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Re: The End of the Black American Narrative

I have read Charles Johnson's Essay and I need another read.I can certainly agree with his statement that the slavery years etc until modern times is not a history of slavery and victimization.Yes, i have been trying to get folks Arican Americans and other interested parties to understand ,learn and appreciate that in slavery times and thereafter ,there were Africans who rebelled,resisted,led rebellions time and time again.Africans who although enslaved carved out situations of their own choosing with their slave holders.Accomplishments of some of the enslaved were astonishing.
So i agree the narrative should include the triumph of some of the enslaved.
A new narrative one that omits slavery i cannot envision that!But I do believe the narrative should include along with slavery,lynchings,segregation the accomplishments of DuBois and the Talented Tenth and even include the accomplishments of Booker T.We rose to a level of influence perhaps not yet seen since his time.
Aplace for Garvey also should be in that narrative and not just reporting on his eventful failures but on his remarkable accomplishments up until his failure.
Now forgive me for what i am about to write but what did they teach in the" Black Studies ", and if they taught or studied these men ,their times and the hundreds of other thinkers and doers in the pre civil war period and the pre depression era,why did the students not spread the message???

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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