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Tennessee Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Confederate Statue Nathan Bedford Forrest

Tennessee Just Showed That White Supremacy Is Alive and Well

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Keisha N. Blain, The Washington Post — Honoring a former Confederate general and KKK grand wizard in 2019 is outrageous An obscure Tennessee law required Gov. Bill Lee to declare this past Saturday “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” to commemorate the Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader. But Lee went further, admitting he had not even considered whether the law should be changed. His actions drew sharp criticism from politicians throughout…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

King, Memphis and the Morality of Sacrifice: Dangerous Unselfishness and Righteous Struggle

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In this month, we rightly turn toward Memphis and the martyrdom of Dr. Martin Luther King and again towards the enduring message and meaning of his life. Indeed, we turn to Memphis because it is the site of the martyrdom of Dr. King, one of the tallest trees in our forest of freedom fighters and a constant reminder we must continue the struggle and keep…

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Eluard Luchell McDaniels, Spanish Civil. War Volunteer, Batea, Spain, May 1938. Image Courtesy of the Tamiment Library, New York University

African American Anti-Fascists in the Spanish Civil War

By Editors' Choice

Anti-fascist volunteer Canute Frankson explained his motivation in a letter home in 1937: “We will build us a new society—a society of peace and plenty. There will be no color line, no jim crow trains, no lynching. That is why, my dear, I’m here in Spain.” By Peter Carroll, BlackPast.org — Approximately 90 African Americans fought in Spain during the civil war that engulfed that nation between 1936 and 1939.…

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Remembering King: Report Back from Newark and Memphis — Dr. Ron Daniels

By Newark As Model City Initiative Posts, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

April 9th Edition of Vantage Point Topic Remembering King: Report Back from Newark and Memphis Guests Dr. Michael Roberts, Chairman/CEO, The Roberts Companies, St. Louis, MO Willie Barney, President/Facilitator, African American Empowerment Network, Omaha, NE Mark Thompson, Host, Make It Plain, SIRIUSXM Radio, New York, NY Ways to listen Vantage Point Radio with Dr. Ron Daniels, AKA “The Professor” — Monday’s 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Live (Radio) — WBAI, 99.5FM,…

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