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“Between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference.” – Frederick Douglass, 1845
That seems like a pretty apt quote to kick off #BlackHistoryMonth with.
“—so wide, that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt, and wicked. To be the friend of the one, is of necessity to be the enemy of the other...”
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Hi Twitter! I’m Karen Carter Peterson, the DNC Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation, & I’ll be taking over @TheDemocrats Twitter today to wrap up #BlackHistoryMonth! Today I’m highlighting black activists, past and present, who embody our values. - @TeamKCP
The 4 pillars of our #IWillVote program are Commit to Vote, Register to Vote, Protect the Vote, and Get Out the Vote. While Trump and his cronies create fake commissions to investigate problems that don’t exist, these activists are on the ground doing real work. - @TeamKCP
Evelyn & Albert Turner exemplify the first of our pillars: Commit to vote. By helping people vote with their absentee ballots, they were able to elect candidates to the school board and county commission in AL. - @TeamKCP #IWillVote
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I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.


- Langston Hughes, 1902-1967
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What day of #BlackHistoryMonth is #ObamaDay? Can we agree on the 15th? Then we can coast into #BlackPanther on a Love high.
I mean we *could* do the 19th since it's already Presidents Day? But he needs his own day.

A whole day where we can just be happy and proud of him.
Plus. The trolls will go insane. It's already Black history month and then they have to go through two back-to-back days of black Excellency just excellently Blacking?
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1. I will gladly risk federal prosecution/public execution if #militaryparade happens. I'll have my own little Tiananmen square - stand in the route, find out if @POTUS will kill citizens for their beliefs.

I'm not fucking around. Save the date. I've finally had enough.
2. I will fight with every muscle, sinew and bone I have. I will not allow a fundamental hallmark of our democracy - and generations of foreign policy - be snuffed out by a @potus who has absolutely no respect for himself, the people, or the office. #militaryparade
3. I spent my youth fascinated with the idea of how a nation so powerful, so strong could stand up and be strong without use of the United States Military demonstrating their loyalty to the @potus #militaryparade
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Today’s #BlackHistoryMonth thread is dedicated to scientific racism.

Drapetomania: “Runaway Slave Syndrome”
American physician Dr. Samuel Cartwright observed black slaves who fled from captivity and saw an illness. He named the illness, “Drapetomania or the disease causing Negroes to flee” #BlackHistoryMonth
To cure Drapetomania, recommended “whipping the devil out of them” until slaves became submissive again. “Submissive” was the primary state to which he felt they belonged. Another remedy suggested by Cartwright was having the big toe from both feet severed. #BlackHistoryMonth
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Today’s Black History thread is dedicated to racism in swimming. #BlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth

It’s was reported that an entire swimming pool was drained because Dorothy Dandridge took a swim in it.
The New Frontier hotel in Vegas also drained an entire swimming pool because Sammy Davis Jr took a swim.
#BlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth
When pools were integrated, an incident occurred where a manager poured acid in the water while black kids were still swimming in it
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Every day, this month, I'll be posting a very short thread on one of the 493 (and counting) black women running for office in 2018.

Today, meet Natashia Burch (@electburch), who is running for the House seat in Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District.

Remember that friend of yours in college who was impossibly put-together but authentic? The one who was well-rounded, that everyone liked, and got shit done? That's Natashia Burch. She's running as an Independent, which, all things considered, makes you like her even more.
Her story is, of course, pretty great. She's a U.S. Air Force veteran, a small business owner, and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

She's been working hard her whole life. This is not a person who is accustomed to letting life happen. She makes it happen.
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Happy #BlackHistoryMonth everyone. With the upcoming release of #BlackPanther I've compiled a list of Black directors and their works. They are all visionaries of their craft and changing the landscape for the ones to follow.
First up, of course is Ava DuVernay (@AVA)
Their works include: A Wrinkle in Time, Jay Z: Family Feud, 13th, Selma, Middle of Nowhere, and episodes of Queen Sugar and Scandal.
Next is Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele)
Their works include: Get Out, Keanu, as well as, the creator of Key and Peele. Upcoming works include: Lovecraft Country and The Last O.G.
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Today marks the start of #BlackHistoryMonth, and we will be honoring historic black LGBTQ activists, writers, politicians, entertainers and thinkers all month long.
1/ Audre Lorde was a black lesbian feminist, scholar and activist whose work powerfully speaks to the intersections of racism, sexism, and homophobia.

In the words of Lorde, "I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own."
2/ Lorde's legacy lives on in The Audre Lorde Project -- an LGBTQ Community Organizing Center based out of NYC that serves the most vulnerable members of the queer community with a commitment to community wellness and racial and economic justice. @audrelorde
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There are Black Americans alive today whose grandparents were enslaved.

That's how real this horror is to 2018.
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Today, teach your children about Ruby Bridges. She was the first black child to attend at all-white public elementary school in the South.

She's only 63. Only, 63.
#BlackHistoryMonth /3
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Most think the Cold War started because of the US and its fear of commumism. But the Cold War didn't really become a thing until Namor and the people of Atlantis tried to invade Wakanda one too many times in 1945 🤷🏾‍♀️

The Illuminati, a covert think-tank established to dismantle White supremacy, was founded in 1890 and its original members included great minds like W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Madame C. J. Walker, George Washington Carver, and Ida B. Wells.

The Great Pepsi Fire of 1984 where Michael Jackson's hair caught fire in a Pepsi ad has long be thought of as a freak accident. But rumor has it that the "accident" was an assassination attempt on the King of Pop's life as he was in the process of buying NBC

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In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, “When Black Meant Republican”

“It’s easy to forget now, but just a few generations ago African-Americans overwhelmingly identified themselves as Republicans.”

#maga #RepublicanParty
In the fall of 1895 Atlanta put on one in a series of “International Expositions” designed to highlight its progress in recovering from the war. Racial tensions had been growing since southerners, at the end of Reconstruction, began instituting Jim Crow laws.
The organizers of the Exposition invited prominent black leader Booker T. Washington to give a keynote address. The position he took in that speech was a calculated gamble.
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