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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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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

In 2004, Pennsylvania native Mary Groce was going through a box of family papers with her cousin Aileen when she found a sheet of old letterhead for an ?Emory C. Malick, Licensee: Pilot No. 105.? Included on the letterhead was a... more

Dissicussion with COVID Survivor, Dr. Ishmael Griffin, MD and Therapist Bonnie Harrison! The Hart Island Mass Gravesite was originally the home of Almshouses, charitable homes for the aged, orphaned and widows, this practice was adopted... more

A'Lelia Bundles talks with The Gist of Freedom, guest host Shellie Gaines about her great great Grandmother Madam C.J.Walker, her book Self Made and the Netflix series Self Made which was inspired by her book. Octavia Spencer... more

Celebrating Easter and honoring medical professionals from the past, the present and the future! Musical selections commemorating the Clark Sisters' Movie premiering April 11, 2020 on Lifetime! Valerie Jarrett's father, Dr. James... more
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