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Chapter 6, Music for Jesus Lyrics of Freedom; Chapter 7 Flight and Revolt, Runaways and Maroons
Michael Row the Boat Ashore
"Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" is an African-american spiritual. It was first noted during the American Civil War at St. Helena Island, one of the Sea Islands of South Carolina, USA.
The song was sung by former slaves whose owners had abandoned the island before the Union navy arrived to enforce a blockade. Charles Pickard Ware, an abolitionist and Harvard graduate who had come to supervise the plantations on St. Helena Island wrote the song down in music notation as he heard the freedmen sing.
The lyric describes the simple crossing of the River Jordan with macabre undertones provided by reference to trumpets, eternal life and unknown lands. Despite its deathly connotations the song is affirming, a celebration of faith under oppression.
“This book will force many readers to reexamine their assumptions about American history… Young readers will be fascinated and better informed for having experienced this book,” wrote School Library Journal. Striking photographs highlight this unknown heritage.”
— Black Child Magazine, February/March 1997
Introduction, Fighting Bondage on Land and Sea, The First Rebels, Daily Toil, Perilous Struggle, A Troublesome Property, The Battle for Family and Knowledge, Disrupting Plantation Life, Industrial and Urban Resistance, Music for Jesus, Lyrics of Freedom, Flight and Revolt, Runaways and Maroons, Revolts in the Age of Revolution, Nineteenth-Century Slave Rebels, The Fiery Abolitionists, Marching to Freedom, The Slave's Civil War, The Bayonets of Freedom, From Slave Liberation .
Tonight Listen to The Gist of Freedom! We will be joined by community activist iEsha Sekou from Street Corner Resources. iEsha will discuss The Michael Brown Case, Ferguson, Demilitarizing local police departments and Restoring Police Residency requirements. WWW.BlackHistoryBlog.com
"Nowadays, police are looking, and acting, more like soldiers than cops, with bad consequences. And those who suffer the consequences are usually innocent civilians.
Why armored vehicles in a Midwestern inner suburb? Why would cops wear camouflage gear against a terrain patterned by convenience stores and beauty parlors? Why are the authorities in Ferguson, Mo. so given to quasi-martial crowd control methods (such as bans on walking on the street) and, per the reporting of Riverfront Times, the firing of tear gas at people in their own yards? (“‘This my property!’ he shouted, prompting police to fire a tear gas canister directly at his face.”) Why would someone identifying himself as an 82nd Airborne Army veteran, observing the Ferguson police scene, comment that “We rolled lighter than that in an actual warzone”?
Speak Life Radio ~ Manifesting Freedom By Lesley Adams.
Blessings family and welcome back to another amazing show! We are honored to have Lesley Adams as our special guest tonight on the show. Lesley will share with us how we can maifest our freedom by changing our thoughts!
Lesley Adams is an international author, speaker and mentor who was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa. She spent two years living in London, England, and now resides in Orlando, Florida.
"The mission of Manifesting Freedom, LLC, is to help individuals attain freedom in every area of their lives with the theme that we were all created limitless and that all things are possible. Lesley has many passions which she exuberantly shares namely health, wellness, and financial freedom. She believes that the best health insurance IS your health. Lesley, along with her partners, empower people with the right tools to create results for financial freedom. Everyone says YES that they desire financial freedom. Yet only those who BELIEVE and ACT actually attain financial freedom. It is one thing to have the desire. A whole different ball of wax to go after it. She is also committed to expanding the significance of direct sales."
Lesley successfully home-schooled her twin sons, who are currently students at Grinnell College, Iowa, where the eldest is studying Child Psychology and the youngest is majoring in Astro-Physics.?
Her endeavors in the past include Holistic Nutrition, a company that she owned in the natural products industry in which she operated as educator, trainer, and marketing expert. She has studied dietetics and nutrition and was a fitness instructor. Lesley practices a modality known as Body Specific Analysis (BSA) and Emotional Release Cellular Support (ERCS).
Join The Gist of Freedom as we speak with two Gist family genealogists, Dr. Natalie Pierce and Mr. James E. Gist.
Peter Gist Still the long lost enslaved brother of the Father of The Underground Railroad, William Still. After 40 years Peter is reunited with his mother Charity Still!
Samuel Gist was a resident of Great Britain and Virginia. In his will, Gist insisted his daughter free all the slaves she owned on the Gould Hill Plantation in Virginia. She complied and establish 6 free Gist Settlements throughout Ohio. Many of the descendants of the enslaved Gist settlers still live on the settlement.
Samuel Gist was orphaned. In 1739, he was shipped to Virginia where he was indentured.
Sequoyah (George Gist) created the Cherokee alphabet, the syllabary.
Secessionist South Carolina Governor – William Henry Gist, 1858-1860 The first to secede
Join The Gist of Freedom, www.BlackHistoryBlog.com, as we continue our audio book reading Breaking The Chains by William L. Katz - Chapter 5 Urban Slave Resistance~ Jordan Hatcher was a seventeen-year-old enslaved tobacco worker in Richmond, Virginia, who in 1852 rose from obscurity to notoriety when charged with assaulting and killing white overseer William Jackson. According to newspaper accounts and trial records, Hatcher was working at the Walker & Harris tobacco factory when Jackson began flogging him with a cowhide for performing poorly. Hatcher initially warded off the blows, but Jackson continued to beat him. In response Hatcher grabbed an iron poker, struck Jackson unconscious, and immediately fled the factory. When Jackson later awoke, he claimed to feel no pain, but the next day he collapsed and died. Hatcher was immediately found, arrested, tried and sentenced to execution. His sentence, however, was later commuted by Virginia Governor Joseph Johnson, and he was sold and transported beyond the limits of the United States.
