INJUSTICES AND CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS: DIGITAL PRIMARY SOURCES DOCUMENTED IN MEMORY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS LYNCHED IN AMERICA


“Impossible is Nothing”

Muhammad Ali

The purpose of this blog, is to create a digital collection of primary sources, for those researching unjust acts perpetrated against women in today’s society, to show relevance to the history of abuses against women, specifically,  women and girls who were lynched in Southern states in America.

The barriers present in today’s society due to the legacy of slavery are school to prison pipelines, mass incarceration, and disparities in earned income and decent housing for African-Americans.

Before these problems can be effectively addressed, as citizens of this great country, we must end the war on race that we fight among ourselves and begin to treat each other more humanely.

To accomplish this, it will take all Americans, on a daily basis, practicing tolerance and expressing love and kindness towards those who do not look like us, those who do not live in our neighborhoods, or have the same religious beliefs as we do, to create an atmosphere of peace among all of mankind in this country.

Lynching

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“Crowd of people, with shadow of man hanging from tree superimposed over them.”

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While the act of lynching-hanging from a tree, is no longer an act that is prevalent in our country this society,  as a majority, women continue to be subjected to social stigmas that by large considers them unequal to men when competing for jobs considered “man’s work.”

In America, examples of inequality can be discerned by evaluating the small percentage of women elected into politics at the national level, and in surveying statistics that document salaries that women are paid in comparison to their male counterparts, who work in the same executive position.

In homes across this country, and especially here in South Carolina, women continue to experience and die from acts of domestic violence at alarming rates. In the media the bodies and character of black women who are accomplished world athletes, Harvard graduates, and respected mothers and wives in their communities are often more vilified than celebrated and are described using insulting stereotypes that defined the slave era and Jim Crow.

To aid women in receiving equal pay for equal work, “On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed his first piece of legislation to foster definitive changes: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.”

https://www.whitehouse.gov/equal-pay/career

And while inequalities in pay and the exploitation of women are issues in America, those issues are compounded for women in other countries where girls are denied an education,or they can’t afford to go to school, and the act of exploiting and discriminating against them have greater consequences for their families and the communities and n which they live.

“Countries with the lowest standards of living and the highest rates of illiteracy are usually countries that do not educate their girls. Left unchecked, these inequalities in education will perpetuate violence, poverty and instability and will keep nations from achieving economic, political and social progress” Ambassador Melanne Verveer.

As displayed throughout history, it is through individual and group activism, and the making and enforcing laws that hold accountable those who commit acts against women and girls that disenfranchise, exploit, enslave, and butcher them, that change will come.

Anti-Lynching Bill

Mencken, lynching and civilization. Henry Mencken, author of note, testifies at the Senate Judiciary sub-committee hearing on the Anti-Lynching bill that

“Mencken, lynching and civilization. Henry Mencken, author of note, testifies at the Senate Judiciary sub-committee hearing on the Anti-Lynching bill that “no civilized country can condone lynching.” 2/14/35″

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While Lynching has been outlawed in America, acts of racial violence against African-Americans within their communities is still a problem, and women and girls are not excluded.

I want to use my art as a platform to advocate for the empowerment of women and girls worldwide through education.

Women activists like First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama challenge governments in communities worldwide to pass laws that make it a legal right for girls to receive an education.

The education of girls is important to fostering a just society because throughout history, it has been women who have advocated most for women’s rights, and were the ones who took the lead in challenging injustices against African-Americans as a community of the underserved . This was especially relevant during the Civil Rights Movement.

However long before the Civil Rights Movement, Ida B. Wells risked her life, and took the lead in documenting cases of lynching.  She was a fierce advocate in exposing the hypocrisy around the accusations that black men were lynched because of alleged acts of rape against white women.

Doesn’t like lynchings. Rep. Carolina O’Day, D. of N.Y., giving a woman’s viewpoint to the hearings on the Anti-Lynching Bill before the Senate Judiciary sub-committee said “Women do not need nor want to be protected by such a barbarous practices.” 2/14

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“Ida B. Wells–I’d rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing …”

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Dedication ceremonies--Ida B. Wells Homes ... parade along South Parkway ... Chicago Housing Authority

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Mary B Talbert Anti-Lynching

http://blackwomenandanti-lynching.weebly.com/

The Art in this blog was created to honor the memory of the many women and girls who were lynched on America’s soil, as well as the mothers of African-American males who were  sons, brothers and husbands, who were lynched in America.

