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  • Morgan Freeman calls black history month ‘ridiculous’

    12/15/2005 12:47:38 PM PST · by robowombat · 218 replies · 6,425+ views
    AP ^ | Dec. 15, 2005
    Freeman calls black history month ‘ridiculous’ Oscar-winning actor says ‘black history is American history’ The Associated Press Updated: 2:46 p.m. ET Dec. 15, 2005 NEW YORK - Morgan Freeman says the concept of a month dedicated to black history is "ridiculous." "You're going to relegate my history to a month?" the 68-year-old actor says in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" to air Sunday (7 p.m. EST). "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history." Black History Month has roots in historian Carter G. Woodson's Negro History Week, which he designated in 1926 as the second...
  • Vernon Robinson the "wrong kind" of black speaker at Bowdoin College?

    03/07/2005 6:23:14 PM PST · by mhking · 67 replies · 2,269+ views
    Ramblings' Journal ^ | 3.7.05 | Michael King
    The College Republicans at Maine's Bowdoin College invited former US Congressional candidate and current Republican Winston-Salem (NC) City Councilman Vernon Johnson to campus as part of their observance of Black History Month. They weren't ready for the firestorm that followed.The co-president of Bowdoin's College Democrats, Alex Cornell du Houx, appeared on Monday's Michael Medved Show to defend his statements as published in the Bowdoin Orient.Many found the rhetoric put forward by the College Republicans offensive and unwarranted. The claim, taken from Vernon Robinson's website, that "The Only Thing he has in Common with Jesse Jackson is a good TAN," [sic]...
  • Black Confederate soldiers overlooked during Black History Month

    02/26/2005 9:53:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 172 replies · 5,177+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/27/5 | EDWARD A. BARDILL
    The month of February has begun and so has the celebration of Black History Month in the nation, schools and communities. Throughout this time, many noteworthy leaders, citizens, scientists and soldiers who fought in wars and conflicts will be recognized. However, there is one group of African Americans who will receive no recognition again this year during this month. I am speaking of black Confederates who served and fought to defend their homeland from what they believed to be an armed invasion. Advertisement The South was home to some 4 million who lived there and had roots going back more...
  • From Golden Sunrise to the West {Black History Month in Cheyenne, WY}

    02/27/2005 8:19:19 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 11 replies · 485+ views
    Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 02-27-05 | Milner, Kelly
    From golden sunrise to the West By Kelly Milner Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE - Frankie Jones hoped a speaker Saturday helped put Tarzan to rest. "The only concept most people have of Africa is a white man swinging on a tree to save the black people," Jones said. "Every time I see it, it makes me fighting mad." Jones is a member of the Love and Charity Club Inc. that sponsored a Black History Month event Saturday called "Looking Back and Moving Forward." The Rev. Clinton Lewis was the speaker for the service, which was held at...
  • Black History Month's lessons are lost on some whites

    02/26/2005 1:32:08 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 179 replies · 3,879+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 27, 2005 | MARY MITCHELL SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
    I'm glad Black History Month is just about over. Soon, we can all go back to believing that race only matters to race mongers, and that the average person doesn't care whether someone is black or white or Asian or Hispanic -- except maybe when they are choosing a neighborhood to live in, a school for their children, or a church service to attend. I'm glad Black History Month is over because I'm sick of sharing black history with ungrateful white people -- notice I said ungrateful, not "all" white people. They have no idea how difficult it was to...
  • Deroy Murdock: What the GOP has done for blacks

    02/19/2005 9:17:04 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 1,054+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | February 19, 2005 | Deroy Murdock
    NEW YORK - EVERY FEBRUARY, Black History Month recalls Democrat Harry Truman’s 1948 armed forces desegregation and Democrat Lyndon Johnson’s signature on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the greatest black legislative victory since Republican Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery in 1863. This annual commemoration, however, largely overlooks many milestones Republicans and blacks have achieved together by overcoming reactionary Democrats. The 2005 Republican Freedom Calendar, published by Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., and the House Policy Committee (, traces GOP support for blacks, often over Democratic objections. White supremacists, for example, worked club in hand with Democrats for decades: July 30, 1866: New...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Saturday Night Jukebox ~ A Musical Tribute For Black History Month ~ 19 Feb 2005

