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D.A. Dorsey was a huge property owner in south Florida and the South's first Black millionaire.

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Dorsey came to the Miami area of South Florida around 1896. He worked as a carpenter for the Henry Flagler Florida East Coast Railroad. During that time, he recognized the need to provide housing for black workers. He purchased one parcel of land in Overtown at a time, on which he designed and constructed one rental house per parcel, reinvesting the rental income to build more and rent more, eventually expanding as far north as Fort Lauderdale.
In 1917, he and his wife Rebecca sold land to the City of Miami for a park for African–Americans (during an era of segregation). Dorsey Park is located on Northwest 17th Street and First Avenue.
In 1919, Dorsey sold the barrier island of Fisher Island – just east of the mainland – to the automotive pioneer Carl G. Fisher, who was developing Miami Beach. In 1925, Fisher traded the island to William Kissam Vanderbilt II in return for a 200-foot (61 m) yacht. Vanderbilt's improvements led to what is today one of the wealthiest and most exclusive residential enclaves in the area.
The first black-owned hotel in Miami was his Dorsey Hotel, and he was the owner of the Negro Savings Bank. Dorsey was a firm believer in education and he donated a large quantity of land for black schools. He gained great respect and admiration from the white community.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_A._Dorsey

I just came across this in my historical research.  One of the characters in my novel, son of the nemesis (a Confederate Major) of my main character works for the same railroad!!!

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Booker T. Washington Agricultural School on Wheels


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From its inception, Booker T. Washington envisioned Tuskegee Institute as having an outreach mission. Soon after he arrived in Macon County to establish the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in 1881, Washington began to make regular trips on horseback to talk, eat, and stay overnight with the rural people he hoped to educate at his school. It soon became evident to Washington, however, that those who needed education the most were the region's farmers; he further realized that that education must be brought to those farmers, who were generally tied to their land and unable to travel for instruction.
http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1870

Article in the Pittsburgh Courier:
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8449764/the_pittsburgh_courier/

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^^^ Always enjoy reading your postings Bison66, especially the above. Still awaiting that "bestseller"....keep sharing your knowledge and the truth my Brother!!
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else"
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lew9ball!

Thanks much!!

Asante Sana!! Daalu!! Muchas Gracias!!

Working hard on the novel!!  There's light at the end of the tunnel!!

I appreciate your encouragement.

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Brothers and Sisters,

One of the aims of this thread and the one on Kemet (Ancient Egypt) is to give ALL of us a needed break from the "reactionary stance" that we are so often forced to take in the defense of our People, our dignity and, quite often, even common sense.

The goal has been to give us in these threads the space and the time to consider - ON OUR OWN TERMS - our achievements in antiquity and in more recent history that affirm our creativity, perseverance, intellect and our Ancestors' pivotal, even seminal, role in human civilization.

In these two threads we can positively assert and valorize our positive attributes and hold them up for OUR OWN admiration, inspiration and emulation WITHOUT REGARD OR CONCERN for the opinions and prejudices of others.

End of PREAMBLE...

In my research related to THE HONORABLE TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE, I came across this TRULY EXCEPTIONAL blog post:

AINSI PARLA L’ONCLE AND THE CONSTRUCTION
OF THE HAITIAN IDEOLOGY
by  Asselin Charles, PhD



AINSI PARLA L’ONCLE = So Spoke The Uncle

Here is its conclusion:

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Still relevant for Haitians, Ainsi parla l’Oncle has much to offer to today’s global community as well. As long as the ideology that underpins the unequal relations among the peoples of the world is one based on the Huntingtonian notion of a hierarchy of cultures and civilizations [15], within which hierarchy African peoples occupy the lowest rung, Jean Price-Mars’ scholarly yet passionate assertion of the validity of all human cultures needs to be heard. In the struggle against cultural alienation and Western inferiorization of people of color and for the construction of strong and progressive polities in the Black world, including Haiti of course,  Ainsi parla l’Oncle thus remains an irreplaceable Césairian “miraculous weapon”

The blog post is a summary of the INTELLECTUAL HISTORY of Hayti (using here the older traditional spelling) and is fascinating in and of itself.  That is surely enough by itself to warrant a close reading of it.

Moreover the author Asselin Charles, who now teaches in Nigeria, raises many profound questions for those of us Africans/Blacks inside of the borders of other countries.  We, like Haytians, are impacted upon by our history and in our present circumstances by a people, a culture and both political and military forces which devalue us as human beings, willfully abuse us and care little about how their behavior damages our spirits or even destroys the lives of those around us.