This case is significant because of Jordan Hatcher’s unusual working and living conditions. Hatcher was a hired slave; though legally bound to Parmella Goday of Chesterfield County, Hatcher had been hired-out to a tobacco manufactory for the year. During that year, Hatcher, like hundreds of other hired slaves, was allowed to find his own lodgings, secure his own meals, and receive the wages for his labor. During the antebellum era, the urban slave system provided an essential labor pool for city businesses and was highly lucrative, but under conditions that made white Richmonders nervous. Critics of the system believed the hiring-out process made urban slavery unstable and encouraged slave workers to be more rebellious and defiant. Hatcher did not hang.
Join The Gist of Freedom as we talk with Dan Duster, the grandson of the Anti-Lynching Crusader, Ida B. Wells!
"I had bought a pistol the first thing after Tom Moss was lynched, because I expected some cowardly retaliation from the lynchers. I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap…I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit!" -
"In 1893, excluding Sundays, a Coloured man was lynched every day from January to December."
Ida never feared the lynch mob, she had faith in God to protect her: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalms 23:4). A threat to her life was not going to stop her from her crusade.The Review of Reviews announced that Wells, “a talented and resolute young lady of colour”, was on a pilgrimage around the British Isles to campaign on the subject of Negro lynching; they also published these Sadistic Statistics, "in 1893, excluding Sundays, a Coloured man was lynched every day from January to December."
Ida B. Wells
Mike Brown Demonstrators, Tear Gassed, Told Not to protest after sundown in Ferguson Mo. & White Reporters Arrested
Missourians discuss the Gassing of "Mike Brown's Peaceful Protestors", the arrest of the journalists and the Ban on Protest after Sundown. Timothy Gist ( was detained in Ferguson), Preston Washington (A retired African American Kansas City Mo. Officer) Gary Jenkins (Retired White Police officer/ Lawyer ) and Jackie Washington.
Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri moved to restore calm after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer led to several nights of unrest, which were met with tear gas and rubber bullets.
At a news conference, Mr. Nixon said that Captain Johnson an African American of the Missouri State Highway Patrol would take over security responsibilities in Ferguson from the St. Louis County police,
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW August 13, 2014
RYAN J. REILLY, THE HUFFINGTON POST: Evidently, I was not moving quickly
enough for their effort them to like. And at which point I was given a
countdown. I was told I had, you know, 45 seconds, 30 seconds to pack up
all my stuff and leave. I was then -- when I -- basically, he then
arrested me. My, you know, the worst part was, he slams my head against the glass purposely
on the way out of the McDonald`s and sarcastically apologized for it.
LIZZ BROWN, ATTORNEY/COLUMNIST, ST. LOUIS AMERICAN:
My sense is that -- well, if we start with talking about just that
direction, that protesters are not supposed to assemble after dark. And it`s baffling because how do the police officers explain
themselves in terms of -- what, you can`t do your job at night? Police
officers can`t work at night?
Author and Harlem Historian Michael Henry Adams, former director of cultural affairs for State Senator Bill Perkins .
Will discuss preservations of historical landmarks with Roy Paul on The Gist of Freedom.
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Soldiers from a 369th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed a Harlem Hellfighters, marching in a feat march in New York City, 1919.
Harlem Hellfighters Homecoming Parade
“Never have white Americans accorded so heartfelt and hearty a reception to a contingent of their black country-men,” the Tribune continued. And “the ebony warriors” felt it, literally, beneath a hail of chocolate candy, cigarettes and coins raining down on them from open windows up and down the avenues. It would have been hard to miss them, at least according to the New York Times, to whom all the men appeared 7 feet tall.
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As We Celebrate President Obama's Historic, First Time Ever, African Summit, let us reflect on our history, Marcus Garvey, Paul Cuffe and Ron Brown with Garvey's descendant, Renaldo Ricketts, Historian and Genealogist.
Cuffe, first a whaling ship captain, eventually became a ship owner, operating a number of vessels which sailed between ports along the coast of Massachusetts. By 1811 he was reputedly the wealthiest African American in the United States and the largest employer of free African Americans. Cuffe helped to establish “The Friendly Society of Sierra Leone,” a trading organization run by African Americans who had returned to West Africa. Cuffe and others hoped the success of this enterprise would establish business enterprises, generate a mass emigration of free blacks to West Africa who, once there would work to abolish slavery.
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"Garvey and my great grand mother were cousins. While Garvey visited Panama he stayed at my great grand mother's home.. I'm currently searching for the photographs that were taken back then. I am currently restoring a family gem. A garvey Poster!"
~ Renaldo Ricketts
Listen to the conversation… Inspired by Dr. Umar Johnson, Frederick Douglass descendant-Combating Propaganda, Negative Stereotypes!
… We must be the Media!
"Hitler used a propaganda military campaign before he began to physically exterminate the Jewish people. The national mindset had been conditioned to accept the extermination to come." The negative proganda is not about the quality it's about the volume!
Watch Dr. Johnson http://bit.ly/The_Gist_of_Black_militaryPropaganda
Join Lumumba Camara Abrafo on The Gist of Freedom www.blackhistoryblog.com
MALCOLM X WITH CAMERA
Malcolm X, black nationalist leader, is shown with his 16mm Bell and Howell motion picture camera at JFK International airport, July 9, 1964, prior to his departure for Egypt and Africa and the African Nations Conference. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman) AP1964
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