The Gist of Freedom

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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 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
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Artist Frank Morrison, talks about his Maya Angelou Still I Rise Artwork One need take only a cursory view/examination of his portfolio or his work ‘en gallery' to find that his power and inspiration are products of his deeply religious... more

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Tune in to The Gist of Freedom,, as we talk with Dr. William Seraile Professor Emeritus of African and African American studies at Lehman College (CUNY) Dr. Seraile served in Ethiopia as a Peace Corps... more

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Anna May Manigault-Hurley Female Funeral Home Director and Embalmer In 1940, Anna went to New York to study embalming at the famous Renouard School of Embalming. After her graduation, she returned to Columbia as one of... more
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