Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, and Peru are six countries that reflect the South American legacy of 12.5 million Africans who were shipped to the New World during the Middle Passage. Only 11 million survived the journey, according to historian - educator - author 'Skip' Gates. Black in Latin America by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., reveals the history of African-South Americans through religion, art, music, cuisine, dance, and politics. I’ve been enjoying this book on a smart phone Kindle reader, but a traditional paper book version will work just as well too! Even If you've watched the Black in Latin America television specials documenting this research, Gates' book offers many additional compelling stories. Discover more about the complex cultural differences between people of color in North and South America. The similarities will also be striking. Black in Latin America is highly recommended.
Why is this legendary DJ, who coined the phrase on the radio “Burn Baby Burn,” standing in front of his very rare black history collectable collection? His pieces have gotten the attention of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Find out why the Magnificent Montague seeks a home for African American artifacts.
A new book by President Barack Obama is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. of Thee I Sing, expresses traits Obama sees in his own children, illuminated through the lens of 13 interesting stories about notable Americans, including Jackie Robinson, George Washington, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Loren Long is the illustrator. Obama's daughters Malia and Sasha, inspired President Obama to create this work.
July 2010 Highlight: Archaeologists dig into African American history in New Jersey. 2018 update: NewJerseyNewsroom.com shut down in 2016 so this article is no longer available.
June 2010 Highlight: Legacy Museum marks 10 years preserving region's black history.
"58% of the African American community has at least 12.5 percent European ancestry which is the equivalent of one great grand parent." This revelation comes from Henry Louis Gates Jr., Executive Director and host of the PBS series, Faces of America. Gates is also Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. "Skip" Gates has used genealogy and genetics to trace families histories. The opening statistic I used to magnify universal black history implies that the focus for better understanding must be global, rather than just USA based (for Americans). Dr. Gates is set to expand his future footprint as he'll be bringing us The Black Americas, a four hour TV series examining black culture in the Caribbean and Latin America. Gates notes that "Brazil is the 2nd largest black nation in the world after Nigeria." African global migration out of the continent following the dawn of man has fostered complicated African - European and African - Asian ancestry. Runoko Rashidi (pictured here), a historian, research specialist, writer, world traveler, and public lecturer focusing on the African foundations of world civilizations is an expert in this area. He has made presentations at more than 125 colleges, universities, secondary schools, libraries, book stores, churches and community centers. Traveling the international circuit Runoko has lectured in over 50 countries. Some of Dr. Rashidi's expertise: The African Presence in India - black presence in India in ancient and modern times The African presence in Southeast and East Asia - black presence in ancient Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, China and Japan The African presence in the Americas - African presence in the Americas from ancient to modern times The African presence in the Middle East - African presence in Southwest Asia from ancient to modern times The Black presence in South Asia - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh from ancient to modern times The African Presence in Europe - the African presence in early Europe High in the Andes - Runoko's travels in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia Return to the Nile Valley - a comprehensive look at the African presence in ancient Egypt and Nubia Runoko Rashidi Live in Egypt - Interviews in Egyptian museums and temples Who is the Original Man? - A look at Africa as the Mother Continent of humanity Asia and Blacks - A television interview featuring Runoko Rashidi on the African presence in ancient and modern Asia These are some of his DVD titles that explore the global presence of black people. Black history cross-cultural interconnections are fascinating.
R.J. Salisbury piloted the steamer "Shiloh" as Captain between 1904 and 1908. He took the pilot’s license examination at the U.S. Steamboat Inspectors headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia in 1900. Despite Jim Crow laws, hesitation among officials to sign his license, and resistant by engineers to sail with him, Captain Salisbury persevered to become the first African American steamboat captain.