    02/18/2005 8:00:53 PM PST · by MoJo2001 · 1,575 replies · 12,059+ views
    The Canteen Deejays
          ~ Saturday Night Jukebox ~ A Tribute To American Musicians Black History Month Tribute     ~ Welcome To The FReeper Canteen's Music Dedication ~Today the Canteen proudly salutes another group of great Americans -- black musicians! In tribute to Black History Month, we would like to highlight some of the pioneers, legends, and musicians that have contributed to the American musical talent pool. Click on the graphic or hyperlink.Black musicians have offered a wide range of musical talent to our American society. While the hip hop/rap scene today reflects very little of this contribution, the...
  • Grand Old Party: Blacks might be surprised to compare Republican history with the Democrats'

    02/18/2005 6:47:00 AM PST · by pookie18 · 60 replies · 4,875+ views
    Nat'l Review ^ | 2/18/05 | Deroy Murdock
    Today marks the 90th anniversary of a very special White House ceremony. President Woodrow Wilson hosted his Cabinet and the entire U.S. Supreme Court for a screening of D. W. Griffith's racist masterpiece, Birth of a Nation. The executive mansion's first film presentation depicted, according to Griffith, the Ku Klux Klan's heroic, post-Civil War struggle against the menace of emancipated blacks, portrayed by white actors in black face. As black civil-rights leader W. E. B. DuBois explained: In Griffith's 1915 motion picture, "The freed man was represented either as an ignorant fool, a vicious rapist, a venal or unscrupulous politician,...
  • Original Emancipation Proclamation Goes on View

    02/18/2005 3:45:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies · 802+ views
    NY Lawyer ^ | 2/18/05 | Carl Hartman
    Emancipation Proclamation Goes on View New York Lawyer February 18, 2005 By Carl Hartman The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation declaring the end to slavery goes on public view Friday as part of Black History Month celebrations. The document will be on display at the National Archives, where visitors regularly see the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The poor quality of the paper and ink on the final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation make it vulnerable to light, so it has been only occasionally brought out of storage. It was last seen on Jan. 19,...
  • James Edwards: He Paved the Way for Poitier and Washington

    02/16/2005 11:10:21 AM PST · by mrustow · 39 replies · 1,082+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | 16 February 2005 | Nicholas Stix
    Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman all owe a debt of gratitude to James Edwards. Today, two of Hollywood's five highest-paid stars are black: Will Smith and Denzel Washington. Jamie Foxx (Ray) and Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) are the front-runners for the best actor and best supporting actor Oscars, respectively. (And while I have yet to see Ray, I did see Million Dollar Baby, and can tell you that Freeman is every bit as good as his press). Smith, Washington, Foxx and Freeman all owe a debt of gratitude to James Edwards.Three years ago, Halle Berry...
  • Black History Month looks less hopeful along 47th Street

    02/14/2005 10:15:43 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 26 replies · 799+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 14, 2005 | LAURA WASHINGTON
    I've got a love-hate thang going on with Black History Month. The love comes every February, when the media, corporate interests and other major institutions scramble to "celebrate" black voices in front of the camera and microphone. Our diverse heritage and legacy are showcased and honored. Who doesn't love limelight? The hate is the reminder that things ain't the way they're supposed to be. Take East 47th Street. In the first half of the 20th century, a black history icon, Archibald Motley Jr., memorialized the area near 47th Street and South Park (now called King Drive), as "The Stroll." Motley,...
  • Black History Month

    02/04/2005 3:17:43 PM PST · by Duffboy · 9 replies · 327+ views
    We are in another Black History Month. I have often wondered why Black history begins in the USA. It's as if Blacks never existed before they were transported to the USA. There is never any teaching of history concerning the hundreds of years of slavery before America ever saw the first White man. Slavery, was an ongoing enterprise before the Arabs took it over in the 7th century. Shouldn't it be " Black History Month in the USA"?
  • MICHAEL REAGAN! Massie on Iraq/Hillary Blacks out! Killen Trial! Horowitz! Tue(2-2) on!

    02/01/2005 9:22:48 AM PST · by Bob J · 8 replies · 1,090+ views ^ | 2-1-05 | Bob J
    Listen While You Freep! All programs are replayed for 24 hours and again on weekends so tune in when it’s convenient for YOU! Call In Number – 866-884-TALK (8255) 1pm EST – If the Iraqi voter's could get it right, why couldn't Florida and Ohio? Kennedy, Kerry and Reid know more than Iraqi leaders. Hillary fainted after spending inaugural with the Slickster, hmmm. Find out my take on it. Listen in as I put the hot knife of reason and logic to the spiteful, oleaginous, divisionists on the left. 2pm EST – Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson interviews David Horowitz, author...
  • NAACP refuses to cooperate with IRS probe into allegedly political activity

