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Black History Posters are a powerful cost effective way to share Black History. With over 500 Black History Posters, Affordable And Historical Art is the pee-eminent website for you choice of posters that tell the story Black History in America.

It is a reality that most African Americans do not know their own history. This can be attributed to the fact that the history of African Americans is not taught in most schools in the United States. The history of blacks in America is not viewed as an integral part of American History.

It is no wonder that our children, in many cases lack a healthy self identity. The images they are exposed to are often caricatures or stereo-typical; and do not reflect the rich and enduring history of accomplishment and contribution by African Americans in America.

Just think about that last time you walked down the main corridor in your child’s school. What kind of images were on the walls? Educators have come to recognize the importance of ‘culture’ in the learning process.

We emphasize the education of our youth because they represent the future. However in reality, the general population is for the most part ignorant of black history.

Black History Posters are an effective way to introduce people to famous and little know black people who contributed significantly to society. The visual impact of seeing someone who looks like you, who has overcome adversity and gone on to achieve greatness is powerful.

As an example I will use  Jack Johnson, who was the heavyweight boxing champion. Did you know that he held the patent for what is commonly referred to as the “Monkey Wrench”? Probably not. It received its moniker because whites would say, “don’t buy that ‘monkey’s wrench’. The term ‘monkey’ being a disparagement of black people.

This is just one example of the kind of historical information to be gleaned from our posters.

The Black History posters are categorized thematically as follows:

African American Educators African American Entertainers African American Veterans African Americans in Sports Black Power Movement African American Writers, Poets & Artists African Americans In The West Civil Rights Movement Islam In America African American Leaders & Politicians African American Inventors Slavery In America

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Huey Newton and Bobby Seale articulated their goals in a “10 Point Program“. Among some of the things highlighted in this 10 Point Program were – exemption of black men from military service and an end to police brutality. See Ten Point Program

They summarized their Ten Point Program by saying: we want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice, and peace. Huey Newton and Bobby Seale were heavily influenced by the black Muslims leader Malcolm X.

They also supported other black power movement’s that stressed racial dignity, and self reliance. Black Panther party members regularly patrolled black communities to monitor police activity and protect the residents from police brutality.

The Black Panther party movement combined elements of Socialism and Black Nationalism; they firmly believe that if businesses did not provide full employment the community should take over their means of production. The Black Panther party also emphasized class unity, criticizing the black middle class for acting against the interests of less fortunate blacks.

The Black Panther party first attracted attention in May 1967 when it protested a bill to outlaw carrying loaded weapons in public. After Bobby Seale’s statement police arrested him and 30 others. This led to the formation of chapters outside the San Francisco Bay area. Among those arrested in Sacramento was Eldridge Cleaver who had recently published a book called Soul on Ice.

After Newton’s arrest Eldridge Cleaver quickly rose as a power speaker and took the lead in building the “Free Huey Newton Movement“. Cleaver and Bobby seal contacted Stokley Carmichael who was the former president of SNCC.

The free Huey Newton movement allowed the Black Panther party to expand its following nationally. As racial tension increased around the country the Federal Bureau of Investigation blame the Black Panther party for riots and other incidents of violence. The FBI launch a program called: COINTELPRO, this group was designed disrupt efforts to unify black militant groups. The FBI sent threatening letters to Panthers, they infiltrated the group with informers and also work with local police to weekend the Black Panther party.

In December 1969 two major figures of the Black Panther party Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were killed in a police raid, 28 Panthers had been killed and many were either in jail or have been forced to leave the country.

After Huey Newton’s release from jail, he tried to revive the Black Panther Party and reestablish his control. Instead of advocating police confrontation Newton called for the development of survival programs in black communities.

These programs provided:free breakfast programs for children… free medical clinics… helped the homeless find housing… and gave away free clothing and food.

In 1973 Bobby Seale tried to build support for the party by running for mayor of Oakland he was defeated, but received over 40% of the vote. Although the Black Panther party attempted to shift directions to prevent further attacks and internal conflicts, the party continued to decline as a political force.

Bobby Seale separated from Cleaver and continued to support black revolution instead of community programs. In 1974 he resigned from the Black Panther party. A new leader emerged in the Black Panther party. She was Elaine Brown.

Elaine Brown continued to emphasize community service programs. By the mid-1970s these programs were organized and run by black women. The Black Panther party lost even more support after newspapers reported illicit activities of Black Panther party leaders. At the end of the 1970s the Black Panther party was weakened even more by external attacks, legal problems, and internal division.

The black power movement was debated continuously while the movement was in progress. To some it represented black’s insistence on racial equality and self-reliance. To others it represented every action against the racism that persistent despite the efforts of black activism,

The Black Panther Party became the most prominent organization advocating black power. The party separated in 1972 because of divisions within the movement, some favoring peaceful means to achieve his goals while other continuing to advocate militantcy. The Black Panther party movement largely disappeared in 1970, although the idea remained a powerful one in the consciousness of black Americans.

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This generation is disconnected from its black history…

by Chris Scott

Black history isn’t just understanding the struggles and triumphs that came from the Civil Rights movement; it’s bigger than having an idea that maybe Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream may have been realized with the election of President Barack Obama (even though I think it is still far from its full realization).

