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Vantage Point: What Does Memorial Day Mean to Africans in America? With Herb Boyd and host Dr. Ron Daniels

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

May 31, 2021 — On this Memorial Day edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Herb Boyd. Topic From Crispus Attucks, to the Bloody Red Summer, Destruction of Black Wall Street To Vietnam What Does Memorial Day Mean to Africans in America? Special Guest Herb Boyd Journalist, Award Winning Author, Political Commentator, Contributor, Amsterdam News, Harlem, NY Plus The Professor on the…

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The Untold Story of Memorial Day: Former Slaves Honoring and Mourning the Dead

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The African-American history of the federal holiday has been nearly wiped from public memory. By Sarah Lazare, AlterNet — Union General John Logan is often credited with founding Memorial Day. The commander-in-chief of a Union veterans’ organization called the Grand Army of the Republic, Logan issued a decree establishing what was then named “Decoration Day” on May 5, 1868, declaring it “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating…

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