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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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A Light Shines in Harlem: New York's First Charter School and the Movement it Led (Chicago Press:Sept.2014) by Mary C. Bounds, forward by iconic civil and human rights icon, Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, co-founder of Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem. Fifteen years after the first charter school , Sisulu-Walker ,opened in Harlem, there are now 197 charter schools serving 82,000 children--about 7.5% of all public school students. Most charters are performing better than there district counterparts. Students and parents are being given a meaningful choice of public schools. And the whole system is benefiting from charter schools' infusion of new ideas and urgency. New York's experiment with charter schools is widely regarded as a success, but issues remain. Charters still receive less per -pupil funding than district schools. ------ This show is dedicated to Charlotte Hawkins Brown Educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown on her wedding day 1912.Founder of Palmer Memorial Institute in N.Carolina.She was a suffragist & worked for Black women to have the same rights Black men & white women were fighting for in the early 20th century.
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Join The Gist of Freedom, The Black History Internet Radio show as Dr. Ishmael Griffin welcomes author Uriah Israel. Today our discussion, going green, living organically will honor George Washington Carver!... more

The Ebola outbreak, please Join The Gist of Freedom, The Black History Internet Radio show in welcoming Sierra Leonean Hindowa Saidu! "On Thursday the World Health Organization said that more than 1,900 people have died in West... more

"Dr. Deborah Willis, NYU Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging will discuss her book "Reflections in Black "and the film she co-produced "THROUGH A LENS DARKLY" with The Gist of Freedom host,... more

Ebola, Staten Island Emergency Doctor, Ishmael Griffin Shares information. The largest Liberian community outside Monrovia is in Staten Island, New York. Concerns about Ebola have forced many in the community to cancel their trips... more

Welcome Harlem Artist, D.K. Betts with The Gist of Freedom and host Antonia Badon! Mark your calendar..Attend D.K. Betts exhibit at the Harlem Public Library on 11 October 2014. This event is free and open to the public! Send an... more

Emancipation Via Land Grants- Voting Rights!

Inspired by Deborah Willis' book, Reflections in Black, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY (Willis is also a co-producer) casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris's family album. It considers the difference... more

Join The Gist of Freedom tonight as we welcome Lenora Branch Fulani. Ms. Fulani has spent almost three decades fighting to end the two-party system and create a ?viable, national, pro-socialist? party for those who feel ignored by the... more

Mr Holder is the first black US attorney general and has had the fourth longest tenure in the post in history resinged today September 25th, 2014. Listen to The Gist of Freedom with Roy Paul Now that... more
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