"The way to understand this moment, I hope you see, is by understanding the kind of challenges black people were making to one another across the south. This is what drove struggle and change. Much of this still remains invisible. And broadening this with an almost equally invisible related point: The Movement thrust forward leaders, not the other way around. . . . Ordinary people who were usually spoken for by sympathetic advocates, or of, by hostile white supremacists, began speaking for themselves saying 'this is what we demand; this is the kind of society in which we wish to live.'" -- Charles E. Cobb Jr. on lessons for today from the Civil Rights Movement. Read his talk, delivered on Jan. 15, 2017, on the link below. #ReclaimMLK Photo: Ms. Ella Baker (center) at the Highlander Center.
#ReclaimMLK: "Teaching about the March on Washington presents a series of challenges precisely because it involves counteracting sanitized textbooks and demythologizing not only the march, but also the Black Freedom Struggle—the Civil Rights Movement, as it became known." Continue reading the essay below by Bill Fletcher Jr.
Indeed, while Dr. King was a major player, the March on Washington did not begin as a classic civil rights march and was not initiated by him. There is one constituency that can legitimately claim the legacy of the march—one that has been eclipsed in
Jonah Keith Malcolm's perspective on the march:
Vince Cushite Malcolm and Martin, closer than we ever thought
Yet near the end of his life, Malcolm X was becoming more like King and King was becoming more like him.
"In the last years of their lives, they were starting to move toward one another," says David Howard-Pitney, who recounted the Capitol Hill meeting in his book "Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s."
"In the last years of their lives, they were starting to move toward one another," says David Howard-Pitney, who recounted the Capitol Hill meeting in his book "Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s."
"While Malcolm is moderating from his earlier position, King is becoming more militant," Pitney says.
Malcolm X was reaching out to King even before he broke away from the Nation of Islam and embraced Sunni Islam after a pilgrimage to Mecca, says Andrew Young, a member of King's inner circle at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights group King headed.
"Even before his trip to Mecca, Malcolm used to come by the SCLC's office," Young says. "Unfortunately, Dr. King was never there when he came."
While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks are typically associated with the South, both spent a great deal of their lives challenging the racism of the Jim Crow North. Yet this part of their history is repeatedly ignored. Parks described the Detroit she moved to in 1957 as the “Northern promised land that wasn’t” and spent the next four decades challenging the segregation and inequality endemic to the city. Continue reading on the link below, a post by Jeanne Theoharis, author of "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks."
While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks are typically associated with the South, both spent a great deal of their lives challenging the racism of the Jim Crow North. Yet this part of their …
Robyn Blanpied Justice. She is a hero. Perpetual war is unAmerican.
Linda A. Moore Grosse Pointe, wow! In those days, Jews weren't even allowed there, much less blacks.
Lawrence D. Leip ...remember the riots in South Boston in the early '70s when the courts ordered forced busing to address segregation in that city? The racism was rampant then, and has resurfaced with a vengence today. Doctor King would be deeply disappointed in the lack of progress in this country.
On this Dr. Martin Luther King Day holiday, we will share throughout the day resources for teaching beyond "I have a dream." Here is a reading and lesson for high school on the FBI's war on the Civil Rights Movement. It is time for students to learn about COINTELPRO. #teachoutsidetextbook (The lesson is by high school teacher Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, written for Rethinking Schools and posted for teachers to download at the Zinn Education Project website. Please make a donation so that we can post and promote more people's history lessons: https://zinnedproject.org/donate/)
Thanks to the Media burglars, and their suitcases full of stolen documents, we now have access to memos from this FBI program of destruction. In my curriculum, I have pulled together documents from the FBI’s website and from the book The COINTELPRO P
Rick Ritter it is alive and well
Miriam Shulamit Comey has earned his place in history, a continuation of Cointelpro
Shane Carender The FBI....founded by a "man" who was obsessed with having dirt on everybody, so that nobody would point a finger at his own "morality". A fraud from the beginning.
Jeanette Snider Civil rights were used to firm corporations... look how many approached the supreme court after its installation
DeAnne Dilley Berryhill Interesting.
