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Ella Fitzgerald’s Lost Interview about Racism & Segregation: Recorded in 1963, It’s Never Been Heard Until Now

When Ella Fitzgerald took the stage for the first time at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, “we heard a sound so perfect” that the entire theater went silent, says dancer and choreographer Norma Miller. “You could hear a rat piss on cotton.” Fitzgerald was 17 years old, and she had already faced severe racial discrimination. “Everything was race,” says Miller, describing the de facto segregation in Harlem in the 20s and 30s. “You couldn’t go out of your zone… slavery is over, but you don’t h...
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When the Beatles Refused to Play Before Segregated Audiences on Their First U.S. Tour (1964)

When American rock and roll made its way to the UK in the 1950s and 60s, along with a burgeoning folk and blues revival, many young British fans hadn’t been conditioned to think of music in the same way as their U.S. counterparts. “Unlike racially segregated Americans,” for example, “the Beatles didn’t see—or hear—the difference between Elvis and Chuck Berry,” writes Joseph Tirella, “between the Everly Brothers and the Marvelettes.” They also couldn’t see playing to segregated audien...
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Pediatrics Group: Academic, Mental And Physical Benefits Of In-Person School Outweigh Coronavirus Risks

(CNN) — As states grapple with how to safely start the upcoming school year, the American Academy of Pediatrics is pushing for students to be physically present in classrooms rather than continue in remote learning for the sake of their well-being. The group, which represents and guides pediatricians across the country, updated its back-to-school recommendations to say evidence shows the academic, mental and physical benefits of in-person learning outweigh the risks from the coronavirus. “The AA...
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Hear the Voices of Americans Born in Slavery: The Library of Congress Features 23 Audio Interviews with Formerly Enslaved People (1932-75)

“During the last three decades of legal slavery in America,” writes Lucinda MacKethan at the National Humanities Center, “African American writers perfected one of the nation’s first truly indigenous genres of written literature: the North American slave narrative.” These heavily mediated memoirs were the only real firsthand accounts of slavery most Americans outside the South encountered. Their authors were urged by abolitionist publishers to adopt conventions of the sentimental novel, ...
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John Trumbull’s Famous 1818 Painting Declaration of Independence Virtually Defaced to Show Which Founding Fathers Owned Slaves

Statues of slaveholders and their defenders are falling all over the U.S., and a lot of people are distraught. What’s next? Mount Rushmore? Well… maybe no one’s likely to blow it up, but some honesty about the “extremely racist” history of Mount Rushmore might make one think twice about using it as a limit case. On the other hand, a sandblasting of the enormous Klan monument in Stone Mountain, Georgia—created earlier by Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum—seems long overdue. We are learning a lot ...
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An Anti-Racist Reading List: 20 Books Recommended by Open Culture Readers

You may have received an email from your favorite online retailer, your boss, university president, or the CEO of your bank: “It has come to our attention that racism is real, and it is really, really bad.” Opportunism is real too, but a significant number of individuals seem to have finally drawn the same conclusion and feel morally compelled to do something about an epidemic that has—very discriminately—killed tens of thousands of black, indigenous, and people of color in the U.S. thro...
Tags: Google, Books, Justice, College, New York City, US, America, Current Affairs, New York Times, Ferguson, Albert Einstein, Jackson, Toni Morrison, Black Lives Matter, Ava Duvernay, American Dream

Drunk History Takes on the Father of Prohibition: The Ban on Alcohol in the U.S. Started 100 Years Ago This Month

There may be plenty of good reasons to restrict sales and limit promotion of alcohol. You can search the stats on traffic fatalities, liver disease, alcohol-related violence, etc. and you’ll find the term “epidemic” come up more than once. Yet even with all the dangers alcohol poses to public health and safety, its total prohibition has seemed “so hostile to Americans’ contemporary sensibilities of personal freedom,” writes Mark Lawrence Schrad at The New York Times , “that we struggle...
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The Names of 1.8 Million Emancipated Slaves Are Now Searchable in the World’s Largest Genealogical Database, Helping African Americans Find Lost Ancestors

The successes of the Freedman’s Bureau, initiated by Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and first administered under Oliver Howard’s War Department, are all the more remarkable considering the intense popular and political opposition to the agency. Under Lincoln’s successor, impeached Southern Democrat Andrew Johnson, the Bureau at times became a hostile entity to the very people it was meant to aid and protect—the formerly enslaved, especially, but also poor whites devastated by the war. After yea...
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"Surprisingly, it was not controversial," says a University of Richmond professor who taught courses called "American Blackface" and "Blackface in Post-Soul Literature and Culture."