This ongoing research and development of this database is dedicated to educating my readers about the many injustices committed against women and girls not only in America, but in countries around the world.

The legacy of  women like Ida B. Wells, and Mary Talbert, and others like them, continues through the work of women like Humanitarian  Zainab Salbi.  Listen to her story on youtube: Super Soul Sunday

“Super Soul Sunday” OWN Network.

http://www.oprah.com/video_embed.html?article_id=60878

Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell — of her own life’s transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?

Khalida Brohi: How I work to protect women from honor killings

Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

Women and Lynching in America

Between 1880 and 1910, close to 200 women were murdered by lynched mobs in the American South. Crystal N. Femister, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching”).

The Politics of Lynching

May make cash levy on lynching. These members of the Senate Judiciary Sub-committee considering the Costigan-Wagner Anti-Lynching Bill may report our a piece of legislation calling for a levy of from $2,000 to $10,000 against a county in which a lynching occurs to be paid to relatives of the victim. From the left: Sen. Edward P. Costigan, D. of Colo.; Sen. Frederick Van Nuys, D. of Ind.; Sen. Joseph F. Guffy, D. of Pa., and Sen. William H. Dieterrich, D. of Ill. 2/14/35

May make cash levy on lynching. These members of the Senate Judiciary Sub-committee considering the Costigan-Wagner Anti-Lynching Bill may report our a piece of legislation calling for a levy of from $2,000 to $10,000 against a county in which a lynching occurs to be paid to relatives of the victim. From the left: Sen. Edward P. Costigan, D. of Colo.; Sen. Frederick Van Nuys, D. of Ind.; Sen. Joseph F. Guffy, D. of Pa., and Sen. William H. Dieterrich, D. of Ill. 2/14/35

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Because this project is a work in process, there is no claim that the list of names in this Blog is one that includes all women or girls who were lynched in America between 1880 and 1910, as there were times when the names of individuals who had been lynched, or those suspected by family members as a result of an unexplained disappearance to had been lynched, were not always reported or investigated.

For students conducting research, it is important to note that Gross injustices against blacks such as lynchings did not occur only in the South, nor did protest marches which sought an end to injustices against blacks occur only in southern states.

Hate Crimes Begin with Expressed Prejudices

    [African American children on way to PS204, 82nd Street and 15th Avenue, pass mothers protesting the busing of children to achieve integration]

“African American children on way to PS204, 82nd Street and 15th Avenue, pass mothers protesting the busing of children to achieve integration 1965.”  New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection.

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Mrs. Claire Cumberbatch, of 1303 Dean St., leader of the Bedford-Stuyvesant group protesting alleged

‘Mrs. Claire Cumberbatch, of 1303 Dean St., leader of the Bedford-Stuyvesant group protesting alleged “segregated” school, leads oath of allegiance.”

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“Members of the NAACP New York City Youth Council picketing for anti-lynching legislation before the Strand Theater in Times Square 1937”

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‘Photograph shows Daniel Atwood, Parren Mitchell, and Mr. Bracy picketing in front of Ford’s Theater to protest racial segregation 1948″

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Blacks were not lynched exclusively in states in the South.

“Lynching was not a sectional crime, and while a majority of lynching’s happened in Southern and border states, not all lynching happened in the rural South.”  Lynchings also happened in Maryland, West Virgina, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kansas. Terrance Finnegan “A Deed So Accursed”

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/shipp/lynchstats.html

“The United States has a violent history of domestic violence. It is an ugly episode in our national history that has long been neglected.”  Of the several types of American violence, one type stands out as one of the most inhumane chapters of the history of the world? the violence committed against Negro citizens in America by white people.” Gibson.

Robert A. Gibson covers the period between 1880 to 1950 in which lynching is referred to as “The Negro Holocaust.”  A course entitled “The Negro Holocaust:Lynching and race Riots in the United States 1880 – 1950, is/was offered at Yale University.

http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1979/2/79.02.04.x.html 4/3/15

Why were the fears of whites so entrenched that they murdered blacks so inhumanely?  “To be sure, lynching activity resulted from a boiling cauldron of social tensions, not just political conflict, but in Mississippi, lynching incidents increased by a third in the ten years following the passage of the 1890 constitution as compared to the decade immediately prior.”Finnegan 73.