EzyErnie Roberts the FBI is still at war with all african-american civil rights movements. as well as indigenous people's movement.
Christine Kindy Thanks for this Tom Batterson
Sarah Jane Cooper Blue Hovatter
Horace- Barbara Locklear Barbara Collins Gaye Simmons Cushing
Hope Denese Freeman Gogojojo
Jeffrey Sorenson That war is still on. : (
Reina Chua Interesting
Brandi Barrett It is now called "counter intelligence" and permeates all of our lives.
Evelyn Connaway One thing for sure, and a known fact, during , Kennedy's, Martin Luther King's time, the FBI director J.Edgar Hoover, and the CIA director, and all involved with both the agencies, fought tooth and nail against them and the Civil Rights Movement and our democrarcy. Republicans and many white supremacist democrats, who later switched to the republican party, and many of the bastards not dead, are still playing havoc in congress with our Civil Rights and our Democrarcy!
Dexter Deberry It's still here.
Tiffany Scalia Ashley Bradley
Tim Marley Arizona is currently trying to pass a bill that would make teaching this sort of thing illegal in public schools.
Sherri Beth Adriana Olalla Salazar
Amanda Boggs Khristy Rouw Hullett
Christian Perez The FBI infiltrated the Wallstreet movement. I hope the working class rises up this year.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of groundbreaking Civil Rights Movement activist C.C. Bryant (January 15, 1917 – December 9, 2007). Learn about his life on the SNCC Digital Gateway Project link below and from the National Visionary Leadership Project interview here: http://www.visionaryproject.org/bryantcc/ Mississippi NAACP
On this birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we will feature articles and lessons for teaching outside the textbook. Here is a Zinn Education Project "If We Knew Our History" article by Vincent Intondi on the opposition to nuclear weapons by King and others in the Civil Rights Movement.
Here is a new lesson for students on the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline from destroying sacred sites and threatening the source of clean water. As with all lessons on the Zinn Education Project website, it can be downloaded for free. We'd love to hear from you if you use it. If you are not a teacher, please contribute to the Zinn Education Project so that we can continue to develop and promote more people's history lessons: https://zinnedproject.org/donate/ Photo by Barbara Miner.
"We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin … the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Photo: Dr. Martin Luther King, Bernard Lee, Dr. Benjamin Spock, and others in antiwar protest, Chicago, IL, March 25, 1967. AP. (Can anyone help us identify anyone else in the photo? Any of the women?)
#tdih 1777 "The petition of A Great Number of Blackes detained in a State of Slavery in the Bowels of a free & christian Country Humbly shuwith that your Petitioners Apprehend that Thay have in Common with all other men a Natural and Unaliable Right to that freedom..." Continue reading the "Petition for freedom to the Massachusetts Council and the House of Representatives" dated Jan. 13, 1777: http://bit.ly/JVe8ae Here are resources from the Zinn Education Project website for teaching outside the textbook about the long history of enslavement and resistance: http://bit.ly/1cFp5qU Image from the Massachusetts Historical Society
Patty Viers humbling
Rafe Husain Learn from zinn everyday. And thank God for what we got
Chris Setari free blacks as well as slaves, native Americans and women were denied the right to participate in government at any level... even as voters/citizens... but to keep the southern states in the Union ( as opposed to the independent states of the Articles of confederation), slaves were counted in the census (3/5 of a person) so that the slave states got more representation than free states.
#tdih Jan. 13: the NYC Tompkins Square Park Riot (1874). During a devastating economic depression, a demonstration was held to lobby for public works projects to provide jobs. Police attacked. Howard Zinn quotes a newspaper in A People's History: "Police clubs rose and fell. Women and children ran screaming in all directions. Many of them were trampled underfoot in the stampede for the gates. In the street bystanders were ridden down and mercilessly clubbed by mounted officers." This is one of many stories of worker protests during this period, described in detail in A People's History of the United States, Chapter 10: The Other Civil War. http://bit.ly/1wTBAGe Here are free downloadable lessons for teaching the labor history missing from the textbooks: http://zinnedproject.org/materials/power-in-our-hands/
Brian Paul And also demonstrates how the working class has always been trampled underfoot.
