June 30, 2021
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⟶ Updated 27 Sep 2018 ⟶
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The Declaration of Independence (event) (1776)
Declaration of the United States of America’s freedom and independence from Great Britain.
Abraham Lincoln’s abolition of slavery (the 13th amendment) (1865)
After Lincoln’s nomination for Union party for president in 1864, he immediately called for a passage to the constitution, known as the 13th amendment, which would abolish slavery, and as a consequence lead to the civil war.
Rosa Parks’ bus incident (1955)
The Rosa Parks’ bus incident was when she refused to give up her seat to a white man, which led to the bus boycott, and later on to the civil rights movement.
The murder of the three civil rights workers in Mississippi (1964)
There has been made a movie about this murder and it is called Mississippi Burning. The three civil rights workers were discharged from a local police station. The cops had a plan so when the three civil rights workers drove away, the KKK followed them and killed them.
The murder of Malcolm X (1965)
Malcolm X was a spokesman for the Nation of Islam. He got shot because he spoke critically about the Nation of Islam leader.
The murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968)
Martin Luther King was an activist, who fought for the rights of black people. While protesting and being the leader of the civil right movement, he used nonviolent methods and held the speech “I have a dream”, that reached thousand of people. In 1968 he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on a balcony in Tennessee.
The Declaration of Independence (1776)
The Declaration of Independence was a declaration that would declare the independence of America from Great Britain.
Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” (1852)
In this speech before a sizeable audience of New York abolitionists, Douglass reminds them that the Fourth of July, though a day of celebration for white Americans, was still a day of mourning for slaves and former slaves like himself, because they were reminded of the unfulfilled promise of equal liberty for all in the Declaration of Independence.
Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “We Wear the Mask” (1896)
It is a poem about the only way black people should be seen is by wearing this mask. The mask means that black people must pretend to be satisfied with their lower status in society.
Abel Meeropol’s “Strange Fruit” (1937)
The title Strange Fruit is referred to the black slaves who were lynched by the white people in the south.
Junius Edwards, “Liars Don’t Qualify” (1961)
It’s about a black man who tries to register in his hometown in the south, but the two men who have to judge if he can register, makes it hard for him, because they do not want him to register.
Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” (1963)
A public speech, delivered by Martin Luther King. He talked about ending racism in the US, and wanting civil- and economic rights. He talked about how he wanted US to look in the future, a country where there is place for all.
Malcolm X’s “The Ballot or the Bullet” (1964)
A speech delivered by Malcolm X. He talks about economic and social justice, and does not want religion to stand in the way
Mississippi Burning (1988)
It is a movie about the case of the murder of the three civil rights workers. It showed us how black people were treated in Mississippi and how much racism there was in Mississippi. We see KKK going around and lynching black people, burning down houses of black people, black churches.
Kanye West, “Blood on the Leaves” (2013)
Inspired by “strange fruit.” The meaning is how black and white people are connected to drugs, money and poverty
The 13th Amendment(2016)
A documentary of the violence, police brutality and drugs laws in the US against black people.
Childish Gambino, “This Is America” (2018)
It is about gun violence in the US and black people who get defined by prejudice.
The Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
A short period after the civil war, where America tries to rebuild itself by incorporating the southern states back into the north.
Jim Crow Laws
Separation of white and colored people. It was made up just so the colored facilities were underfunded, and to continuously undermine the colored people, with disadvantages in the society.
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