Sweet Auburn Blues Screening at APEX Museum

Attended a screening of “Sweet Auburn Blues” at the APEX Museum. The film features social activists Harry Belafonte and Kathleen Cleaver alongside business owners from Auburn Avenue.

Image 2: owners of Havana Cigars & Image 3: Ricci of the Madame CJ Walker Museum.

The film, produced by Soul Force Productions will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting TV, Feb 24 2019.

Delta Sigma Theta and Others Visit Fort Mose

Couples, families, and groups were out last Saturday to learn about Fort Mose’s (pronounced Mo’say) history. Attendance was diverse in age, gender, and ethnicity.

Pictured is the Palm Coast Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, youth that accompanied them, and a few re-enactors from the day’s event.

More on Fort Mose Historic State Park coming soon.

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Los Angeles’ Destination Crenshaw

Rapper/Entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle is part of a committee that includes California African American Museum director, Naima Keith. The committee is overseeing Destination Crenshaw a 1.3 mile open-air museum that will celebrate “Black Angelenos” – the contributions of African Americans in Los Angeles and throughout the nation

Check out the LA Times story written by Makeda Easter entitled, “Destination Crenshaw Art Project Aims to Reclaim the Neighborhood for Black L.A.”

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Flight to Freedom: Fort Mose Historic Park

Heading to St. Augustine Florida this week. Going to cover the annual “Flight to Freedom” event at Fort Mose Historic Park.

The Fort Mose Historical Society will host daily events beginning Thursday Feb 7, concluding Saturday Feb 9

I am currently reading “Fort Mose And The Story of The Man Who Built The First Free Black Settlement In Colonial America” written by Glennette Tilley Turner.

A few historical facts shared in the book:

  • Zora Neale Hurston uncovered and published information about Fort Mose in a 1927 issue of the Journal of Negro History
  • In 1985 the Black Caucus of the Florida State Legislature secured funding to further Fort Mose research efforts

    Because of changes in the water level over the years, all of the original Fort Mose site is underwater.

    Fort Mose Historic Park recognizes the contributions of Francisco Menendez. A West African brought over the America during the Transatlantic Slave Trade

…To be continued.

(Washington, DC) Black History Month Kickoff Celebration at African American Civil War Memorial Museum

The African American Civil War Memorial Museum is conveniently located near Howard University, the U Street corridor, and the Spirit of Freedom sculpture. A WMATA train practically pulls up to it’s front door.

It was happenstance, the day that a friend and I visited the museum and found Virginia Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl success there addressing a captive audience. Also to my surprise was the presence of African American Civil War re-enactors (living historians) there in full garb.

The African American Civil War Memorial Museum is one of the lesser talked about cultural resources in Washington DC. It should be experienced at least once by locals and those visiting town. Tomorrow Friday February 1, 2019 will be a great opportunity to do so.

Washington, DC FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2019 DC Black History Celebration Committee Presents “Black History Month Kickoff Celebration” 6-8 PM at the African American Civil War Memorial Museum. The program will include a keynote speaker, a community awards ceremony, followed by a reception.

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Dr. James Eaton – FAMU Black Archives

Story published July 15, 1993 in the Atlanta Constitution “A Man and His Museum”

In 1971 legislation was passed in Florida that mandated the creation of a repository to “serve the state by collecting and preserving source material on and about African Americans from ancient to present times.” Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University became home to that repository.

Dr. James N. Eaton was a history professor at FAMU and embarked on the task of collecting black memorabilia and artifacts.

The pictures news article states that Eaton is standing at a podium once used by Booker T. Washington and other well known African American orators. “Eaton was cruising interstate 95 in Georgia…he was in a truck stop when he saw near the Rebel flags and ceramic Jesus statues a ‘Jolly N****r Bank’…a relic of Jim Crow times.”

The Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum was renamed Meek- Eaton Black Archives after Dr. James N. Eaton’s passing in 2004 🕊

[source: FAMU & Kenan Research Center]