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  • Black History - 607 words
    Jesse Owens was a wonderful athlete and admirer to many people. He was very talented and had received the gift of speed. He used this speed to launch his career as a wonderful runner. He wasnt just a runner, but a great person to the world. Jesse didnt just use his fame for money, but he tried to use his fame for other more important matters. A star to be was born on September 12, 1913 in Alabama. He lived a hard life, he was ill, and in poverty. He grew up in a very large family. He had six brothers, Prentice, Johnson, Henry, Earnest, Quincy, and Sylvester. There were also three sisters, Ida, Josephine, and Lillie. When Jesse was a child, at age six, he had to help out in the family by bein ...
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  • Lynchings In America - 837 words
    Recently, an L.A. Times article (dated 2/13/00) reviewed a new book entitled "Without Sanctuary", a collection of photographs from lynchings throughout America. During the course of the article, the author, Benjamin Schwarz, outlined some very interesting and disturbing facts related to this gruesome act of violence: Between 1882 and 1930, more than 3,000 people were lynched in the U.S., with approximately 80% of them taking place in the South. Though most people think only African Americans were victims of lynchings, during those years, about 25% were white. Data indicates that mobs in the West lynched 447 whites and 38 blacks; in the Midwest there were 181 white victims and 79 black; and i ...
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  • Malcolm X - 444 words
    Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His real name was Malcolm Little. His parents were Earl and Louise Little. They were both members of Marcus Garveys Universal Negro Improvement. His father was a Baptist preacher. All together there were 8 children. Malcolm and his family was driven from Omaha by the KKK when he was an infant. They moved from Omaha to Lansing, Michigan. In Lansing their house was burned down by a white hate group, Black Legionnaires. Earl Little died when Malcolm was 6. After his father died, his mother had a mental breakdown. The children were all given to foster homes. Malcolm quit school after the 8th grade. He became involved in hustling, drug dealin ...
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  • Struggle For Blacks Rights After Civil War - 549 words
    After the Civil War and the emancipation proclamation by lincoln the slaves of america were free. This was a huge step in making our country truly free to all people. The reconstruction of the south did not however work out smoothly for the freed slaves. There were many road blocks along the way such as the "Black Codes", the Plessy vs. Ferguson case and the terror of the Ku Klux Klan. The 14th amendment gave the freed slaves citizenship and some voting rights. From the reconstruction the 14th amendment the "black Codes" and the Plessy vs. Ferguson case all had significance on the status of african americans from reconstructoin to 1900. The radical republicans method of reconstruction called ...
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  • Historically Black Colleges - 1,278 words
    The Increase in Enrollment in Historically Black Colleges and Universities In the world we live in today a person can almost choose any college or university they want to to continue their education upon graduation from high school. It really doesn't matter if it is a four year, two year, or technical school, there is a school for any person in any major. What draws a person to attend one certain kind of school compared to another? In this case why is there an increase in Black students attending Black colleges in the past decade? One might say, "Well how can you tell that more students are getting into these colleges, rather than these schools accepting an increased number of students each ...
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  • Dr Martin Luthor King Jr - 390 words
    In order to understand the profound meaning to Martin Luther King Day, we must first understand what it is, who he was, and above all else, what he stood for. This will be difficult to accomplish eloquently in one page, but I will try my best. Martin Luther King Day is a time when we are supposed to remember the sacrifices made by great American icons in pursuit of equal civil rights; some of these are Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln. Furthermore, I think that it is also about respect, respect of great leaders, of people who speak out against oppression and people who give up their lives so that others might have a better one. It is my opinion that children in grade school sho ...
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  • The Imperfect Education - 1,269 words
    Throughout the ages mankind has sought out enlightenment through education. Each individual has a different view on what the ideal education is. Much of the worlds history has fallen through the cracks due to the sexual and racial biases of past historians. Obtaining a good education is possible through language knowledge, dedication, and an equally balanced diet of historical information. Malcolm X spent some time in prison and became a very learned person because of it. Adrienne Rich believes that people should claim an education rather than receive one. Edith Hamilton believes that people seeking an education should look towards the past as a basis for learning. Is it possible to obtain a ...
