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Rep. John Lewis, Civil Rights icon dies after battle with cancer, leaves legacy of justice and power

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In December 2019, Rep. John Lewis says his fight against stage IV cancer was one of his toughest battles. He succumbed to his illness on Friday.

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Started by Charleston residents honoring Black Civil War soldiers, Memorial Day is an American holiday using African customs

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Today’s celebration of Memorial Day, recognizes dead soldiers and in particular, those who were in combat when they served. Yet, Memorial Day origins actually trace themselves back to formerly enslaved and free Blacks in Charleston, South Carolina who honored Black Civil War soldiers buried in disgrace. 

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Black spies played pivotal roles in the US Civil War

Thousands of Blacks fought or helped in a number of subversive actions in the Civil War, but have never been formally recognized. In particular, Blacks in the service industry who provided critical intelligence to the Union Army. Here are some Blacks who contributed tremendously.

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Ceremony to rebury old remains of Charleston’s early enslaved ancestors

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  • Charleston Restoration of the 1830 Cotton Gin Building at Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Women dance in Gullah Geechee ceremony.
  • Ade Ofunniyin and volunteer restoring grave site in South Carolina
  • Ancestral cloth remembering the 36 enslaved Blacks whose remains were found.
  • Basket weaving with seagrass is a time honored craft in the Gullah Geechee community.
  • Slave cabins in Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, right outside of Charleston

In 2013, construction workers in Charleston unearthed the remains of 36 enslaved Black people. Six years later, the Gullah Society will hold a processional and ceremony to re-inter the bones of some of the city’s earlier residents.

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Juneteenth: The celebration that defines America’s soul | Think Piece

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Juneteenth parade in Austin, Texas includes bands from local high schools include drum corps and marching band. I

Maya Angelou said, “Hold those things that tell your history and protect them.”

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One witness recalls the last days of Martin Luther King | Podcast

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Clara Ester recounts the chain of events leading up to the 1968 assassination of a Civil Rights icon

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Forced free labor thrived in the South long after slavery | Podcast

When I tell people that my father picked cotton, they think I am lying. My father was a cotton picker. So were his siblings and mother.

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