“In South Carolina, the situation was similar: lynching incidents increased by 25 percent in the fifteen years following the new constitution that had disfranchised blacks.” Terrance Finnegan, “A Deed So Accursed: Lynching in Mississippi and South Carolina” 73.

Considering the racial tensions during Reconstruction, it is reasonable to determine that some of the individuals that disappeared without warning had been lynched.  For this reason, there is no way to accurately tally and account for all of the people who were  lynched in America.

Civil Rights activist Unita Blackwell, the first African-American woman to be elected Mayor in the state of Mississippi, Mayersville, Mississippi, offers evidence of this fact.

During an interview for Rutherford Living History, Unita Blackwell talked about her life. In one part of the discussions, she spoke of her grandfather, whom she described as “part Indian and was  known to stand up to white folks.” She said that he went to work one day and he never returned home.  “We knew that they killed him…whites folks.” She said.

“Mississippi had the highest incidence of lynchings in the South as well the highest for the nation, with Georgia and Texas taking second and third places respectively.”  Lynching took place in all states he wrote, except for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont.” (Gibson)

http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1979/2/79.02.04.x.html

When an individual is killed by a police officer who used excessive force, the act is often witnessed by other police officers called who are called to the scene for backup.  Like the case of Eric Gardner, during a lynching, the murder often happened in the presence of law enforcement officers who stood by and witnessed the crime.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/10/1363557/-Report-on-lynching-in-the-US-shows-historical-numbers-like-killings-by-police-are-underreported#

While the women memorialized in this blog were all lynched between 1880 and 1910; acts of violence against women in this country and in countries around the world have been an ongoing topic of concern.  In today’s society, black women are not being hung from trees, but they represent a significant portion of prison incarcerations.

“According to the Bureau of Justice statistics (B J S) the total female prison population in 2011 was 1,598,780.  The total number of women in prison in 2011 was 111,387. The total number of Black women in prison in 2011 was 26,000 or 23% of the total female prison population.  But, the rate of imprisonment for Black women was 129/1000 or 3% (this figure is .05% for White women).  The Black women’s rate is 6 times higher than for White women” ( Earl Smith ).

http://www.opednews.com/articles/African-American-Women-Bl-by-Earl-Smith-130320-231.html

These are the issues that will be discussed in this blog along with topics on genital mutilation, human trafficking, and the forced enslavement of women and children who are sexually abused, and those forced into to prostituting their bodies.

http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=1596778&page=1

In spite of the attention brought to the barbaric act of genital mutilation, this procedure is still being forced upon girls and young women.  For those who are unfamiliar with the subject or process of genital mutilation, it is explained in an article in “The Guardian,” at the site below.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/16/what-is-female-genital-mutilation-circumcision-us 3/30/15

Articles will be highlighted on the injustices of women in other countries like the article about Farkhunda, a 27 year old woman in Kabul, Afghanistan was lynched by a mob on March 22, 2015 for allegedly burning a Koran.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/23/afghanistan-protests-woman-lynched_n_6923566.html

The art in this blog was created to be used as an educational tool to bring awareness to acts of violence against women in past times, and in our world today. It is my stance that many acts of violence that ended in the death of an individual, either by their own hands, or by the hands of a perpetrator, began with bullying tactics.

Mob violence was simply one small group, or massive group of fearful individuals who sought to calm their fears and insecurities by making others fearful of them. Bullying is a major topic of discussion in schools, in the work place, and it should be up for discussion in churches as well as a deterrent.

Those who bully have no boundaries. They do not respect the lives or the rights of others.    Emotional and physical abuse, murder, and suicide all result from the tactics of bullying.

Many in the world has been slaughtered as a result of a dictator system of law.  Hitler could be described by many names.  I would argue that a bully is one.  Like the victims of lynch mob violence, his victims were insanely tortured.

The concept of the Holocaust Museum, located in our nations capital, inspired me to try to emulate, on a smaller scale, their  concept of memorializing the lives of the women and girls who were murdered by the act of lynching on America’s soil.

Unlike the Holocaust Museum, which has a collection of actual photographs of individuals who were victims of genocide, there is no extensive collection of photos that can be searched and from it a substantial pool of photographs extracted for the use of a database of the victims.

http://www.ushmm.org/research/research-in-collections/overview/photo-archives

I am a self-taught artist who is ambitious and determined to create an online memorial of art, and later have the art housed in one location.

