Category: RACE DIVERSITY

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JAN 19, 2009 – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. In 2009 Martin Luther King Day falls on January 19th. But who is Martin Luther King Jr? Biography of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) Born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the eldest son of Martin Luther King, Sr., pastor and civil rights leader, and Alberta Williams King, whose father was the...

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HISTORY LINKS KING HOLIDAY, OBAMA INAUGURATION

Martin Luther King’s flame has always burned brightest in Atlanta, but in a real sense, the torch is being passed to Washington, D.C., with his birthday and holiday taking on dual meaning for many Americans because it falls on the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration. While Georgia’s capital has traditionally been the place for the most high-profile observance that day, this year it will share the spotlight with the nation’s capital. But the shift from King’s hometown does nothing to diminish the excitement of the moment, said William Jelani Cobb, an American history professor at Atlanta’s Spelman College. “That we...

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RACIAL DISCRIMINATION CASE AGAINST THE MET POLICE

A senior Scotland Yard officer has filed a claim of racial discrimination against the Metropolitan Police. Commander Ali Dizaei, the president of the National Black Police Association, accuses former commissioner Sir Ian Blair and the Met’s chief executive Catherine Crawford of colluding to suspend him from duty. He was suspended in September after being accused of misconduct. Chairman of the Metropolitan Black Police Association Alfred John confirmed the claim that papers had been served at the Employment Tribunal Office at Victory House, Kingsway, central London. Mr Dizaei was previously suspended in 2001 after allegations of corruption and drug use were...

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INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM OPENING SPEECH

 Dr David Fleming OBE, Director, National Museums Liverpool The day will come when it is impossible to imagine a pleasant and articulate black Liverpool teenager being excluded from his school for resisting racial hostility and physical attacks from his white schoolmates. But that day has not yet come. The day will come when it is impossible to imagine an African American woman, here to give a lecture on behalf of the International Slavery Museum and accompanied by her young son on the streets of Liverpool, being called “nigger” by a young white boy. Sadly, that day has not yet come....

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THE IDEOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF CHATTEL SLAVERY

Excerpts from a lecture presented by Molefi Kete Asante in Liverpool Town Hall on August 21, 2007 for the opening of the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool. Whenever I am in the city of Liverpool I feel quite connected to it like I am in an American city, a city with familiar images, histories, and dynamics. In many ways it is like Charleston, Savannah, Baltimore, and my own city, Philadelphia. Of course the link is truly historical but Liverpool has a visceral impact on me, a descendant of enslaved Africans whose ancestry goes to Sudan and Nigeria. I will never know...

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THE LIVERPOOL-BORN BLACK COMMUNITY

The history of The Liverpool Black Community seems to have been strangely ignored in the dialogue on asylum seekers and immigration by government pundits. The Liverpool Black Community is distinguished from others by its continuity, some black Liverpudlians being able to trace their roots in Liverpool for as many as ten generations. This community dates back to even before the American War of Independence, which caused numbers of free Black Loyalists to settle in London and the growing township. Early settlers ranged from freed slaves and black servants to the student sons and daughters of African rulers, who had visited...