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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : ANGELA DAVIS!

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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.

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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.

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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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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : HARRIET TUBMAN! ( AFRICAN-AMERICAN MOSES)

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BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Harriet Tubman was born Araminta “Minty” Ross , sometime around 1822 (being a slave, the exact year of her birth is unknown ), in Dorchester County, Maryland, to parents Harriet “Rit” Green and Ben Ross, later in life, Tubman would take her mother’s name of Harriet.

As a young girl in Maryland, Tubman was beaten on countless occasions by her masters. On one occasion she was hit in the head with a heavy metal weight. The result would be an injury that would cause her to have epileptic seizures and headaches for the rest of her life. She even began to have visions, Tubman being a devout Christian believed those visions to be signs from God.

Around the year 1844, Harriet still a slave would marry a freeman named John Tubman. In Maryland at the time, marriages between enslaved people and free blacks were not uncommon.

On September 17, 1849, Tubman would escape from slavery with her two brothers Ben and Henry, but Tubman would be forced to return when her brothers changed their minds about running away. But Tubman would not stay with her masters for long, she would escape again, this time without her brothers, she used the help of the Underground Railroad, which was a network that consisted of enslaved blacks, freemen , Quakers and white abolitionists, all with the common goal of setting enslaved blacks free.

Once free and settled in Philadelphia, Tubman would go back in the slave states, putting both her freedom and life at risk, to save not only family members , but many other blacks still held in bondage. It is estimated that Tubman made 19 trips using the Underground Railroad to save approximately 300 black slaves.

During the civil war, Tubman would work for the union army , she helped nurse wounded soldiers back to health and even performed duties as a armed scout and spy.

After the war was over and black people were free, at least on paper, Tubman would begin to fight for women’s rights with the suffragist movement.

Sadly on March 20, 1913, in Auburn, New York, at the age of 91, Harriet Tubman would die of pneumonia. Tubman would be buried at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn. She was given semi-military honors for her service during the American civil war.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO :

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE SOURCE LINKS BELOW :

http://www.harriet-tubman.org/facts-kids/

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

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THE DOUBLE STANDARD OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COVERAGE IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA! (ARTICLE )

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

“Keep your damn hands to yourself” is a term that should viewed as law of the land in America, no matter your race, gender or sexual orientation, no one should be allowed to feel they can batter another person because of an argument or disagreement and not have to deal with repercussions. That being said what people should do is often the opposite of what people actually do.

Without a doubt domestic violence is a major issue in the United States, straight, bi, gay, Transgender, male, female, all these subgroups of the American population, have people in their group who have committed assault and battery on their loved ones, which proves that domestic violence is not a male vs. female issue, rather it’s a humanity issue, that needs to be addressed in the proper and educated manner.

Instead the major media corporations continue to omit the fact that men make up about 40% of domestic violence victims, in an article titled: “More than 40% of domestic violence victims are male, report reveals” by the Guardian.com and published on September 4, 2010 stated : “Data from home office statistical bulletins and the British crime survey show that men made up about 40% of domestic violence victims each year between 2004-5 and 2008-9”.

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SNL SPOOF ON SOLANGE ATTACK OF JAY Z.

Instead when a woman hits a man it’s a joke on Saturday night live like when Solange Knowles , the sister of R&B/pop diva Beyonce and sister-in-law to rap legend and music mogul Jay Z, decided to punch and kick her brother-in-law in a tight elevator, while she was wearing dangerously sharp high heels.

Media companies like DISNEY/ABC/ESPN for the most part simply ignored the fact that women’s WorldCup Soccer player Hope Solo has been involved in at least two cases of domestic violence in which she was the aggressor.

The media instead downplays or ignores domestic violence committed by women to focus months on the issue of violence committed by men, especially black men, even if it was in self-defense against a crazed and violent woman, e.g. the Ray rice incident when he punched his then girlfriend/now wife in the face after she pimped slap him or the FSU quarterback De’andre Johnson, who punched a woman in a bar after she reportedly yelled racial slurs at him and is on video seen punching him .

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Both male Football players so far have had their careers cut short, while Solange is more famous now after she attacked Jay Z and Hope Solo just won a WorldCup and is expected to be in the FIFA 2016 video game.

So to my fellow Americans, I think we can all agree that domestic violence is horrific, so lets just have one standard that domestic violence is wrong and the aggressor should be punished, no matter their sex, race or sexual orientation.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2010/sep/05/men-victims-domestic-violence