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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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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

Langston Hughes ...See More Listen to Langston Hughes in his own words and "Simple" Read by Ossie Davis On The Gist of Freedom Blog Talk Radio Podcast produced by Lesley Gist Langston Hughes SIMPLE read by OSSIE DAVIS I... more

Sunday at 8pm on The Gist Of Freedom ~ Lynne M. Jackson, Dred Scott's Great-great granddaughter, shares what family research has revealed in the last five years that amazed living family members. The famous slave's goal, whose... more

Slavery By Another Name- with Attorney Activist Michael Coar

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