Today Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook co-founded the Dance Theater of Harlem in 1969 to bring ballet and its allied arts to Mitchell’s beloved community. The Dance Theater of Harlem continues to educate young people and diversify the art form of dance.
On January 4, 1969 the Congressional Black Caucus was founded first as the “Democratic Select Committee.” This group of US legislators of African descent aims to “achieve greater equity” for Black people and counts improving educational access and health care for all among its priorities.
The Congressional Black Caucus was founded during a time in American history when the Black Power movement’s calls for self-determination
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In this episode of Breaking Down Racism, a former PTA president of an East Village, New York City school speaks candidly about inequality in New York City’s public school system. What do you think about segregation in public schools? Tell us in the comment section below.
Produced/Directed/Written by: Alina Baboolal, Nicole Moore and Phuong Nguyen
Hosted/Executive Produced by: Robin J. Hayes, PhD
Recorded at The New School in New York City.
Students at Public School 188 in Manhattan 2009 by Annie Tritt courtesy The New York Times
January 1, 1804 the Haitian revolution succeeds. To learn more about Haitian history, Progressive Pupil suggests The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James and The Uses of Haiti by Paul Farmer. What are some of the biggest misconceptions we have about Haiti today?
On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation making slavery illegal in the US. Soon afterwards, newspapers such as the Southwestern Christian Advocate in New Orleans were flooded with letters and advertisements by freedmen searching for their mothers, children, and spouses who had been sold or disappeared, or who had fled the brutality of plantation owners. These letters reveal no one ever adjusted to slavery. And the trauma the experience caused endured long after Lincoln’s decree. How does slavery continue to impact African American families today?
Happy New Year!!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful 2016 throughout which you always remember, you are somebody.
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Does true selflessness exist? Is the non-profit sector doing more harm than good in communities of color? Black and Cuba director Dr. Robin J. Hayes sits with human rights activist Chitra Ayar – director of the Sadie Nash Project in Queens – to discuss how to fundraise with integrity this holiday season.
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Pictured Philanthropists Dr. Priscilla Chan (l.) and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (r.) 2012 Courtesy Forbes magazine.
Recorded at in New York City.
Pictured: philanthropists Dr. Priscilla Chan (l.) and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (r.) 2012 courtesy Forbes magazine