“I honestly do not recall it being uncomfortable, mostly because I guess we were taking it seriously. We weren’t looking at if as, ‘Hey, isn’t this funny?’”I'm reading "Where blackface is concerned, outrage is appropriate, says UR professor," by Michael Paul Williams in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He's quoting Bertram Ashe, who teaches English and American Studies.Ashe said the history of blackface dates far back to about the 1830s and extended well into the 20th century. He described it as “a ...
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The Ultimate Guide to Dorothy Dandridge's Style

We've been breaking down our list of 16 classic fashion icons everyone should know. Last week, we covered the mysteriously fabulous actress Katharine Hepburn. This week, it's all about equal rights activist and actress Dorothy Dandridge.  View the original article to see embedded media. Dorothy made her mark on Hollywood during one of the most tense periods in American history. Fighting racism and prejudice within the industry, she went on to become one of the most adored African-American actres...
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V.S. Naipaul Writes an Enraged Letter to His Publisher After a Copy-Editor Revises His Book, A Turn in the South

Photo by Faizul Latif Chowdhury, via Wikimedia Commons There are many ways for travel writers to get their subject badly wrong. Perhaps the worst is solely relying on uninformed observation rather than seeking the wisdom and experience of knowledgeable locals. To his credit, celebrated Nobel prize-winning novelist V.S. Naipaul—who passed away on August 11th at age 85—met, mingled, and spoke freely with individuals from every walk of life (including Eudora Welty) in the process of writing A Turn...
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Hear the First Recorded Blues Song by an African American Singer: Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues” (1920)

Historian John Hope Franklin once described the decades from the end of slavery through the advent of Jim Crow as “The Long Dark Night" because of the legislative chicanery and extreme violence used to disenfranchise and dispossess African Americans after the failure of Reconstruction. It is during these years that the blues emerged from the rural South into the cities, and the age of the “race record” brought black music into popular culture in ways that irrevocably defined what the cou...
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Barack Obama Shares a List of Enlightening Books Worth Reading

Photo by Pete Souza via Whatever historians have to say about his political legacy, Barack Obama will be remembered as charming, diplomatic, thoughtful, and very well-read. He honed these personal qualities not only as a politician but as a scholar, writer, and teacher, roles that require intellectual curiosity and openness to other points of view. The former president was something of a dream come true for teachers and librarians, who could point to him as a shining...
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Zora Neal Hurston Wrote a Book About Cudjo Lewis, the Last Survivor of the Atlantic Slave Trade, and It’s Finally Getting Published 87 Years Later

There are too many things people don’t know about Zora Neale Hurston, renowned primarily for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. That’s not to slight the novel or its significant influence on later writers like Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou, but to say that Hurston’s scholarly work deserves equal attention. A student of famed anthropologist Franz Boas while at Barnard College, Hurston became “the first African American to chronicle folklore and voodoo,” notes the Association for Feminist A...
Tags: Google, Books, College, History, Atlantic, Npr, Harpercollins, Toni Morrison, Caribbean, Maya Angelou, South, Benin, Lewis, Facebook Twitter, Mobile Alabama, Howard University

We Don't Just Wear Clothes, We Wear Memories

Clothes can be more than a way to portray our sense of style, they can take on the history of our past experiences.Memory is a fickle thing. Example: I’ve never been able to remember lyrics to a song. Not one... single... song.For instance, every time I sing along to the radio in my car, my subconscious thinks it’s more fun to make up my own lyrics. On the other hand, my long-time boyfriend can remember every song that has ever graced the radio. Because of this, his favorite place to go is the p...
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The Fall’s Mark E. Smith’s (RIP) Creates a List of His Favorite Books, Films & Music, Circa 1981

