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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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Vicente Guerrero, Mexico's first black president Texas President Sam Houston lamented that " two valuable negro boys for which I had paid in cash $2100 previous to my visit to Nashville, ran away last spring to Mexico. Thus you can... more

It would take a massive, multinational effort to defeat Hitler, Mussolini, and Imperial Japan, and cost tens of millions of lives. Mussolini, seeking an "Italian Empire" in Africa, threw his army and air force against Ethiopia in October 1935.... more

"Escaped Africans today referred to as Maroons, are said to have hunted the wild boar common to the region, then preserved it for days in a spice-heavy marinade. When it came time to cook the meat, the Maroons dug holes in the ground, filled... more

Artist Frank Morrison, talks about his Maya Angelou Still I Rise Artwork One need take only a cursory view/examination of his portfolio or his work ‘en gallery' to find that his power and inspiration are products of his deeply religious... more

Toni Morrison said, "The Empire of Necessity is scholarship at it's best. Greg Grandin's deft penetration into the marrow of the slave industry is compelling, brilliant, and necessary." Join The Gist of Freedom Tonight... more

Tune in to The Gist of Freedom,, as we talk with Dr. William Seraile Professor Emeritus of African and African American studies at Lehman College (CUNY) Dr. Seraile served in Ethiopia as a Peace Corps... more

The Schomburg Collection, Harlem USA Maya Angelou discusses The Schomburg, Quilts & Slavery- Lesley Gist, the producer of The Gist of Freedom was blessed with the opportunity to call in on the Rolanda Watts Blog... more

Anna May Manigault-Hurley Female Funeral Home Director and Embalmer In 1940, Anna went to New York to study embalming at the famous Renouard School of Embalming. After her graduation, she returned to Columbia as one of... more

Join The Gist of Freedom as we welcome and congratulate one of Maryland's TOP 25 WOMEN PROFESSORS author Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead ! In Notes from a Colored Girl Dr. Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie... more

Join The Gist of Freedom as we talk with historian Stephanie James Wilson, M.A. Stephanie is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Amistad Commission, a division of the Department of Education. The Amistad Commission – NJ... more
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