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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : EMMETT TILL!

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Emmett Louis Till was born on July 25, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of Mamie Carthan and Louis Till. In the late summer of 1955, while visiting family in Money, Mississippi, he allegedly made the unfortunate mistake of being an African-American male and flirting with a 21 year old white woman (Carolyn Bryant ) while on vacation in the segregated south.

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ROY ON THE LEFT, J.W. ON THE RIGHT.

A few nights later, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J.W. Milam broke into the house of Till’s uncle and kidnapped the teenage boy.

A few days later Till’s body was recovered from the Tallahatchie river, shot and mutilated.

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Till’s body was returned to Chicago, where his mother insisted on giving him a public funeral and an open casket to show the brutality of his lynching.

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On September 1955, both Bryant and Milan were acquitted of the kidnapping and death of Emmett Till.

Bryant and Milam would publicly admit to the kidnapping and brutal murder of Till in Look Magazine, but because of the double Jeopardy law, they could not be recharged for the crime.

HIS LEGACY :

MYRLIE EVERS, the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers stated:

“Somehow [Till’s death and trial] struck a spark of indignation that ignited protests around the world… It was the murder of this 14-year-old out-of-state visitor that touched off a world-wide clamor and cast the glare of a world spotlight on Mississippi’s racism.”

WATCH SHORT BIOGRAPHY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK BELOW :

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

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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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FREDDIE GRAY CASE MISTRIAL! (ARTICLE )

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

A judge in a criminal case against Baltimore police officer William Porter. One of the Police officers charged with killing Freddie Gray, earlier this year in April, after six arresting police officers broke the spine of Gray, has declared a mistrial in the case.

The incident caused riots and protests about police brutality and racism in the Baltimore area.

WATCH SHORT VIDEO FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :

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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_SΓ©kou_TourΓ©

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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : FRED HAMPTON !

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BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

The African-American civil rights activists and black power revolutionary, Fred Hampton was born in Summit, Illinois on August 30, 1948.

Sadly he would lose his life way too soon, when on December 4, 1969, Fred Hampton would be assassinated, while asleep. That murder would done by the corrupt Chicago Police Department ,with the assistance of the FBI’s counter intelligence program ( cointelpro ), under the supervision of racist J. Edgar Hoover.

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Despite having his beautiful life cut to a meager 21 years, Fred Hampton would do more for the African-American community, than most could do in four life times.

After graduating from Proviso East High School in 1966, Fred Hampton enrolled at Triton Junior College in River Grove, Illinois, majoring in pre-law. During this time he would also begin his life path of activism, first getting involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), becoming a youth Organizer of that organization. After proving he had great leadership capability, Fred Hampton would go on to become Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and then become the National Black Panther Party’s deputy Chairman. Where he used his leadership role in the black power movement to fight for social change and racial justice through his own brand of community organizing and nonviolent activism.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WATCH THESE THREE SHORT NEWS VIDEOS ON HOW THE FBI’S COINTELPRO ( COUNTER INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM ) ASSISTED THE CHICAGO PD WITH THE ASSASSINATION OF FRED HAMPTON :

VIDEO #1.

VIDEO #2.

VIDEO #3.

FOR EVEN MORE INFORMATION USE LINK :

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

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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : MEDGAR EVERS!

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BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Medgar Evers was born in Decatur, Mississippi, on july 2, 1925, to mother Jesse and father James Evers.

After graduating from a segregated high school, in the Jim Crow south, he joined the United States army during World War 2, from 1943 to 1945. After his service to the country, he would be honorably discharged as a sergeant.

In 1948 Evers began studying at the historically black college, Alcorn College ( now Alcorn State University ).

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While still in college he would marry his college sweetheart Myrlie Beasley, they would eventually have three children together. In 1952 he graduated college with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree.

In 1952 Evers started to get involved in activism, Medgar and his brother Charles began to go to RCNL (Regional council of Negro Leadership ) conferences and even helped in boycotts against gas stations that refused to allow black customers to use public restrooms.

In 1954 Evers applied to the racially segregated University of Mississippi law school, but was denied because he was black. He submitted the application in concert with the NAACP, as a test case. Later that year the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregation in all public schools, which included State Universities was unconstitutional.

Late in 1954 Evers was named NAACP’s first field secretary for Mississippi, as field secretary helped organize boycotts and setup local NAACP chapters.

In Evers role as a civil rights leader, he also began to investigate racist crimes against black people, which also included investigating the lynching of teenager Emmit Till. These investigation made Evers a target of white supremacist domestic terrorists.

On may 28, 1963,a molotov cocktail was thrown into his home and on june 7, 1963, Evers was nearly ran over as he left the NAACP office in Jackson, Mississippi.

Only 5 days later, on june 12, 1963 after returning from a meeting with NAACP lawyers, Evers was shot in his back by an Enfield Rifle, he would die at a local hospital.

Evers was buried on June 19, 1963 at Arlington National Cemetery, where he received full military honors as army veteran.

Byron De La Beckwith was arrested by was not convicted of Evers assassination until 1994.

WATCH THIS SHORT DOCUMENTARY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

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

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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT: MALCOLM X!

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Macolm X, born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, he was the son of Louise and Earl Little, two black activists who were followers of the Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey. When Malcolm was a young child he was orphaned when his father was killed, most likely by white supremacists and his mother subsequently went crazy and had to go to a mental hospital. Throughout his teen years he would commit many petty crimes to survive and at the age of 20, in 1946 he would go to prison for larceny, breaking and entering.

While in prison he would eventual become a member of the Nation of Islam, when he was paroled in 1952, he became one of the Nation of Islam’s most popular and influential leaders, who was known for not only lecturing people on Islamic issues, but also race relations in America. By 1964 while Malcolm was having major issues with the Nation of Islam, he and black activists like Martin Luther King Jr. were also being spied on by the FBI’S COINTELPRO (counter intelligence program ). Later that same year, after taking a spiritual pilgrimage to Africa and the Middle East, which included completing the Hajj, he would convert to traditional Sunni Islam.

Once back in the United States he would form Muslim Mosque, inc and the Organization of Afro-American unity.

In his lasts days he would continue to preach against systematic white supremacy and preach for the right of blacks to defend themselves and have self-determination.

On February 1965, Malcolm X would be assassinated by three nation of Islam members, many people still believe that the United States, through the FBI’S Counter Intelligence Program, had a hand in his tragic fate, or at least failed to prevent it, and considering they (FBI) were spying on him and had infiltrated the Nation of Islam, they would of known of the plot to kill the civil rights leader.

WATCH THIS GREAT MINI DOCUMENTARY!

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

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

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PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY IN CHICAGO AFTER POLICE RELEASED FOOTAGE OF 17 YEAR OLD TEEN BEING SHOT 16 TIMES BY A POLICE OFFICER !

FOOTAGE OF PROTEST:

BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Protestors took to the streets of Chicago late Tuesday night after police released footage of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17 year old Laquan Mcdonald 16 times, 14 of the shots came while Laquan was already bleeding to death from his wounds on the ground.

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Officer Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder as soon as the year old footage was shown to the public.

FOOTAGE OF GRAPHIC SHOOTING :