1. Black Excellence II


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    The Iota Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Presents: The Inaugural Black Excellence Banquet featuring the First African American Male to space walk, Dr. Bernard Harris February 20, 2014 at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion at 6:11 P.M. http://ttublackhistory.splashthat.com/

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    • James Yates (a small homage)


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      Yates was born in Brown Settlement, Mississippi in 1906. In his teens, Yates road the rails to Chicago where he found work in a meatpacking plant. He was later employed as a railroad dining car waiter and was a founding member of the Dining Car Waiter's Union. Yates was active in the unemployment councils, the Scottsboro defense campaign, and the movement to free Angelo Herndon. During the 1930s, Yates moved to New York to find work. During this period, Yates became involved in Communist activities; he joined the party in 1936 and served as Branch Secretary. Yates departed for Europe, on the SS Ile de France, on February 20, 1937. In Spain, Yates was assigned to transport units. Hospitalized because of illness, Yates returned from Spain aboard the SS Lafayette on February 16, 1938. Yates served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He trained at Fort McClellan in Alabama and then served in the Signal Corps at Davis Monthan Field near Tucson, Arizona. In February 1943 Yates was transferred from his original unit just before it was shipped overseas. In a letter to the VALB office he reported having learned from good sources it was because I fought in Spain. Following the war Yates studied radio repair and in 1948 opened his own radio repair business. During the 1960's he was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Railroad Porters and head of the Chelsea-Village NAACP branch in New York. In the 1986 Yates published his autobiography From Mississippi to Madrid. The following year he was invited to join the Molasses Pond Writers Workshop located in Franklin Maine where he was a writer in residence until 1992. Yates died in October 1993. In 1995, the Molasses Pond Writers Retreat established an annual award in his honor. See: http://www.alba-valb.org/volunteers/james-yates

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      • Humanities Lecture: Evidence of Legacy


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        The Blockson Collection and the Department of African American Studies Student Association to celebrate some of Philadelphia’s most important African American legacies. Vivian Crawford discusses the Crawford Hotel, the first owned by African Americans in Philadelphia. Alexis Moore share stories of her father, lawyer and activist Cecil B. Moore, and his efforts to integrate Girard College. Moore is joined by members of the Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighters and members of the Black Panther Party, including Bobby Seale, who talk about the legacy of their important organizations. Distinguished scholar and Chair of Temple’s Department of African American Studies, Molefi Asante, also joins the discussion.

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        • The House that will not Stand; Behind the scenes with Marcus Gardley


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          Written by Marcus Gardley Directed by Patricia McGregor A co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre Main Season · Thrust Stage January 31–March 16, 2014 World premiere “One of 10 reasons for theater lovers to leave New York in 2014”—Time magazine Berkeley Rep proudly presents the world premiere of a new play commissioned from an Oakland native. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting—The House that will not Stand by Marcus Gardley unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with rich white men. But the house that Beartrice built—on a foundation of wealth, freedom, and secrets—threatens to collapse after her man mysteriously dies and her three unwed daughters realize that his money could cost them the people they love. Directed by Patricia McGregor, The House that will not Stand is humorous and gripping family drama told in a rich and lyrical river of words. The House that will not Stand was commissioned by Berkeley Rep and developed in The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

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          • Prostitution and Fargo's Most Notable Madam


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            This is the story of Melvina Massey, an African American madam in Fargo, North Dakota from 1889 until 1911.

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            • Blockson Museum Lecture: 70 Years of Collecting the African Diaspora


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              Temple University's Blockson Museum celebrates the seventieth year of founder Charles Blockson's efforts to preserve African American history by hosting a special event, inviting community and faculty members to gather together in celebration. Blockson delivers a compelling speech of his struggle with the racial inequality in his hometown of Norristown and of how he became inspired to collect items of the African American experience, leading to the establishment of the Blockson Museum.

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              • Chairman Jones - Promotional Video


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                James Henry Jones, a black farmer, disregarded racism and lack of education to lead rural Northampton County, NC through the turbulent school desegregation crisis of the 1960s and 1970s. His visionary leadership as North Carolina's first black school board chairman not only transformed education in Northampton County but also impacted North Carolina in unimaginable ways. For more information follow this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/chairman-jones-an-improbable-leader/x/5261875

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                • "A More Noble Cause" - Book Talk with A.P. Tureaud, Jr.


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                  Alex Tureaud, Jr., son of legendary Louisiana Civil Rights attorney A.P. Tureaud, on his father’s work, his legacy, and the book and documentary made in his honor.* You can read the accompanying article, here: http://asischronicle.com/not-equality-but-equity/ *(Recorded October 25, 2012)

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                  • Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing!


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                    Located in Jacksonville FL, the Ritz Theater and Museum, is one of the finest museums in the country dedicated to African American history. Jacksonville is the home of many nationally known personalities including Ray Charles, A. Phillip Randolph, Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes and Zora Neale Hurston among others…Yet the center piece of the Ritz Museum is not an individual, but song. “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”, known as the Black National Anthem, the poem by James Weldon and music by Rosamond Johnson was written in 1900. One hundred and thirteen years and over five generations later, the songs popularity remains as resilient as never. In 1896 the Plessy vs. Ferguson U.S. Supreme Court decision delivered a crushing blow to African American aspirations for equality…Jim crow was up-held and segregation became Law of the Land. “Plessy vs. Ferguson the most devastating blow to Africans Americans since the end of slavery.” W.E.B. DuBois It was During the turmoil of Plessy vs Ferguson that the Johnson confronted the “jim crow” musical tradition in which the mention of slavery was forbidden, Blacks were always happy and whites were never to be portrayed in a negative light. Blacks could sing spirituals and gospel songs about the glorious hereafter, but never about the ugliness of slavery or its brutal aftermath. But the second verse lyrics of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing radically challenged that odious tradition of jim crow. Second verse: Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Stony the road we trod, bitter the chast'ning rod, felt in the day that hope unborn had died; yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet, come to the place on witch our fathers sighed? we have come over a way that with tears has been watered, we have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last where the white gleam of our star is cast. Words so powerful and rich with symbolism, that they were banned from being sung in some regions. The second verse became the lost verse Contemporary jazz singers; Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit”, Oscar Browns Jr “Bib Em In” and Nina Simone’s, “Four Women” would also smash the forbidden, but spiritual and gospel maintain a loud silence. “Some things are painful to hear, but must be said.

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