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Jackie Robinson, 1947


Posted By on Feb 20, 2021

(reposted from History.com) By 1900, the unwritten color line barring Black players from white teams in professional baseball was strictly enforced. Jackie Robinson, a sharecropper’s son from Georgia, joined the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League in 1945 after a stint in the U.S. Army (he earned an honorable discharge after facing a court-martial for refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus). His play caught the...

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Black History Month 2021 Theme


Posted By on Feb 20, 2021

reposting from https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States. READ MORE: Black History Milestones (from ASALH) The black...

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Press release from the City of Pasadena: January 26, 2021 PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena is celebrating Black History Month by recognizing the achievements and contributions of Black Americans and their central role in our nation’s history with virtual programs, events, and activities for all ages. Pasadena Public Library; the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department; and the Pasadena Black History Committee...

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Reposted from https://episcopalpartnership.org/race-and-episcopal-church-history/ Sankofa, a Ghanaian symbol often depicted as a bird with its head turned backward, means “go back and fetch it.” Sankofa denotes the importance of learning from the past in order to make positive progress. Understanding the role of racism in the foundation of the Episcopal Church in America will facilitate the evolution of our institutions and our...

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Reposted From the Office of Public Affairs: In honor of February Black History Month and Blessed Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called for an increased understanding and commitment to the Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and University, known as HBCUs. The Presiding Bishop invites Episcopalians “to deepen our participation in Christ’s ministry of...

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