G-rant Wilson The Police attacking protesters, again!
#tdih January 12, 2010. Earthquake in Haiti. Here is a lesson by Rethinking Schools editor Adam Sanchez about the role played by the U.S. government in Haiti before and after the earthquake. How does Haiti’s history explain why it experienced such devastation as a result of the earthquake? Who or what was responsible? And why was Haiti unable to quickly rebuild and recover? Photo: 1/12/2016, from the Miami Herald.
The election of Trump has left many people asking where can we find hope. But it’s the wrong question. We don’t find hope, we make it. One shining example is the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline from destroying sacred sites and threatening our source of clean water. The Zinn Education Project has just posted “Standing with Standing Rock: A Role Play on the Dakota Access Pipeline" to help students grasp the issues at stake in the historic struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux for recognition of their treaty rights and for clean water for all. (Includes links to news coverage from Democracy Now!) Teachers: Let us know if you use the lesson. We'd love to hear your classroom anecdotes and feedback. (Photos welcome too.) Email: email@example.com
A role play to help students recognize the issues at stake in the historic struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Stephanie Logan Courtney Kay Clausen
Martha Burroughs Melissa Martinez This might be helpful.
Heather Richards Angie Shinos
Lynn Crozier- O'Hara It's not just the s(election) of Trump that has people feeling devoid of hope...that's been brewing for some time
Juan G. Berumen Thanks for posting this. I completely agree with you that we need to find our agency instead of waiting for others to do it. If I can make a minor suggestion. The Water Protectors are fighting for OUR access to clean water and not just THEIRS. It's more than just semantics.
Henry Commons Before there was Standing Rock there was Mauna Kea. But unlike Standing Rock approximately 52% of all Kanaka Maoli are in danger of becoming extinct due to the U.S. military involvement with building their weaponries of war upon on of the most sacred sites of the Kanaka Maoli People.
Like WWII and Pearl Harbor or the Soviet incident of 1968, the illegally U.S. militarily occupied and colonized and Genocided Peaceful and Neutral Kingdom of Hawaii and the Kanaka Maoli people are once more put into harms way of being attacked or nuked by U.S. enemies because of its strategic military location in the Pacific Ocean.
TMT and other military sponsored initiatives that are propagandized as tools of science and discovery can be built elsewhere.
Stand for Standing Rock and Mauna Kea and all Aboriginal and Indigenous People's sacred and archeological sites.
Poko Peg Bowers <3
Jeff Kisner We make hope: riff on that theology!
Christina Bouajila Truth!!!!
Brian Paul They're next on the chopping block for sure. Don the Con is eager to make his mark.
Kimberly Ann Todd "The election of Trump has left many people asking where can we find hope. But it’s the wrong question" You lost me right there, the record of Hillary Clinton and Obama has already caused millions to lose hope if not their lives in the Middle East.
Sandy Redford Leah Tam Susan
Marc Carter We desperately need to educate the people, young and old, about what has been going on in this country since the beginning. One thing for sure is, the rich have made themselves the enemies of all life on Earth,
Luna Hoops Thank you, Zinn Education Project for posting this important beginning of real history.
Phant Will I like this. Not sure how my students will take it, but let's give it a spin.
Jamee Schleifer Billy McClain, Bobby Mcclain...
Pax Choate-Deeds Prepare our first martyrs, everyone at Standing Rock is dead. Trump has promised to push the pipeline through and you better belive he has more corperate mercinaries on standby.
Mike Cline Have already done a DAPL role play debate in 7th grade history and the students enjoyed it, and learned a lot. Even had a guest speaker who went to Standing Rock.
