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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.
 
Noble Sissle, who lived from 1889 to 1975, participated in and witnessed some of America's great moments in history associated with culture and racial equality. Known throughout history as a music lyricist and orchestra leader, Sissle was an ambassador of goodwill for America from World War I with the renowned Harlem Hellfighters' Regimental Band to the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s to entertaining millions of military service persons with the USO in World War II to playing for presidents, ...
 
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Professor Sinha, Black History University 1. Christopher Columbus; Commemorate 17th Century Black abolitionist De Silva Mendoca 2. Cori Bush Protest Homelessness Abolitionist 3. Congressman Quincy Adams, anti-slavery abolitionists, gag rule 4. President Obama's Presidential Library Grounding Breaking, Chicago Founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe DaSable 5…
 
Noble Sissle’s son and daughter celebrated what would have been their famous father’s 132nd year after birth in 1889. To mark the date, Sissle’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren living in 3 locations in California and two in Florida, found a way to celebrate his birthday remotely with poetry and music. The tele-conference party turne…
 
This Episode, a bit late uploaded, focuses on events during early R&B music history. The great and talented James Brown and Joe Tex were competing for the same audiences throughout the South and Mid-West. They performed countless one-nighters trying to expand their fan bases. Tex from Texas and Brown from Georgia were on a collision course to win a…
 
Talk about tangents! Host Noble Sissle, Jr. begins this episode with a recording his father made with Eubie Blake and gives the background of the musicians. But then he introduces one of the co-writers of the song, Perry Bradford, and the history lesson begins. Sissle and Blake wrote the ragtime song played in this episode, Jubilee Tonight, with ad…
 
In his early years growing up in Indianapolis in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Noble Sissle’s musical destiny had yet to be determined. The talents began to show, but he was still a young boy who loved baseball and working odd jobs. Using research and Sissle’s writings and tape recordings, his son Noble, Jr., podcast host, explores the influences…
 
Host Noble Sissle, Jr. and his sister Cynthia Sissle explain the origins of the family name and how their grandfather, Reverend George A. Sissle, born in 1852, managed his family of 6 children. However, the story begins with George's father Richard both living as freemen in Lexington, KY and both becoming ministers. The family lore of how the name …
 
Hosted by Noble Sissle, Jr., this first Episode into the life and times of Noble Sissle, explores his early upbringing in his family that includes 5 siblings. His father, Reverend George Sissle moved to Indianapolis, IN from Lexington, KY with the family to become the pastor of a Methodist Church. It was here that Noble was born; then it was off to…
 
The United States Capitol 1866 Blacks and Whites Celebrate the Passage of Civil Rights Amendment 1866 The Capitol: A Great America, in the Making! An 1866 illustration from Harper’s Weekly shows white women, White Union soldiers and African Americans celebrating new legislation in the Galleries of the House of Representatives in the Capitol. The 14…
 
Join The Gist of Freedom as Shellie Gaines welcomes WETV’s Vice President,,Ashley McFarlin Buie! Ashley M. Buie, founder of Bird's Eye Entertainment, Inc., continues to set the entertainment world on fire. Buie has catapulted her career from Production Assistant to Executive Producer to Network Executive. She has worked on a multitude of television…
 
Oblate Sisters of Providence Black Nuns at Saint Francis Academy in Baltimore. Listening now to Filmmaker Gloria Victoria Rolando Casamayor discuss her upcoming documentary about the Oblate Sisters. Gloria’s mom an Afro-Cuban attended a school established by the Sisters in Cuba! www.BlackHistoryUniversity.com Elizabeth Clarisse Lange, who became la…
 
This lecture takes on the question of why we have only two political parties in the United States and how the two party system shapes our politics. Most significantly, this lecture looks at the ways in which the politics of race - Black civil rights in particular - during the Civil War, Reconstruction, the modern Civil Rights Movement and the elect…
 
Free Afrcan Society's Black Nurses and the 1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic In 1793, Philadelphia was as large and as cosmopolitan a city as could be found in the new United States. Until 1800, Philadelphia served as the U.S. capitol. The city was also home to a substantial number of people of color. The yellow fever outbreak that began that…
 
Jamaal Brown Presents A Series on Statutes and Monuments: Manna From Heaven. Tonight The Gist of Freedom along with host, Jamaal Brown honors Slavery Survivor Warriors, Freedom Fighters Who Sacrificed their Lives at www.BlackHistoryUniversity.com. List of Topics and Warriors Allensworth Fort Leavenworth Grand army of republic GAR Dr. James Peck USC…
 
