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My grandmother, who was very religious, and to whom I was much attached - my master, who belonged to

the church, and other religious persons who visited the house, and whom I often saw at prayers, noticing

the singularity of my manners, I suppose, and my uncommon intelligence for a child, remarked I had too

much sense to be raised - and if I was, I would never be of any service to any one - as a slave . . .

 

 

Nathaniel Turner

Christian Martyrdom in Southampton 

A Theology of Black Liberation

By Rudolph Lewis

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For Lucy Barrow, Revolutionary

-- convicted & hanged at Jerusalem, September 26, 1831

By Rudolph Lewis

How nature blessed you, Black Woman

You in love with promises of a preacher man

Old as the age of prophets

 

O Red Bandanna Lady

Last Sunday, you heard him prophesy

 

A star-crossed heaven of black and white

lights, blood dripping from the heavens

in shapes of men in different attitudes

And hieroglyphics and of Christ laying down

 

the cross for us to bear. You walked the road

to Jerusalem’s hill, your soul in mid-air, the hand

of God upon the Serpent’s throat, His sword

high to cover the sun, turning autumn colors

 

Hold on Sweet Lucy! Hold on night and day!

Hold on Dear Lucy, to your lovely Mistress!

Hold on! August Madness is on the wing

 

Master John’s throat, boys! Cut quickly now!

Away from us, ancient Easter, treacherous hag!

You’re yesterday’s nightmare

A new world has begun!

 

Shine now my Sweet Lucy, from a faraway

darkness that will drench this sin-soaked earth

in pagan blood (man, woman, child), in terror

 

Let us drink the life spirit of men, bold and determined,

wrapped in bed quilts, plugs of tobacco on their breast

 

They can’t hear you, Black Woman, my Dear Sweet Lucy

They can’t hear the joy of freedom in your laugh. Their ears

hear the shriek of fanatics and monsters!  But we know

the miracle of the Hour! The last shall be first, the first last

 

Your love of life shall save you, O Lucy of the Night

Grand Dame of Freedom! We won the Day!

Judgment Day! Monday, August 22, 1831!

Brandy and gunpowder, a Great Feast of Jubilee!

 

Your Mistress is chained to the lie of her illusions

Burn in hell, Witch! Lucy is on Freedom Road

Ride on, Sweet Fearless Lucy! Ride on! Ride,

Wondrous Warrior, your coffin to the gallows!

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Zippety Doo Dah, Zippety-Ay: How Satisfactch'll Is Education Today? Toward a New Song of the South

Dr. Joyce E. King on Black Education and New Paradigms

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The State of African Education (April 200)

Attack On Africans Writing Their Own History Part 1 of 7

Dr Asa Hilliard III speaks on the assault of academia on Africans writing and accounting for their own history.

Dr Hilliard is A teacher, psychologist, and historian.

Part 2 of 7  /  Part 3 of 7  / Part 4 of 7  / Part 5 of 7 / Part 6 of 7  /  Part 7 of 7

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Basil Davidson's  "Africa Series"

 Different But Equal  /  Mastering A Continent  /  Caravans of Gold  / The King and the City / The Bible and The Gun

West Africa Before the Colonial Era: A History to 1850

By Basil Davidson

African Slave Trade: Precolonial History, 1450-1850

By Basil Davidson

John Henrik Clarke—A Great and Mighty Walk

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery / George Jackson  / Hurricane Carter

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

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