Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tangipahoa African American Pioneers

Are there people in your community who should be remembered?

Many African American Pioneers of Tangipahoa Parish help shape the foundation of the parish. Pioneers like Dr. Percy Walker became the first African American veterinarian. Folks like Alexander Richardson owned and operated his own Funeral Home. Willie Kiddes Gordon built a dormitory at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for young black males who were attending college.

This movie is part of the collection: Community Video

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LBJ and J. Edgar Hoover discussing Mississippi Civil Rights Workers' Murders (1964)

This is a very interesting communication between the president and the head of the FBI. I don't know if I believe the part about the local authorities cooperating with the federal agents. Notice how FBI director Hoover assumes right away that the young men have been killed. After that he tries to say it's  possible that the rights workers faked their own abduction.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Harlem Hellfighters on Parade

An Essay Toward a History of the Black Man in the Great War (June 1919) by W.E. Burghardt DuBois

"Fresh back from an investigative trip to Europe, editor of the monthly magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), W.E.B. DuBois, outlines the history of black soldiers in World War I, both the 280,000 Senegalese who fought for France at the Marne, 30,000 Congolese fighting for the Belgians, as well as the 200,000 American blacks with the American Expeditionary Force in Europe."
Uploaded to Archive.org on March 4, 2014 by Tim Davenport ("Carrite").

Scott's official history of the American Negro in the World War

E.J. Scott

 A complete and authentic narration, from official sources, of the participation of American soldiers of the Negro race in the World War for democracy ... a full acount of the war work organizations of colored men and women and other civilian activities, including the Red Cross, the Y.M.C.A., the Y.W.C.A. and the War camp community service, with official summary of treaty of peace and League of Nations covenant (1919)