    01/31/2005 10:38:32 AM PST · by byteback · 27 replies · 1,653+ views
    AP via The SF Chronicle ^ | 31 Jan 2005 | AP
    The NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights organization, is refusing to cooperate with an IRS investigation into whether its chairman made an improper political speech, charging that the timing of the probe was itself politically motivated. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said in October that the group's tax-exempt status was under review after its chairman, Julian Bond, gave a speech that criticized President Bush. In a letter to the IRS on Thursday, NAACP attorneys said the group will not hand over documents requested in the probe and argued that the IRS followed improper procedure by launching...
  • Black History month series( As told by a Liberal Newspaper in NC)

    01/30/2005 2:46:01 PM PST · by RepublicanReptile · 10 replies · 818+ views
    Washington Daily News ^ | 01-30-05 | Multiple
    From yesterdays paperWDN civil rights series introduced By JONATHAN CLAYBORNE, News Editor In Sunday's edition, the Daily News will begin publishing a month-long series of stories focusing on local people, places and events vital to the civil rights movement. Area, state and national perspectives on the movement and its long-range implications will be provided in the stories, which will run through the final weekend of next month. February is Black History Month. The occasional series will examine legal and cultural gains sparked by the movement, but it also will take into account the progress civil rights activists say must...
  • New Film Shows How Abortion Hurts Black Women

    03/26/2004 2:08:41 PM PST · by twas · 39 replies · 1,332+ views
    Life News ^ | March 25, 2004 | Maria Gallagher
    A new film is spotlighting the effect that abortion has had on the lives of black women. "Tales of Abortion" by noted filmmaker Keith Clinton is expected to touch off a new round of debate about the impact that abortion has had on African-Americans in the U.S. The film, which debuted in St. Louis, Missouri a few weeks ago during Black History Month, chronicles the stories of black women who have undergone abortions. In the firm, a computer executive named Clayton was inspired to write an article about abortion, after an encounter with a pro-life activist at his church. He...
  • Conservative Blacks Ignored During Black History Month

    03/04/2004 5:23:11 PM PST · by SeenTheLight · 18 replies · 626+ views ^ | 3/4/04 | Jan Ireland
    Black History Month 2004 has just passed. I looked all month for national recognition of conservative blacks. I found very little. Secretary of State Colin Powell, the first black to head the Department of State. and Condoleezza Rice, the first black--and first woman--to be national security advisor, were covered mainly in relation to the Iraq war. Powell was hinted to be at odds with President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. Rice was asked if intelligence was hyped. Both were called racist names by West Indies singer Harry Belafonte, who escaped all consequences for doing so. Corinne Brown, a Democratic congresswoman from...
  • Black activist ‘offended’ by apology

    03/03/2004 7:12:46 AM PST · by Modernman · 61 replies · 582+ views
    New Haven Register ^ | 02/29/04 | Rebecca Baker Erwin
    NORTH HAVEN — Social activist Jeffrey Johnson said Friday night he was "offended" that the principal of West Haven High School apologized for him after he gave a racially provocative speech to students during a Black History Month assembly last week. "I don’t need an apology," he told hundreds at the West Haven Black Coalition’s 18th annual scholarship and community awards dinner at Fantasia. "I am tired on every level imaginable of having to apologize for speaking out." Johnson, the keynote speaker, addressed the controversy his speech created at the school Thursday. Johnson’s remarks about racial injustice, particularly how black...
  • Issues of race, identity hit home

    02/29/2004 5:02:41 PM PST · by NewHampshireDuo · 15 replies · 278+ views
    Portland (Maine) Press Herald ^ | 29 February, 2004 | Justin Ellis
    Isaiah Taylor has been a naturally curious kid for all of his nine years. His mom, Cindy, has always been quick to give an answer, or to find someone else who has one. When he was 4, his mother recalls, Isaiah wondered if black people could be superheroes, particularly because none of the action figures and toys he had looked like him. The two went out, did research and found some comic book characters and G.I. Joes who could be heroes for the young boy. Now that he's growing older, his questions about race, culture and who he is are...
  • Some personal thoughts at the end of Black History Month

    02/29/2004 5:33:33 AM PST · by Warrior Nurse · 80 replies · 1,923+ views
    CSPAN | 2/29/04 | Jeffrey Clark
    Yesterday while purusing through the televison channels I came across a program on CSPAN called Focusing on the Black Family which was hosted by Tavis Smiley. I was curious to see what this was going to be about since it had some of the most notable black intellectuals that were particpants. Obviously I knew that most of these people on the panel were going to be black liberals but I wanted to watch to see if they would really address what is really wrong in the black community. Some did like Marva Collins a giant in the education of black...
  • A month to tell our history (Black History Month)