The Roots of Labor Day: May Day versus Labor Day.. Labor Day is a national holiday dedicated to American workers.In the 19th century, the industrial revolution reached its peak, and many Americans had to work 12 hours a day seven days a week. Even small children worked in factories and died striking in the Silk Mills located in Paterson New Jersey.…
 
“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.” As look at the history of American democracy, we begin with the nation’s founding contradiction: the dispossession of Natives, the enslavement of Africans and the exclusion of women in a new nation dedicated to the radical concept of universal human equality. Through a readin…
 
Jamaal Brown's series on Statutes and Monuments continues as we cross reference modern day activism and abolitionists of the past with today’s professional athletes who are currently boycotting America’s countless and senseless cop shootings of unarmed Black Men. Abolitionists: Chris Webber, Stephon Marbury, Paul Robeson, Kenny "The Jet" Smith, Sat…
 
Join host Jamaal Brown, as he continues his series on Statutes and Monuments. Jamaal features voting rights icons, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ocavious Cato, Sojourner Truth, Amelia Boynton Robinson, Sojourner Truth and Coretta Scott King. He also recognizes black sculptors such as Vinnie Bagwell.Av The Gist of Freedom
 
Tonight, historian Jamaal Brown will be discussing Cleopatra's Needle, a monument that once stood in front of a powerful Egyptian temple, which now stands in New York's Central Park. Discover, What is it, Where it Came From, Who Created It, and how it got into the hands of the NY Metropolitan Museum. How do the Monuments of Antiquity, and the monum…
 
Alexander Hamilton"s Ethnicity and Abolitionism has been scrutinized since the Hit Broadway Play. We share these clips from 2004, July 12th a Discussion at the 200th Memorial of Hamilton's duel. Author Ron Chernow was asked to address Hamilton's ethicity by Harlem's very own QUEEN MOTHER DR. DELAUISE BLAKELY. Clip number two is a Abraham Lincoln's …
 
Reparations for Slaveholders - Victims of The Emancipation Proclamation, Slave Revolts, Fraud ~Emancipation Act, 1862, Paid Slavers in DC $300 per person The Race and Slavery Petitions Project offers data on race and slavery extracted from documents and processed over a period of eighteen years. The Woes of The Planter, Pleas for Relief: Slavers Pu…
 
The New Jersey Amistad Commission Executive Director Stephanie James New Jersey schools incorporate African American history into their K-12 social studies curricula and appropriate content areas. This legislation created the Amistad Commission, a 23-member body charged with ensuring that African American historical content, contributions and exper…
 
In 2004, Pennsylvania native Mary Groce was going through a box of family papers with her cousin Aileen when she found a sheet of old letterhead for an “Emory C. Malick, Licensee: Pilot No. 105.” Included on the letterhead was a photograph of a handsome young man in a Curtiss pusher-type airplane. Hubert Fauntleroy Julian, nicknamed the Black Eagle…
 
Dissicussion with COVID Survivor, Dr. Ishmael Griffin, MD and Therapist Bonnie Harrison! The Hart Island Mass Gravesite was originally the home of Almshouses, charitable homes for the aged, orphaned and widows, this practice was adopted from the colonial era. Harriet Tubman likewise donated her property in Auburn New York, for the Harriet Tubman Ho…
 
A'Lelia Bundles talks with The Gist of Freedom, guest host Shellie Gaines about her great great Grandmother Madam C.J.Walker, her book Self Made and the Netflix series Self Made which was inspired by her book. Octavia Spencer has her hands in many projects, the Academy Award-winning actress is starred as the trailblazing Madam C.J. Walker in an aut…
 
Celebrating Easter and honoring medical professionals from the past, the present and the future! Musical selections commemorating the Clark Sisters' Movie premiering April 11, 2020 on Lifetime! Valerie Jarrett's father, Dr. James Bowman, Jr., was a groundbreaking pathologist and geneticist. His first day as a resident at St. Luke's Hospital in Chic…
 
Join The Gist of Freedom ~Corona Virus Epidemic from an Emergency Doctor's Perspective | Dr. Ishmael Griffin, a Harvard Educated, Board Certified Emergency Physician, has practiced over 20 years in level 1 and 2 emergency departments. Currently works in NYC. Dr. Griffin was also led a delegation of Pre-Med Students to study in Cuba for nearly two d…
 
Twentieth-Century African American Freedom Struggles transformed both US and World History. These seminal liberation struggles include the important yet relatively unknown series of early twentieth-century southern African American streetcar boycotts as well as the iconic Civil Rights-Black Power Insurgency (1935-75). First, Waldo Martin examines w…
 