Jack Daly a little light shed on the NUMEROUS places in this country where Native American communities are fighting industrially-backed genocide would help...otherwise, the DAPL-thing becomes an isolated struggle by a finite number of disgruntled Po' Folks getting in the way of 'Progress' ( pronounced " Praw Fitz" )...and there are many....just like our ripping the covers off the Dakota Pipeline debaclebrought the National Attention it dererves, we need to LET IN MORE LIGHT...then watch these corporate cockroaches scurry away...it ain't just the Dakota Pipeline we be fightin'...it's EVERYWHERE.
Dale Debelak More communist propaganda from the Zinnster
Tracy Spence Exactly we make our own hope
Nur Zamman The issuw of native rights is all white washed. Most of us are not registered which means we have no treaty rights becuase its a loophole to continuing racism. Many people have stereotypes of native people based upon the plains indians as well. Bullshit like they are white or look asian. #uNdrip covers wayer resources as well. Then we have the Black issue of native people. The game is fucked up... also the native muslim problem.
Jeannie Russell Amy Ermel, I hope you already know about the great Howard Zinn and his forward-thinking, humanitarian-based work. If not, allow me: Amy Ermel, please meet Howard Zinn. I met him waaay back while helping folks register to vote, circa 1965, Mississippi and have frequently given his books as gifts to young people coming up. To wit: The People's History of the United States". Nancy Tabaka-Stencil "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream".
Barbara Salvatore Thank you for highlighting this topic!
This Education Project and Role Play is so inspiring! It was The Youth who STARTED this enormous stand against the DAPL Pipeline. Kids! Teens! Who shouted Mní Wicóni! Water is Life!
And our Youth hold so much potential and fire and energy to light up our world. I can imagine classrooms that are far removed from the reality of Standing Rock, becoming immersed in this experience, and carrying it forward into their own communities 🙂 We are watching as Water Protectors now rise up around the globe, following the lead of Indigenous peoples, who have been engaged in the front lines of this struggle for centuries. Their resilience is now contagious!
This classroom work will educate and open the doors for community involvement.
And I always think of the David and Goliath myth when I think of Standing Rock. And so many other Prophecies and hero stories have risen, and we are witness to their manifestation!
( My thanks to you!)
Raymond Gibson Boycott the DAPL: 25% Phillips66, 38.25% Sunoco, 36.75% Marathon (SuperAmerica, Valvoline, Speedway) & Enbridge.
The latest issue of Rethinking Schools is hot off the press. Do you subscribe already? This issue has articles on Standing Rock, language as a human right, teaching about the Tuskegee syphilis study (in a lesson called Medical Apartheid), student identity, and much more.
#tdih On January 9, 1966, Vernon Dahmer announced on the radio that he would pay the poll tax for anyone who could not afford to register to vote. (Despite the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a poll tax was still charged in local elections in Mississippi.) The next day, Dahmer’s home was firebombed by the KKK. Dahmer guarded the front door while his wife and children escaped out the back. He died the next day from severe burns and smoke inhalation. Photo: Four of Dahmer’s sons were serving in the U.S. military to “defend democracy,” only to have their father murdered in his fight for the democratic right to vote in the U.S. They returned home for his funeral. Photo by Chris McNair, courtesy of Jerry Mitchell.
On January 9, 1966, Vernon Dahmer announced on the radio that he would pay the poll tax for anyone who could not afford to register to vote. The next day, Dahmer’s home was firebombed by the …
Deborah Menkart #tdih Never forget freedom fighter Vernon Dahmer. cc Joyce Ladner, Dennis Dahmer Lauretta Jenkins Sharlene Kranz
Tiki Beeki No Recounts
Pam Martin Mississippi ... you make my blood boil.
Danya Crowd This is why we can't "just get over it ".
Robert Davis What a heroic man and such a painful story of his murder.
Sylvia Trujillo ACTION ALERT to My
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Friends - Today the Republicans are going to try to ram through confirmation of the worst-ever nominee for Attorney General: Alabama bigot, Jeff Sessions. He was the first -- and for a long time, the only -- Senator to endorse Donald Trump for president. Now Trump is trying to reward him by making him the head of our criminal justice system! Your Senators MUST hear from you this morning (most of their offices open between 8-9am ET). Please call the U.S. Senate at 202-225-3121 and ask to speak to one of your State's two senators (if you don't know your Senators' names, just tell the operator the State you're from and she/he will connect you directly to their offices. If you don't know the State you're from, stop reading this and unfollow me).