The art that I create is abstract and has been created in the spirit of being used in the absence of photographs, like those that line the walls of the Holocaust Museum.  I use my art as a personal declaration that the lives of the women and children who were lynched on America’s soil mattered to those who loved them, and it matters to me.

http://www.ushmm.org/

The art can be interchangeable, as far as the names are concerned.  I elected to make the art interchangeable and not dedicate one specific piece to any one individual because the art is created with the intent that it will be used to memorialize the death of the individuals collectively.

No attempt whatsoever has been made to try to depict their true features. The art is simply an offering of my condolence.  A majority of the pieces are colorful and unique in style, while others are drawings of pencil and charcoal.

Like the concept of the Holocaust Museum, I wish to preserve the memory of the victims of lynching through more than words alone.  I hope that the spirit of the women and girls will live on through my art, just as the memory of the holocaust victims are remembered through visiting the museum, and the viewing of their photographs and memorabilia.

It is important however to do more than just talk about past atrocities that happened to women.  Ongoing injustices that continue to disenfranchise, brutalize, murder and enslave women in America and abroad must be eliminated.

Likewise, it is important to express appreciation for those who work towards this effort.  A great example is Lawyers and Doctors Without Borders.

http://www.lawyerswithoutborders.org/Pages/Default.aspx

http://bloggersagainstsocialinjustice.blogspot.com/2013/04/top-7-ted-talks-on-human-trafficking.html

http://southcarolina.lostsoulsgenealogy.com/lynchings.htm

What are you doing to educate others about the many unjust conditions women and children in America and abroad are forced to live with and endure?  What effort are you personally making to  motivate change; change that would make this country, and our world, a more humane and lawfully just place to live within?

Eleanor Roosevelt, full-length portrait, standing at bottom of the Grand Staircase in the White House, facing left 1937.

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[Eleanor Roosevelt, full-length portrait, standing at bottom of the Grand Staircase in the White House, facing left]

“Letter, Eleanor Roosevelt to Walter White detailing the First Lady’s lobbing efforts for federal action against Lynching, 19 March 1936.”

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(National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Records)

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Lynching In Today’s Society

“Eyes Of The Rainbow – a documentary film with Assata Shakur”

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“Demand withdrawal of civil rights program”

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Senator J. Howard McGrath (seated), Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, meeting with governors (l-r) Ben T. Laney, of Arkansas, R. Gregg Cherry, of North Carolina, William P. Lane, Jr., of Maryland, J. Strom Thurmond, of South Carolina, and B.H. Jester, of Texas, to “air their grievances against President Truman’s civil rights program. 1948”

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Angelina Emily Grimké (1805-1879)

Sarah Moore Grimké (1792-1873)

Angelina and Sarah Grimke: Abolitionist Sisters

Charleston, South Carolina

Before Emancipation “The Grimke sisters were among the first abolitionists to recognize the importance of women’s rights and to speak and write about the cause of female equality.”

http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/slavery-and-anti-slavery/essays/angelina-and-sarah-grimke-abolitionist-sisters

http://www.nps.gov/wori/learn/historyculture/grimke-sisters.htm

http://www.neh.gov/humanities/2010/septemberoctober/feature/gross-injustice

East African slaves aboard the Daphne, a British Royal Navy vessel

East African slaves aboard the Daphne, a British Royal Navy vessel involved in anti-slave trade activities in the Indian Ocean, 1868.

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Filibuster against anti-lynching bill. Washington, D.C., Jan. 27. Members of the bloc of Southern Senators who have been filibusting against the anti-lynching bill for the last 20 days and are still going strong, left to right: Senator Tom Connaly, of Texas, Sen. Walter F. George, of Ga.; Sen. Richard Russell of Ga.; and Sen. Claude Pepper of Florida, 1/27/38

“Filibuster against anti-lynching bill. Washington, D.C., Jan. 27. Members of the bloc of Southern Senators who have been filibustering against the anti-lynching bill for the last 20 days and are still going strong, left to right: Senator Tom Connaly, of Texas, Sen. Walter F. George, of Ga.; Sen. Richard Russell of Ga.; and Sen. Claude Pepper of Florida, 1/27/38”

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In Memory of Women Lynched in Florida

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“Related to NAACP investigation into the lynching of Claude Neal, at Marianna, Florida, 1934.”

