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Pressed Honors Black History Month Through Local Artist Collaborations that Support Food Accessibility

The limited-edition label collection featuring artwork from three Black female artists will be available for purchase in all Pressed locations throughout the month of February This Black History Month, Pressed is raising food accessibility awareness with the help of three Black female artists who are passionate about increasing food accessibility within their communities. Working to benefit local community fridge programs, Pressed is…

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WATCH This Before You Share That MLK Jr. Quote Out of Context

In a stunning tribute to the legacy of MLK Jr, author and performance poet, J Mase III has released a poem we all need to hear. Aided by a haunting animation from the design team at Creative Devs, that is gorgeous and grotesque, he tells the story of what happens when we reinvent figures like MLK Jr. Part personal testimony, and…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day A man to be celebrated and honored #MLK Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. Born in 1929, King’s actual birthday is January 15…

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Bicentennial Tribute to Harriet Tubman Planned for New Year’s Day

A portrait of dignity and courage, Ms. Tubman will be honored with the tolling of a historic bell during the 2022 National Bell Festival. ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — At noon on New Year’s Day 2022, a solitary bell will ring 200 times at the Military Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the years since the birth of Harriet Tubman. While her exact…

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“Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth”

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Multi-Faceted Entertainer Vanessa Williams Spotlights New American Founding Figure Slave Heroine with Foreword in Creative Nonfiction Release Multi-award-winning entertainer Vanessa Williams has penned a moving book foreword that shines the spotlight on an amazing tale of spying and slavery during the Revolutionary War while unveiling an unlikely heroine. “Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth” by Claire Bellerjeau and Tiffany Yecke Brooks, published…

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When Memory Becomes An Action Word: Why The Tulsa Massacre Story Is Longer Than Two Days

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Memory should be a verb. This year, the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre coincides with Memorial Day. For me, that begs the question: What are you willing to fight for? When it comes to Greenwood, I will fight to remember the whole story. Tulsa Massacre We should not let the necessary remembrance of a ruthless two-day massacre obscure the…

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Harriet Tubman Memorial Freedom Bridge’ Plan Unveiled Today in Syracuse, New York

Harriet Tubman

Unified Solution Connects Community, Honors Civil Rights Icon with Strong Ties to Syracuse and Central New York Relatives of abolitionist and civil rights pioneer Harriet Tubman gathered today at Wilson Park to support a proposal to construct the Harriet Tubman Memorial Freedom Bridge in Syracuse – an iconic structure that will reconnect Syracuse’s urban core, while paying tribute to the renowned abolitionist and political activist from Central New York….

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Moments in History: Pullman Porters

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    Pullman porters were men hired to work on the railroads as porters on sleeping cars. The Pullman Company was a separate business from the railroad lines. Prior to the 1860s, the concept of sleeping cars on railroads had not been widely developed. George Pullman pioneered sleeping accommodations on trains, and by the late 1860s, he was hiring only African-Americans to serve as porters. When the Civil War ended…

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Moment in History: Madam CJ Walker (video)

  Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records. Multiple sources mention that although other women might have been the first, their wealth is not as well-documented. Walker made her…

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The Tulsa Massacre Was Driven by a Problem with Equity Relating to Black People

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Darrell “Coach D” Andrews, author of the upcoming book, “Equity is Not a Head Issue, it is a Heart Issue,” takes a deeper look into this historic event. There are many conversations and interests in the Tulsa Massacre of 1921 due to the release of the recent film and celebration of the 100th year of the event. “It is now news…

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