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What the ‘Father of Black History’ Would Have Actually Wanted Americans to Do for Black History Month | Time

Olivia B Waxman, Time Carter G. Woodson, the “father of black history.” Image: Library of Congress. Featured Image official theme of Black History Month 2019, “Black Migrations,” is a fitting one: not only is migration one of today’s most pressing political issues, but it’s also a key part of the annual observance’s own history. Black History Month’s roots can be traced to the Great Migration of the early 20th century, during which millions of African Americans from the South moved to the northern cities hoping for better job opportunities. In 1918, Carter G. Woodson published his book A Century of […]

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The Women Behind The Songs: Jessie Mae Robinson | NPR

MEREDITH OCHS, NPR Jessie Mae Robinson’s songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists, from Louis Jordan to Lana Del Rey. Courtesy of the Robinson family. Featured Image may know Wanda Jackson’s 1960s hit “Let’s Have a Party,” or even the versions performed by Led Zeppelin and Elvis Presley, but most will not recognize the name of the woman who wrote it: Jessie Mae Robinson. Whether she was composing party songs or heartbreak songs, Robinson wrote with the concise, evocative language of a journalist. She gave her characters dignity no matter who they were or what they were doing. Born […]

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