US racism

Listening Tree Video (LT) May 3, 2021 HUMAN ZOOS – THE EXHIBITING OF PEOPLE OF AFRICAN ORIGIN

Between 1810 and 1940, nearly 35 thousand people were exhibited in world fairs, colonial exhibitions, zoos, freak shows, circuses and reconstructed ethnic villages in Europe, America and Japan. Some 1.5 billion visitors attended these events.

Listening Tree Video (LT) April 21, 2021 LYNCHING: THEY KILLED US AND THEN SENT THE PHOTOS OUT AS POSTCARDS

Historians broadly agree that lynchings were a method of social and racial control meant to terrorize black Americans into submission, and into an inferior racial caste position. They became widely practiced in the US south from roughly 1877, the end of post-civil war reconstruction, through 1950.

Victims would be seized and subjected to every imaginable manner of physical torment, with the torture usually ending with being hung from a tree and set on fire. More often than not, victims would be dismembered and mob members would take pieces of their flesh and bone as souvenirs.

Listening Tree Video (LT) April 21, 2021 EMMETT TILL

Emmett Till was brutally killed in the summer of 1955. At his funeral, his mother forced the world to reckon with the brutality of American racism.

Encyclopaedia Africana G April 21, 2021 GEORGE FLOYD MURDER: FORMER POLICE OFFICER DEREK CHAUVIN FOUND GUILTY

Chauvin’s bail was immediately revoked and he was taken into custody. He will be back at court for the sentencing phase of the trial on 16 June 2021. In the interim, he will be kept in solitary confinement for his own protection, 23 hours a day.

Listening Tree Video (LT) March 12, 2021 USA: THE JIM CROW MUSEUM OF RACIST MEMORABILIA

David Pilgrim, a Black sociologist, runs the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia out of the small, white, Trump-voting town of Big Rapids, MI. With the help of private donors like Chuck and Ward, an elderly gay couple, Pilgrim believes that sharing his expansive collection can change the way racism is perceived in the United States.

Encyclopaedia Africana M February 23, 2021 MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE

Honored with many awards, Mary McLeod Bethune’s life was celebrated with a memorial statue in Washington DC in 1974, and a postage stamp in 1985. Her final residence is a National Historic Site.

D Encyclopaedia Africana February 23, 2021 DAISY BATES

After the success of the Little Rock Nine, Bates continued to work on improving the status of Black people in the South. Her influential work with school integration brought her national recognition. In 1962, she published her memoirs, The Long Shadow of Little Rock. Eventually, the book would win an American Book Award.

Encyclopaedia Africana J February 23, 2021 JOSEPHINE BAKER

On June 3, 1906, Freda Josephine McDonald was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents, both entertainers, performed throughout the segregated Midwest often bringing her on stage during their shows.

Encyclopaedia Africana R February 23, 2021 RUBY BRIDGES

Ruby’s birth year coincided with the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, which ended racial segregation in public schools.

Encyclopaedia Africana F February 20, 2021 FILM – DEATH OF A PANTHER: FRED HAMPTON (1970)

Closes with an excerpt of a speech by Chairman Fred, explaining why he would rather die a revolutionary than live being subjected to injustice.

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