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Historian ~Bradley Skelcher On Historical Black Towns

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Join The Gist of Freedom Host, Preston Washington and historian Bradley Skelcher for an inspiring examination of Black History...www.blogTalkRadio.com/BlackHISTORYBenjamin "Pap" Sing

leton (1809 – 1892) was an American activist and businessman best known for his role in establishing African-American settlements in Kansas. A former slave from Tennessee who escaped to freedom in 1846, he became a noted abolitionist, community leader, and spokesman for African American civil rights. He returned to Tennessee during the Union occupation in 1862, but soon concluded that blacks would never achieve economic equality in the white-dominated South. After the end of Reconstruction, Singleton organized the movement of thousands of black colonists, known as Exodusters, to found settlements in Kansas. A prominent voice for early black nationalism, he became involved in promoting and coordinating black-owned businesses in Kansas and developed an interest in the Back-to-Africa movement. (Black History Pages)