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136,205.  I feel lucky and blessed that I’m serving in the Congress but there are forces today trying to take us back to another time and another dark period.  (Black People & Civil Rights & Activism & Protest & Demonstration & South)  John Lewis: Good Trouble, Sky Documentaries 2020, Lewis

 

136,206.  His voice and his example are probably needed now as much as they’ve ever been.  (Black People & Civil Rights & Activism & Protest & Demonstration & South)  ibid.  Hillary Clinton

 

136,207.  Arrest us if we’re wrong, don’t beat us.  (Black People & Civil Rights & Activism & Protest & Demonstration & South)  ibid.  Selma protester  

 

136,208.  As we crossed the bridge we saw a sea of blue – Alabama state troopers.  (Black People & Civil Rights & Activism & Protest & Demonstration & South)  ibid.  Lewis  

 

136,209.  I hated this system telling people you cannot be seated at a lunch counter, you cannot go into a restaurant simply because of the colour of your skin.  (Black People & Civil Rights & Activism & Protest & Demonstration & South)  ibid.   

 

136,210.  We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering.  We shall meet your physical force with soul force.  Do to us what you will, and we shall continue to love you.  We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws, because noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.  Throw us in jail, and we shall still love you.  Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and we shall still love you.  Send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our community at the midnight hour and beat us and leave us half dead, and we shall still love you.  But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. (Black People & Civil Rights & Activism & Protest & Demonstration & Endure & Suffering & South)  ibid.  Martin Luther King, essay Loving Your Enemies     

 

136,211.  Within a matter of weeks, freedom riders are boarding buses all over the South.  The riders are harassed and jailed, sometimes they are beaten by angry crowds of whites while southern sheriffs look the other way.  (Black People & Civil Rights & Activism & Protest & Demonstration & Endure & Suffering & South)  ibid.   

 

 

136,307.  I came across a book called Black Heroes of the American Revolution and was stunned to learn that African-Americans [and Native Americans] played a crucial part in our country’s fight for independence.  What I learned changed my life and my sense of heritage.  It’s a story every American should know: it’s a story of black patriots.  (Patriot & Black History & United States of America & Revolution & Hero)  Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution, Kareem Aldul-Jabbar reporting, History 2020

 

136,308.  In 1770 in colonial America revolution is in the air.  But this idea of independence is very different depending on the colour of your skin.  One-fifth of the population is of African descent and slavery is a way of life in all thirteen colonies.  Our black patriots begin this story in bondage; by War’s end they will have new identities in the new nation.  (Patriot & Black History & United States of America & Revolution & Hero)  ibid.      

 

136,309.  The black loyalists fighting for the British are making a significant impact on the War … A truly integrated unit: the first Rhode Island regiment is born … With roughly 140 black men now in the unit, their first taste of action is the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778.  Covering the retreat of six American brigades, they courageously withstand three ferocious British assaults, saving the day … Other colonies followed suit.  (Patriot & Black History & United States of America & Revolution & Rhode Island & Battle & Bravery & Hero)  ibid.      

      

136,310.  Colonel Tye becomes one of the thousands of blacks killed in the American revolution.  (Patriot & Black History & United States of America & Revolution & Battle & Bravery & Hero)  ibid.    

 

136,311.  Another black patriot will emerge as clever as he is courageous to help decide the day … when an enslaved man named James Armistead Lafayett made his mark.  (Patriot & Black History & United States of America & Revolution & Battle & Bravery & Hero)  ibid.  

 

 

136,479.  People all over the world take the knee.  But for centuries black resistant to oppression has taken many forms: when the Quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took the knee in 2016, during the national anthem at an NFL game, there was a huge backlash.  Ultimately, this act of defiance cost him his livelihood.  In the years since, taking the knee has become a powerful symbol of resistance. (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Resistance & Slavery & Rebellion & Demonstration)  400 Years of Taking the Knee I, Dotun Adebayo narrator, History 2020  

 

136,480.  Queen Nanny – Granny Nanny – aka Granny of the Maroons, is Jamaica’s original national hero.  Her face adorns the country’s $500 bill, recording thee story of a freedom fighter who stood up to the might of the British people to win freedom for her enslaved people.  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Resistance & Slavery & Rebellion & Demonstration & Jamaica)  ibid.       

