How one man fought South Carolina Democrats to end whites-only primaries – and why that matters now : The Conversation


South Carolina’s black community has a long history of fighting for democratic rights.

Source: How one man fought South Carolina Democrats to end whites-only primaries – and why that matters now : The Conversation

400 years of black giving: From the days of slavery to the 2019 Morehouse graduation : The Conversation


When African American businessman Robert F. Smith declared during a Morehouse College commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt of the entire 2019 graduating class of about 400 young men from the historically black school, he provoked a frenzy. Footage of the jubilant graduates immediately went viral, with an outpouring of hot takes on what the news meant.

As a historian of philanthropy, here’s what caught my eye: Smith said that he was making this roughly US$40 million gift on behalf of eight generations of his family with American roots.

On top of paying tribute to his ancestors, I see this generous act as an extension of the underappreciated heritage of African American philanthropy that began soon after the first enslaved Africansdisembarked in Virginia in 1619.

 

Source: 400 years of black giving: From the days of slavery to the 2019 Morehouse graduation : The Conversation

Amelia Boynton Robinson: A Civil Rights Activist


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Known as a civil rights activist, Amelia Boynton Robinson is known for her assistance to Martin Luther King, Jr. in planning the march from Selma to Montgomery on Bloody Sunday. This march, ultimately, led to the Voting Rights Act that was enforced in the year of 1965.

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Born on August 18th in the year of 1911, Amelia Boynton Robinson has held registration drives in Selma, Alabama for black voters, was the first woman of African-American descent and the first democratic-based female to run for an official seat within Congress from the State of Alabama.

In the year of 1990, Amelia Boynton Robinson won the famous Martin Luther King Jr. “Medal of Freedom”.

The march from Selma to Montgomery which is best known as “Bloody Sunday”. It happened just over the Alabama River on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. On the day of the march, the protestors were attacked by…

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