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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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New York's First African American Police Officer 1812 - 1889, Moses P. Cobb. Jacob Morris, Harlem Historical Society Dir. Will discuss Patrolman Cobb's illustrious Career and his Street Signing Ceremony. On October 29 an... more

Madam C.J. Walker "Long before Oprah crashed the Fortune 500, there was Madam C.J. Walker, a cosmetologist entrepreneur!" Born in 1867 and the daughter of slaves, Ms. Walker is considered the country's first self-made... more

Join The Gist of Freedom Host Gary Jenkins and guest Historian Jeffrey Boord-Dill as they discuss Abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay, Bowie Knife Vs. Revolver "I have never courted trouble with anyone, but I have never gone out of... more

Join Journalist and historian Howard E. Lewis as he lectures on Fort Mose the first freed black town in America. Mr. Lewis will also discuss the great walls of the Castillo de San Marcos (Castle of St. Mark) which were completed with the... more

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Professor Carol Hunter, Black Abolitionist Jermaine Lougen Jermain Wesley Loguen, famous ?Underground Railroad King? of Syracuse, will be inducted into the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum at Saturday, October 22,... more

WWW.BlackHistory University Presents~Historian Dr.Nathan Hare of The Black Think Tank lectures on Millionaire, Activist/Aboltionist, Mary Ellen Pleasant Mary Ellen Pleasant a woman born into slavery who became a millionaire and a... more

Abolitionist, Charles Sumner's Bloody Kansas "Ballot Box" Speech, resulted in him being beaten on the floor of Congress. A beating so severe, it took him three years to recover. Our guest, the director of The Museum of African American... more

Live from the Occupy Wall Street Rally, New York NY Picketers marched yesterday as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement that began three weeks ago in Lower Manhattan and has spread across the U.S. The New York crowd... more

Join Vegan Cookie entrepreneurs, George and Audra Goss as they speak with The Gist of Freedom host, A. Rebecca Johnson of Healthy School Food Coalition.Org Initially the couple worked out of their home in Washington... more
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