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“…The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” James Baldwin

 

Minnesota School District Agrees to Protect Students from Anti-Gay Bullying in Settlement with SPLC

Minnesota’s largest school district has agreed to adopt a wide-ranging plan to protect LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) students from bullying and harassment, in a settlement that will resolve an SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) lawsuit. Read more about it and watch poignant video testimony from a 15 year old student.

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/minnesota-school-district-agrees-to-protect-students-from-lgbt-bullying-in-settlem

 

History Now: Sharpton Recreates Selma To Montgomery March

The recreation of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest new voter suppression laws began yesterday.

http://newsone.com/nation/black-history-month/kirstensavali/al-sharpton-selma-montgomery-march/

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John Lewis, now a US Congressman, was severely beaten by police while leading the Selma to Montgomery march to protest voter suppression in 1965.

 

Black Students Face More Harsh Discipline, Data Show

Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/education/black-students-face-more-harsh-discipline-data-shows.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120306

 

On the date in 1857, the Supreme Court decided landmark Dred Scott case

The Court ruled that Blacks “are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution… On the contrary, they were at that time (1787) considered as a subordinate and inferior class of beings…so far inferior, that they had no rights, which the White man, was bound to respect.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dred_Scott_v._Sandford

Dred Scott, a slave who sued for freedom

Dred Scott, a slave who sued for freedom

 

Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin Senator, Proposes Law That Declares Single Parenthood Child Abuse

Read the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/02/glenn-grothman-wisconsin-law-single-parenthood-child-abuse_n_1316834.html

 

Black Filmmaker Wins Big With ‘Undefeated’

The Root talks to T.J. Martin, the first African American to win an Oscar for a full-length documentary. http://www.theroot.com/views/tj-martin-interview?page=0,1

 

On This Date In History: Runaway slave is first to die in American Revolution

Read the article: http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/british-massacre-demonstrators-boston

 

Henry ‘Box’ Brown (Virginia Slave Who Escaped To Freedom In A Box) Film Biopic Currently In The Works

Read the article: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/henry-box-brown-virginia-slave-who-escaped-to-freedom-in-a-box-film-biopic-currently-in-the-works

 

Enslaved Africans’ sculptures brings slave history to life in Yonkers

Read the article: http://www.thegrio.com/specials/life-and-style/-janet-langsam-the-ceo.php

 

City of Chicago’s 175th Birthday

Today marks the 175th Birthday of the city of Chicago, first settled by Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, a black man. A good day to check out Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History.

Read more:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baptiste_Point_du_Sable
http://www.dusablemuseum.org/events/details/dusable-day