In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a debate raged between African Americans who believed that they should temporarily accept inferior social and political status while building economic power, and those who believed that their political rights should be granted immediately.
Earlier today, I got to hang out at McKinley Freshman Academy. They had a Black History Through Music program, explaining the impact of Africans on popular music. There were drummers, dancers and various other forms of music performed.
The Negro Convention Movement in the 1840s brought African Americans from across the nation together in a number of cities to discuss issues. One of two significant conferences occurred in Buffalo in 1843: the National Conference of Colored Citizens.
In the late 1800s, the Underground Railroad emerged as a grouping of secret routes and safe homes. Used by runaway slaves, they obtained their freedom by either escaping into Canada or living in a Northern State.
This Thursday, myself and a number of my peers will participate in Canisius College's presentation of “We Can’t Wait,” an education, economic and health empowerment summit on Thursday, February 16, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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