THE GREENSBORO TIMES Greensboro, North Carolina

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The African-American Voice-“Setting the Record Straight”

Black Panther Wants to Save Us From Donald Trump BY JAMES BRAXTON PETERSON

March 2018

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Women’s History Month: Three African- American Women Who changed America


Ida B. Wells

Rosa Parks arrest Women’s History month is an annual declared

Three years ago the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag highlighted the racial representation problem in the entertainment industry— especially in film. But this movement was soon overshadowed by the onslaught of Donald Trump and his white nationalist movement that propelled him to the presidency.

Contrary to the vocal sloganeers who

want to make America great (a.k.a. white) again, the Other America—people of color and white Americans who reject Trump’s bigotry—is hungry for a convincing narrative to oppose white nativism.

Enter Marvel’s new film, Black

Panther. The movie, appropriately being released during Black History Month, offers a powerful counternarrative to Trumpism at a crucial moment in black American history.

One of the most revolutionary aspects

of Black Panther is its premise. Created as a comic series by Jewish American writer- artist Jack Kirby in 1966, the eponymous black superhero represents the resistance to settler-colonial forces—the kinds of

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month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during the month of March in the United States. There is no group of women who have contributed more in changing American society than African-American women. Notable African American women worthy of special recognition are Ida B. Wells, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman.

Ida B. Wells spent a lifetime working against racism. She lived from 1862 to 1931. She was known for much of her public life career as an ant-lynching activist, journalist, a lecturer, and militant activist for racial justice. Born into slavery, early in life she worked as a teacher. She wrote on racial justice in Memphis Tennessee as a reporter and newspaper owner. She was forced to leave town when a White mob attacked her offices in retaliation for writing

Harriet Tubman

against an 1892 lynching. Lynching in that time had become one common means by which African American men were intimidated. Nationally, there were about 200 lynchings a year, about twothirds of the victims were African American men. But the percentage was much higher in the South. In Memphis in 1892, three African American businessmen established a new grocery store cutting into the business of White owned businesses nearby.

After increasing

harassment, there was an incident where the business owners fired on some people breaking into the store. The three African American Businessmen were jailed, and nine self-appointed deputies took them from jail and lynched them.

Ida B. Wells continued writing newspaper articles as a

New York Age news paper reporter and became part owner of the paper. She also wrote pamphlets and spoke widely against lynchings. In 1893 she went to Great Britain and spoke about lunching in America, found significant support

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The Guilford County School Board Affirms Equal Educational Opportunities


Deena Hayes

Byron Gladden

Guilford County Schools is working with the North Carolina Schools Boards Association to review and update all of its policies. The new and updated policies were approved at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday march 6th. The approval on the policies followed a 30-day public comment period. The Guilford County Board of Education affirms the principle that every student should be given an equal opportunity for a sound basic education. The policy provides that no student, on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, pregnancy, socioeconomic

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status and other factors will be excluded from participating, denied the benefit of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity in the system. Any student, parent or guardian who feels that this policy has been misapplied or violated may file a complaint in accordance with the policy under discrimination, harassment, and bullying complaint procedure ( Policy # 170/4015/7225). The Superintendent is directed to appoint a Compliance Officer to coordinate the schools systems effort to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under federal non- discrimination laws. The name and contact information for the Compliance Officer shall be available by contacting the Superintendent’s office at (336) 370- 8390.

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