President’s Day: The Story Behind the Day America Celebrates Her Presidents

President's Day

TweetShareShare “HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY!” Celebrated on the third Monday of February, it’s one of 12 federal holidays (originally proclaimed in 1879). But the celebrations had been around much longer, initially to celebrate the birthday of the “Father of our Country” George Washington, and later the Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln. In fact, since 1862, the U.S.…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of an American Moses (Part 1)

Martin Luther King, Jr

TweetShareShare In Black American history there have been many influential people. Phyllis Wheatley. Sojourner Truth. Harriet Tubman. Frederick Douglass. Booker T. Washington. George Washington Carver. Jackie Robinson. But few transformed America and his race more than Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s why every January, America stops to celebrate his birthday. He’s on par with Washington…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of an American Moses (Part 2)

TweetShareShare  In PART ONE, the individuals and events that influenced King’s childhood and adolescence were addressed.  +++++++++++++++++++++   Every prophet journeys through a season of preparation. Just as Moses spent years as a desert shepherd, Martin Luther King honed his message through years of education. As Martin’s influence grew, so did the opposition to his…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of an American Moses (Part 3)

Martin Luther King speaks

TweetShareShare   In PART ONE, the individuals and events that influenced King’s childhood and adolescence were addressed.  In PART TWO, Martin Luther King’s rise to inspire and lead the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. +++++++++++++++++++++   By 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. had lived up to his royal last name. His speeches were legendary…

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The Big Switch That Wasn’t: The Dixiecrats, Race and 1964

TweetShareShareIt’s known as “The Big Switch.” A historical moment when Southern Democrat politicians converted to Republicanism and refashioned the G.O.P. into a racist political party (according to their opponents). In an heated Twitter exchange between Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez (D-NY) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), this “big switch” was the grist of the Millennial Democrat’s argument.…

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Dred Scott: The Man Behind the U.S. Supreme Court’s Worst Decision

Dred Scott

TweetShareShareMany legal scholars believe the Dred Scott decision was the worst by a U.S. Supreme Court. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes called it the Supreme Court’s “greatest self-inflicted wound.” But why did it happen? Who was Dred Scott? And why should we know his story?  DRED SCOTT was born a slave in Virginia (1799). His…

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Memorial Day: How Former Slaves Created a National Holiday

TweetShareShare American summers are built around three holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Memorial Day and Labor Day are the bookends. The July 4th celebration is the centerpiece. Most Americans view Memorial Day as the “kickoff” for summer…and it is. But there’s much more to this holiday than we think. Unfortunately, many contemporary…

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John Marrant: America’s First Black Preacher

John Marrant

TweetShareShareHe was among America’s first black preachers. A fiery Methodist who converted thousands—blacks, Indians, whites—to Christianity in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His life story–of only 35 years–has inspired millions. John Marrant was born a free black June 15, 1755 in New York City. When his father died, at four, his mother moved…

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