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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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Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis' grandson, Filmmaker Muta' Ali talks to host @ShellieGaines about his heartfelt documentary, based on his grandparents' Love, Life & Activism, on The Gist of Freedom more

AUDIO BOOK READING chp 4 BREAKING THE CHAINS, WM.L.KATZ Jenny Smith Fletcher was the daughter of W. H. Smith, founder of Nicodemus. She was the first postmistress and schoolteacher in Nicodemus, Kansas. She was... more

Listen to the conversation… Inspired by Dr. Umar Johnson, Frederick Douglass descendant-Combating Propaganda, Negative Stereotypes! … We must be the Media! "Hitler used a propaganda military campaign before... more

I went to the slaver and inquired what was her price for me. She said a thousand dollars.... I opened a regular place of business... During this time I had found it politic to go shabbily dressed, and to appear to be very poor, but to pay my... more

Author and Harlem Historian Michael Henry Adams, former director of cultural affairs for State Senator Bill Perkins . Will discuss preservations of historical landmarks with Roy Paul on The Gist of Freedom. ----- Reminder, Click here to... more

Judy Tate,Emmy Award Winning Theatrical Writer - The Gist of Freedom is pleased to present to The African Burial Ground Lower Manhattan, Playwright, Judy Tate! Judy is the Producing Artistic Director of The American Slavery... more

AUDIO BOOK READING - BREAKING THE CHAINS, Week 2 Chapter 2 "In the North tax money built libraries and public schools in the South it built jails to hold slaves and paid the salaries of slave patrols. New York state published more... more

Healthy Barbecues and Cookouts with Nutritionist & Healthy Living Coach Rebecca Johnson Join Roy Paul on The Gist of Freedom as he discusses Healthy Barbecues and Cookouts with Nutritionist Rebecca Johnson, Plant Rich Life!... more

Summer of 1964 Bob Moses created Freedom Summer to mobilize Whites and to gain mainstream media exposure for the Civil Rights Struggle..... The Historic 1964 Freedom Summer anniversary; Mississippi Founder, Bob Moses... more

"Breaking The Chains: African-American Slave Resistance" ?The compelling, provocative story of the resistance and courage of African slaves in their never-ending struggle for freedom…important history.? — USA... more
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