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In Memory of Mamie Till Whose Son Emmett was Lynched in  Mississippi

“The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till”

Women Lynched In Mississippi

When men were lynched, women became the sole supporter of their families. - Larger images available only at The Library of Congress

“J.P. Ivy, Negro timber cutter, was burned to death Sept. 25 by a mob of Union and Lee Counties … Ivy … denied having to do anything with the assault [on a white girl]”–photo caption 1920 – 1930.”

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[African American and white Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party supporters demonstrating outside the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey; some hold signs with portraits of slain civil rights workers James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner]

“African American and white Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party supporters demonstrating outside the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey; some hold signs with portraits of slain civil rights workers James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.”

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[African American and white Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party supporters demonstrating outside the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey; some hold signs with portraits of  slain civil rights workers Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner]

African American and white Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party supporters demonstrating outside the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey; some hold signs with portraits of slain civil rights workers Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.

IN MEMORY OF WOMEN LYNCHED IN TENNESSEE

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“Caucasian woman and African-American woman, protesting segregation, sitting side by side on stools at a Nashville, Tenn. lunch counter that has been roped off . 1960”

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Nashville police officer wielding nightstick holds African-American youth at bay during a civil rights march in Nashville, Tennessee 1964.  New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection

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In Memory of Women Lynched In Texas

Crowd of people gathered in street to watch the lynching of Jesse Washington, several men in tree appear to be securing chain or rope, Waco, Texas

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The fight to feel validated as a human being has been an ongoing process for African-Americans.

The fight, which has spanned hundreds of years and has taken on many forms, at one time in history resulted in African – Americans who were lynched by mobs of people who did not value their lives as fellow human beings.

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NAACP youth and student members marching with signs protesting Texas segregation laws, Houston, Texas 1947″

Lynching Georgia 1940 – 1950

Group of African Americans marching near the Capitol Building in Washington, D. D. to protest the lynching of four African Americans in Georgia 1946.

[Group of African-Americans, marching near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to protest the lynching of four African-Americans in Georgia]

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The Struggles of Women and African-Americans

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1939-1961

“People marching with signs to protest segregation in education at the college and secondary levels”

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“People marching with signs to protest segregation in education at the college and secondary levels 1947.”

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“Elmer Mosee, Daisy Lampkin, and Sidney R. Redmond, full-length portraits, holding signs protesting lynching”

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Greyhound Bus Station at 210 South Court Street in Montgomery, Alabama

Greyhound Bus Station at 210 South Court Street, Montgomery, Alabama

The site of a violent attack on participants in the 1961 Freedom Ride during the Civil Rights Movement. The mob of white protesters confronting the civil rights activists, “shocked the nation and lead the Kennedy Administration to side with civil rights protesters for the first time.” No longer used as a bus station, the building was saved from demolition and its façade has been restored.

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[African American demonstrators outside the White House, with signs

“African-American Demonstrators, outside the White House, with signs “We demand the right to vote everywhere,” and signs protesting police brutality against civil rights protestors in Selma Alabama 1965″

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“Sea of 30,000 civil rights demonstrators gathered outside the Alabama state capitol following their march from Selma to Montgomery 1965”

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“Mounted Dallas County possemen (policeman) stand by as an Alabama state trooper tries to get Negro woman to her feet after police used tear gas, clubs and ropes to break up a protest march yesterday outside Selma 1965”

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“African-American boy holding protest sign in front of piles of signs on the ground at the March on Washington 1963.”

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[The civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965]

Photograph shows some participants in the civil rights march sitting on a wall resting, one holds a placard which reads, “We march together, Catholics, Jews, Protestant, for dignity and brotherhood of all men under God, Now! 1965”

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African-Americans kneel on sidewalk outside City Hall in Birmingham, Alabama protesting racial segregation

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Exact spot on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama, where Rosa Parks waited for the bus on that fateful day that turned the Civil Rights Movement into a raging human rights war

Exact spot on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama, where Rosa Parks waited for the bus on that fateful day that turned the Civil Rights Movement into a raging human rights war.

