OURstory & the Early 20th Century...

Perhaps it is time to learn about OURstory in the military! The 366th Infantry Regiment was an all-black unit that saw action in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Before the "Sixes" was allowed into combat, they spent some time guarding the bases of the Tuskegee Airmen because the white troops refused to defend the "colored" flyers. When they finally entered combat after the fall of Rome, they faced Field-Marshal Albrecht von Kesselring as he led the brilliant military retreat of the German forces to the Italian Alps.

A top seller on! A cyberfriend (Gwen Magee) wrote recently. She said,

"I just bought Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America. Authors are James Allen, Hilton Als, John Lewis and Leon F. Litwack. Trust me, you need this book!"

These images make the past present. They refute the notion that photographs of charged historical subjects lose their power, softening and becoming increasingly aesthetic with time. These images are not going softly into any artistic realm. Instead they send shock waves through the brain, implicating ever larger chunks of American society and in many ways reaching up to the present. They give one a deeper and far sadder understanding of what it has meant to be white and to be black in America. And what it still means. Order this book today!

Check out this article! One of the most amazing stories in OURstory is the Black Wall Street (1921 Tulsa Race Riot). Check out this website to learn about the "Greenwood District"-- a Black community in Tulsa Oklahoma, which became the nationally renowned Mecca of Black business. Frequently referred to as "The Black Wall Street of America," the Greenwood District also known as Little Africa, was a community within itself. The 15,000 residents were wealthy blacks who lived within an isolated society with its own theaters, banks and libraries.

Check out OURstory!There are several conflicting stories as to how and why the Tulsa riot began. One such report said the riot started after whites marched on the courthouse to lynch Dick Rowland, a young Black shoeshine boy, who was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old white female elevator operator.

Never again!The number of Black people murdered is also in disputed and has triggered a search for graves of Tulsa riot victims. It is believed that the nights of carnage left some 3,000 African Americans dead, and over 600 successful Black businesses lost. Bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious whites. Among these were 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes and even a bus system.

As many have suspected, the impetus behind this killing rampage was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with ranking city officials and many other sympathizers. Dozens of official documents are missing, believed destroyed in the cover-up. The white woman who made the allegation later refused to prosecute the young Black male.

Georgetown University presents an online bibliography of the Harlem Renaissance.

It is time to bring to light a world that existed for half-century when the best black baseball players weren't allowed to play on the same field as the best white players. This history of the Negro Baseball League is only starting to get the recognition it deserves. This website is a comprehensive online resource for information!

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