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Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to African-American History

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  • A continuation of the celebration of Black History Month with historian,
    singer and founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Bernice Johnson Reagon.
    Feb 14, 1997 | Story
  • As part of Black History Month, and to commemorate the birthday of
    President Abraham Lincoln who issued the Emancipation Proclamation
    on January 1st, 1863, today on Democracy Now a special look at the
    transatlantic slave trade. We’ll examine many of the historical and
    political questions raised by the largest forced migration in human
    history with voices as varied as Martin Luther King, Cornel West,
    Molefe Asante and Nkeichi Taifa of...
    Feb 12, 1997 | Story
  • Today seven African American World War II veterans will be honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony. Despite the fact that more than 1.2 million African Americans fought in World War II, not one black World War II veteran has ever received the nation’s highest military honor.
    Jan 13, 1997 | Story
  • In recent years, the culture wars have raged in the sphere of public education: from school prayer to school curricula, issues in public education are fertile ground for political battles in state and local races this fall. One of the most controversial elements of this debate is multicultural education. Some predominantly African American urban schools have begun to incorporate what’s called Afrocentricity into their curricula in...
    Oct 04, 1996 | Story
  • Today is the 4th of July, the day the American colonies declared their Independence from England in 1776. While many Americans will hang flags, participate in parades, watch fireworks and wax patriotic, Independence Day is not a cause for celebration for all. For Native Americans, it is yet another bitter reminder of colonialism which brought disease, violence, genocide and destruction of their culture and way of life. For African Americans,...
    Jul 04, 1996 | Story
  • In recent years, the culture wars have raged in the sphere of public education and the issue is sure to come up in the Presidential and Congressional races this fall. One of the most controversial elements of this debate is multicultural education. Some predominantly African American urban school have begun to incorporate what’s called Afrocentricity into their curricula in attempt to provide students with an educational experience that...
    May 17, 1996 | Story
  • Democracy Now is an election year program that follows alternative political movements, both current and past. Today, we look at the Black Panther Party on the 25th anniversary of the acquittal of the New York Panther 21. In 1996, at a time when the federal government has far reaching powers to infiltrate political groups, its important to look back at the Black Panthers, a radical black organization of the 1960s and 70s that was, in part,...
    May 13, 1996 | Story