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mdhurd, Author at Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture

TIPHC Newsletter, Jan. 13-19, 2019

The Underground Kitchen That Funded the Civil Rights Movement Georgia Gilmore’s cooking fueled the Montgomery bus boycott. Photo: Georgia Gilmore poses for photographers after testifying as a defense witness in the bus boycott trial of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., March 21, 1956, in Montgomery. (Associated Press) (Atlas Obscura) On December 5, 1955, four

TIPHC Newsletter, Jan. 6-12, 2019

It’s time to recognize Sally Hemings as a first lady of the United States Photo: A man reads a plaque about Sally Hemings at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's estate in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, June 16, 2018. (Steve Ruark / Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times) It is now widely understood that my ancestor Sally Hemings,

TIPHC Newsletter, Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019

Lincoln moved to end slavery on New Year’s Day 1863. It went on for three more years. Image: The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before President Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet, painted by F.B. Carpenter. (Library of Congress) (Washington Post) On New Year’s morning of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln hosted a three-hour reception in the White

TIPHC Newsletter, Dec. 16-29, 2018

The Unsolved Mystery of the First People Killed During the Civil Rights Movement Law enforcement knew who killed Harry and Harriette Moore on Christmas in 1951. So why wasn’t justice served? Photo: Harriette and Harry Moore. (Credit: The Washington Post via Getty Images) ( It was a double celebration: Christmas, and the Moores’ 25th

TIPHC Newsletter, Dec. 9-15, 2018

Terrorized African-Americans Found Their Champion in Civil War Hero Robert Smalls The formerly enslaved South Carolinian declared that whites had killed 53,000 African-Americans, but few took the explosive claim seriously—until now Image: Harper’s Weekly reports on “The Steamer ‘Planter’ and Her Captor,” June 14, 1862 (Library of Congress Prints and photographs division) (Smithsonian) In May

TIPHC Newsletter, Dec. 2-8, 2018

The Photos That Lifted Up the Black Is Beautiful Movement For over 50 years, the photographer Kwame Brathwaite captured African-American beauty and fashion, giving visual power to black power. Image: Untitled (Photo shoot at a school for one of the many modeling groups who had begun to embrace natural hairstyles in the 1960s), 1966. Credit:

Uncommon integrity

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the

Democratic hypocrisy

Democracy (noun) – The belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves.   -- Cambridge Dictionary Over a hundred years ago W.E.B. Dubois asked if one could be black and an American. He saw

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2018

SHOWCASING A LEGACY Exhibit showcases history of Waco's African-American high school Image: Items provided by A.J. Moore High School alumni will rotate in and out of the exhibit at the East Waco Library on a regular basis. Staff photo, Rod Aydelotte (Waco Tribune-Herald) What tells a high school’s story? Its building? Student achievements? Successful

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 18-24, 2018

Texas will finally teach that slavery was main cause of the Civil War Slavery has been upgraded to the primary cause in the curriculum, however states’ rights and sectionalism will still be taught as “contributing factors” Image: Confederate troops on the Las Moras, Texas (Public Domain) ( Last week, the Texas Board of Education voted