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  • Street Soldier - 761 words
    Street Soldier, by Joseph Marshall, is a inspiring well written book. The book is about his life and how he started the Omega Boys Club. The Omega Boys Club is a club that helps keep inter city kids off the streets. There is a connection between the author's life and certain events in the novel. For example his personality traits, his special skills, what he has done for society, and what his day-to-day existence has done for other people, you will also see how his work has greatly effected him. Joseph has many good personal traits he is ambitious, he is a hard worker, and he doesn't give up easily. For instance, in the novel he is talking about how he is a teacher and how he devoted all his ...
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  • Street Spoldier - 754 words
    Street Soldier Street Soldier, by Joseph Marshall, is a inspiring well written book. The book is about his life and how he started the Omega Boys Club. The Omega Boys Club is a club that helps keep inter city kids off the streets. There is a connection between the author's life and certain events in the novel. For example his personality traits, his special skills, what he has done for society, and what his day-to-day existence has done for other people, you will also see how his work has greatly effected him. Joseph has many good personal traits he is ambitious, he is a hard worker, and he doesn't give up easily. For instance, in the novel he is talking about how he is a teacher and how he ...
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  • Spike Lee - 954 words
    The man we know as Spike was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta ,Georgia. The first of five children, he got the nickname Spike from his mother for being a tough baby. Spikes tendency to be difficult is one that goes right back to the crib. The infant Spike, much like the man he grew into, was small but loud. The family he was born into was great for a number of reasons. His parents, college educated newlyweds, both came from families stressing creativity and black tradition. Bill Lee, Spikes father, was born in 1929 in Snow Hill Alabama. He was a jazz composer/musician nicknamed Bleek. His mother Jacquelyn Shelton Lee taught art and black history. The Lees tried to instil ...
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  • On The Rez By Ian Frazier - 966 words
    When signing up for this course I thought I would discuss and learn about many different cultures and compare them. However, I did not know that the main concentration of this course would be talking about my culture. My mother is American Black and my father, whom I very seldom speak to, is African American and half Native American. Being so distant in relationship with my father I have never had the chance to learn about my other side. In the book On the Rez, author Ian Frazier displays a style of writing that is very different to me. I am personally more of a John Grisham or Sue Grafton, fiction/mystery type of reader, but here I am forced to concentrate on the situation and not just the ...
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  • Sydeny Cartona Tragic Hero - 1,211 words
    When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man forty- five years ago on December 1, 1955, she was tired and weary from a long day of work. At least that's how the event has been retold countless times and recorded in our history books. There's a misconception here that does not do justice to the woman whose act of courage began turning the wheels of the civil rights movement on that fateful day. Rosa Parks was physically tired, but no more than you or I after a long day's work. In fact, under other circumstances, she would have probably have given up her seat willingly to a child or elderly person. This time Parks was tired of the treatment she and other African Americans receive ...
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  • Black Liberation - 1,142 words
    ... s (Los Angeles Times) This is extremely tragic for Black children, to constantly see the group they identify with as lazy, poor, and criminal. The previous quote would be an example of intellectual oppression; Naim Akbar asserts this involves the abusive use of ideas, labels and concepts geared toward the mental degradation of a people (Karenga, 1993,p.450). These images do nothing but damage the Black childs self-esteem and ambition to do anything productive. The same Black child who is highly impressionable and vulnerable to what they view. How can the Black child view him/herself in a positive manner when all he/she views is negativity. Therefore, Black children desire to be as close ...
