The Gist of Freedom

The Gist of Freedom Preserving American History through Black Literature . . .


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Join us Sunday & Thursday @ 8 PM The Gist of Freedom weekly live online discussion is a celebration of the African American experience—honoring all the people, past and present, black and white—who have determined to preserve history in literature, craftsmanship and artifact.

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Join The Gist of Freedom as we talk with Dan Duster, the grandson of the 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
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Join The Gist of Freedom at in a conversation with Dr. Sidney Davis regarding the continent of Africa, and President Obama's foreign policy initiatives.

Join The Gist of Freedom,, 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... more

AUDIO BOOK READING chp 4 BREAKING THE CHAINS, WM.L.KATZ Jenny Smith Fletcher was the daughter of W. H. Smith, founder of Nicodemus. She was the first postmistress and schoolteacher in Nicodemus, Kansas. She was... more

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... more

I went to the slaver and inquired what was her price for me. She said a thousand dollars.... I opened a regular place of business... During this time I had found it politic to go shabbily dressed, and to appear to be very poor, but to pay my... more

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. ----- Reminder, Click here to... more

Judy Tate,Emmy Award Winning Theatrical Writer - The Gist of Freedom is pleased to present to The African Burial Ground Lower Manhattan, Playwright, Judy Tate! Judy is the Producing Artistic Director of The American Slavery... more

AUDIO BOOK READING - BREAKING THE CHAINS, Week 2 Chapter 2 "In the North tax money built libraries and public schools in the South it built jails to hold slaves and paid the salaries of slave patrols. New York state published more... more

Healthy Barbecues and Cookouts with Nutritionist & Healthy Living Coach Rebecca Johnson Join Roy Paul on The Gist of Freedom as he discusses Healthy Barbecues and Cookouts with Nutritionist Rebecca Johnson, Plant Rich Life!... more
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