Let your Senator know that you are STRONGLY opposed to Sessions being named Attorney General. He is anti-civil rights, he is opposed to the Voting Rights Act and he voted against the Matthew Shepherd gay discrimination act.
The Senate confirmation hearing begins this morning at 9:30am ET so you must call now. And when you are done with the first of your Senators, hang up, call back, and ask to speak to the second Senator from your State. This has to happen NOW!
Last week, at my request, you flooded the Capitol switchboard to oppose the Republicans' attempt to close the Congressional Office of Ethics (Rep. Cleaver from Missouri said your thousands of calls were like "an avalanche"). We succeeded in stopping them in just 3 hours! Let's do it again.
Call/text/email/Facebook/DM your Rapid Response Team NOW. If you haven't formed a Rapid Response Team, do so this morning. All you have to do is commit to calling, texting or e-mailing an urgent notice to 5-10 of your friends or family whenever an urgent matter is before us in protecting this country from an admitted sociopath. So, this morning, that means you and your Team calling the U.S. Senate, 202-225-3121, and telling your Senators to VOTE AGAINST Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
If you get a busy signal, keep trying.
Thanks! And never forget -- he lost by 3 million votes! Our fellow Americans were very clear: They did NOT want Donald Trump as their president. WE are the majority.
We cannot remain silent this morning as a malignant narcissist tries to anoint a man committed to white privilege as our Attorney General.
CALL NOW: 202-225-3121. I just did.
Dean Leüthold Great history that I was unaware of!
Steve Foemmel Sad
Janet Coleman Horrifying. Still going on today only the tactics have changed. Shameful.
Rhonda Finlayson Vernon Dahmer had a kind heart. The fire bombing of his home was a horrifying event, And it's extremely sad that people with evil intentions are still active in the world.
John Bradley Not that long ago.
Adam Fletcher Sasse Nina Simone sang it best...https://youtu.be/hBiAtwQZnHs
Mark Stone https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K7fgB0m_y2I
Jana Flaherty Vernon Dahmer...US History
Mike Costello heading 'back' there in a flash...
Jennifer Moran And now Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (named for leaders of the Confederacy), who prosecuted civil rights activists for registering black voters, is about to be appointed Attorney General. Hoping we don't go back 50 years.
Jim Shreve Great courage. The big question now is whether the past is about to become the present. We need to know history and learn from it.
Phyllis Muro All the people who choose to not vote should read this. #Shameful
Sandy S. Harris Mississippi Godamm...
Rafe Husain It is from the sacrifices of these American heros that we enjoy our civil rights and live in peace
Lynne White Dixon History we need to know
Faye Dant Remember Sessions!
Sergei Thomas Voting rights should never be taken for granted and should never be allowed to be obstructed by self-serving and greedy politicians
Kathy Rosen I didn't know this story about Vernon Dahmer. We have fought long and hard for the right to vote in this country and should continue to do so.
On Jan. 9 1967, Julian Bond was finally sworn in as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. The legislature had refused to allow him to take his seat because of his opposition to the Vietnam War and specifically his endorsement of a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) statement against the war in Vietnam. Following his election in 1965, the Georgia House refused to seat him. He was re-elected to his “vacant seat” and the House refused again. He was then re-elected a third time. But not until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in his favor was the legislature forced to relent. [From Peacebuttons] Learn more from SNCC Digital Gateway Project: http://bit.ly/2iv6Z28 While he was expelled, Bond wrote the educational booklet, "Vietnam: An Antiwar Comic Book" on the history and economics of the war: http://zinnedproject.org/posts/10363 Also see the African American Involvement in the Vietnam War website: http://aavw.org/ Photo: 1/10/1966, one of the times Bond was denied the right to be sworn in. By Bill Wilson/AJC
Richard DB And today we're rushing to seat spring's crew.
Lorraine Sullivan i remember this....
