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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 host Natasha Demosthene talks with community organizer Ken Sargeant about the preservation of Harlem Renaissance Ballroom! The abandoned Harlem Renaissance Ballroom A vital piece of Harlem's... more

Join The Gist of Freedom and host Shellie Gaines as we talk to award winning playwright Nikkole Salter about her play Repairing A Nation! THE STORY: 2001, B.O. (Before Obama) The Davis family meets for what should be a text-book... more

Inventor and Farmer, Andrew Beard~Born in Alabama in 1849, Andrew Beard spent the first fifteen years enslaved on a small farm in Alabama. A year after he was emancipated, he got married and became a farmer in a small city... more

100 Black Men In Law Enforcement Who Care, Co-Founder Eric Josey talks with Host, Preston Washington on The Gist of Freedom about the Two Brooklyn New York Police Officers Killed while sitting in their Patrol Car. Photo: 1929 Harlem... more

On Christmas Eve 1855, Barnaby Grigsby and his wife Mary Elizabeth, took the slaver's best team of horses and his carriage, packed it with knives and guns, and fled slavery. Grigsby and Elizabeth were married. William Still was the Black... more

Engineer Entrepreneur Granville T Woods, Sued By T.Edison & Won!

Professor Jean Libby will discuss the relationship between John Brown and African American pioneers in San Jose, California. She'll also feature two books: Herbert Ruffin, Uninvited Neighbors; African Americans in Silicon Valley... more

Join The Gist of Freedom as we discuss The Michael Brown and Eric Garner Grand Jury Verdicts. Police not Indicted, For The deaths of Unarmed Black Men, with Attorney Activist, Michael Coard Esq.! 8pm... more

Join The Gist of Freedom as we discuss The Michael Brown and Eric Garner Grand Jury Verdicts, Police not Indicted, ForThe deaths of Unarmed Black Men, with Roy Paul! Weeks before the shooting death of Michael Brown this... more

Tonight learn about Maggie L Walker~ the first African-American woman to found a bank and serve as its president. In 1899.Maggie Walker was the Secretary Treasurer of the Independent Order of St. Luke (IOSL) a self help, benevolent... more
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