News and Views AUGUST 2019


The Grio: NAACP remembers the day the first enslaved Africans arrived on
American soil
More than 200 NAACP members and supporters on Monday came together to
pay tribute to the first Africans who arrived to America in 1619 through the
Transatlantic Slave Trade at the James Point Comfort in Fort Monroe, Via.

WTKR: Hampton commemorates 400th Anniversary of first enslaved Africans brought to colonial America
A dark part of history that shaped this country forever happened right here in
Hampton Roads. The first enslaved Africans who were brought to North
American colonies arrived in Hampton 400 years ago at Old Point Comfort, which
is now known as Fort Monroe.

Black Press USA: OP-ED: Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400
Years of the African Diaspora Experience
History commonly and most often points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is
now the United States. This nation and its wealth was built through forced labor
and the very existence of Black men and women.

The Hill: NAACP: Explanatory markers around Atlanta Confederate monuments a ‘profound disappointment’
The Atlanta chapter of the NAACP is criticizing explanatory markers placed
around Confederate statues, arguing the signs don’t go far enough in fighting the
racism that the statues promote.

BET: Preserving African American History Is Crucial To The Future
The world knows heroes and ‘sheroes’ who rose up from slavery: Frederick
Douglass and Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner and Phillis Wheatley, to name a few. Yet countless people and places tied to 400 years of Black history in these United
States have been lost to time.

WJLA: NAACP tour heads to Ghana as America marks the 400th year since
slavery began
As part of the 400th anniversary of Africans arriving in what would become the United States, folks from across America are joining an NAACP tour that began in Jamestown, took them to D.C., and will continue with a flight to Ghana.

News & Record: State NAACP: North Carolina’s voter ID law isn’t about
‘safeguarding’ against fraud
The president of the state NAACP says North Carolina’s “recycled discriminatory photo ID requirement” against minorities appears to be working.

WABE: Local NAACP President Questions Content Of Signs Near Confederate Monuments
The president of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP says he’s profoundly
disappointed with the content of one of the historical context markers that was
installed this month in Piedmont Park. The sign summarizes a controversial
speech given there in 1895 by Booker T. Washington as he addressed the Cotton
States and International Exposition.

WTVR: NAACP sues Hanover County schools over Confederate School Names
Hanover County Branch NAACP President, Roberty Barnette spoke to dozens outside the steps of the Hanover County Government Center Tuesday afternoon in regards to changing the name of Lee Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson
Middle School.

MLive: Saginaw NAACP invites public to help celebrate its 100th anniversary
Saginaw’s chapter of the NAACP is inviting elected officials and citizens to a
ceremony and press conference to launch the opening of a special exhibit that
commemorates the group’s 100th anniversary.

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