Category Archives: History

Many Rivers To Cross: Make Black History Month Relevant, Impactful & Lasting!

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There are no excuses in 2014 for not delivering culturally relevant and historically accurate narratives in respect to African American history.

Narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross masterfully guides viewers through 500 years of African American history, and is ideal for families and educators working to truly engage young people in learning.

Enhanced by visual aids, Subject Matter Experts, rich oral histories and geographical context, Many Rivers is completely engaging from beginning to end, and offers Classroom Lesson Plans designed to support junior and high school student learning!

Visit the PBS Many Rivers To Cross website to learn more about the series and classroom learning curricula!

Black History learning has NEVER been so empowered and exciting!:)

Luckie


Rare Historical Find! Liljenquist Civil War Photographs Collection ~ Library of Congress

Liljenquist Collection - Unidentified African American soldier in Union Zouave uniform

If you haven’t seen the AMAZING collection of Civil War images donated to the Library of Congress in 2010 by the Liljenquist Family, you are missing a historical treat!

The Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs contains 1220+ ambrotypes and tintypes portrait photographs capturing both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War (1861-1865), including many portraits of African American Soldiers!

The Liljenquist Collection Summary:

More than 1,000 special portrait photographs, called ambrotypes and tintypes, represent both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The photographs often show weapons, hats, canteens, musical instruments, painted backdrops, and other details that enhance the research value of the collection. Among the most rare images are sailors, African Americans in uniform, Lincoln campaign buttons, and portraits of soldiers with their families and friends.

Tom Liljenquist and his sons Jason, Brandon, and Christian built this collection in memory of President Abraham Lincoln and the 620,000 Union and Confederate servicemen who died in the American Civil War. For many, these photographs are the last known record we have of who they were and what they looked like. See “From the Donor’s Perspective–The Last Full Measure” for the full story.

The Liljenquist Family began donating their collection to the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division in 2010 and continues to add to it. In addition to the ambrotypes and tintypes, the collection also includes several manuscripts, patriotic envelopes, photographs on paper, and artifacts related to the Civil War.

Take your time and go through the collection. You never know when you might find a long, lost Ancestor.

Luckie

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Be A KING!

Martin Luther King Jr. - DREAMOn January 15, 2014 in honor of the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1300 Community House Middle School students taught an awestruck online community a much needed lesson in dreaming!

From simple, clear promises to well thought-out pledges, student after student shared how they would contribute to Dr. King’s Dream of a better future. We got a glimpse of how society’s future citizens and civic leaders #DREAMFORWARD.

And here’s what I learned about our Dreamers. They not only understand the challenges we face and tackle them head-on, they understand their role today and the one they’ll play tomorrow in resolving them!

Our Dreamers were so unified in their #DREAMFORWARD message, it was difficult distinguishing race and ethnicity among them.

The scars left by our country’s blemished history ARE fading, and this gives me hope someday we will live in a society capable of self-correction.

I’m convinced our greatest chance of fulfilling Dr. King’s dream of equality and true freedom, rests within the genuine intentions of young people to not repeat the mistakes of the past, stand for what is right and vest in treating ALL people fairly with respect.

Thanks to Congressman John Lewis for providing our Dreamers their charge forward! Who better than you can speak to the sacrifice and reward of being willing to stand for justice? You epitomize civic leadership and we were thrilled to have you dreaming with us!:)

Thanks to our Dream Team coordinators, Principal Brooks, Katy Coffelt and CH teachers for your support in making this event happen! You folks ROCK!:)

And to our Community House Dreamers you outdid yourselves! Thanks to your vision, we’ll be tagging the #DREAMFORWARD Tumblr with dreams for MANY days to come!:)

NEVER stop dreaming. BE A KING!

Luckie

P.S. I’d be remiss. Our Dream Team has more than earned its dream…

It is our dream, as an administrative team, that public schools will stop participating in the type of labeling, sorting, and selecting that is so characteristic of our society as a whole. It is our dream that all students will have equity in education, where every student gets what he or she needs, regardless of background. It is our dream that every student will be taught at the highest possible levels and a rigorous academic course of instruction is available to all students. And it is our dream that doors will open for all students as a result of having received the best possible education our schools can offer. #DREAMFORWARD

Ongoing MLK Campaign: 100 Days of Nonviolence – The KING Center


#DREAMFORWARD Call To Action: Congressman John LEWIS, 1961 Freedom Rider

Congressman John LewisCongressman John LEWIS, 1961 Freedom Rider:

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, turning it into a modern-day pulpit. He saw an America where men and women of all colors would be loved equally as God’s children. He invited us to not be satisfied until ‘justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.’ We have come a long way in these fifty years, but we are not there yet. We need to find ways to share our common humanity, instead of finding differences to divide us. I am encouraged by #DREAMFORWARD’s efforts to reaffirm Dr. King’s Dream for the future. I hope young people are inspired by this observance to choose the way of peace, the way of love, the way of nonviolence. Young people are the future, and more than ever before, we need them to be unafraid to stand up for what is right, to speak up and speak out, to get in the way and to cause some good trouble in the name of a better America. We must dare to carry the dream of a world that is more fair and more just. If we do those things, if we keep the faith and keep our eyes on the prize, we can advance Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream in 2014 and beyond.”

All RACES. All AGES. One PURPOSE. #DREAMFORWARD