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In an act of outrageous insensitivity and ignorance, a lesson on African slave life in America has resulted in outrage and a teacher suspension. An unidentified teacher at Mt. Hebron High School in Howard County, Maryland was giving a lesson plan on the life of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. As part of the lesson, she gave the…

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Frederick Douglass gives meaning to the Fourth of July. On July 5, 1852, Douglass, a former slave, orator, and writer, delivered a speech during an Independence Day celebration held at Rochester New York’s Corinthian Hall. Now dubbed as Douglass’ most moving speech, the lecture, which boasted a nail biting critique — “This Fourth of July…

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Renowned actor Giancarlo Esposito (Do The Right Thing, Breaking Bad) is set to direct, produce, and star in a movie about famed abolitionist John Brown titled, Patriotic Treason. Esposito will portray abolitionist movement leader Frederick Douglass alongside Ed Harris (A History of Violence, Gone Baby Gone), who will take on the role of Brown. The film…

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(This story was originally published on April 1, 2013) As reported earlier this week, the world stood still as Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, was once again hospitalized due to pneumonia. Today, reports indicate that Mandela is comfortable and able to breathe without problems as he continues to respond to heavy treatments. Throughout…

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Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. –Frederick Douglass Slave turned abolitionist Frederick Douglass was honored with a 7-foot-tall bronze statue in the…

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            Not that anybody really needs another reason to celebrate the Fourth of July, but if you’re African American and operating under the misguided notion that our ancestors weren’t involved in securing the country’s independence on July 4, 1776,  or  that black Americans didn’t contribute significantly to building the nation…

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On this Fourth of July, America celebrates its independence from England. What is often forgotten is that, even within the celebrated charter declaring “liberty and justice for all,” the nation did not extend the same rights to those who were here before them nor to those brought to these shores to work as slaves to…

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