Dre Hill Wow
Chickie Bell Or, The History Of A Fake War.
Gus Madrid Chris Lee
Joan Randall Everyone needs to remember this. We are still fighting racists in our country.
Anihouvi Fongbe Recent history in my world.
Gabriel De La Garza Mr. Bond a true American
Jayne Natzel-Paradis Now they just make it harder for the "Bond' type supporters to vote.
David Hostetter What you can do with a Quaker education
Chuck Schuler Nationalism, the most dangerous religion.
Cynthia Williams Sad day in Georgia History. Racism is alive and well.
Michelle Sawyer Moge' Our past is about to become our present. I hope we can fight it harder and make more progress this time around. Solidarity equals equality, we can't forget that. Stay strong and good luck over the next 4 years.
Phil K. James Hero.
Socrates Shaver No way!! He was a politician AND a Spy??!! that's crazy bro
Ed Strong Socrates Shaver. Kill that propaganda noise, Fox contributors😕
Sandra Howland Interesting comic book! Follow the links.
Stephen Stroud the past is not dead. it is not even past.
John Ingersoll I was here and remember it. The man on Julian's right is Jack Etheridge, a decent Southern liberal who later created the Neighborhood Justice Center and was a judge.
Sahran Holiday A hero
Marcus Parr I met Mr. Bond at the NAACP offices in Baltimore in 1998. It was such an honor for me to meet one of my heroes. He was a class-act, a gentleman, and brilliant.
Horace- Barbara Locklear This was a case about 'color' pure and simple.
William C. Trout Ah yes i remember it well.
Don Morris Demonstration of the Republican version of democracy.
New release: "Birth of a Movement," a documentary about African-American newspaper editor William Monroe Trotter‘s 1915 battle against America’s first blockbuster movie – D.W. Griffith‘s infamous The Birth of a Nation – will have its broadcast premiere Feb 6, 2017 on Independent Lens | PBS. There will also be public showings on January 30 in Boston, see Birth of a Movement Boston Premeire and on January 31 in NY at the Schomburg, more info here: http://bit.ly/2iY8bhK (See a trailer here: https://vimeo.com/185049431/4ea71a86bb)
Robert E. Saunders Looking forward to this..
Bristol Cave-LaCoste Priscilla Martinez Aaron Anthony Saira Hirji movie night?? Who has access to PBS?
Magali Roy I need this for my film class!
Socorro Smith James Smith
Clifton Taylor Must see TV
Charles Heath Jeffrey L. Littlejohn
Nafie Selimaj-Shelly John Gentile
Danni Bradley This sounds interesting, thanks for sharing this Melinda.
#tdih 1811: One of the most suppressed and hidden stories of African and African American history is the story of the 1811 Louisiana slave uprising. The aim of the revolt was the establishment of an independent republic, a Black republic. Over 500 Africans, from 50 different nations with 50 different languages, would wage a fight against U.S. troops and the territorial militias. (Continue reading this article by Leon Waters, who leads Hidden History tours, on the link below.)
One of the most suppressed and hidden stories of African and African American history is the story of the 1811 Slave Revolt. The aim of the revolt was the establishment of an inde…
Beyond-The-Spectrum Currently reading a book on this subject: "American Uprising," by Daniel Rasmussen
Akil A. Head and you must take the 1811 Slave Revolt tour https://m.facebook.com/pg/HiddenHistoryLA/reviews/
Randy Thomas Kisha... if you don't follow this site you need to! Lots of good material!
Emily Hatch Robin
Marian Paroo Taking on share.
Anne Ridge There's an excellent show called Treme that touches on this district. excerpts from "The Telegraph: "Tremé deals with serious themes, not least the relationship between culture and community, and how they help and serve each other. It's about what defines a city and a country. The revival of New Orleans after the Katrina disaster is ultimately used as a way of looking at where 21st-century America is headed. And, despite all its manifold problems, New Orleans is a fantastic, dynamic location for a show. It's so visual – the parades, funerals and Mardi Gras Indians – as well as being so joyfully musical. And don't forget the great food (chefs feature heavily in the plot lines). New Orleans is also even more idiosyncratic than Baltimore, the setting for the Wire, and that's what makes it so interesting.
