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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.


From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon2/18/19 10:45 PM 
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This weekend, Cat Zultner shared a wonderful nugget about Ruby Brown, who in the 1950s became one of the first Black women to manage a no-kill animal care shelter. More about The National Humane Education Society can be found on their Facebook page.


From: Entrances DelphiPlus Member Icon10/27/19 2:18 AM 
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Showing how Blues has integrating qualities, pay close attention to the collaboration between Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton. Pay especially close attention to Marsalis' post performance statement at the YouTube rendition of Play the Blues 6/6


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