Here is what Dr. Charles has to say about the book Ainsi parla l’Oncle itself:

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Because of this deep, pervasive, and durable influence on Haitian thought, discourse,  and praxis, Ainsi parla l’Oncle is the incontrovertible classic of the Haitian canon. A classic is a text that compels us to look at ourselves and our place in the world critically, that makes us examine our individual and collective lives so that they may be worth living. This Ainsi parla l’Oncle has achieved for Haitians in explicit and implicit ways since its 1928 publication. But Price-Mars’ work is also a transnational classic, for its influence, both direct and indirect,  from the start reached beyond the borders of Haiti, as an international panoply of commentators repeatedly emphasized in the celebratory volume Témoignages sur la vie et l’Oeuvre du Dr. Jean Price-Mars [13]. It is a foundational text that pioneered the pattern of stances and ideas identified with such later global movements as Negritude and Pan-Africanism, which sought to decolonize African minds, to revalorize the cultures of the African continent and the Diaspora, and to foster the notion that cultural integrity is a basic condition for nation building. At one level, Ainsi parla l’Oncle was a product of the zeitgeist, arriving on the scene at the confluence of a rising  anticolonialist movement and ethnological interest in the traditional cultures of non-Western peoples in the period between the two world wars. At the same time, the work was the punctual response of a conscious citizen of the first Black republic to the ideological challenges faced by his society at a critical historical juncture. Thus responding to both national and global concerns Ainsi parla l’Oncle has pride of place next to such ideologically  influential contemporary classics of the Black Atlantic as Cuban ethnologist Fernando Ortiz’s Los negros brujos (1903) and African American philosopher Alain Locke’s The New Negro (1928).

As Africans of America, I believe we can learn much from the experiences of our Haytian Brothers and Sisters.

Would love to hear anyone's reaction to this EXTRAORDINARY article.

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Excellent short video from Australia based on a thoroughly correct perspective....

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2017/jan/18/the-west-was-built-on-racism-its-time-we-faced-that-video

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In Search of the Slave Who Defied George Washington - Ona Judge

The link to the article is below the comments of a friend, with which I concur:

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An exhibition at Mount Vernon and a new book return the spotlight to Ona Judge, who evaded George and Martha Washington’s dogged efforts to recapture her.

No surprise that the 'pure of heart' & almost perfect George Washington was a slaver through to the very end... no wonder the Struggle is so hot, three hundred years later!

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/06/arts/george-washington-mount-vernon-slavery.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

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I've made reference to this case a couple of times in the context of disrespect pointed at President Obama.

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In June of 1963, CORE Field Secretary Mary Hamilton (28) is one of many protesters arrested in Gadsden Alabama. At a habeas corpus hearing on June 25th, NAACP lawyers demand that the demonstrators be released because their arrests violate the Constitutional right of free-speech to peacefully protest. As is customary throughout the South (and most of the North as well), white prosecutors and judges address all white witnesses and defendants with courtesy titles and surnames such as "Mr. Jones" and "Mrs. Smith," but address all non-whites — Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans, not just Blacks — by their first name only. Mary Hamilton is called to the witness stand:

Prosecutor: "What is your name, please?"
Witness: "Miss Mary Hamilton."
Prosecutor: "Mary, who were you arrested by?"
Witness: "My name is Miss Hamilton. Please address me correctly."
Prosecutor: "Who were you arrested by, Mary?"
Witness: "I will not answer a question until I am addressed correctly."
Judge: "Answer the question."
Witness: "I will not answer them unless I am addressed correctly."
Judge: "You are in contempt of court." [12]

Judge Cunningham sentences her to five days in jail and a $50 fine for contempt of court. Without any trial or opportunity to defend herself on the contempt charge, she is immediately hauled off and thrown into the cells. For five days she endures threats, intimidation, and abuse as they try to break her. They tell her the abuse will stop if she agrees to answer questions without being addressed as "Miss." She does not break.

She refuses to pay the $50 fine. After five days the Movement is able to bail her out and appeal her case to the Alabama Supreme Court on the grounds that omitting courtesy titles when addressing non-whites violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The Alabama court rules against her. NAACP lawyers appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in Hamilton v. Alabama, 376 U.S. 650. In March of 1964, the Supreme Court summarily over-turns the contempt citation, ruling that all those brought to the bar of justice must be addressed equally with titles of courtesy, regardless of race or ethnicity — a ruling that governs every court in the land to this day.
http://www.crmvet.org/tim/tim63b.htm#1963hamilton

Bravo, Miss Hamilton!!!    :bow:     :bow:     :bow:     :bow:

Where is she now?

