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American history preserved through the use of Primary sources, Black History, African American History~ The african experience; Shared by the legends themselves, their descendants, loved ones, genealogist and scholars. Presented by The Gist of Freedom

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Log on and Join The Gist of Freedom's guest host Gary Jenkins as he welcomes Preston Washington to a lively discussion about Cherokee genealogy. Tonight at 8pm ET Preston is a member of the... more

Tonight at 8pm,ET. Documentary, ossie davis, ruby dee, grandson, Muta'Ali Muhammad, the gist of freedom, black history blog, black history podcast, Shelie Shellie Gaines ~ Love Life and Activism - Documentary Join Ruby Dee's and... more

Crispus Attucks~ 4th of July Independence Day Tribute! The Gist of Freedom is pleased to present Another Side Of The Story by Eugene Gordon, 1920. Please feel free to download the script and share it! Crispus Attucks, a black man, was... more

Join historian Steve Strimer on The Gist of Freedom as he lectures on abolitionists Sojourner Truth and David Ruggles! David Ruggles opened the first black-owned bookstore in America, although it was burned too. He was an... more

Enjoy The Gist of Freedom's Special Michael Jackson Memorial Show with Siedah Garret, "The Woman Behind The Man In The Mirror!" Siedah is and, first and foremost, the singer composer of the internationally recognized, self... more

A Tribute to Langston Hughes~ Harlem Artists, Derrick McQueen and Nora Cole unearthed a few wonderful poems written by Langston, Listen as they bring Langston's love for Harlem Alive! Nora Cole ~ Veteran performing artist, writer,... more

Freedwoman, spy Mary Elizabeth Bowser VS. Confederate Spies ~ Author Francis Hamit to be interviewed on The Gist of Freedom, June 3rd, by Michael Coard Francis Hamit, author of the Civil War spy thrillers, "The Queen of... more

A Real Memorial Day Treat on The Gist of Freedom! Listen to actress, Eileen Miller, as she reenacts the story of Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a freed slave who courageously posed as a slave and stole the Confederates' War plans while... more

"Enslaved Africans and free blacks exhibited enormous self-agency in colonial America. James H. Johnston has captured this through the life of Yarrow Mamout and his descendants. This exceptional man was a Muslim and a slave for forty-... more

Celebrate Malcolm X's 87th Birthday with his daughter, author ILyasah Shabazz, Growing Up X with The Gist of Freedom host Dr. Weldon McWilliams. Then join the Shabazz family with Harlem's Tristate communities and celebrate Brother... more