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"Finding African Americans in Historic Newspapers" Special Presentation in Suitland Sept. 20, 1 PM

This was shared from AAHGS, Proince George's County Chapter:

The event, sponsored by five AAHGS Chapters, will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Suitland Family History Center, 5300 Auth Road, Suitland, MD 20746.  We ask that you distribute the flyer to friends family, neighbors, libraries, organizations,etc.  Please feel free to submit the flyer for publication to your local newspaper or various calendars.  Also, please go onto Tim's Facebook Events' Page and talk about your newspaper research successes and challenges. Tim will use some of these submissions during the program.

Download PDF flyer here. ( You may be able to read PDFs in your web browser, depending on your settings and/or plugins. )

Thank you for your assistance in publicizing this event.  Hope to see you soon.

Note: The door prizes are three copies of Tim's book "Finding and Using African American Newspapers".

Jane Taylor Thomas
President
AAHGS-PGCM Chapter
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Multiculturalism in Education #pgcps

Starting on page 34 in this online magazine, Living Education eMagazine, is a wonderful article “Teaching and Celebrating Diversity in Schools: My Experience as a Teacher and Researcher in Prince George’s County Public Schools” by Dr. Arvenita Washington.

She tells a story of immigrant African students who could not walk in a straight line in the halls of the school, not for the sake of defiance, but due to remembering being forced to do so in their home country and seeing some pulled out of the line and killed.

She explains how truly multiculturally diverse this county is. She also tells of Afro-Latino/a who could not choose just one identity even though they were being compelled to do so.

She challenges teachers to think out of the box about the diversity in their classrooms and to strive to create equitable multicultural school environments.

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Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center Needs Your Help and Your Voice

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center Needs Your Help and Your Voice at The County Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program Hearings on April 29 and May 5.

The Prince George’s County Council Public Hearings on the County Budget are fast approaching. The County Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program Hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, April 29 and Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Council Hearing Room of the County Administration Building, First Floor, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD. PGAAMCC is scheduled to present its request for funding for the completion of the museum building in the heart of the Gateway Arts District. We need $4million to make an 18 year old commitment finally come true.

In the mid 90’s, a group of citizens in North Brentwood, the oldest incorporated Black township in Prince George’s County, knew that they had a duty and an obligation to ensure their history was not forgotten by future generations. The Friends of North Brentwood was established to build such an institution. In August 2010, PGAAMCC became an independent private 501(c) 3 institution with the mission of building a museum to tell the Countywide stories of the contributions of African American and African Diaspora peoples to the development of Prince George’s County. Today, we are trying to make the Founders’ dreams finally come true.

Our programs have attracted international and national attention. At the Mall at Prince Georges families participate in our Early Keepers program of music, dance, art and storytelling for 3 to 7 year olds. We work with the Arc of Prince George’s and are a veritable staple of the School System for our work with our Museum In A Box displays. Our Culture Keepers program at the Suitland School for the Performing Arts works with the youth program at the Afro Museo in Sao Paulo Brazil. Our students will travel to Brazil to meet their counterparts and share research. Later in the year our students will host their Brazilian counterparts in our county. We are the only museum in the country to have a museum studies internship project with a community college workforce services program (Prince George’s Community College).

Last year we served over 25,000 people with only 6 full time people and one part time staff person! We need to build the 10,000 sq. ft. addition to complete the Museum. It will have performance, events, classroom, and meeting spaces, as well as a coffee shop, gift counter, and a 4,000 sq. ft. Gallery (already completed!). If you feel that this project is worth completing, please come and add your presence and your voice to speak on our behalf at either of the two hearings listed above. Please help us go the last mile of the way in making this dream a constructed reality!