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THIS RIGHT HERE is a fascinating slice of history involving Native Americans and Africans in North America.

Footnoted throughout!!!

Don't miss this one...

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The time was in the late 1760's and the place was Charleston, S.C. A young musician was on his way to a performance with his french horn tucked under his arm. As he passed by a large meetinghouse, he heard much commotion on account of a "crazy man was halloing there." He might have ignored the event but his companion dared him to "blow the french horn among them" and disrupt the meeting. Thinking they might have some fun, John Marrant and his companion entered the meeting hall with the intent of mischief. As he lifted his horn to his lips, the crazy man -- evangelist George Whitefield -- cast an eye upon him, pointed his finger at John Marrant and uttered these words: "Prepare to Meet Thy God, O Israel!" Marrant was struck dead for some thirty minutes and when he was awakened, Reverend Whitefield declared "Jesus Christ has got thee at last." After several days of ministrations by Reverend Whitefield, the Lord set John Marrant's soul at liberty and he dedicated his life to the propagation of the gospel.2

Marrant first witnessed to members of his family and when they rejected his newfound evangelical spirit, he fled to the wilderness where he sought solace among the beasts of the woods. Marrant was not afraid for God hade made the beasts "friendly to me." When Marrant happened upon a Cherokee deer hunter, they spent ten weeks together killing deer by day and preparing brush arbors by night to provide sanctuary for themselves in the wilderness. Becoming fast friends by the end of the hunting season, the Cherokee deer hunter and the African American missionary returned to the hunter's village where they would continue their cultural exchange. However, when he attempted to pass the outer guard at the Cherokee village, the Cherokees were less than excited with Marrant and he was detained and placed in prison.3 It was not that Marrant was a black man that troubled the Cherokee, the peoples of the Southeastern United States had relations with Africans that stretched back perhaps as far as a thousand years.4 It was just that ever since black people had started showing up with their friends, the white people, that things had started going particularly bad for the Indians of the Southeastern United States...
http://are.as.wvu.edu/minges.htm
It gets even more fascinating as you read on....

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Just in case you didn't have time to read the above article to the end and were wondering whatever happened to Mr. Marrant....

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In case you were wondering what happened to John Marrant, he eventually left the Cherokee and returned to his family but as he was dressed "in the Indian style," even his family members saw him as "a wild man come out of the woods." 76 He was later ordained by the Reverend Lemuel Haynes into the Methodist church and eventually moved to Boston where he resettled. There he became friends with another free person of color, Methodist minister, and abolitionist originally from the West Indies by the name of Prince Hall.

Prince Hall, and a few of his fellows initiated by an Irish  lodge of Freemasons associated with the British Army, founded African Lodge #1 that was eventually recognized by the Grand Lodge of England as African Lodge #459. On June 4, 1789 a report of the Grand Lodge shows that Rev. John Marrant, "the same Rev. Mr. Marrant who achieved fame as a missionary to the Indians," was admitted and appointed Chaplain of the African Lodge #459.77

On St. John's Day in 1789, Marrant delivered a speech vilifying the institution of slavery, outlining the African heritage of the Christian religion, and decrying the cynicism of white Freemasons who refuse to recognize the "stile and tile" of black Freemasonry. John Marrant eventually joined his friend David George in Nova Scotia where they struggled for the dignity of their people. Facing great difficulties, eventually Marrant and George set out for Africa and founded the colony of Sierra Leone.

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THE LONE RANGER WAS BLACK!!!

EXCELLENT AND FACT FILLED VIDEO AT THE LINK


Reeves arrested 3,000 felons and lived to retire in 1907
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The story of the Lone Ranger is far more legend than reality. Most people know that. Most people also know that the portrayal of Tonto as the Lone Ranger’s sidekick is often stereotypical and racist.

Tonto’s fictionalized story was far from the only racist part of the adaptation of the Lone Ranger’s life. The Lone Ranger was very real, but he was not the white man seen on movies and TV. The Lone Ranger was an escaped slave named Bass Reeves.

Reeves was born into captivity in 1838. He was given the name of his owner, William Reeves. Bass Reeves served as a valet for his master’s son during the Civil War.

During a game of cards with his owner, Reeves won, which caused his owner to beat him. Reeves didn’t just take it, though. He beat the man back and depending on what you read, either killed him or almost killed him.

