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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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Join The Gist of Freedom as we welcome Miss Penny Beckham, the volunteer director of The Plate of Love Soup Kitchen located at State Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Buffalo. Beckham recalled many times seeing one of the... more

Join Kimberly L. Simmons as she lectures on the Detroit River Project and the Vigilance Cmmittee.

The Life of Black Abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd as told by her descendant Scholar Irene Moore Davis! A ceremony unveiling the statue of Mary Ann Shadd took place Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Windsor University in Canada. Sculpted... more

Buffalo Massacre Dr. Manisha Sinha's Monthly Black History University Recap! ****** In honor of one of the ten victims, Ms. Pearly Young we ask that you donate food to your local food bank. Mrs. Young ran a food pantry and every... more

Listen to Grady Lewis's in depth interview on the Gist of Freedom. Grady bought a drink for the mass shooter, in the Buffalo area shooting, one day before the allegedl gunman from Conklin, NY opened fire and live streamed the shooting of... more

Black History University Monthly Recap, April 2022 with Dr. Manisha Sinha! Easter, Black Abolitionists, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. In a rare occurrence on Good Friday, April 14, 2022 Christianity, Islam and Judaism was... more

Black History University Monthly Recap w/ Dr.Sinha! March 2022 Black Abolitionism During Queen Charlotte's Reign, America's Last Queen Who is also of African Descent. 1. James Somerset (c. 1741 – after... more

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine with history Professor Dr. Manisha Sinha! The Global display of support for Ukraine, prayers and protests.

Stephanie Gilbert discusses the importance of identifying, documenting, preserving, and sharing artifacts from the history of African American families. The Fugitive Slavery Ads Mary Church Terrell's Inscribed Book "A Colored Woman... more
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