Can we count on you to speak and bring others with you who are willing to stand with us? If so, please click on the links above to contact Tracey T. Jones, Director of Media and Public Programs. She can be reached at ttjones@pgaamcc.org or (301) 809-0440 x111. Let the County Council know that Prince George’s County’s African American History and Culture are important to YOU and that this institution is critical to its dissemination.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown,
Executive Director
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[Not] Driving while Black [President] #race #africanamerican

Most people understand what "Driving while black" means and if you don't you probably aren't black or don't know anyone well who is. I understand that this experience hasn't changed much in the last 5 years.

President Obama has the privilege to not have to drive and thus not have that experience. Or does he actually have that experience, but in different ways? Possibly even more so.

Back in 2007, 6 months before the primaries, as a volunteer I noticed how organized Obama and his campaign staff and volunteers worked on security. I went to one other Presidential campaign session prior to the primaries and didn't see any security like that. Could the color of his skin make that kind of difference? I think Obama knew about race politics in this country then and might have had an idea that it would get worse before it got better.

The thought came to mind when reading What Should “Racism” Mean?, an excellent article pointing out the difference in presidencies between the current and past, especially in terms of media reaction. The article points out: "For a lot of whites who don’t harbor any conscious racial malice, things just look different when blacks do them. What do you call that?" and quotes from a new book:

Ian Haney Lopez’ recent book Dog Whistle Politics. Lopez notes that racism changes from one era to the next, and somebody changes it. “Racism is not disappearing,” he says, “it’s adapting.”

Lopez uses the word “racism” for most of the possible meanings, and differentiates with adjectives. Here are some of the ones he finds:


  • racism-as-hate.

  • structural or institutional racism.

  • implicit bias.

  • commonsense racism.

  • strategic racism.


You can read the article to get descriptions on those kinds of racism. I didn't add racism to the title of this article. Would you have read it if I did? He says that most racists are not bad people, even most conservative whites are not haters.

As someone who's working at anti-racism, I questioned someone's choice of pet in terms of their choice of friend - since I thought that friend knew I didn't think of them as racist, I thought they might find humor in the way I stated it. Unfortunately, it backfired on me and the person thought I was accusing them of being racist and was very defensive.

It is an emotional topic and very difficult to discuss. We have a long way to go.

How do you feel about this?

Poll #1961674 Racism in the Obama Era?

What do you think of this?

Duh! Nothing new.
1(100.0%)
This article is racist.
0(0.0%)
Other (please comment on post at pg_race_matters)
0(0.0%)


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Diversity benefits & working well in #princegeorges

Prince George's Suite is running Prince Georgian of the Week series. Each is proud to live here, often citing its diversity. The latest, Danielle Basilio, says, “Prince George’s County epitomizes diversity – geographic, educational, cultural, and social. I am honored to be affiliated with a county that embraces diversity and utilizes resources to “elevate” the community.” I feel the same way.

Article about diversity vs. white-superiority written recently is here. It started a little conversation on my Twitter account from someone who is "not racist" but doesn't understand anti-racism (fighting to end racism).
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A Dialog on Race and Ethnicity on March 14, 2014 in Camp Springs

ADORE Discussion with Optional Potluck

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In the ADORE (A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity) forum at Davies Memorial UU Church, race relations are discussed  and the American way of life with the aim of exploring feelings on racial issues and learning more about ourselves and others

Optional potluck at 6:30 p.m.

Discussion begins at 7:30 p.m.

Discussion Topic: Winter-time race awareness encounters and current events

Open Discussion: Participants are encouraged to share and discuss events or situations that prompted them to reflect upon their own racial identity.

Topics to be offered by the facilitator for discussion

Give us your thoughts regarding:

a. The racial identity to assign to Santa Clause;

b. The jury’s decision in the Florida trial of Michael Dunn in the killing of Jordan Davis, a black teenager, who was playing loud music;

c. The moral or immoral trend in U.S. culture as evidenced by those pursuing the legalization of marijuana and the restoration of voting rights to ex-felons;

d. The arguments favoring replacing more public schools with charter schools and the racial considerations involved;

Where, when, and who prompted the then alien (and wrong-headed) idea that human slavery was immoral?