    02/29/2004 6:11:35 AM PST · by 07055 · 25 replies · 1,098+ views
    Memphis Commercial-Appeal ^ | 2/29/2004 | Wendi Thomas
    It's Feb. 29, which means it's my last chance this year to answer the question: Why is there a Black History Month? The question is a valid one, often posed by honestly curious white people. Too frequently, though, I hear this: Why do you need a Black History Month? I'm tempted to reply that there are White History Months - they're the other 11 months of the year. That response, however, would be too flip and unfair to those who really want to understand the motive for the month. But when you think about it - and work with me...
  • Black History Month ideal setting for diversity lessons

    02/27/2004 4:25:46 AM PST · by johnny7 · 12 replies · 403+ views
    L. A. Daily News ^ | 2-17-04 | Jennifer Radcliffe
    NORTH HILLS -- For a few brief moments, fourth-graders at Noble Avenue Elementary School were too enchanted by Ella Fitzgerald's voice to speak. They snapped their fingers and bopped their heads as the jazz song "Cotton Tail" filled the classroom. But as soon as the song ended, a little boy blurted out: "That's when blacks were segregated?"At Noble Elementary, Fitzgerald's music, as well as that of Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles, is being used to teach students about prominent African-Americans and to celebrate Black History Month. "We listen to something new and we open the horizons,"...
  • George S. Schuyler and Black History Month

    02/26/2004 7:15:33 PM PST · by mrustow · 8 replies · 612+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | 23 February 2004 | Nicholas Stix
    Well, it's Black History Month, and I'll bet you haven't heard one thing about George S. Schuyler (1895-1977). George S. Schuyler was, simply, the greatest black journalist this country has ever produced. (Normally, I eschew qualifiers like "greatest black," as opposed to "greatest," period, but this is journalism we're talking about. I will never, in five lifetimes of sitting in newspaper morgues, looking at microfilms of ancient newsprint, be able to read enough to determine who America's greatest journalist was.) From 1924-1966, he bestrode the black press like a colossus. Working for Robert Lee Vann's (1879-1940) Pittsburgh Courier weekly newspaper,...
  • Jefferson Davis statue looms over black history ceremony in Kentucky Capitol

    02/25/2004 2:02:22 PM PST · by Rebeleye · 9 replies · 471+ views
    The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL ^ | 24 February 2004 | Joe Biesk
    The ceremony wasn't about Kentucky's homegrown Confederate president, but about Black History Month. Rep. Paul Bather, a Louisville Democrat, pointed to the Davis statue and said it had to go...Bather, who is black, is sponsoring legislation...that would have the statue removed from the state Capitol...Likenesses of former president Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay, Dr. Ephraim McDowell and Alben Barkley are all standing in the rotunda with Davis.
  • George S. Schuyler and Black History Month(s)

    02/23/2004 12:13:18 PM PST · by mrustow · 50 replies · 2,080+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | 23 February 2004 | Nicholas Stix
    Well, here it is the second Black History Month, and I'll bet you haven't heard one thing about George S. Schuyler (1895-1977). What's that, you say, there's only ONE Black History Month? Where have you been?Nowadays, New Year's Day signals the beginning of Black History Month I (or is it Martin Luther King Month?), and last summer in New York, for several weeks, some Harlem institutions held celebrations that certainly made it sound like we were in BHM. About 12 years ago, pc director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) said that every month should be Black History Month, and...
  • Let's focus on a 'united future'

    02/17/2004 12:36:10 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 104+ views ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2004 | Mychal Massie
    Let's focus on a 'united future' Posted: February 17, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 February is Black History Month. But instead of black children learning the truth of American history, they are taught revisions and misrepresentations. Instead of white children being taught the truth of said history, they are imbibed with guilt, shame and the burden of past ills under the guise of truth. In many instances, those teaching are unforgivably ignorant of the truth and /or purposely distort the truth. My grandmother used to say "You are what you think." Allowing for even a modicum of truth in her saying,...
  • Black History Month Speaker to Trash Civil Rights Movement