Black history is not just recognizing that we were once slaves and we’ve come a long way since then. This disconnect comes from us as a race but especially in the current generation not understanding our heritage. You don’t have to have the most extensive knowledge about where you came from but understanding black heritage, black history could change the psychological aspects about how we as a race and how my generation approaches things in life.

It’s recognizing that you came from a place where we were wise beyond the outside world’s years. We were the architects of the great pyramid structures while excelling in oral rhetoric.

If this is to deep then we can bring it back to the disconnect in this generation with African American history; are history in this country alone is so much richer than just one man’s dream, a woman refusing to give up her seat on the bus, the fact that “Honest Abe” freed us, and that we get a month that society gave us to say “hey here some good things some of you did as a credit to your race that we appreciate.”

It’s about knowing the things that we aren’t always taught in school, like the true meaning of the strange fruit on the tree.

Overall black history, to me, is me knowing that I can be great beyond measure regardless if I’m a black man at a “disadvantage”. I know this because countless times my ancestors defied the notion of their incapacity to be excellent.

From the dynasty’s of Africa’s old, to Crispus Attucks, to Asa Philip Randolph inciting a new Deal with FDR… even without recognition I know that I am destined for greatness even in the face of scrutiny because that’s what the generations before me did.

Harlem Renaissance & Arts

The pursuit for equality and flexibility for African Americans has been combated on many fronts. But there is no question that in the location of the arts, the contribution of black America has actually been so profound that it has significantly eased racial tensions and altered the image of black society profoundly in the eyes of all Americans. Numerous have actually criticized the world of such black performers as Richard Prior, Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy however these artists in addition to artists in literature, painting, poetry, music and all the arts have actually brought an acceptance of black culture that has given a boost to the recognition of African Americans by everyone’s more than anything else ever could possibly do.

1920′s Harlem Renaissance

In the history of black society, the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s was a time when African American society truly was showcased for the nation, without a doubt the globe and people started to realize the rich legacy that was available to all individuals in black society. The Harlem Renaissance was more than just a higher exposure to black dance, songs, comedy or theater although the possibility for everyone’s to appreciate the skills of black artists was certainly rewarding in its own right.

The Harlem Renaissance likewise refers to the cultural and social motions of the time in which black pride was beginning to trigger huge transforms in the means African Americans thought about themselves and eventually how all Americans thought of black Americans. A lot of factors led to the explosion of black culture during that time frame especially in New York City.

With the migration of the African American population came the rich black music that had actually remained to grow and develop since the Civil War. But due to the fact that of the concentration of cultures in New York and the determination to experiment, to blend and to find brand-new cultures that was the norm in that thawing pot city, white America too began to find the jazz, blues, spirituals and gospel songs that began to evolve and incorporate into many secular musical designs of the time.

The age was in every method a renaissance just as much as the terrific cultural renaissance in Europe had actually been numerous years before it. In every category, black society blew up onto the national awareness. Lots of outstanding, noteworthy names that came to be family names for literature and the arts entered their own throughout the Harlem Renaissance consisting of Langston Hughes, Booker T. Washington, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton.

And to this day many of the mannerisms, the approach to design and speech that came to be known as “being cool” was in truth an effort, specifically by youth, to imitate black culture. And that blending and pleasure of black culture has actually done much to help integrate society and make social change and approval of each others societies by black and white a possibility today.

Harlem Renaissance & Arts

The pursuit for equality and flexibility for African Americans has been combated on many fronts. But there is no question that in the location of the arts, the contribution of black America has actually been so profound that it has significantly eased racial tensions and altered the image of black society profoundly in the eyes of all Americans. Numerous have actually criticized the world of such black performers as Richard Prior, Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy however these artists in addition to artists in literature, painting, poetry, music and all the arts have actually brought an acceptance of black culture that has given a boost to the recognition of African Americans by everyone’s more than anything else ever could possibly do.

1920’s Harlem Renaissance

In the history of black society, the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s was a time when African American society truly was showcased for the nation, without a doubt the globe and people started to realize the rich legacy that was available to all individuals in black society. The Harlem Renaissance was more than just a higher exposure to black dance, songs, comedy or theater although the possibility for everyone’s to appreciate the skills of black artists was certainly rewarding in its own right.

The Harlem Renaissance likewise refers to the cultural and social motions of the time in which black pride was beginning to trigger huge transforms in the means African Americans thought about themselves and eventually how all Americans thought of black Americans. A lot of factors led to the explosion of black culture during that time frame especially in New York City.

With the migration of the African American population came the rich black music that had actually remained to grow and develop since the Civil War. But due to the fact that of the concentration of cultures in New York and the determination to experiment, to blend and to find brand-new cultures that was the norm in that thawing pot city, white America too began to find the jazz, blues, spirituals and gospel songs that began to evolve and incorporate into many secular musical designs of the time.

The age was in every method a renaissance just as much as the terrific cultural renaissance in Europe had actually been numerous years before it. In every category, black society blew up onto the national awareness. Lots of outstanding, noteworthy names that came to be family names for literature and the arts entered their own throughout the Harlem Renaissance consisting of Langston Hughes, Booker T. Washington, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton.

And to this day many of the mannerisms, the approach to design and speech that came to be known as “being cool” was in truth an effort, specifically by youth, to imitate black culture. And that blending and pleasure of black culture has actually done much to help integrate society and make social change and approval of each others societies by black and white a possibility today.

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