 

136,481.  Toussaint Louverture, St Dominique: emerged as the rebellion’s national leader … and abolished slavery from Hispaniola for ever … Bonaparte’s army suffered huge losses.  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Resistance & Slavery & Rebellion & Demonstration & Haiti & Dominican Republic)  ibid.       

 

136,482.  The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, The African, written by himself: it was far from the last such attempts to discredit the veracity of black suffering.  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Resistance & Slavery & Rebellion & Demonstration)  ibid

 

136,483.  Phillis Wheatley: poems on various subjects were published in London in 1773 when she was 19.  She was born in Gambia, and like Sancho, was separated from her family for ever when she was snatched …  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Resistance & Slavery & Rebellion & Demonstration & Poetry)  ibid.

 

136,484.  Sojourner Truth ... She heard the spirit of God calling on her to tell the truth … She began to preach restlessly … on the abolition of slavery … She came to know other prominent abolitionists.  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Resistance & Slavery & Rebellion & Demonstration)  ibid.

 

136,485.   Ned Turner was hanged … Fredrick Douglas escaped his enslavement in 1838.  He became a great writer and orator … William Still:   (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Resistance & Slavery & Rebellion & Demonstration)  ibid.

 

136,486.  Canada: Harriet Tubman: The Underground Railway had many heroes.  Chief amongst them is Harriett Tubman … ‘I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.’  [Tubman made 13 trips to the South and rescued approximately 70 people from bondage.  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Resistance & Slavery & Rebellion & Demonstration)  ibid.       

 

 

136,487.  The American Civil War was over.  Enslaved people were now free people.  Though the chains of physical bondage were gone, new ways were found to restore the pre-war social order to keep black people down and subjugate them.  Racist Jim Crow bylaws for example were enacted in the South long before South Africa institutionalised them as Apartheid … Not all men were created equal; in Black America t he struggle continued.  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Demonstration & Equality & South)  400 Years of Taking the Knee II

 

136,488.  William E B Du Bois 1903: condemned Washington’s programme of industrial education, conciliation of the South, and submission and silence at their political rights.  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Demonstration & Equality & South)  ibid.  

 

136,489.  Marcus Harvey was described by du Bois as, ‘The most dangerous enemy of the Negro in America and in the world.’  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Demonstration & Equality & South)  ibid.

 

136,490.  100 days after Emmett Till was lynched, in December 1955 Rosa Parks was to initiate the year-long Montgomery bus boycott.  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Demonstration & Equality & South)  ibid.

 

136,491.  ‘We can’t solve this problem through retaliatory violence.  We must meet violence with non-violence.’  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Demonstration & Equality & South)  ibid.  King

 

136,492.  Rosa Parks’ bus boycott eight years earlier had it parallel in Bristol in the west of England: Paul Stephenson, the city’s first youth black officer … The Bristol Bus Boycott was organised: it took just 60 days to suceed.  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Demonstration & Equality & South & Bus)  ibid.

 

136,493.  Muhammad Ali’s boxing career took a turn towards social activism in 1966 when he refused to be drafted into the military, publicly declaring his opposition to the Vietnam war.  (Black People & United States of America & Protest & Oppression & Demonstration & Equality & South)  ibid.  King

 

 

136,497.  Tonight: The pioneers and the trailblazers.  The talent that’s helping build Britain.  Celebrating our heroes and the role models for the future … In October 1987 Black History Month was started in the UK: its aim to celebrate the rich and diverse history of Black British Culture.  Tonight: Black & British, ITV 2020