Black History Month Series

The Preservation of Seattle’s Black History- Shelf Life Project – Documentation of Gentrification

Yesterday the Apple Promenade building was torn down, when I initially saw the video my heart dropped. Although I knew that the day was coming, this was the day that the project had been preparing for that initially inspired activists to collect stories, even then I couldn’t help but be surprised as the concrete was destroyed to make room for…

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Black History Month Series

The African Resistance to the Slave Trade, Never Rejected but History Deflected

Black History Month Series Why Do this This is my second year of Sawari’s Black History Month series. The series includes daily articles, poems and other forms of writing art recognizing Black history. I like to take advantage of these few weeks in the year as a time of education and reflection. Being very intentional in learning about different elements…

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Black History Month Series

The Pursuit of Black Excellence Never Ends

With February’s end, I fear the end of our pursuit of the knowledge, characters and milestones within our culture. During February we embrace the opportunity to bask in our history, posting the stories of our leaders and sharing the legacies of our ancestors across countless platforms. Whether that be through social media like twitter tributes or Facebook statuses; or even…

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Black History Month Series

H.B.C.U’d Better Think Twice

Why go to an HBCU? During the time that I’ve been researching and writing for the Black History Month series I’ve started to think more seriously about graduate school. After receiving my bachelors degree from the University of Washington I thought about graduate school but opted to focus on my salon to allow me the flexibility of writing and attending…

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Black History Month Series

My Grandmommy, My Cherished Treasure

For the past few days of the Black History Month series I’ve focused on the lives of my grandparents. Beginning with my father’s mother, Johnnie Lou Gaudy Carithers, who was the first African American hired in the state capital as a secretary and my mother’s father Eugene “Sweets” Wilson, who established his own hair salon “Eugene of Detroit Hair Designers”…

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Black History Month Series

My Black History: Grandaddy Deacon Eugene “Sweets” Wilson

On this last week of the Black History Month series, I’ve been focusing on the accomplishments of those in my family tree. Yesterday I reflected on the life and legacy of my father’s mother. The experience was enlightening, learning about her accomplishments gave me a unique sense of pride. I never met my father’s mother, as she passed a few…

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Black History Month Series

Johnnie Lou Gaudy Carithers: My Grandmother’s Part in Black History

This last week of Black History I wanted to focus on my family, and the accomplishments of those who came before me in my direct lineage. Sometimes we fail to recognize the amazing history we have in our own family tree. While searching for the amazing achievements within Black history we become blind to the work of our own grandparents…

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Black History Month Series

Detroit’s Motown is My Family’s Black Owned Record Label

Black Ownership in Music and Entertainment Music runs through my veins, from my father’s side of the family. Every individual can do more than carry a tune, raised in the Gordy Memorial church of God and Christ, every member of the family, including my father, attended early morning church services, sang in the choir and enrolled in Sunday school. Having…

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Black History Month Series

Malcolm X Assassinated Today: The Leader They Failed to Mention in My Euro-centric Education

 My father kept this picture of Malcolm X framed on the wall, all while I was growing up I stared into his eyes on my way to the dining room. It was as if he was imparting wisdom into me everyday, “Think Amani, learn my story and know your truth.” Today is the day of Malcolm X’s assassination that occurred 52…

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Black History Month Series

Presidents Day in Black History Month: Remembering Black Presidential Candidates

Presidents’ Day is an odd holiday for me, its strange that it’s in the middle of Black History Month, when the majority of our presidents have done nothing to advance the place of Blacks in American society. However there are many, including our vice president Mike Pence, who will argue that presidents like Abraham Lincoln fought for slaves by releasing the…

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