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 community organizer Chet Whye about the preservation of Harlem Renaissance Ballroom The developers who bought the Harlem Renaissance Ballroom - agreed last night to stay demolition in order to hold discussions regarding saving the facade. Thank you to the leadership of Community Board 10, especially chair Henrietta Lyle and Land Use chair Brian Benjamin for facilitating the exchange. And many THANKS to Cheryl Wills for telling OUR story. Stones from the River Jordan. #OurHistoryMatters
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Before, The Soldier Story, Hurricane, Glory and Malcolm X, Denzel Starred in Mr. Holder's play When Chickens Come Home to Roost. Malcolm X's controversial remark spawned the historical play "When Chickens Come Home To Roost".... more

Join Author and Historian~ Leon Waters will discuss his book The Saint-Dominguean Creole protest songs were sung by slaves on plantations were one example of cultural transmission of the Haitian Revolution. The largest... more

Steven Yeager, antique dealer talks with Jamaal Brown, Host of The Gist of Freedom show about his riveting images.

Carol the Founder of Flourish & Bloom Entertainment, enjoys working with a wide range of clients. Carol's mission ~ connecting philanthropists with children's charities, on a Global scale.... more

Fellas, Football Historians..Join host, R. Lee on the Gist of Freedom Sunday, Mother's Day and Football Great, Mr. Marlin Briscoe! Mr. Briscoe the first black starting quarterback in the NFL. As a rookie quarterback with the Broncos, Mr.... more

Join Jamaal Brown the Host of The Gist of Freedom as he learns more about the International Youth Leadership Institute of Harlem and the trips they sponsor for their student leaders. Director Michael Webb is excited about the IYLI's annual... more

Join Julie Finch, "Coming To The Table" joined this extraordinary group in an effort to use her family's slave records to help African American trace their roots.

Mrs. Shockley, President, Lawnside Historical Society talks with the Gist of Freedom host, Jamaal Brown about this wonderful event taking place in the historical Underground Railroad town of Lawnside. Founded by Freed Blacks in... more

Join the Gist of Freedom and Host R. Lee Gordon as we Celebrate Easter, with the reading of The Resurrection. Listen to "The Bible Experience" a CD set, consisting of Actors reading Biblical Stories. View the 30 picture slide-show... more

Join The Gist of Freedom Underground Railroad Blog as we listen to a phenomenal youngster, Christian Matthews an Underground Railroad Quilt expert! Christian's enthusiasm for the subject is contagious. Get your note pad ready as... more
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