America’s pre-WWII anxieties, Depression-era economic disparity, and the potential for positive social movements arise in this conversation about Frank Capra (director) and Robert Riskin’s (screenwriter) film Meet John Doe (1941) between author Victoria Riskin (Robert Riskin and Fay Wray: A Hollywood Memoir) and film scholar Charles Wolfe. Riskin a…
 
UCLA history professor Brenda Stevenson studies slavery and the Antebellum South, some of our country’s most painful moments and eras. Because there is not much in the way of documentary evidence of the lives of women of color, enslaved women and women from the South, Stevenson must work as an investigator to discover their inner lives and experien…
 
Join the Gist of Freedom and Kimberly Simmons as we welcome Tamara Lanier. Mrs. Lanier will give us an update on her lawsuit against Harvard. Lawsuit by gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of slavery survivor blasts Harvard for collecting licensing fees on the photos of her ancestors which were used in racist research. “These images were taken under duress, ord…
 
Join the Gist of Freedom and Kimberly Simmons as we welcome Tamara Lanier. Mrs. Lanier will give us an update on her lawsuit against Harvard. Lawsuit by gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of slavery survivor blasts Harvard for collecting licensing fees on the photos of her ancestors which were used in racist research. “These images were taken under duress, ord…
 
Alelia Bundles, Madam C.J. Walker's descendant and preserverationist gives The Gist of Freedom an update on Madam C.J. Walker's latest exciting projects. Netflix SeriesMadam C. J. Walker Beauty Culture productsThe Madam Walker Legacy Center Alelia's latest books onAv The Gist of Freedom
 
Speech, Founder of Arrested Development Lectures on his New Documentaries, The N-Factory and 16 Bars! Arrested Development’s Speech For Speech it’s a homecoming replete with memories of growing up in Milwaukee, the son of a business mom and dad, attending parochial and Milwaukee Public schools; of music always being the dominate force in his life, …
 
Should your art send you to prison? Rap lyrics are increasingly turning up as evidence in courtrooms across the country. The fictional characters portrayed in violent gansta rap songs are often a far cry from the true personalities of the artists behind them, yet uninitiated audiences easily conflate artist with character and fiction with fact. On …
 
A Lesson on Civics, The 2018 Mideterm Election with Roy Paul... This show is dedicated to Matthias de Sousa Matthias de Sousa, was the only black person to serve in the colonial Maryland legislature. As such he is the first African American to sit in any legislative body in what would become the United States. He also voted and in 1641 he was elect…
 
Ron Goode, Tribal Chairman of the North Fork Mono Tribe, led UC Davis professor, Beth Rose Middleton Manning's, students through a cultural burn. Students participated in preparing the land and igniting the fire, and contributed to a historic indigenous tradition. Cultural burning practices empower Native American communities, and could possibly be…
 
Hundreds of Authors who survived slavery, penned books, newspapers, pamphlets and speeches without using the N-Word, yet today the word is unavoidable! Garrett Fortner III, the Brooklyn Grassroot Publisher and founder of New Word Media has had enough and he's doing something about it! He filed a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission. …
 
The Gist of Freedom is honored to invite you to a lecture, the vigilant genealogist, Matriach and author Catherine Meehan Blount will discuss her famillies' rich legacy in homesteading! Carving out a place for themselves: Black settlers’ pursuit of dream in late 1800s Nebraska gets new attention! African American Church congregation at DeWitty sett…
 
Join The Gist of Freedom as we welcome Our Visiting Lecturer The University of Glasgow's Professor Simon P. Newton. The topic of discussion: The Runaway Slaves Ads in Eighteenth-Century Britain project! It has created a searchable database of well over eight hundred newspaper advertisements placed by Colonial slavers seeking the capture and return …
 
Author Dr. Myers Lectures from her book "The Invisible Queen" Queen Charlotte America's last Queen, The Queen of Color! http://www.myerspublishing.com/ The Invisible Queen which tells the surprising story of Queen Charlotte, including her African ancestry and her lasting legacy as a supporter of the Abolitionist movement that ended the Atlantic sla…
 
Queen City Charlotte, North Carolina Honors Queen Charlotte England's First Black Queen! Listen to a Lecture by Adria Focht, president & CEO of The Charlotte Museum of History on The Book, Queen Charlotte The Invisible Queen, by Dr. Stephanie E. Meyers! Read The Book, The Invisible Queen which tells the surprising story of Queen Charlotte, includin…
 
Join Philip Merrill, founder of Nanny Jack Co. as we honor pilot Tammie Jo Shults, Cornelius Coffey and Bessie Coleman! Tammie Jo Shults is the pilot who bravely flew Southwest Flight 1380 to safety after part of its left engine ripped off, damaging a window and nearly sucking a woman out of the plane. The flight was en route to Dallas Love airport…
 
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