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  • Spirituals - 1,167 words
    ... ed all their songs by ear, they often strayed into wholly new versions, which sometimes became popular, and entirely banished the others. The second way writing a spiritual is to combine a varitey of other hymns and spirituals to make a completely different song. The Staple Singers do exactly this in the song This Train. (found on tape.) This train is bound for glory, this train. This train is bound for glory, this train. None goin to ride it but the rightous and the holy. This Train bound for glory , this train This train aint carry no gamblers, this train. This train aint carry goin to carry no gamblers, this train, No crab shooters no midnight ramblers. This train bound for glory, thi ...
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  • The Diversity Myth - 2,736 words
    ... rse discrimination cases, acrimony over quotas and affirmative action, and the proliferation of racially exclusive professional organizations. Every good-sized police department in the country has a black officers' association devoted to explicit, racially competitive objectives. In large cities, there are associations for Asian, Hispanic, and even white officers. Many government agencies and private companies hire professional "diversity managers" to help handle mixed work forces. This is a new profession, which did not exist before the idea that diversity is a strength. Most of it boils down to trying to bridge the gaps between people who do not understand each other, but since it conc ...
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  • A Small Look Inside Lebanon - 1,601 words
    In the fertile region of the Middle East, stuck between the Mediterranean sea and the high Anti-Lebanon mountains, stand the magnificent Lebanon, country with very rich history, country that witnessed the war, the peace, the earliest civilization, the first alphabet, and much much more Lebanon derived from the Semitic root lbn or white due to the color of its mountains covered with snow while all around lye an endless desert. Although often conquered, Lebanon was never subdued: Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans, French, Syria(??), all of them cast their net over this tiny but very rich country, but none of them prevailed, the hand of God liberating it and givi ...
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  • American Public School Holiday Crisis - 1,598 words
    In three letters to the editor author Jay Dubya describes how religious holidays in Americans public schools are part of the ongoing culture wars between traditionalists and revisionists. Revisionists Rewriting Halloween Tradition Now that Halloween has come and gone, I wish to describe what I believe is actually happening concerning Halloween on a national level that has had its repercussions right here in the Hammonton School System. Halloween has recently been changed from an annual school tradition to Black and Orange Day. Local school administrators have publicly stated that the conversion is due to safety reasons. How many incidents involving violence or student injury during past Hall ...
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  • Rosa Parks: Life And Times - 1,952 words
    Thesis Statement- Rosa Parks, through protest and public support, has become the mother of the civil rights changing segregation laws forever. Life - Rosa Parks was born only a month before world war one started in Europe on February 4, 1913. Parks mother worked as a school teacher in Tuskegee, Alabama. James McCauley, Rosa's dad was a carpenter. They lived in Tuskegee and owned farmland of their own. After Sylvester was born, Rosa's little brother, her father left them and went off to live in another town. He had been cheated out of his farmland by a white man and couldn't support the family any longer. Rosa her mother and her brother then moved to live with her grandparents on a farm in Pi ...
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  • Black Media: Fair But Not..... - 515 words
    Before I begin this little essay of sorts, just wanted to let yall know that this isnt going to be a grammar perfect, or language perfect essay. Hope you dont mind, but basically this is me venting about all the frustration I have built up in me over the last 15 years. BET black entertainment, EBONY all black magazine, black colleges, black awards shows. This is starting to sound like affirmative blacktion to me. People may say that I sound racist, I dont particularly like all sorts of black people, and I dont like all sorts of white people either. I dont mind having a conversation with a black person who is mature, and cares about how they look in front of other people. To be honest and per ...
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  • American X - Review - 932 words
    American History X'' shows how two Los Angeles brothers are drawn into a neo-Nazi skinhead gang, and why one decides to free himself. In telling their stories, the film employs the language of racism--the gutter variety and more sophisticated variations. The film is always interesting and sometimes compelling, and it contains more actual provocative thought than any American film on race since ``Do the Right Thing.'' But in trying to resolve the events of four years in one day, it leaves its shortcuts showing. The film stars Edward Norton as Derek, a bright kid who has become the leader of a skinhead pack in Venice Beach, Calif.; he's the lieutenant of a shadowy adult neo-Nazi (Stacy Keach). ...
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