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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : IDA B. WELLS!

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BY : LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Ida Bells Wells-Barnett, more famously known as Ida B. Wells was born during the time of the American Civil War on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs Mississippi. Wells would go from being born into the system of slavery, to becoming a school teacher in the post civil war America . Wells would eventually go on to become an editor of her own news paper, which she would use to crusade for many causes, including women’s rights and Civil rights for the African-American community, which would include speaking out against the lynching and murder of African-American men by racist white mobs.

Growing in her activist role, In 1896, Wells would found two civil rights organizations, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and the National Afro-American Council, which she co-founded.

Sadly on March 25, 1931, at the age of 68, Wells would die, due to kidney failure.

HER LEGACY:

Ida B.Wells was a woman ahead of her time, she was courageous, strong-minded, outspoken , and very assertive . She put her life in grave danger crusading against illegal lynching of blacks and the injustice of segregation.

THE EARLY LIFE OF IDA B. WELLS:

IDA B. WELLS : PIONEERING JOURNALIST.

IDA B. WELLS : WOMEN’S RIGHTS.

IDA B. WELLS : ANTI-LYNCHING CRUSADER.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_B._Wells

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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Martin Luther King Jr. Was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to mother Alberta Williams King and Father Martin Luther King, sr.

He would attend Booker T. Washington High School, and after graduating early, he would attend Morehouse University, earning a B.A degree in sociology. After completing his studies at Morehouse University, King would continue his education, earning a Bachelor’s of Divinity, from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1951.

A couple years later , King would marry the beautiful and intelligent Coretta Scott, on June 18, 1953, they would have four children together, Yolanda King, Martin Luther king the 3rd, Dexter Scott King and Bernice King.

In 1955 King would begin to get involved in political and civil rights activism, when he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the (SCLC) Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in 1957 , King served as the organization’s first president.

In 1963 King would help organize nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama and would help organize the march on Washington, where he gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.

On October 14, 1964, because of his nonviolent activism against racism and inequality, he would receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1965 King would help organize the “Selma to Montgomery Marches”, and the next year King would take the SCLC to Chicago to work on ending segregated housing practices.

In the last few years of his life, King would focus his attention to ending poverty in America and he would speak out against the Vietnam war.

In 1968, While King was Organizing a National Occupation on Washington, D.C, to be called the “Poor People’s Campaign”, King would be assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

King would posthumously be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

James Earl Ray would ultimately be charged and convicted of the murder of king, even though many people including King’s family believed he was only a scapegoat.

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In 1999, the King family won a civil suit against the federal government, proving the took part in the conspiracy to kill King.

Read The New York Times article for more details :

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/09/us/memphis-jury-sees-conspiracy-in-martin-luther-king-s-killing.html

WATCH SHORT BIOGRAPHY :

FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORY ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. USE LINK BELOW :

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

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MOTHER’S DEED, FATHER’S SEED! (POEM)

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MOTHER’S GREATEST DEED TO MY BROTHER AND ME WAS THE GIFT OF OUR FATHER’S WEST AFRICAN SEED

THAT ONE DEED GAVE US A RICH HISTORY

MORE VALUABLE THAN OIL AND GOLD

SHE DID THIS BECAUSE BY EVIL PALE MEN, HER HISTORY WAS SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER

LEAVING A BITTER TASTE IN HER AND MOST BLACK AMERICANS MOUTH OF CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL SELF-DOUBT!

-LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
AMERICA: DIVIDED WE STAND ?!
VOLUME 2: POETRY OF THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE!
NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON KINDLE AND SCRIBD:

http://leonkwasichronicles.com/my-books/

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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : AHMED SEKOU TOURE !( AFRICAN 🌍 FREEDOM FIGHTER)

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Ahmed Sekou Toure was born on January 9, 1922, in the French colony of French Guinea. He came from a very aristocratic family, his great-grandfather Samory Toure was a muslim Mandinka (Mandingo ) king, who founded the Wassoulou Empire from (1861-1890) in areas that are now part of modern-day Guinea and Mali. Samory resisted French Colonial rule, until he was captured in 1891, sadly he would die while in exile in the country of Gabon.

In 1945, while working for the French Guinea postal service, Toure began to get involved in politics, when he and others founded the postal workers union.

Seven years later, he would become head of the Guinean Democratic Party, the party’s main goal was to end European rule and colonialism on the continent of Africa.

In 1956, Toure would organize a trade union between African countries under French colonial rule.

While in France, Toure would also work as a representative for African groups fighting for independence from their colonial oppressor.

Toure would go on to win independence for Guinea on October 2, 1958.

The rest of Francophone Africa would follow suit and gain independence two years later in 1960.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Sรฉkou_Tourรฉ