What was your take-away from the PBS television 3 part series on African American History that was recently shown in Oct and Nov of 2013 and in Feb 2014?

Facilitator: Chris Bell, (301-856-2775)

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Black History beyond Black History Month #princegeorges

AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, INC.
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY MARYLAND CHAPTER
2014 Tentative Calendar of Events
Date - Event/Location - Speaker/Participants
March 11
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Women’s History Month’s Program
March 15
1:30 – 3:00 pm Women’s History Month
AAHGS-PGCM Chapter Meeting
Seabrook Recreation Building
9443 Worrell Ave Lanham-Seabrook, MD 20706
Speaker: Whittona R. Burrell, M.S. U.S. Census Bureau Topic: The Federal Census Records and their Impact on the Preservations and use of those records
March 19 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Martin Luther King Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
mlkjrlibrary@dc.gov
Phone: (202) 727-0321
Metro Stop: Gallery Place, Metro Center
Speaker: Nathania Branch Miles, co-Author
Topic: Prince George’s County and the Civil War: Life on the Border
May 17
1:30 – 3:00 pm
AAHGS-PGCM Chapter Meeting
Seabrook Recreation Building
9443 Worrell Ave Lanham-Seabrook, MD 20706
Marvin Jones
Topic: Robbins family who served in the Union Army, their backgrounds, and their fates
June 14
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
AAHGS-PGCM/
M-NCPPC/PGCHS/LDS
9th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Seminar
Watkins Park, Upper Marlboro, MD
Various Presenters including Melvin J. Collier, Session Topic: Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery
June 21 6:00 pm – 10 pm
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
1501 E. Oliver Street
Baltimore, MD 21213
BAAHGS 25th Anniversary Banquet
June 28
11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Research Café Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site
9650 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, Maryland 20708
Nathania Branch Miles
Topic: Beginning Genealogy
(genealogy web search)
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Learning about ancestry and connecting with family members of different #racial appearance #pgcounty

One way to strike out against racial prejudice is not only to learn our histories, but also to identify as or with another race as close as family.

Three such women who've done that spoke at a special presentation in Prince George's County. Read about it here.

Also check out the Washington Post article about the local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) who are helping to increase the black population of the DAR. They would like to see more Native American members also. They don't just increase their own knowledge and diversity of this group, but they also do community service and education.
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"Broken on All Sides" film & discussion Fri. 7 - 9:30 PM Burke, VA

Friday, January 24 2014, 7 – 9:30 pm

ACCOTINK UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH’S
Friday Night Film Series Presents:

BROKEN ON ALL SIDES

Broken On All Sides Film CoverBroken On All Sides is a documentary that centers around the theory put for­ward by many, and most recently by Michelle Alexander (who appears in the movie), that mass incarceration has become "The New Jim Crow." That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explosion of the prison population, and because discretion within the sys­tem allows for arrest and prosecution of people of color at alarmingly higher rates than whites, prisons and criminal penal­ties have become a new version of Jim Crow. Much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today illegal when applied to black people but perfectly legal when applied to "criminals." The prob­lem is that through subjective choices, people of color have been tar­geted at significantly higher rates for stops, searches, arrests, prosecution, and harsher sentences. So, where does this leave criminal justice?

Through inter­views with people on many sides of the criminal justice system, this documentary aims to answer questions and provoke questions on an issue walled-off from the public's scrutiny.
http://brokenonallsides.com/getdvd.php

Doors open at 7 pm; films begin at 7:30 pm; a discussion follows the film.
Films shown on Big Screen with Surround Sound
at
ACCOTINK UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH
10215 Lakehaven Court
Burke, Virginia 22015
703-503-4579
www.accotinkuuc.org , administrator@accotinkuuc.org

This is a non-religious event open to the public
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Is one month for black history enough? Are you white? Watch this movie! Share.

How did the Irish and German become "white"? Do you think about yourself as white if you check "white" on surveys? Do you think about your race?




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