The 365 Black History serious is designed to give our community a chance to learn and appreciate the achievement, struggles and experience of our ancestors, inventors, business people, scientific, educators, children and more.
On May 13th in Black History
1897 – Sidney Bechet, jazz clarinetist, born.
1914 – Joe Louis, World Heavyweight Champion, born.
1950 – Stevie Wonder, singer and composer, born.
1985 – Police Drop Bomb on MOVE Headquarters in Philadelphia
MOVE Organization was a pro black, nature loving activist group bred and raised in Philadelphia in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The members each adapted the surname Africa and often spoke out against American inequality, racism and even technology. Their headquarters was wiped out when the police took to a helicopter and drop a bomb on the house and headquarters of the MOVE Organization. This was done to silence the central figure in the movement, John Africa.
11 people were killed in this violent and it was the second time a bomb had been dropped from the air in America. The first was when the police and other institutions dropped bombs on the business district of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921.
Our history has a long, glorious and bright light that has shown since the dawn of time. However, it has long been hidden from us as if we were blind.
Now is the time to come together and consciously grow our understanding of our ancestors, culture, history and place in this world. The only way we can do this tie the knot of our past with our present to create the future we all desire.
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