For Our People – August 3, 2020

For Our People – August 3, 2020 – Liberty Brought Us Here

Andre L. Smith, Smitty Banton

Support Centers for Black Intelligence – Black Bookstores, Black Schools, Black Museums and Art Galleries…

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education – Weekly Book Digest

The City Makers of Nairobi: An African Urban History, by Anders Ese and Kristin Ese (Routledge)
The City Makers of Nairobi re-examines the history of the urban development of Nairobi in the colonial period. Although Nairobi was a colonial construct with lasting negative repercussions, the African population’s impact on its history and development is often overlooked. This book shows how Africans took an active part in making use of the city and creating it, and how they were far from being subjects in the development of a European colonial city….This re-interpretation of Nairobi’s history suggests that the post-colonial city is the result of more than unjust and segregative colonial planning.

Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century, by Vaughn A . Booker (NYU Press)

Always a Soldier: Service, Sacrifice and Coming Out as America’s Favorite Black, Gay Republican, by Rob Smith (Post Hill Press)

New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison’ God Help the Child: Race, Culture, and History, editec by Alice Knox Eaton (U of Mississippi Press)

Teaching African American Literature Through Experiential Praxis: African American Writers in Europe, by Jennifer L. Hayes (Palgrave MacMilan).

Liberty Brought Us Here: The True Story of American Slaves Who Migrated to Liberia, by Susan E. Lindsey (U of Kentucky Press) (s/o Derrick White)

Between 1820 and 1913, approximately 16,000 black people left the United States to start new lives in Liberia, Africa, in what was at the time the largest out-migration in US history. When Tolbert Major, a former Kentucky slave and single father, was offered his own chance for freedom, he accepted. He, several family members, and seventy other people boarded the Luna on July 5, 1836….Drawing on extensive research and fifteen years’ worth of surviving letters, author Susan E. Lindsey illuminates the trials and triumphs of building a new life in Liberia, where settlers were free, but struggled to acclimate themselves to an unfamiliar land, coexist with indigenous groups, and overcome disease and other dangers. Liberty Brought Us Here: The True Story of American Slaves Who Migrated to Liberia explores the motives and attitudes of colonization supporters and those who lived in the colony, offering perspectives beyond the standard narrative that colonization was driven solely by racism or forced exile.

Better Educate Ourselves and Our Children
Start and Patronize Black Businesses and Institutions
Stop Unduly Criticizing Each Other

Accumulate Human, Social, Political and Financial Capital
That is the Revolution that Won’t Be Televised

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