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From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon2/13/18 8:43 PM 
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And then there's art as in fashion. The new portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama while wearing a dress that has a political statement in the design essentially emphasizes where we are at this point in time.

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From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon2/14/18 5:23 PM 
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Let's take a closer look at the world of sports. It's interesting to note that baseball holds the distinction of being the first sport to have leagues. It grew in popularity shortly after the Civil War and teams were essentially integrated. It appears the focus was on having fun. But by 1868, something changed the landscape and Negroes were not allowed to play with the amateur league teams; integration was no longer allowed.

There was some fizzle and the amateur leagues gave way to professional leagues that sustained the no integrated teams bar. So Negro leagues were formed in 1895. Say the names, "Rube Foster, known as the father of black baseball, founded the Negro National League.  In 1923, Ed Bolden formed the Eastern Colored League. Financial difficulties caused efforts to sustain the a major stumbling block. Says U.S. History regarding the two aspects of the demise of the Black baseball leagues:

The legacy the Negro Leagues is one of courage, perseverance, and strength to overcome the oppressive racial segregation and volitile [sic] times of the era. Conversely, by losing its stars to the Major Leagues, it was a sweet-and-sour proposition — the leagues had to fold, but integration of the white baseball establishment was a major step toward gaining equality for the black populace of America.

ThoughtCo. offers a particularly good timeline of the history of baseball leagues and attributes the division to Jim Crow laws.

It was Jackie Robinson who essentially broke the color barrier when he signed with Brooklyn Dodgers. But John Donaldson is another name that needs to be remembered and celebrated. Efforts are afoot to have him included in the Baseball Hall of Fame because of his outstanding skill.

But what about basketball! Well, of all places, Uncyclopedia has a very colorful account of how basketball was born and moves into how it became a sport that eventually included Blacks via the Negro Basketball Association. Notice the names of the players and positions. Meanwhile, Wikipedia explains the Black Fives and what that means

Football is yet another sport (and league) worth discovering the who and the when. BleacherReport tells us it was 1946 when the first five Negroes broke the color barrier in football. Can you name those players? So, who is Charles Follis (1902-06) and why is he associated with Paul Robeson (1920-26)? Because both of them are attributed with being the first Black football players.

There are still other sports firsts for tennis, track & field, gymnastics, winter sports, golf. Perhaps those can be given more attention when their seasons arrive.



From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon2/15/18 12:24 AM 
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In that vein, how many know the name of William Grant Still and his accomplishments. Would you believe his first calling was classical music. After a few detours in regard to genre that included playing with W. C. Handy, ventures into Blues, jazz, ragtime, as well as composing for musicals. But let it not be forgot that his best known composition, Afro-American Symphony, infused with black musical signatures, was performed by the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Howard Hanson, thus becoming the first work of its kind by a black to be performed by a major symphony orchestra.

Juxtaposed to Grant, we look at the Father of Gospel Music, Thomas Dorsey. He is the composer of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and is also the one who discovered Mahalia Jackson. His philosophy about gospel music is refreshing. “Gospel is good music sent down from the Lord to save the people…There is no such thing as black music, white music, red or blue music…It’s what everybody needs.”


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From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon2/18/18 1:34 AM 
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There have been many aspects of this event, in addition to the poster displays of personalities, documents, timelines, and explanations. Also included was background music interspersed with video clips of events, interviews, and speeches.

The musical clips included:



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From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon2/27/18 12:55 AM 
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Week 4 of this observance looked at the changes happening in our culture from 2005 to the present. The theme for this last installment was a challenge and invited participants to write in their thoughts in response to the question "Where do we go from here?"

Meanwhile, some of the events displayed related to the various protests staged on the Red Carpet. For example, the lack of diversity both in front of and behind the camera. Rev. Sharpton led the protest in 2016. Women wore black to the Globes in protest to harassment, and men joined their ranks. Meanwhile, Vulture wondered why we can't see the best of Black acting and bestow awards upon actors of color if the caliber of the performances are worthy. After all, society is not all White. There's color, which makes things so much richer in many ways.


From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon4/15/18 3:10 PM 
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A name that should be added to the list of legal trailblazers is Samuel Tucker. He was the lawyer to cause the integration of the Alexandria, VA library in 1927. That was only the tip of the iceberg with regard to his constant fight for civil rights.

The close of this event at FUMC posed the question to the participants, "Where do we go from here?" Indeed, in light of the incident at Starbucks in Philadelphia that took place this week, where have we been and where do we go from here?

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From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon4/29/18 9:31 PM 
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When it comes to noteworthy Black women, we need to take a look at the accomplishments of Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox Corporation (one of the Fortune 500). She's one of those who was also among the STEM and STEAM pioneers and clawed her way (over 30 years) to where she is today. My thanks to Dan Waldschmidt for bringing her story to our attention.


From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon6/24/18 2:51 PM 
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Well, Arié Moyal posted a video from "Decoded" that essentially sums up much of what's in this collection. Give a listen. Then come back here and find the sources of much of what's presented in the video. Why, you may even want to comment on some of what you've read and learned. To do so is very easy. Just click the "Reply" button.


From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon7/14/18 11:04 PM 
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Black Congressional representation on the Hill faced many challenges. One Representative was essentially removed because of refusal to patronize his business. There were other strategies to prevent the darker race from enjoying full participation in all parts of the positive American lifestyle. A couple of books that document one phase of the implicit bias movement (that we now refer to as "unconscious bias") are

The Funding of Scientific Racism: Wickliffe Draper and the Pioneer Fund


The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors




From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon2/18/19 10:34 PM 
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It's now February 2019, a little more than one year since this archive was created. A writer colleague who is originally a UK citizen shared a question: "Who was the first person of color to be knighted by a British monarch?" Geoff amended the Quora question with an additional investigational request.

Well, I'm into research. There were two responses that could be considered responsive. The first related to Sir William Conrad Reeves via Wikipedia. However, that may not be responsive to the question.

The second item discovered related to not people of color generally but specifically Africans.

What about the first knighted in the 17th Century? If you have additional information, please do share it.


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