Ancient Egypt

Step Pyramid, Egypt

According to the quasi-unanimous testimony of the Ancients, Nubian culture preceded and gave birth to the Egyptian civilization. The Nile valley was peopled by Black peoples from the Great Lakes region, the cradle of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. According to the excavations of Keith Seele, a cylindrical censer was found at the Qostul cemetary in Nubia that clearly showed a King in a royal boat wearing the long crown of Upper Egypt, the royal banner, and the falcon god, Horus. The censer is the most ancient figure of a king found in the Nile valley....proof is now established that the Nubian monarchy is the oldest in the history of humanity.

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    Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa an African-American Holiday

As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.

Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture... These values are called the Nguzo Saba which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. Developed by Dr. Karenga

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Links/Suggested Reading

Africana

  1. Africana.com
  2. bbc News, See Africa Section
  3. National Black United Front, Virtual Museum
  4. The Afrocentric Experience, Comprehensive Black History
  5. Ijebu Project
  6. Afro-Venezuelan Issues, Link-up with our Southern brothers

African-American

  1. PBS - Ken Burns Jazz, Jim Crow
  2. Tuskegee Airmen
  3. Library of Congress, Slave Narratives
  4. Recommended Reading about African-American History and Culture
  5. African-Americans in the Civil War
  6. Tulsa Race Riots, Black Wall Street
  7. African Migrations


Arkansas

  1. Marvell, AR Demographics
  2. Arkansas Historical Quarterly Index
  3. Arkansas Black Newspapers (MS Word)
  4. Arkansas Lynchings, 1860 to 1936

Genealogy / Family Research

  1. Arkansas Geanological Resources (MS Word)
  2. Genaology Phillips County, Arkansas
  3. Genaology Info Monroe/Phillips County
  4. Arkansas Census Records
  5. Phillips County, Arkansas Census Data
  6. Arkansas Birth and Death Certificates


Rod's Picks

  1. Wonders of the African World
  2. Africans in America, 1450 to 1865
  3. PBS, This Far by Faith
  4. Runoko Rashidi, Global African Presence
  5. The Other News ,Independent News Site
  6. Kings and Queens of Africa Series
  7. Old School Music

Political

  1. Truth Uncovered
  2. Move On.org
  3. California Newsreel (African Videos)
  4. Democracy Now
  5. KPFK, Pacifica Radio Archives
  6. Pacifica Archives

A Legacy of Resistance

About 1767, Denmark Vesey was born a slave in St. Thomas. He subsequently moved to South Carolina and bought his freedom in 1799. Denmark joined the newly formed African Methodist Episcopal church in 1817....he began preaching from the Old Testament and taught his followers that Black Americans were the chosen people whose enslavement God would punish with death. In 1822, he and others began planning a rebellion. His chief lieutenant was Gullah Jack, an East African priest. Their plot was betrayed by a loyal house servant. Soon after Denmark Vesey and 34 other freedom fighters were hanged.... For abolitionists such as David Walker, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Vesey became a symbol of resistance and an inspiration in their writings.

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    Reconstruction

The First Black Senator

Reconstruction was a complex series of steps undertaken by the President, Congress, and the states in response to the chaos that followed the civil war. Four million freedmen were to be absorbed into the South's economy, but the South didn't have any economy after the Civil War. Blacks participated in elections for the first time in 1867. They hoped the vote would ensure a redistribution of land, better schools, equal opportunity for jobs...over a 100 black ministers won legislative seats... soon white militias would began to terrorize the black voters. Blacks would not regain their political power for another 100 years.


    Tuskegee Airmen
Aces

Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen were America's first Black military airmen....Most were college graduates...In July 1944, the 99th Fighter Squadron...the Airmen were the first to fly an escort mission from Italy to Berlin, in the process shooting down Germany's new Jet aircraft...soon bomber pilots learned to request the dreaded Redtails.

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