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Prior to the Civil War, Alexandria, Virginia had a large freed African American and slave population who contributed a lot to the community and to the United States. Each one of these groups helped build Alexandria, Virginia through their skilled labor, involvement in politics, teachers, churches, businessmen and etc. The history of Alexandria, Virginia cannot be told without including these African Americans.
Char is posting blogs every two weeks on African American people in the 19th century that made a difference in the History of Alexandria, Virginia at http://theotheralexandria.com.
Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC. She has been a genealogist since 1981; appeared on numerous television interviews with CBS, FOX-5, Comcast, Public Broadcasting Services just to name a few and documentaries. She has also received numerous awards in 2014, 2013, 2010, and in 2009 for her work in genealogy. Char became a 2014 Living Legend in Alexandria, VA. She was the City of Alexandria’s genealogist on the Alexandria Freedmen and Contraband Cemetery. She is doing an advance study in genealogy at the University of Toronto and is co-author of “African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.”
Vincent Intondi, Associate Professor of History and founder of the Center for Black Studies at Montgomery College and Director of Research at the Nuclear Studies Institute of the American University in DC will talk about his book African Americans Against the Bomb:Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism and the Black Freedom Movement.
African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia
Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century
Char McCargo Bah, Christa Watters, Audrey P. Davis, Gwendolyn Brown-Henderson and James E. Henson Sr.
This show will explore a new book written about Alexandria’s twentieth-century African American community. Experience the harrowing narratives of trials and triumph as Alexandria’s African Americans helped to shape not only their hometown but also the world around them. Rutherford Adkins became one of the first black fighter pilots as a Tuskegee Airman. Samuel Tucker, a twenty-six-year-old lawyer, organized and fought for Alexandria to share its wealth of knowledge with the African American community by opening its libraries to all colors and creeds. Discover a vibrant past that, through this record, will be remembered
Char McCargo Bah is a professional genealogist for the Alexandria Legacies—Freedmen’s Cemetery Descendants Project of the City of Alexandria, an author and a public speaker. Audrey P. Davis is currently the acting director of the Alexandria Black History Museum and has been employed by the City of Alexandria for over 20 years. Gwendolyn Brown-Henderson is a native Alexandrian and retired United States government worker. James E. Henson Sr. is a retired attorney who grew up in Alexandria. Christa Watters is a freelance writer and editor who has lived in Alexandria for thirty years. This group came together to document the history of African Americans who were agents of change and served as Beacons of Light in Alexandria in the twentieth century.
Listen to this final broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, in honor of African American History Month 2015. The program will feature our regular PANW reports covering developments in Africa, the United States, Greece and Russia. In the second and third hours we wrap up our month long tribute to the 50th anniverary of the martyrdom of Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. These segments examine the last days of Malcolm X as well as the role of the U.S. government in his assassination.
Listen to this edition of the Pan-African Journal hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. In this broadcast we present our regular PANW reports on developments in Somalia, the Central African Republic, Greece, Russia and other geo-political regions. The second and third hours continues the monthlong commemoration of the life and legacy of Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. Today we look at Malcolm's transition from the Nation of Islam beginning in 1962-63 to his public break with Elijah Muhammad in March 1964. Malcolm X begins his focus on a political solution to the national oppression of African Americans.
I have been living with my last name Shabazz since January-2- 1992 on my 25th birthday, I decided I was a new Man who now knew and was convinced that God had revealed my Idenity, Purpose, nd Lige Calling ! I was 9 years old when I first got introduced to Islam not knowingly ? There were this African American family in the neighborhood who dressed and carried them selves differently from the rest of us African Americans ! My friend was name Jamal and he wore a bow tie and a suit every time he went to school and he went to a Private Muslim School called Sister Clara Muhammed ! I remeber he I use to play together on weekends but I was never allowed in his house untill one day his older brother ask if I wanted ice cream with Jamal ! The first thing I noticed was his Mother and Sisters all had beautiful head scarves and they address each other as Sister ? I noticed his father Jeremiah Shabazz ( Not the Famous Boxer's Muhammad's Ali's Godbrother ) but his father was clean cut and everyday wore different classy conservative suits with pointy shoes ( Stacy Adams ) that were different colors ! He always smiled at me but never spoke to me but he always had no less then 3 Men around him like they were his bodyguards, and they always address each other as Brother ? After they got use to me coming around they felt comfortable being in there house and I noticed there was no music or TV ever playing ? The house was always quite and if you tried to listen to there conversations you could not because thewy spoke low and whisper like ? And if you did make noise his father would just look at us once and we shut up automaticaly ? At 9 years old I was IMPRESSED !
Listen to this special worldwide radio broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. We will feature our PANW reports focusing on events in the Sudans, Egypt, Russia and Libya. The second and third hours continue the month long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. In this broadcast we examine further the ideological and political evolution of Malcolm X through his "The Ballot or the Bullet" speech in Detroit during April 1964 as well as an extensive interview on his outlook during the summer of 1964.
The kidnapping of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram shocked the world but seemed to show the powerlessness of African officials to stop the spread of terrorist activities. In America the threat of a terrorist attack has been the reason for the extremes in security measures at airports and public places. But the only thing these measures seem to create is more fear and distrust among the people. What is at the root of these attacks? Is it the religion of Islam? Or is it the desperation of an impoverished, oppressed people? Our guests today discuss their global outreach efforts in Africa and reflect on the recent remarks by Min. Louis Farrakhan during his Savior's Day address about the spread of Terrorism and America's role in it.
Listen to this special broadcast of the Pan-African Journal hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. We present our regular PANW reports covering responses to the South African President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address; the current status of the battle against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa; and the ongoing imperialist-engineered internecine warfare in the North African state of Libya. In the second hour we hear again from Falan Johnson, Chivisual Two'knu, reading two of her poems and a polemic on the state of African unity. Also in this hour we continue our commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik Shabazz, with the audio file of a March 17, 1963 television interview over Chicago City Desk and excerpts from a debate with Civil Rights strategist Bayard Rustin, also from 1963. In the final hour we present part II of an interview with historian Laurent Du Bois on the Haitian Revolution.
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