Some of us are still reeling from the death this last January of Mark E. Smith, the frontman and acerbic brains behind The Fall, surely one of post-punk’s finest groups, and definitely its longest lasting. The band might not have scored that many Top 40 singles, but Britain’s music press loved and feared Smith in equal amounts. He was always good for a belligerent quote, or a beer-fueled interview down the pub. To paraphrase DJ John Peel, Smith was the yardstick against which other musicians we...
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Learn How the World Changed on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of U.S. Civil Rights Trail for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. “Well that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Why does that matter?” Kalyra’s innocent response summed it up perfectly. I was talking to her about privilege and how some people have more of it than others, purely as a result of where they were born and their skin color. I struggled to find a response to her very simple and accurate question. “It doesn’t matter, but unfortunately...
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Google and Gallup’s computer science education research: six things to know

Maru Ahues Bouza, an Engineering Manager at Google, wouldn’t be where she is today without her father’s encouragement to learn computer science (CS). Growing up in Venezuela, there were no CS classes for children, so when Maru was just 10 years old, her father enrolled her and her sister in an adult CS class. At first, the girls showed little interest, but with steady support from their father, Maru and her sister became the top performers in the class. Maru continued with CS, graduating from Un...
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The History of Hip Hop Music Visualized on a Turntable Circuit Diagram: Features 700 Artists, from DJ Kool Herc to Kanye West

Every genre of music has its lineages and filiations, and each generation tries to outdo its predecessors. In no genre of music are these relationships so clearly defined as in hip-hop, where good-natured battles, furious beefs, nostalgic tributes, and guest appearances explicitly connect rappers from different eras, cities, and styles. Since the earliest days of hip-hop, groups have formed crews and loose alliances, built their own labels and media empires together, and defined the sounds of t...
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Beyond Confederacy: California confronts its legacy of slavery and genocide

By Samantha Young, CALmatters Back when Assemblywoman Monique Limón served on the school board in Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians donated an encyclopedia-style dictionary to the local schools about their language and culture. Limón, born and raised in Santa Barbara, was mesmerized when she turned the pages, learning so much about her community she never knew. Such information may be lacking in public schools, where critics say lessons often don’t include accurate informatio...
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New Interactive Map Visualizes the Chilling History of Lynching in the U.S. (1835-1964)

Whether we like to admit it or not, the history of the U.S. is in great degree a history of genocide and racist terror. As Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has demonstrated in An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, the phrase “Manifest Destiny”—which we generally associate with the second half of the 19th century—accurately describes the nation’s ethos since well before its founding. The idea that the entire continent belonged by right of “Providence” to a highly specific group of European s...
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The Ties that Bind: Railroad Gauge Standards, Collusion, and Internal Trade in the 19th Century US

Daniel P. Gross studies the conversion of 13,000 miles of railroad track to standard gauge in the southern United States in 1886 as a large-scale natural experiment in technology standards adoption that instantly integrated the South into the national transportation network. [Author: Daniel P. Gross]
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What Latino segregation looks like in public schools

Photo: Sebastian This piece by NPR’s Latino USA looks into the “de facto segregation” that has occurred in U.S. public schools. The reporters look into a school in the South that is 98% Latino to discover how segregated schools face unique challenges. One in four public school students in the U.S. is Latino. Listen to the podcast segment above to learn more.
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Top 10 Phrases for Travel in Italy

Ten Phrases to Pack in Your Suitcase Dieci frasi da mettere in valigia If you are heading for Italy this summer, here are some useful Italian expressions you shouldn't leave home without: 1. Common courtesies. You’re more likely to get what you ask for when you preface a request with “per favore” (please) and respond to any kindness with “grazie” (thank you). Prego can mean, “You’re welcome,” or, in some circumstances, “by all means.” 2. Salutations. Although “Ciao!” has become world-famous, th...
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Private Schools Still Enable Segregation

When America first legally integrated its public schools, it faced many years of “massive resistance” from racist white people. Today, private schools—particularly in the South—exist as a shadow system of segregated education. Read more...
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