He knew that he would have to escape, so he went to what is Oklahoma today and found a home with the Seminole and Creek American Indians.

Eventually, he moved to Arkansas where he settled down, got married, had 10 children and his knowledge of the Indian territories and the fact that he spoke several native languages landed him a job as the first African-American U.S. Marshal....



...Until recently, though, few have put two and two together that Reeves was the Lone Ranger.

The fact that he was a Marshal was far from the only similarity with the legend of the Lone Ranger. Reeves was a crack shot. He rode with a Native American friend and tracker. He rode a white horse and while he didn’t give silver bullets away, he did give away silver coins...
http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/videos/the-lone-ranger-was-real-and-he-was-african-american-video/

A few different details are included on the Crime Museum's website:
http://www.crimemuseum.org/blog/bass-reeves-the-real-lone-ranger

Not too much on the film: "Bass Reeves."  
Either of my grandchildren could have come up witha better more intriguing title than that!!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1586701/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1
NOT available on Netflix.  Anyone know where else it might be?

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NOT SO FAST!!!!

Although the story of BASS REEVES is documented and true, there is controversy about whether the FICTIONAL Lone Ranger was based upon the TRUE story of Bass Reeves.

Here Bill O'Reilly asserts that it was:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHQY_8jGWAE

However, others disagree.  For example there is this article/blog.  This lengthy so-called (and mis-called) "debunking, denies that it is.
http://martingrams.blogspot.com/2015/04/myth-debunked-bass-reeves-was-not-lone.html

However, NOWHERE in this lengthy diatribe ^^ is there a single documentation that the creator(s) of the radio Lone Ranger did not depend on the legend of Bass Reeves.  Maybe they did, maybe they didn't.

The point, well-made in the FoxNews story, is that the TRUE story of Bass Reeves most closely resembles many of the unique features of the Lone Ranger story.

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Excellent article:

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How America’s 'first black middle class village' was destroyed to make way for Central Park: Community of African American property owners was flattened to accommodate growing Manhattan population
Seneca Village was a predominantly African American village spanning 82nd to 87th Streets along what is now the western edge of Central Park
Created in 1825, the village was flattened and people were forced to move to make way for the creation of Central Park in 1857
By the 1850s Black people in Seneca Village were 39 times more likely to own property than their counterparts throughout the city

About 30 percent of the population were Irish and German immigrants who lived harmoniously with their Black neighbors
The community was said to have had connections to the Underground Railroad with abolitionist Albro Lyons owning property and living in the village
An excavation of the site  in Central Park was conducted in 2011 by the Seneca Village Project and the group hopes to find descendants of settlement

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4293744/Seneca-Village-destroyed-make-way-Central-Park.html

That's just the headline and some highlights, but the article is worth reading.

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The people of Seneca Village lived in homes ranging to one to three stories and were spread out which was in stark contrast to the crowded homes of poorer black people in the city.

The three churches also provide an in depth view of the type of people that lived in the settlement.

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was established by Reverend Richard Allen in 1801 and was the most prominent African church in the country.

The First African Methodist Episcopal Church Branch Militant opened its doors in Seneca Village on August 4, 1853. A box put into a cornerstone contained a Bible, hymn book, the church’s rules, a letter with the names of its five trustees and copies of newspapers The Tribune and The Sun.

The church buried African Americans in Seneca Village until 1852 when a law prohibiting burials south of 86th Street was enacted. They had had at least two burials between 85th and 86th but were forced to bury their loved ones in the Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn the following years.

The African Union Methodist Church opened in 1837 when William Mathews a deacon purchased land on 85th street. Colored School #2 was located in the church’s basement with Wall and her cohorts finding that a majority of the children of Seneca Village pursued education.

Something that is speculated about the Seneca Village is that it had ties with the Underground Railroad.

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And Republi-klans who cling to the past, the same racist Nazi devils who want to keep black folk down, will never have a future. GO VIKINGS!!!

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And people who cling to the past will never have a future. GO VIKINGS!!!

No need to for the derogatory remark. I find it interesting that white folk will talk about history yet it's a problem when a black person brings up history.
It is derogatory.....and I did say something about bring up history....or talking about history. GO VIKINGS!!!

The problem is token black folk like Y04185 and Old Sport want to use selling their souls to the white man history and plead for acceptance from Nazi white America. All that while their neighborhood slave master UCHighlander makes sure they do what he says like house slaves.

 

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