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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : ANGELA DAVIS!

BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Angela Yvone Davis was born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Angela’s family lived in an area nicknamed “Dynamite Hill”, it was an a neighborhood where domestic white supremacist terrorist attacks against the rising black middle-class, who fought against segregation were frequent and more often than not, ignored by local law enforcement . In an article published on npr.org, on July 6, 2013, Birmingham historian Horace Huntley states:

“There were 40 plus bombings that took place in Birmingham between the late 40’s and mid 60’s, forty-some unsolved bombings.”

As a child, Davis would attend Carrie A. Tuggle elementary school, a school that was racially segregated. By her junior year in high school, Davis applied and was accepted into the American Friends Service Committee Program, a program that took black students from the segregated south and placed them in schools in the integrated north. Davis decided to attend Elisabeth Irwin high school in the Greenwich Village.

After high school, Davis would be awarded a scholarship to Brandeis University, in Massachusetts, where she was only one of three black freshman. After she graduated Brandeis University, she would attend the University of Frankfurt (in Frankfurt, Germany ) for graduate work in philosophy.

After returning to the United States to be a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Davis would earn a reputation on campus as being a civil rights activists and radical feminists. Davis was also a member of the Communist Party USA and was an associate of the Black Panther Party.

In 1969, then-Governor of California, Ronald Reagan would put pressure on the Board of Regents at the University of California to fire Davis because of her communist party ties.

In 1970 Davis was charged, but later acquitted of Federal charges of conspiracy, when armed-men took over a Marin County, California courtroom, which resulted in four people being killed, when alleged associates of hers , used weapons she bought earlier, to commit the hostile the takeover.

After her acquittal, Davis would visit Cuba, where she received a warm reception from the Afro-Cuban population, Davis reportedly said she believed Cuba to be racism free.

In July, 1979, Davis would visit Moscow, Soviet Union and would be presented the Lenin Peace Prize, from the communist government.

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In recent years Davis has written several books, co-founded Critical resistance, a national grassroots organization dedicated to building a movement to abolish the prison industrial complex and has lectured at many top Universities, including San Francisco State University, Stanford University, Brown University, Rutgers University and many other Universities.

A 2014 INTERVIEW WITH ANGELA DAVIS ON DEMOCRACY NOW , SPEAKING ABOUT PRISON ABOLITION, THE WAR ON DRUGS AND WHY SOCIAL MOVEMENTS SHOULDN’T WAIT FOR OBAMA:

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINKS BELOW :

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

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/07/06/197342590/remembering-birminghams-dynamite-hill-neighborhood

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JAMAICA AND OTHER CARRIBBEAN NATIONS CALL FOR REPARATIONS FROM THEIR FROM THEIR FORMER IMPERIALIST ENSLAVERS! ( ARTICLE )

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Today, Jamaicans are unified in their call for reparations for slavery, the same reparations that were denied to their ancestors but were given to the over forty-six thousand white slave owners, who owned, exploited, raped and brutalized their ancestors.

But Jamaica is not the only Caribbean nation to demand reparations from their former Imperialist enslavers.
Earlier this year in July, 14 Caribbean nations filed lawsuits against their from exploiters of Great Britain, France and the Netherlands, at the international court of justice in the Hague.

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The Prime minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron is set to visit Jamaica, to talk about trade relations and the building of a prison, which will be used to house Jamaicans convicted of crimes, while in the United Kingdom.

Cameron claims he has no plans to discuss reparations for slavery, which is disgusting and hypocritical considering the fact his own family owned slaves on Jamaica, therefore not only did his family receive all the economic benefits that came with slavery, but they also received reparations as slave owners when Great Britain ended slavery in Jamaica.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

http://atlantablackstar.com/2015/09/30/britain-compensated-46000-slave-owners-but-will-not-pay-slavery-reparations-david-cameron-builds-jamaican-prison-instead/?utm_content=buffer89feb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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AMERICAN SLAVERY 2.0 (ARTICLE )

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

I like so many other children in America was falsely taught in school, that the civil war (April,12, 1861to may 9, 1865) was fought to give black people freedom and that black people received that freedom from slavery after the civil war ended in 1865, when the abolitionist north won, the war.

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Years later I would sadly learn that systematic slavery never ended after civil war, in fact the 13th amendment Was passed by the United States senate to keep a form of systematic slavery alive and well in America. On April 8, 1864, before the civil war even ended. The thirteenth Amendment states: Section #1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within, the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Even today slavery still exist through America, legally in maximum security prisons, like the Angola prison in Louisiana or the parchman farm prison in Mississippi, just to name a couple. There prisoners are forced to work or be punished by solitary confinement, which often times makes inmates go insane, if in there for long periods of time.

Inmates are often times forced to work for free, but if they are giving any compensation, it can be as meager as two cents an hour, or 16 cents a day, which only adds up to approximately $3.20 a month, depending on the length of the month.

Currently America leads the industrialized world, with approximately 2.2 million prison inmates, which means their are more people in chains, forced to work than before the civil war and considering the racially bias justice system and racial profiling, a large percent of the inmates are black, even though blacks are make up as little as 12 percent of the United States population.

Today’s prison-slaves, often times have to do mining work, Agriculture, build military equipment and make garments for big business corporations, they same way their ancestors were forced to work the cotton fields and plantations of the antebellum slavery days.

Use link below for additional information:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/09/prison-labor-in-america/406177/

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SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR WALKING WHILE BLACK! (POEM)

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TRAYVON MARTIN AND MIKE BROWN, TWO YOUNG BLACKS

SENTENCED TO DEATH

NOT FOR A DRIVE BY SHOOTING WITH A GAT OR SELLING TO SCHOOL CHILDREN LACED CRACK

BUT FOR HARMLESSLY WALKING DOWN THE STREET WHILE BLACK

AND THE MEDIA HAS THE NERVE TO TELL ME, WE’RE
IN A POST RACIAL AMERICA BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT IS HALF-BLACK!

-LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
AMERICA :DIVIDED WE STAND? !
VOLUME #2 : POETRY OF WE THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE!
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