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Mothers Felt the Backlash of Injustices Through The Terror of Their Sons

The Scottsboro Boys

Understanding Powell v. Alabama

http://sixthamendment.org/understanding-powell-v-alabama/

The Trials of The Scottsboro Boys

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scottsboro/SB_acct.html 4/18/15

Four Little Girls

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“Four Little Girls Killed in 1963 Birmingham Bombing Remembered”

Loretta Lynch, Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, was  Confirmed on Thursday, April 23, 2015, as the United States Attorney General. 

She replaced Attorney General Eric Holder.  She is the first African-American Woman to become Attorney General of the United States of America. 

In Memory of Women Lynched In Arkansas

Little Rock, 1959. Rally at state capitol

“Photograph showing a group of people, several holding signs and American flags, protesting the admission of the “Little Rock Nine” to Central High School 1959.”

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Little Rock, 1959. Rally at state capitol

“Photograph shows a group of people, one holding a Confederate flag, surrounding speakers and National Guard, protesting the admission of the “Little Rock Nine” to Central High School 1959.”

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“Police Officials Resigned After A Small Town In Missouri Elected It’s First Black Female Mayor”

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/19/parma-police-resign-black-female-mayor_n_7097110.html

New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/missouri-town-elects-black-mayor-5-6-cops-resign-report-article-1.2190915

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Gentrification Displaces Black Residents in the City of Charleston, South Carolina


Gentrification Displaces Black Residents In the City of Charleston, South Carolina

I Was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and upon returning to Charleston in 2011,  I realized that the East side of town, which was predominantly black, is now occupied by a large percentage of white residents.

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/gentrification-breaks-a-neighborhood-down-from-the-inside-out/Content?oid=4615103.

http://www.thedigitel.com/arts-culture/gentrification-and-charlestons-shrinking-black-pop-35468-1118, http://paa2008.princeton.edu/papers/81623

I wondered what had happened to all of the black folks who owned or rented homes downtown.  Where do those displaced by whites now live?  Do they still live near the city?  Are they prospering and benefiting financially from the influx of tourism into the city, in ways other than working as housekeepers, bellmen, and servers in downtown hotels?

The look of downtown Charleston is totally different now since many of the homes have either been gutted and rebuilt, replaced by new construction, or renovated.  With structural upgrades, the fair market value of homes in areas once considered “poor and bad areas to live in,” or the ghetto, has increased with the presence of white residents, making it difficult for many blacks to continue to rent in the city, or to pay the higher taxes.

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20110329/PC06/303299919

The City of Charleston has progressively grown in population and in the amount of businesses represented in the city.  Lower King Street has awakened from the dead with its streets lined with bars, restaurants, and the construction of the new hotels.  With the construction of new hotels on King street, businesses located on King Street will draw tourists who want the convenience of lodging in the heart of the city where the nightlife kicks off.

My question is, what is the percentage of blacks that have benefited from this economic growth? While the bold and vibrant colors painted on the renovated and newly constructed homes stand out as a proud representation of our community.  Do visitors to our city have the choice of patronizing a racially diverse group of business owners who represent the community?

http://www.psmag.com/navigation/business-economics/burgh-disapora/gentrification-not-about-race-and-class-64632/

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/will-the-midtown-redevelopment-be-a-nail-in-the-coffin-for-the-eastside/Content?oid=4126491

People native to Charleston who drive down streets like Huger Street, where I once lived, near Stuart Street, or Reid, Lee, and America Streets are no doubt as amazed as I am to see that once dilapidated houses in those areas have gotten a face lift.  While driving on the cross-town, visitors to the city see the beautiful colors of the houses off Carolina Street which draws attention to that neighborhood in an inviting manner, and people are relocating to Charleston in large numbers.

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140206/PC16/140209607

Because of the influx of people moving here, blacks who once lived on the East side of town, in homes that are within walking distance to schools, the aquarium, and government organizations, appear less in number while the population of whites walking downtown to work and entertainment and riding their bikes along bike paths, has increased.

Whites are now the predominant occupants of neighborhoods that were once stereotyped as “bad areas” to live in and ones labeled unsafe for them to walk in alone, especially at night.  But now you see whites walking in those once stereotyped “bad areas” all the time…and at night!  Those neighborhoods are now apparently safer since black residents have been replaced by a majority white presence.

http://www.crda.org/business/county_city_profiles/charleston_county.html

It is apparent that blacks are not prospering to a degree that they can afford to remain living in their neighborhoods once white people began to move in, and it appears that they are being pushed further North.  And blacks who have moved to the north area in locations that are considered run down and unsafe to travel by whites will be able to live in those areas until those neighborhoods are needed for the continued influx of new residents to Charleston.  It is already the case that white folks not able to live in the tightly meshed downtown area have begun to migrate North of the city.