Tremé offers an unflinching portrait of corruption, showing human nature at its worst and its best. Co-creator and scriptwriter Eric Overmyer has lived in New Orleans for two decades and there is a level of attention to detail in the show that is unusual in modern television. The way the police are portrayed is deeply disturbing and Simon offers no sugar-coating about a place he describes as being where "a professional law enforcement ethic is simply absent".
Music is the pumping heart of Tremé and Blake Leyh, the show's music supervisor, deserves high praise. A list of all the wonderful musicians who have appeared would be like a 'Who's Who' of New Orleans jazz, blues and R&B.
The series has also put its money where its mouth organ is – with nearly a million dollars in music copyright payments and donations to charities such as the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.
In its languid, start-stop way, Tremé has a rhythm unlike any other show on television and we should celebrate that."
Aaron Howard Never heard of this and I'm from Louisiana born and raised. Sent most of my life there.
Anne Ridge It's quite good. I expect though, as a native, you may be able to find inconsistencies/inaccuracies I didn't. But you ought to check it out; if nothing else, there is a lot of great music, from local artists.
Anne Ridge One thing I didn't really find in any of the reviews I read, is that it is about racism ,and especially about the infrastructure of racism among the police of the area. Oh and also the terrible and classist/racist way the Katrina victims were treated in the area by the government et al. I also found the history of the Treme locale fascinating, beautiful, and very sad in the end.
Sue Thompson Velie More historical events I've never heard of.
Iain Rush Frantz Derenoncourt Jr.
Valorie Paladino Keep telling the true history until every lay one of us knows it!
Haiti Uchina Wonder where that idea came ? 7 years before that 1804
Geoff Mize Notice the names the white owners but not the slave uprisers
Kathy Prewitt Marijane Landy did you see this? Powerful history in NOLA.
Rachel May Cathy Grinels Harrell
Vee Nguyen-Neumann Carol Cabrera: you asked about revolts.
Martha N Archambault Never knew.
Gretchen Fowler Rebecca Wright
Carol Kelly-thomas The truth is what needs to be taught!
Htaeh Nella Jon-Claude Harris
Craig Blyeth Glad to see the LaPlace plaque now includes a reference to the revolt. The previous one didn't.
Nicole Margarita Rodriguez American Uprising by Daniel Rasmussen.... great read on this event
Andre Clark ✊🏾
Evan Kilgore The most interesting work I ever did as a student was writing a research paper about this uprising based on primary source documents (original letters written by plantation owners and locals, new paper clippings from the time, etc) from the archival library at LSU. Holding those letters and seeing the fear and uncertainty captured in them was powerful.
Born #tdih, Zora Neale Hurston (Jan. 7, 1891–Jan. 28, 1960), American folklorist, anthropologist, and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Of Hurston’s four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. On the link below, learn about a film from California Newsreel (Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun) and two chapter books for upper elementary and middle school (Zora and Me and Scraps of Time) about Hurston.
Born this day in history, Zora Neale Hurston (Jan. 7, 1891–Jan. 28, 1960), American folklorist, anthropologist, and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Of Hurston’s four novels …
Erin Hughes Eric Vaughan made me think of you! ❤
John Bur'n I need to finish the books of hers I started, they were wonderful.
John Bur'n Jeremy Jones
Larry Gomes Howard University's own
Ashley Renee Justin Thomas
Crystal Nolan Milligan I love her writing!
Catherine Willford Aspera Sirene -- for L.
Pat Hughes Inspirational writer, if you haven't read Ms. Hurston, it would be well worth your time to get a copy of anything she wrote and snuggle into your La-Z-Boy for a warm winter's read...
Ida Wells If you're near Maitland, Florida, check this out: https://www.facebook.com/zorafestival2017/?fref=ts #ZoraFestival28
Charlotte Steinzig I re-read Their Eyes Were... last year. Wonderful.
