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Civil War-Era Slave Auction Re-Enacted At St. Louis Courthouse
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What is “Juneteenth” All About and Why is it a “Portmanteau”?

A "portmanteau" is a word that's formed from the combination of two separate words...for example... SMOKE & FOG = SMOG!  How is that relative to Juneteenth?  JUNE & NINETEENTH = JUNETEENTH! June 19, 1865 marked the day that the state of Texas finally recognized the freeing of slaves.  Texas was the last state in the Union to recognize The Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves and was signed three years earlier by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862.  

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Is it Important for Our Children to Know About Juneteenth? [VIDEO] [POLL]

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. In 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this announcement came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which became official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865 and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

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Why Does The Church Not Matter As Much Today As It Did Back in The Day? [VIDEO] [POLL] KTSCW

A recent article in the Buffalo News reported that nearly half of all Buffalo-Niagara residents consider themselves unclaimed by an organized religion. Not saying that they are atheist, but simply that they do not identify themselves as a follower of a specific religion. This trend is not only in Buffalo, but on a national scale it was reported that "As much as 16 percent of the U.S. population—about 34 million people—professed no religious affiliation in 2009 according to the American Religious Identification Survey study. That number is up from 29 million in 2001 and from 14 million in 1990".

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Flashback, 1921 To My Hometown Of Tulsa Oklahoma [VIDEO]

 

The recent murders that occurred in my hometown of Tulsa Oklahoma this past weekend prompted me to write about racial tension that still occurs in this nation.

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NYS Slavery Ended Today 1799?

I'm having a hard time getting my head around this!  It's a fact that Slavery "Officially" ended on this day in 1799...BUT....there's a little know addendum to that ruling.  The STATE OF NEW YORK became a "Free State"...meaning Slavery was over, banned, illegal, etc... as of 1799 with respect to the "STATE OF NEW YORK".... HOWEVER..... that only applied to any potential FUTURE SLAVES...and to "THE STATE"!  

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Slaves ‘Obey Your Masters’ – Know Thyself Community Wednesday

An Atheist organization in Pennsylvania recently erected a billboard depicting an African Slave with the words ‘Slaves Obey Your Masters’. The Atheist organization put up the billboard because they wanted to get the word out about the state House’s recent designation of 2012 as “The Year of the Bible” which they (atheists) find offensive.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE

Check out this Black History Month tribute song, titled "Get It," from Vincent "Vegas" Ellis. Hopefully this track Inspires us all!!

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Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Historical Society
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Black History Month: Du Bois Award-Winning Exhibit

The American Negro Exhibit was created by W.E.B. Dubois and first appeared in the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, where it received seventeen awards. It presented a collection of materials to illustrate the progress of the Negro race in the United States since emancipation from slavery in 1863.

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Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Historical Society
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Black History Month: Exhibits at Pan American Exposition Show Two Sides

The Darkest Africa exhibit at Buffalo’s 1901 Pan American Exposition consisted of 62 people representing a variety of African tribes. They were transported to Buffalo to demonstrate weaponry, handicrafts, songs, and dances.

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Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Historical Society
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Black History Month: Seeking Better Lives in Buffalo

From 1915 onward, large numbers of African-Americans left agriculture areas in the South to seek better paying jobs in the industrial cities of the North. The industrial boom stimulated by World War 1 and the steel plant in Lackawanna drew African-Americans to Western New York in large numbers.

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Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Historical Society
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Black History Month: Witness Tackles McKinley’s Killer in Buffalo

On September 6, 1901, James B. Parker, a waiter at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, stood in line to shake President William McKinley’s hand. He emerged from this event as a hero when he tackled the anarchist Leon Czolgosz after the assassin shot the president twice in the stomach.

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Mary Talbert: Advocate and Civil Rights Crusader

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Mary Morris Burnett Talbert was an educator, women’s rights advocate and a civil rights crusader.

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