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African-American workers were key to Atlantic City’s success, new book argues

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By Chuck Darrow, Philadelphia Inquirer

WHEN IT comes to the history of Atlantic City, Nelson Johnson literally sees things in black and white.

Johnson, an Atlantic County Superior Court judge from Hammonton, N.J., is the author of Boardwalk Empire, which plotted Atlantic City’s storied tale by focusing on the white power structure from the town’s founding in 1854 through the current casino era. The chapter about early-20th-century political and underworld boss Enoch “Nucky” Johnson was the inspiration for the HBO series of the same name.

Tomorrow, Medford, N.J.-based Plexus Publishing releases Johnson’s The Northside, a parallel history of AyCee’s African-American community.

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November 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

For the Museum of American History, a new trove of African American artifacts

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Source: Washington Post

Over 40 years, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, a Los Angeles couple, have acquired every kind of artifact related to the African American experience. In their collection are rare documents, such as a letter from a Union soldier recounting the 1862 murder of slaves in Tennessee and a parade flag of the Buffalo Soldiers. This important and fragile bounty is moving into the National Museum of American History on Oct. 15 in a series of galleries that are a showcase for the planned National Museum of African American History and Culture, to open in 2015.

One letter, written by slaveholder A.M.F. Crawford in 1854, introduces his slave Frances. The letter is stained, but the messages are clear. She is described as “the finest chamber maid I have ever seen in my life, she is a good washer, but at house cleaning she has perfect slight [sic] of hand.” The 17-year-old Frances does not know her fate, but the viewer will probably cry at the clear and attractive handwriting that says “she does not know that she is to be sold.” And Crawford boldly lets the potential buyer know he is using the proceeds for a new stable.

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October 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm

$4m US grant to help restore the African Meeting House

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By L Finch, Boston Globe

Renovations to the historic African Meeting House on Beacon Hill have received a boost in the form of a multimillion dollar federal grant, museum officials announced yesterday.

The $4 million in federal stimulus funds will allow curators to finish restoring the building on Joy Street, designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, to its original 19th-century state, according to officials of the Museum of African American History, which owns the building.

The 1,500-square-foot meeting house, which officials describe as the oldest existing building of its kind in the nation, has been closed for four years while undergoing renovations.

“This is a place where black and white people worked together to end slavery,’’ said executive director Beverly Morgan-Welch. “It was a beacon of hope for what was possible. . . . This is a fabulous opportunity for the museum to bring this important National Historic Landmark back to its original beauty and purpose.

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Storytellers Share African American Experience With Kids

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By Lisa Blackwell, ABC 32

Some Montgomery children were entertained by storytellers Friday.

More than 100 children heard stories about the African American experience told by nationally acclaimed writers Alabama State University.

Minnie stringer, C.L. Threatt and Emmett Woods gave presentations that got children clapping and chanting.

Joseph Trimble, Consultant, ASU National Center, says “We want them to see artists cause we can do and be anything and we want them to identify and strive to be anything they want ot be their only limitation is their imagination and we want them to see to see that and hear it and go out and write their own great stories.”

Booked on heritage is a summer reading program for kids ages 4 to 12.

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August 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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Precious Time Left For ‘Selma’ To Mobilize As Director Lee Daniels Makes ‘Butler’ Deal

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By Mike Fleming,

EXCLUSIVE: While Precious director Lee Daniels continues to wait for financing to mobilize on the Civil Rights drama Selma, he has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to rewrite and direct The Butler. The Laura Ziskin-produced drama is based on Eugene Allen. A servant in the White House over 34 years, Allen watched the eight presidents he worked for wrestle with and finally stem the tide of segregation. The film is based on a series of articles written on Butler by Wil Haygood. After Haygood’s first article, the long-retired Allen was invited to be a guest at the inauguration of the country’s first African American president, Barack Obama, bringing his experience full circle. The first draft was written by Recount‘s Danny Strong. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Plans under way to redevelop Five Points’ rich jazz and African American history

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Planners of a major revitalization project in the Five Points neighborhood in Denver hosted U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Denver City Councilwoman Carla Madison for a briefing and tour of the neighborhood on Saturday.

Wil Alston, executive director of the Five Points Business District, led the walking tour up Welton Street and to the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. Alston said Udall is the first of several leaders who will be briefed on the project as the group seeks funding.

“Typically the way these grants work, they want to know you have support from your senators and congressional delegation,” Alston said.

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July 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

Learning About African-American History at Colonial Williamsburg

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by Eileen Ogintz, Chicago Tribune

colonialwilliamsburgIt’s your personal property. Name it anything you like. Give it as a birthday gift or throw it on the ground when you get angry or frustrated.

That was the way slave children were treated in 18th-century Virginia. They could be sent away from their parents at any time, their name abruptly changed. The kids touring the elegant Peyton Randolph House in Colonial Williamsburg — home to just two adults and 27 slaves, half of which were children and young teens — were trying hard to process that reality as Bridgette Houston, dressed as an 18th-century slave — “interpreted” African-American revolutionary history for the group of parents and kids that visited here recently on a sunny fall day.

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October 16, 2009 at 7:01 am