Vicki Sauer I taught Zora's Moses, Man of the Mountain, at the middle school level for many years until schools became too standardized to teach it anymore. It's a grat book with wonderful figurative language and a very approachable Moses.
Patricia Cassiday DC's Bus Boys and Poets honor her with a restaurant across the street! 🙂 Love her!!
Judy Pearson Thanks for lifting this important day so we will know more.
Michelle Tuggle Happy Birthday Zora! Your spirit lives on!
John Altick Sir Sandford Fleming also noteworthy. 190 today!
Eva Coombes Happy birthday Zora
Vaudi Hunt Larson I read that book and watched the movie. My birthday is today also
Chris Tse Corinna Wong
Dana Forest Sanchez Ms. Hurston traveled to Jamaica & Haiti during the middle 1930s in order to research life and Voodoo practices there; the resulting-- and fascinating--book is entitled "Tell My Horse" originally pub. 1938. "Dust Tracks on a Road" is her autobiography, 1942. A collection of her letters was published about ten years ago, "A Life in Letters." One of my favorites, & a legendary woman of American letters.
Bill Perkins I really like Their Eyes Were Watching God .
Sylvia De Rooy Their Eyes Were Watching God is a must read, a brilliant book.
"What you give to one class you must give to all. What you deny to one class. You deny to all." #tdih On January 6, 1874 the South Carolina member of the House of Representatives, Robert B. Elliott, gave a speech in defense of the Civil Rights Act and for an end to segregation and discrimination. Elliot was a Black member of the House who served from 1871 until 1874. He was a lawyer, admitted to the bar during Reconstruction, and commanding general of the S.C. National Guard during the same period. After the end of Reconstruction and the withdrawal of federal troops, Elliot was forced from office and ended up in poverty. The Civil Rights Act of 1875 later passed on March 1, 1875. Image source: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2003690777/ Here are resources on the Zinn Education Project website on the vital history of the Reconstruction Era too often left out of textbooks: http://bit.ly/14sbqOB Check back soon because before the end of this month we will add a new lesson and readings on the Reconstruction Era.
Chris Toon "There can be no peace, justice, or equality for anyone until their is peace, justice, and equality for everyone"
Sharon Boone Once federal troops were withdrawn, whites went right back forcing blacks to work for them for almost nothing, opened company stores so Blacks wound up owing their former masters! My own father in law sent his kids east to NY from North Carolina until he my mother in law and their youngest went east after all the kids were in NY. Their youngest child became my husband. Hearing his story first hand gave me an appreciation of what life was like in rural areas. I was born in New Orleans where the caste system of nearly white people of color were valued over their darker brothers and sisters. Same system only the color element was to divide and conquer us.
Bill Elliott Well, the poverty part sounds right.
Minister Buquilla Ervin-Cannon Thank you so very much.
Levern Thompson Excellent post
James L Washington Patiently awaiting ur next circulation. Thankfully
#tdih 1966 "We recoil with horror at the inconsistency of a supposedly 'free' society where responsibility to freedom is equated with the responsibility to lend oneself to military aggression. We take note of the fact that 16% of the draftees from this country are Negroes called on to stifle the liberation of Vietnam, to preserve a 'democracy' which does not exist for them at home. We ask, where is the draft for the freedom fight in the United States?" -- from statement by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
Statement by SNCC. 1966. Statement by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the Vietnam…
Gary Welsh ......the sound of crickets is deafening as the words of poets and the tellers of truth, like james baldwin are even more relevant 30 to 40 years later......
Garry Sylvian As we were sent to Vietnam "to die" ( i.e.,for our country) & as for the Viet, we certainly did!
Steven Tayama We were told that there was a "Communist threat" in Vietnam. They won. WHERE IS THE THREAT?? Just like WHERE ARE THE WMD'S???!!! The U$A KILLED MILLIONS of human being! FOR WHAT???!!! for profit dats what.
Félix Peña Do you think the communists "liberated" Vietnam? As bad as South Vietnam was, rife with corruption and paralyzed by incompetence, unable to form a national unity government, the North was much worse. No dissent of any form was allowed.