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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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Bordentown, New Jersey's, African American school affectionately known as "The Tuskegee of the North". Founded in 1886 by Rev. Rice. Modeled after Booker T. Washington, It was NJ's first Vocational Technical Institute. The school was self... more

Rapping Grandma, Angela Wright shares the story of how she watched in amazement, Sharon Jordan perform this fascinating Black history Rap. View video click here. Rap starts at the 30 min marker.

Lesley Gist of Black History Tours, talks with Harris Rosen, owner of Rosen Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Rosen is honored to host the Florida Department of Education's African American History Task Force~ African American Heritage... more

Mightier Than The Sword, author David S. Reynolds is live in NYC's Bryant Park. David is a Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the... more

Professor Paul Ortiz joins The Gist of Freedom to discuss The African American Tour and the lecture he is scheduled to give based on his latest book, Emancipation Betrayed : To view companion slideshow click here Other topics... more

Dr. Clara Small, professor of history at Salisbury University, and the Rev. David Briddell have chronicled a small portion of their history in the new book Men of Color to Arms! Manumitted Slaves and Free Blacks From the Lower Eastern... more

Tonight Larry Lawrence, the president of The John Brown Society lectures on the the little known historical incidents that led Mr. Brown to lead a raid at Harper's ferry. Mr. Lawrence The Gist Of Freedom's host will talk about "Bloody Kansas",... more

Meet Blogger Eco-Soul as she explains her controversial piece on Obama's presidency "Parallels of Post-Reconstruction and Post-Obama Reconstruction Era" To view the slide-show click But before you... more

Author, Walter Dean Myers talks with The Gist of Freedom host Jamaal Brown about his stellar career and award winning teen books such as "Monster"! Monster "Chilling and engrossing" -The New York Times Book Review "The sheer... more

Cheyney University, the oldest HBCU is hosting a FREE Book Fair! Family Fun, authors, guest speakers, illustrators and more. Join Jamaal Brown and Professor Felicia Seamon as they share the guest list and attractions.
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