I had hoped to see more integration in neighborhoods where blacks lived in the downtown area instead of gentrification.  There are black folks who had worked and lived downtown for the majority of their lives, and they still did not earn incomes comparable to whites on a large scale that afforded them the right to remain in those residences.

Because of income disparities, it places them in a position in which they can’t afford to remain in their neighborhoods with an influx of rents and taxes.  Unfortunately the growth that is taking place in Charleston is a story much like that of Harlem and the forced plight of blacks once Bill Clinton moved there. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/nyregion/thecity/27harl.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.nysun.com/new-york/harlem-residents-clinton-is-symbol/36435/.

The City of Charleston has grown into a City where more and more tourists are visiting from around the world, and that is an honor.  For the past three years the city has been the Conde Nast Traveler’s top tourist destination.  Not only is it an honor for the city, but for its mayor as well.   Mayor Riley is a fine person, but other than affordable housing for people relocating to this area, because many people who are from Charleston do not make enough to afford the affordable housing, the question remains.

Are black people being given an opportunity to earn a fair share of the economic pie?  Are black business owners given a fair opportunity to compete with white business owners?  Are they able to secure loans in which they can open businesses in key areas downtown where tourists frequent? http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2013/10/charleston-south-carolina-number-one-city-in-the-united-states

Other than Taxi Cab Drivers, what is the percentage of black owned businesses in the downtown area in view of tourist traffic?  How many bars are black owned?  How many hotels?  How many black owned restaurants are on East Bay Street?  How many black owned businesses are on Market Street?

http://www.charlestonchronicle.net/64663/2152/new-app-finds-blackowned-businesses

It is unfortunate that blacks by large are not in a position to benefit financially through business ventures and the ownership of businesses in key geographical locations in the City of Charleston where an influx of tourism into the city produces wealth.  While there are a minority of blacks doing well financially in the City, blacks as a majority work minimum wage, or slightly above minimum wage type jobs.

Being the great historic city that Charleston is, it is unfortunate that little has changed over time when considering the distribution of wealth for blacks as compared to whites.  Is it the case that there a few blacks hand picked to represent the City, or is there a fair opportunity for inclusion?

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20110329/PC06/303299919

I once drove a taxi in the City of Charleston and I would hear all the time how tourists love the people of Charleston.  As a woman native to Charleston, I was proud to hear that.  The people of Charleston are indeed accommodating, polite, hospitable, and most are genuine in their expressions of love towards people.  http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2013/07/travel-us-cities-charleston-newark-branson-friendly-unfriendly_slideshow_item9_10

How do those compliments stack up in dollars and cents?  How do they stack up in earned income for blacks who clean, prep, cook, and sing songs for tourists in sweet shops to help keep the tourist industry booming?  I am referring to the service workers.  I would argue that it is their pictures that should be on the Carta Buses.  After all, they represent in greater numbers the cheap labor that keeps the streets clean, the horse manure scrapped up, and hotel lobbies sparkling.

It is the cheap labor provided by blacks educated in a school system in the South that provides just enough education to keep that labor pool of workers stocked and available for hire.  Good food, crisp linen, white towels and clean dishes and silverware.  That’s what tourists remember most about traveling.  And those services come from the back of the house.

http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/united-states/best-hotels-charleston-photos

This Blog was written with black folk in mind who are native to the City.  Those persons who have lived in Charleston their entire lives and have worked jobs that do not afford them the opportunity to eat in restaurants where they work let alone live downtown close to their jobs.

HUEY P. NEWTON PAPERS ONLINE PRIMARY SOURCES: CATALOG INFORMATION


   

DOCUMENTS FROM THE HUEY P. NEWTON FOUNDATION PAPERS

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HUEY P. NEWTON FOUNDATION PAPERS

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA  94305 – 6004

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1966

1.

LETTER FROM:

“JOHN F. DAVIS

OFFICE OF THE CLERK

BY MICHAEL RODAK JR.

