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The Gist of Freedom

The Gist of Freedom Preserving American History through Black Literature . . .

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Join 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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Free Afrcan Society's Black Nurses and the 1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic In 1793, Philadelphia was as large and as cosmopolitan a city as could be found in the new United States. Until 1800, Philadelphia served as the... more

Jamaal Brown Presents A Series on Statutes and Monuments: Manna From Heaven. Tonight The Gist of Freedom along with host, Jamaal Brown honors Slavery Survivor Warriors, Freedom Fighters Who Sacrificed their Lives at... more

The Roots of Labor Day: May Day versus Labor Day.. Labor Day is a national holiday dedicated to American workers.In the 19th century, the industrial revolution reached its peak, and many Americans had to work 12 hours a day... more

Jamaal Brown's series on Statutes and Monuments continues as we cross reference modern day activism and abolitionists of the past with today's professional athletes who are currently boycotting America's countless and... more

Join host Jamaal Brown, as he continues his series on Statutes and Monuments. Jamaal features voting rights icons, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ocavious Cato, Sojourner Truth, Amelia Boynton Robinson, Sojourner Truth and Coretta Scott King.... more

Tonight, historian Jamaal Brown will be discussing Cleopatra's Needle, a monument that once stood in front of a powerful Egyptian temple, which now stands in New York's Central Park. Discover, What is it, Where it Came From,... more

Alexander Hamilton"s Ethnicity and Abolitionism has been scrutinized since the Hit Broadway Play. We share these clips from 2004, July 12th a Discussion at the 200th Memorial of Hamilton's duel. Author Ron Chernow was asked to address... more

Reparations for Slaveholders - Victims of The Emancipation Proclamation, Slave Revolts, Fraud ~Emancipation Act, 1862, Paid Slavers in DC $300 per person The Race and Slavery Petitions Project offers data on race and slavery... more

The New Jersey Amistad Commission Executive Director Stephanie James New Jersey schools incorporate African American history into their K-12 social studies curricula and appropriate content areas. This legislation created the Amistad... more
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