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TIPHC Newsletter, July 14-20, 2019

While NASA Was Landing on the Moon, Many African-Americans Sought Economic Justice Instead For those living in poverty, the billions spent on the Apollo program, no matter how inspiring the mission, laid bare the nation’s priorities Photo: Reverend Ralph Abernathy, flanked by associates, stand on steps of a mockup of the lunar module displaying

TIPHC Newsletter, July 7-13, 2019

The Tyler Rose: The Story of UT’s Recruitment of Earl Campbell (Alcalde) In 1973, Darrell K Royal faced challenges landing top African-American high school football players, so he enlisted a team of recruiters. Led by Ken Dabbs, they set out to convince the state’s top running back, Tyler’s Earl Campbell, that The University of

TIPHC Newsletter, June 30-July 6, 2019

How the GI Bill's Promise Was Denied to a Million Black WWII Veterans The sweeping bill promised prosperity to veterans. So why didn’t black Americans benefit? Photo credit: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group/Getty Images (History) When Eugene Burnett saw the neat tract houses of Levittown, New York, he knew he wanted to buy one.

TIPHC Newsletter, June 23-29, 2019

These Black Pitmasters Are Hustling To Preserve Barbecue's Roots The popularity of Texas-style barbecue has white-washed a cuisine that was rooted in Native American and African heritage. These black pitmasters are trying to keep history intact. Photo: A tray of meats and sides from Matt Horn's Horn Barbecue in the Bay Area of Northern

TIPHC Newsletter, June 16-22, 2019

They Introduced the World to Songs of Slavery. It Almost Broke Them. The Jubilee Singers were a global sensation. But an aggressive touring schedule would leave the young performers exhausted, underpaid, and in some cases, dead. (Topic Magazine) It was late December of 1871, and Henry Ward Beecher, the minister of Plymouth Church in

TIPHC Newsletter, June 9-15, 2019

Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, “The Black Swan” Born into slavery, Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield broke barriers with every note she sang (JSTOR Daily) Her voice swooped and soared through complex operatic melodies, thrilling audiences in the antebellum North. She gave encore after encore to listeners who couldn’t get enough. She was Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, one of

TIPHC Newsletter, June 2-8, 2019

The Statue of Liberty was created to celebrate freed slaves, not immigrants, its new museum recounts Lady Liberty was inspired by the end of the Civil War and emancipation. The connection to immigration came later. Photo: A close-up of part of the chains at the Statue of Liberty’s feet. (National Park Service) (The Washington

TIPHC Newsletter, May 26-June 1, 2019

One of the Earliest Memorial Day Ceremonies Was Held by Freed Slaves At the close of the Civil War, freed slaves in Charleston honored fallen Union soldiers Photo: The clubhouse at the Charleston racetrack where the 1865 Memorial Day events took place. (Library of Congress) (History) Memorial Day was born out of necessity. After

TIPHC Newsletter, May 19-25, 2019

The Truth Behind ’40 Acres and a Mule’ By Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  We’ve all heard the story of the “40 acres and a mule” promise to former slaves. It’s a staple of black history lessons, and it’s the name of Spike Lee’s film company. The promise was the first systematic attempt to provide

TIPHC Newsletter, May 12-18, 2019

Exhibition to examine Balthazar, a Black African king in Medieval and Renaissance European art Curators seek your feedback on an exhibition-in-progress on one of the most prominent African figures in old master European painting Image: Detail of "The Adoration of the Magi" from a Book of Hours showing the magus Balthazar (right), about 1480–90,