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Great Moments in Black History: #28

Jimi Hendrix-The Star Spangled Banner

I would love to jump in the DeLorean with an iPod and a bag of weed, go back in time and play this for Francis Scott Key.


Great Moments in Black History: #27

Hattie McDaniel leads the way

I still refuse to watch that fucking movie.


Great Moments in Black History: #26

Those scary Black Panthers feed school children free breakfast.

Free Breakfast for Children Program. Chicago, 1970

Courtesy of Haggerty Museum


Great Moments in Black History: #25

A. Phillip Randolph organizes Pullman porters.

From Wikipedia:
In 1925 Randolph organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) and was elected president. This was the first serious effort to form a labor institution for employees of the Pullman Company, which was a major employer of African Americans. The railroads had expanded dramatically in the early 20th century, and the jobs offered relatively good employment at a time of widespread racial discrimination. In these early years, however, the company took advantage of the employees. The union helped support The Messenger until 1928, when it needed to use funds for other purposes.

With amendments to the Railway Labor Act in 1934, porters were granted rights under federal law. Membership in the Brotherhood jumped to more than 7,000. After years of bitter struggle, the Pullman Company finally began to negotiate with the Brotherhood in 1935, and agreed to a contract with them in 1937. This gained employees $2,000,000 in pay increases , a shorter workweek, and overtime pay.[5] Randolph maintained the Brotherhood’s affiliation with the American Federation of Labor through the 1955 AFL-CIO merger.[6]


Great Moments in Black History: #23

If you’re gonna do it, do it right.


Great Moments in Black History: #17

Jermaine and Fred “Boogaloo” Rogers get down

Yeah. This hip-hop thing might be around a while.


Great Moments in Black History: #15

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) goes 1 against 420.


Great Moments in Black History: #14

“I ain’t got no quarrel with the Vietcong. No Vietcong ever called me Nigger.”


Great Moments in Black History: #13

Crispus Attucks takes one for the team

You know. The team that wouldn’t even let him be on the team. Apparently, Crispy–you know that would be his nickname if he were alive today–was also half Wampanoag so this is a also a Great Moment in Native American History.


Great Moments in Black History: #11

Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No

During my senior year at Wake, I totally aced an American Rhetorical Movements exam while I was still drunk from the night before. I’m just saying.

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