Picture of first sit-in August 13, 1960 and closed lunch counter. “It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!” More »
Members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP TODAY---with Marjorie Meeks Brown, Dr. Arnett E. Girardeau, Iona Godfrey King, Rometa Graham Porter, Isaac Carnes, Alton Yates. More »
With NAACP National Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins in 1960 when he spoke in Jacksonville at one of the NAACP Mass Meetings. More »
With Dr. Michael Eric Dyson-Speaker at the 2009 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. More »
With Dr. Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice...and the Speaker at the 2008 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. Dr. Ogletree taught both Michelle Obama and President Obama at Harvard Law School. More »
Ruby Hurley and Ella Baker, two of 12 Civil Rights Icons immortalized in the 2009 USPS Stamp Issue-Civil Rights Pioneers. More »
Mrs. Ruby Hurley, Southeastern Regional Director NAACP and our 1960 NAACP Youth Council Surrogate Mother. More »
50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1960 Sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday with members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. From left...Issac Carnes, Marjorie Meeks Brown, Mary Chisholm Underwood, Iona Godfrey King, and Ann Albertie Hurst (yep my wife). In the rear of the Pulpit area at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church...from left...Ms. Adora Nweze, President of the Florida State Conference of Branches NAACP; Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy; Isaiah Rumlin, President of the Jacksonville Branch; and Bethel Senior Co-Pastor, Bishop Rudolph McKissick Sr. More »
Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Speaker at the 2013 ASALH National Convention Banquet in Jacksonville, Florida. More »
Dr. Robert Hayling, Me, and Charlie Cobb at the 2014 Florida Heritage Book Festival for our presentation on the Civil Rights/Freedom Summer Movement. More »
Don’t let this Black History Month come and go as many have in past years and we not think about Black History again until next February.
• Teach a Young Person Why Dr. Carter G. Woodson saw the need to start Negro History Week, now Black History Month.
• Teach a Young Person about the Great Heritage and Legacy of Blacks who achieved in spite of.
• Teach a Young Person that as important as Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver are to Black History and American History, there are many more Blacks who made salient contributions to the development of America.
• Teach a Young Person the Great Legacy of these names as starters who make up the United States Postal Service Black Heritage Series: Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Benjamin Banneker, Whitney Moore Young, Jackie Robinson, Scott Joplin, Carter G. Woodson, Mary McLeod Bethune, Sojourner Truth, Jean Baptiste DuSable, James Weldon Johnson, A. Phillip Randolph, Ida B. Wells, Jan E. Matzeliger, W.E.B. Du Bois, Percy Lavon Julian, Dr. Allison Davis, Bessie Coleman, Ernest E. Just, Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., Madam C. J. Walker, Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz), Patricia Roberts Harris, Roy Wilkins, Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Hattie McDaniel, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Chesnutt, Anna Julia Cooper, John H. Johnson, Barbara Jordan, Althea Gibson, Shirley Chisholm, Robert Robinson Taylor. Of course there are many, many more.
• Teach a Young Person the Civil Rights Movement is very much a part of Black History.
• Teach a Young Person about the NAACP, SNCC, SCLC, CORE.
• Teach a Young person about some of the Civil Rights Martyrs starting with Harriett and Harry T. Moore, Medgar Evers, Jimmie Lee Jackson, Vernon Dahmer.
• Teach a Young Person how hypocritical those who wrote “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” in the Declaration of Independence are ---Presidents and America’s so-called Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson --- who each owned more than 200 slaves.
• Teach a Young Person Blacks made major major contributions to this country and America owes us nothing but the pay back of the money stolen from slaves during slavery.
My point is it is our responsibility to tell our story. “Unless WE Tell It…It Never Gets Told!”
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
1. A. Philip Randolph
2. Althea Gibson
3. Percy Lavon Julian
Percy Julian — born in Montgomery, Alabama — escaped the dangerous Jim Crow culture of the South and went on to become a chemist. Lauded for his work with human hormone synthesis, Julian set the stage for steroidal drug production (including cortisone and birth control pills).
4. Myrlie Evers-Williams
Born Myrlie Louise Beasley, Williams was wife to NAACP staffer Medgar Evers, who was murdered by a white supremacist in 1963. She later became a chairperson of the NAACP and then helped to restore the organization to its previous glory. In 2013, she delivered the invocation for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
5. Matthew Alexander Henson
Matthew Henson was the first African American Arctic explorer. Henson was a navigator and craftsman and acted as tradesman with the Inuit people. He was part of a party of explorers who are recognized as the first to reach the geographic North Pole, and in 1937, he was invited to become a member of the Explorers Club.
6. Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie Lou Hamer was a key organizer of the Freedom Summer campaign — an event that attempted to register as many blacks as possible to vote in Mississippi (a state that historically excluded blacks from casting ballots). She is remembered as a fervent speaker who relied on her own story to reach the masses.
7. Lewis Latimer
Lewis Latimer was an inventor who is credited for greatly improving the filament in Thomas Edison’s lightbulb, helping it to last much longer than Edison’s original design. Additionally, Latimer was very involved in the design for the original telephone, working with Alexander Graham Bell to help draft a patent.
8. Edward Bouchet
Edward Bouchet (son of a former slave) was born in Connecticut. His family members were big participants in their town’s abolitionist movement, and Edward followed suit by becoming the first African American to graduate from Yale College. He dedicated his post-graduate life to educating students in physics.
9. Shirley Chisholm
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Shirley Chisholm started out as an educator specializing in early childhood development. From there, she went on to become not only the first African American to be elected to Congress, but also the first woman to run for president of the United States.
10. Robert Smalls
Robert Smalls was an ex-slave and naval hero who went on to become a congressional representative for North Carolina. In 1862, he freed himself and his crew from slavery by commandeering a Confederate ship and sailing it to freedom. His tenacity is considered to have been a chief influence in the administration’s decision to accept African Americans into the U.S. Army.
Great Americans who happen to be Black. The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
DRESS IT UP ANY WAY YOU WANT…There is only ONE REASON for Intense Republicant Hate…Core Racism by Core White Republicant Racists. PERIOD!!!
The American Dream for many White American Males has always been …One day I can become President of the Untied States. Not only did President Obama shatter that dream but many of the dreamers were White Republicants already holding elective office. They felt they were a hop and a skip from the presidency and had all kinds of fantasies about being called President Whomever. For a Black male, whose people were less than 150 years out of slavery at his election, to ascend the lofty position of the President of the United States, Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military…AND…The Most Powerful Person in the World BEFORE THEM was really TOO MUCH for the White American Dreamers to stand. The unkindest cut of All. Bitter Pill. The Nightmare of All Nightmares.
These same Racist Dreamers have told Black folks over the years you are powerless and your votes do not mean a thing, and for decades tried every conceivable vile, evil, and racist means to keep Blacks from voting. Yet, these same descendants of slaves, fighting a system that did not want them involved, helped elect a president with the same skin color of a slave. Another killed White American Dream.
So Racists and Racist Republicants fight back at a President who has America's best interests at heart. They fight because they do not want history to record one of the greatest presidents ever was an intelligent, articulate Black man whose deeds and accomplishments did not compare to any other president in recent memory. They try every way and every day to sabotage this presidency. They have millionaires and billionaires spending and spending to defeat and slow down his programs. They buy the media and the Supreme Court and Congress and still President Obama rises to work for the people who enslaved his people. Which is why no matter what, the Struggle will always Continue until American makes good on the IOUs promised in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Nothing more and certainly nothing less.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.