Little Known Black History Fact: Alexandria Library Sit-In

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During the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement, sit-in protests were organized to bring awareness to the unfair practice of segregation in public spaces. Seventy-five years ago today, the Alexandria Library sit-In took place in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C. It is considered the earliest library sit-in and also one of the earliest recorded protests of its kind.

On August 21, 1939, the sit-in’s organizer, local attorney Samuel W. Tucker, had five African-American men attempt to obtain cards from the Kate Waller Barrett Library. As a public space, Virginia’s “racial integrity” laws didn’t legally bar Blacks from borrowing books from the space but they were denied anyway.

The five men, William “Buddy” Evans, Otto L. Tucker, Edward Gaddis, Morris Murray, and Clarence Strange individually entered the Barrett library in an attempt to get cards for book loans.

Each man was denied a card…

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Little Known Black History Fact: Marvel’s Harlem Heroes

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Marvel Comics has taken strides to include African-American characters across its various comic book titles since the ’60s, including becoming the first mainstream comic company to feature a Black superhero. What isn’t known to many outside Marvel’s vastly detailed comic books world is that three of its top characters hail from the borough of Harlem in New York.

With Harlem Week celebrating its 40th anniversary celebration wrapping up this weekend, it’s fitting that the “Black Mecca” of America would be the birthplace of X-Men standout Storm, Avengers member Falcon, and the mercenary with a heart, Luke Cage.

Storm, also known as Ororo Munroe, is an African warrior princess with the mutant ability to control the weather. Storm’s father, David Munroe, was a photographer, and her mother, N’Dare, was a Kenyan tribal princess. Storm lived in America when she was a baby but was reared in Africa…

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Why Jay Z Threw Shade At Kim Kardashian

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Really, like no one has time for Kim Kardashian, especially not Jay Z and Beyonce. According to Gary With Da Tea, Jay threw shade at Kim K at an event, but  listen to Gary’s Tea in the audio player to hear the reason why he did it!

Get the latest from Gary’s Tea here and listen LIVE at 7:30 am & 8:30 am EST on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show”!

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“It’s About Staying Inspired” — Exclusive Memoir by Lucinda Williams


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Talking About Race in the Classroom


August 24, 2014 at 7:05 am

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Yesterday, I wrote about my plan to discuss race and specifically Michael Brown and Ferguson in my classroom today.

We began with a “think, pair, share” activity. I asked the students why it’s uncomfortable to talk about race. Their answers:

  • “Political correctness makes us feel like we’re walking on eggshells.”
  • “Someone might take offense when no offense was intended.”
  • “It’s awkward to talk about race with or around different races.”
  • “There is still a lot of anger about slavery.”

I then asked them what color they see when they hear or read the word “race.” The students who called out answered “black.” I asked them if they think of white people as having a race. One white student shared that she doesn’t think of herself as being part of a race until she really thinks about it. White, for many of my students, represents the absence of race.

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I Made this Slide Show with Respect for the Brown Family. No copyright infringement intended.


Sometimes I think about all the things I’ve been through in life.

And i thank God that I made it through it. But I don’t live in the past. It toke along time before I realized that my past was holding me back.Not all my past was bad there was some good times.But I well never be able to relive those experiences. When I started getting my faith in God on the right track.My life starting changing little by little.Knowing that he had a plan for me .As time went by I started wondering why my grandmama always went to the alter and got to her knees and prayed and cried back then i didn’t understand and didn’t like to see her cry.She was the person I spent alot time with when I was little .That seeing her cry hurted me, like I said I didn’t understand. But I remember our last conversation and I tried to do what she told me and that was to get a education and don’t have a house full of kids.I think she didn’t want me to be like her. I then realized she ,she wasn’t happy the way her life turned out.

.She always said be good and good things will come to you. One day I heard a song and I couldn’t wait for her to hear it.The song was Grandma’s hands by Bill Withers. She liked it too .So when the Awards show came on I asked could I stay up and watch she said she would watch too because she like the song..My biggest scar is that my grandmama didn’t see me before she died .I hope she see that I’m trying to be the person she wanted me to be.The love I have for her was the best part of my life.My heart is still full of love that I one day will see her again.

When you think life isn’t worth living remember your grandmama prayed for your soul and spirit. That’s what l believe that scar I have that I thought she didn’t know how much l love her still today. Looking at my own grandkids hoping that one day they will know that i love them like she loved me.If your grandmama is still alive spend alot of time with her that love is so special .

#be blessed

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