan “Make America Great Again” At University Of South Florida Draws Outrage And Anger”

Charles L. Reason: 1st African American To Teach At A Predominately White College

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 Charles L. Reason (1818 – 1864)was active in efforts to gain voting rights for black men. Reason believed strongly that industrial education was very important for blacks to gain their freedom. He also valued classical education as well and started a teachers training college in New York City. Reason and Charles B. Ray started the Society for The Promotion of Education among Colored Children, a black organization approved by the state legislature to oversee schools for blacks in New York City.In 1849, the mostly white Free Mission College (renamed New York Central College) in Courtland County, NY hired Reason as an instructor making him the first African American to teach at a predominately white college. Continue reading “Charles L. Reason: 1st African American To Teach At A Predominately White College”

Did You Know R & B Singer Chaka Khan Was A Former Member Of The Black Panther Party?

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Legendary R & B singer, Chaka Khan was born, Yvette Marie Stevens on March 23, 1953. Born, in Great Lakes, IL, she gained international acclaim for her signature sound and stage presence. Khan gained popularity beginning in the 1970’s. Her first singing group, the Crystalettes, was comprised of Khan and her sister Yvonne when she was 11 years old. She identifies singers such as Billie Holiday and Gladys Knight as some of her early musical inspirations. Later Khan and her sister launched the musical group, “The Shades of Black”.

Khan joined the Black Panther Party in 1969 at age 16. She sold newspapers for the Black Panther Party and also worked in the party’s free breakfast program for children. Before joining the Black Panther Party she changed her name from Yvette Marie Stevens to Chaka Adunne Aduffe Yemoja Hodarhi Karifi. She received her new name as part of a Yoruba naming ceremony.   Continue reading “Did You Know R & B Singer Chaka Khan Was A Former Member Of The Black Panther Party?”

The Man Behind Abigail Fisher & The University of Texas Court Case

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Edward Blum (left) and Abigail Fisher (right)

Abigail Fisher, the 25 year old woman who recently filed suit against the University of Texas because was denied did not act alone. Fisher’s suit alleges that she was denied admission because she was white. (Never mind that she didn’t have the grades or test scores to get in.)  Fisher was carefully selected by Edward Blum. Blum has, over the years selected plaintiffs to bring lawsuits designed to weaken civil rights advances. Blum is not a lawyer but he is serious about rolling back the clock on civil rights legal advancements. Continue reading “The Man Behind Abigail Fisher & The University of Texas Court Case”

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