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Everyday Black History – Elijah McCoy

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Have you ever heard or said something is the real McCoy? Do you know where this term comes from? Well, look no further than Elijah McCoy. He was the son of former slaves from Kentucky who escaped via Underground Railroad to Canada.

His oil-drip cup invention was so amazing that people termed the phrase “The Real McCoy” which now refers to something authentic and of high quality.

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Everyday Black History – Assata Shakur

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Imagine being most wanted for more than four decades. Well, meet Assata Shakur. Regarded as a hero for her protests against racism and her role in the 1970s Black Liberation Army. She became the first woman to be placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list after escaping to Cuba from prison, where she was serving a life sentence for the 1973 murder of a police officer.

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Everyday Black History- Redlining

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Often it is argued that Black Americans are lazy. That we have no drive or determination. That all other marginalized groups enter the US and are successful, therefore it proves that we are shiftless and good for nothing.

As an author it is beat in your head to not write in passive voice. The argument goes that one performs the act and not have the act performed on them. Well…sometimes.

Have you heard or learned about redlining? Well, let me tell you something. In order to determine where and where not; who and who not to sell houses or give loans, banks would draw a redline to mark areas where banks would not make loans.

It’s not by mistake, it’s by design. This practice, now illegal, although I’m not sure for how long, meant that banks would offer loans to lower-income whites but not to middle and upper-income Blacks. Things that make you go hmm…?

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Everyday Black History- Amy Jacques Garvey

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One thing I can say about Marcus Garvey, he loved women named Amy. Not only did he love them, they loved him. This strong Black woman named Amy Jacques Garvey didn’t stop the cause when her husband went to prison.

Amy Jacques Garvey was the second wife of Marcus Garvey. But, that’s not her claim to fame. She also was a pioneering journalist, publisher, and advocate for the improvement of African-American lives through Black Nationalism. What did James Brown say? “It’s a man’s world, but it’s nothing without a woman.”

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Everyday Black History – Medgar Evers

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When people refuse to vote, I become angry. The anger rises from learning about so many people who died trying to vote or who died trying to help others to get the write to vote.

Well, Medgar Evers is one of those people. Worked on voting rights and registration; economic opportunity; access to public facilities; and other changes within segregated society.

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Everyday Black History – Amy Ashwood Garvey

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Many of you heard, read, or learned about Marcus Garvey. But, how many of you heard, read, or learned about his first wife? Well, Amy Ashwood Garvey was his first wife. She risked her life for her husband in 1922 by stepping in front of his would-be assassin’s bullets.

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Everyday Black History -Jury O. Newton, Ph.D

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Cofounder of the Black Panther Party for Self-defense in 1966. Although he was illiterate, he faced that obstacle head-on and attended Merritt College as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz. He sponsored a free breakfast program for children; sickle-cell anemia tests; free food and shoes; and a school.

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