    02/15/2004 2:16:55 PM PST · by jamesRI1776 · 16 replies · 362+ views
    RWUCR press release | 2-15-04 | Jason Mattera
    RWU College Republicans Roger Williams University 1 Old Ferry Road Bristol, RI 02809 Press Release For immediate release Contact: Jason Mattera, 401–824–2788, 917–754–3425,, Black History Month Speaker to Trash Civil Rights Movement “The Nuclear Reaction to Jesse Jackson” Bristol, RI February 8, 2004—Entertainer, entrepreneur, and lecturer Reginald Jones will speak on “How the Civil Rights Movement Destroyed the Black Community.” The lecture will take place at Roger Williams University’s main campus in Bristol on Wednesday, February 18 in the College of Arts and Sciences building, room 157. Also included in Jones’s speech will be commentary on “how Black...
  • Egads, Pitt group 'celebrates' Bobby Seale

    02/15/2004 9:26:24 AM PST · by Willie Green · 5 replies · 177+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, February 15, 2004 | Colin McNickle
    <p>What is it about the passage of time that makes people stupid?</p> <p>Bobby Seale, one of the founders 38 years ago of the militant Black Panther Party, spoke at the University of Pittsburgh on Feb. 5. The visit was sponsored by Students of the Department of Africana Studies, or SODAS.</p>
  • Janet Jackson Featured in 10-Part Vignette Series on BET Network for Black History Month

    02/06/2004 1:19:11 PM PST · by Helms · 11 replies · 199+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Thursday February 5, 5:09 pm ET | Editors
    Welcome [Sign In] To track stocks & more, Register Financial News Enter symbol(s) BasicPerformanceReal-time MktDetailedChartResearchOptionsOrder Book Symbol Lookup Press Release Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television) Janet Jackson Featured in 10-Part Vignette Series on BET Network for Black History Month Thursday February 5, 5:09 pm ET 'Black History: Pass It On' Profiles Famous and Lesser-Known Black Leaders WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- BET has collaborated with music superstar Janet Jackson on a 10-part series of special Black History Month vignettes profiling famous as well as lesser-known African Americans. Entitled "Black History: Pass It On," the spectacular campaign features Ms. Jackson in...
  • Taunts, tears follow race lesson

    02/06/2004 11:51:39 AM PST · by bkwells · 41 replies · 416+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 2/6/2004 | J. M. Kalil
    Friday, February 06, 2004 Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal Taunts, tears follow race lesson Education expert says instructor had good intentions but method `misguided' By J.M. KALIL REVIEW-JOURNAL Stacey Gough picks up her 9-year-old daughter Amber at Manch Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. The mother is perturbed about a librarian's decision to separate students according to their race as part of a Black History Month exercise.Photo by John Gurzinski. Parents say an elementary school instructor's outlandish technique for teaching children about segregation has fostered fear and confusion among students rather than a fundamental understanding of racism. Officials at Manch...
  • The real lessons of black history

    02/05/2004 3:13:59 PM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 9 replies · 444+ views
    Townhall ^ | 04 February 2004 | Star Parker
    February 4, 2004February is black history month. Last year it was celebrated by Jesse Jackson shaking down Nissan for an advertising campaign in which "history" was crossed out in "black history" and "future" written in above. Now, Al Sharpton, benefiting from a clueless Democratic party, carries on with wit and charm Jesse's politics of diversion and blame. Isn't it time to start getting real? Fortunately, the winds of change breeze through the black electorate. A Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies poll showed 63 percent of blacks identifying themselves as Democrats in 2002, down from 74 percent in 2000....
  • Black History Month sold out to hucksters

    02/23/2003 4:12:53 PM PST · by weegee · 17 replies · 367+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 21, 2003, 9:15PM | By JIMI IZRAEL
    In a Magic Johnson-owned Starbucks I frequent, I glanced at the "specials" chalkboard and noticed someone had rendered a smiling likeness of Martin Luther King Jr. Beneath the image was the line: "Share the Dream over a Toffee Nut Latte." This served to remind me that Black History Month is upon us. And why I have come to despise it. Don't get me wrong: Black History Month has value. Those who excavate the history of Africans in this country do vital and necessary work. Without supplementary scholarship, many important accomplishments by people of color would go unknown, and white folk...
  • A Model Afro-American

    02/08/2003 6:14:29 PM PST · by FrankR · 40 replies · 558+ views
    I was informed today that my fifth-grader Granddaughter has an unusual homework assignment, in keeping with Black History Month...make a model of an Afro-American. Yep, they are to take modeling clay, or a similar medium, and make a "model" of an Afro-American. This opens a couple of questions: 1. If the model is not absolutely perfect, and one feature or another is not proportional, etc., will she be given a bad grade for "stereotyping"? 2. Will Black parents be brought in to file racism charges if the "models" are not perfect? And finally... 3. Will the class have an assignment...