The Meaning of July 4th

Well here we are once again on the crest of another July 4th. Each year I take some time to read the speech given at Rochester, NY on July 5, 1852 by Fredrick Douglass.  This year as I searched for a copy of the speech, I came across a performance of (at least a part of) the speech by Morgan Freeman. He does a good job explaining the meaning of July 4th.  Check it out! View the full speech To receive more content from My Roots Foundation, sign up for our monthly newsletter now!

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Family memorials

As a nation we have many memorials What memorials do you have for your ancestors?   Door of No Return in Senegal Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennsylvania Lincoln memorial The United States Memorial Arch is situated at the top of a hill in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall The Marine Corp War Memorial in Washington, D.C Pro Football hall of fame – Canton, Ohio. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum-Cleveland, Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame-Nashville, TN Basketball hall of fame – Springfield, MA NASCAR hall of fame in Charlotte, NC The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu Gateway Arch, St. Louis Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. USS Arizona Memorial, Honol ...

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A Righteous Response

As events unfold involving injustices toward minority individuals I have observed a pattern of what I call unrighteous responses to the aggression and perceived injustice in our world. Is it right to shoot an unarmed Black child? No! Is it right to see shooters go unpunished in seemingly clear cases of murder? No! But help me understand why the response to this is to go home and burn down my own neighborhood. If I am angry with you, why do I destroy myself? It’s been said that “bitterness is the poison you take in hopes it will kill someone else.” News flash people – it does not work! Let me be clear, I am NOT advocating that when folks have a beef with City Hall or the local Police Department that they march down to City Hall or the PD and attempt to burn the building down. Bu ...

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The Killing of ASJ Allen

“The Rev. A.S.J. Allen was a revered Methodist minister in Alachua County who was murdered by a powerful plantation owner in 1904. His death sparked a social movement for justice as black churches, secret societies, and civic organizations mobilized to demand that Rev. Allen’s death be treated seriously by the state. AAHP (Alachua County African-American History Project) has been working with Alonzo Felder, Rev. Allen’s grandson, on researching the case. This film examines the events surrounding the murder. It was produced by Alonzo’s son, Seth Felder.” [/mp_span] [/mp_row]

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Cinco de Mayo – an American Civil War Holiday

Many people celebrate Cinco de Mayo for the wrong reasons. The holiday is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is September 16, but rather celebrates the country’s brief victory over French forces in 1862. Cinco de Mayo also relates to the mass immigration to California by people in Mexico and Central and South America during the Civil War and those people’s fight for the abolition of slavery. Black people really have good reason to celebrate the French army’s defeat at the hands of Mexican forces for two reasons. First, Napoleon’s generals, who commanded the French invaders, supported the slave-holding Confederacy in the U.S. Second, Benito Juárez, the president of Mexico at that time, gave land to anti-colonial Black-Seminoles. Napoleon had hoped that the Confederacy wo ...

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