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CultureSOUL: "The Birmingham Project - Photos by Dawoud Bey, 2012

A fascinating photo series from the renown African American photographer Dawoud Bey. Most known for his street portraits, and his Harlem U.S.A series, this project was a historical undertaking to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham Church bombing of four little girls,

Bey set out to commemorate the tragic event by photographing young Birmingham residents who were the same age as the girls when they were murdered (ages 11-14) and couple those pictures with photos of Birmingham adults (no relation) who were the ages those children would have been in 2012. It made for a bittersweet but lovely collection. Full photo series here and bio here.

DailyPBO: The President & The Young African Leadership Conference

On July 28th, Obama held a town hall for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders initiative. The young activists were thrilled at the opportunity to meet the American president and cheers erupted as he announced that the program will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. More info on the program here.

CultureHISTORY: Union Army poster c. 1863

"Fail now and our race is doomed!"

The Union urging black men to enlist and fight against the Confederacy.
Frederick Douglass gave a speech in Rochester, New York on March 2, 1863, titled “Men of Color, To Arms!” which urged African American men to join what was increasingly a war to make real what the Proclamation only promised—complete freedom. - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/1863-frederick-douglass-men-color-arms#sthash.5e4ideCA.dpuf
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CultureHISTORY: Union Army poster c. 1863

"Fail now and our race is doomed!"

The Union urging black men to enlist and fight against the Confederacy.

Frederick Douglass gave a speech in Rochester, New York on March 2, 1863, titled “Men of Color, To Arms!” which urged African American men to join what was increasingly a war to make real what the Proclamation only promised—complete freedom. - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/1863-frederick-douglass-men-color-arms#sthash.5e4ideCA.dpuf

CultureSOUL: The Black Women of WWII  - Great Migration Era c. 1940s

  1. African American WAVES, U.S. Navy
  2. Maj. Charity E. Adams and Capt. Abbie N. Campbell inspect the first contingent of black members of the WAVES assigned to overseas service in WWII. Source: National Archives
  3. WWII, Black WAVES
  4. WWII women selling at War Bonds booth c. 1940s
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