DEPUTY CLERK

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

WASHINGTON, D. C.  20543

MARCH 8, 1966″

TO:

“MR. HUEY P. NEWTON

881- 47 TH STREET

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

RE:   NEWTON v. CALIFORNIA”

“ORDER EXTENDING TIME TO FILE PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI”

“APRIL 10, 1966″

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2.

LETTER FROM:

” JOHN F. DAVIS

OFFICE OF THE CLERK

E. C. SCHADE ASSISTANT

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

WASHINGTON, D. C.  20543

APRIL 12, 1966″

RE:  NEWTON v. CALIFORNIA

TO:

HUEY P. NEWTON

881 47TH STREET

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA “

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1968

1.

“PAGE 4 SECTION A ** JULY 28, 1968 S. F. SUNDAY EXAMINER & CHRONICLE”

“BLACK – WHITE SOCIETY”

“FRUSTRATIONS OF OAKLAND MAYOR”

“BY FRANK PIAZZI, EAST BAY BUREAU”

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2.

“3/4/1968

“PERSONAL ATTENTION”

“SECRET FBI MEMORANDUM ON THE BLACK LIBERATION MOVEMENT”  (4 PAGES)

“FROM DIRECTOR, FBI

COUNTER INTELLIGENCE  PROGRAM (COINTELPRO)

GOALS”

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3.

LETTER:

OCTOBER 4, 1968

“TO CHARLES GARY FROM EILEEN GRAMPP, IN APPRECIATION FOR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF HUEY NEWTON”WORK .”

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4.

“RECEIVED AUG 16 1968″

LETTER TO CHARLES GARY

“DEAR NIGGER LOVER”

“KKK”

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5.

LETTER ..

MARCH

“DEAR HUEY FROM GABRIELA FERNANDEZ”

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6.

LETTER “SEPTEMBER 20, 1968″

FROM:

“LAW OFFICES”

SCHEINMAN & SCHEINMAN

NORMAN L. SCHEINMAN OF COUNSEL”

TO:

“MR. CHARLES R. GARY

341 MARKET STREET

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA”

“RE: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEWTON CASE”

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1969

1.

“OFFICE MEMORANDUM ***UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT”

“TO SAC, LOS ANGELES (157-1618) DATE 7/11/69″

“SUBJECT BLACK PANTHER PARTY RACIAL MATTERS”

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2.

“7/2/69 MEMORANDUM  TO: SAC, SAN FRANCISCO”

“FROM: SAC, CHICAGO (100 – 40903-SUB J)”

“SUBJECT STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY (SDS) IS – SDS OD:CG”

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1970

1.

“5/11/70  SAC, SAN FRANCISCO, COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS (RESEARCH SECTION)”

“THE BUREAU WOULD LIKE TO OFFER FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION A PROPOSAL FOR A DISRUPTIVE-DISINFORMATION OPERATION TARGETED AGAINST THE NATIONAL OFFICE OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY (BBP).” pp 102, 104.

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2.

“NOVEMBER 8, 1970, LETTER TO HUEY P. NEWTON’S LAWYER CHARLES GARY”

“…..UNITED STATES CITIZENS WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY OF YOUR TACTICS WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF IT- SO JUST TAKE IT EASY – AND IF YOU DON’T WATCH OUT.”

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1972

1.

LETTER

“CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES”

“HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES”

“WASHINGTON, D. C. 20515″

“MAY 5, 1972″

TO: “HUEY P. NEWTON”

FROM: “CHARLES B. RANGEL”

“MEMBER OF CONGRESS”

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2.

LETTER “APRIL 17, 1972″

TO:

“HUEY P. NEWTON

SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE

CENTRAL COMMITTEE

BLACK PANTHER PARTY

1048 PERALTA STREET

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA  94607″

FROM:

“HONORABLE ROBERT  N. C. NIX

U.S. CONGRESSMAN

SECOND DISTRICT, PENNSYLVANIA

CUSTOMS HOUSE

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA  19106″

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3.

LETTER “MAY 31, 1972″

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WASHINGTON D. C.  20515

LOUIS STOKES

MEMBER OF CONGRESS”

TO:

“HUEY P. NEWTON

SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE”

“RE: THE BLACK PANTHER INTER-COMMUNAL NEWS SERVICE: A SURVIVAL PROGRAM IN CONGRESS”

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