Nelson Mandela receives the Martin Luther king Jr. International Freedom Award from King’s Mrs. Coretta Scott King on June 27, 1990. Mandela is the first recipient of the award. Seen here he places a wreath at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.
Frederick Douglass published the first issue of The North Star on November 3, 1847. The North Star was an abolitionist newspaper; however, it also served as a platform to advocate for the rights of women and other oppressed and disenfranchised groups. This mission was reinforced by the paper’s motto: “Right is of no Sex - Truth is of no Color - God is the Father of us all, and we are all brethren.” The North Star was renamed Frederick Douglass’s Paper in 1951. Issues of the The North Star from December 03, 1847 to April 17, 1851 can be accessed online while on-site at a New York Public Library.
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On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks defied the Montgomery Alabama segregated transportation ordinance, igniting a 382-day bus boycott and launching the Civil Rights Movement in America. Read about how “the black freedom movement raised a collective call of ‘no more!’” via Digital Schomburg.
On December 9 at 6:30 p.m. join noted composer and librettist Nkeiru Okoye, a native New Yorker of African American and Nigerian descent, as she presents scenes from her new folk opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom, which tells the personal, family story of the legendary Underground Railroad conductor.
Tickets start at $8 and all ages are welcome!
#MLK Quote of the Day
This weekend, the Schomburg Junior Scholars went on a field trip to Washington, D.C. to walk in the footsteps of the youth activists who filled the National Mall 50 years ago for the March on Washington. In buses labelled SCLC, CORE, SNCC, and Dream Defenders, we studied then SNCC chairman John Lewis’ unedited speech written for the event, and watched Civil Rights films from the period.
In D.C., the visited the Newseum to learn about the role of media in the shaping of the Movement, and we marched down the mall from the Capitol Building, past the Washington Monument to the MLK, Jr. Memorial. What a time it was! The Junior Scholars will report out about what they gained in knowledge and in brother/sisterhood from the trip. Stay tuned for more.
Photo by Terrence Jennings
VP Joe Biden laying flowers at the Crypt of Martin and Coretta King at The King Center
It was on this date 98 years ago that the great American educator, author, and Presidential advisor Booker T. Washington died at the age of 59. If you are interested in learning more about the life of this great and incredibly influential American citizen you can check out several books or dvd’s about Booker T. Washington at various branches of The New York Public Library. The NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture also happens to have several pieces of correspondence from Mr. Washington that is available for potential scholars to research.