#BlackHistoryMonth- John Mercer Langston

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John Mercer Langston (1829-1897) American politician. Born on Virginia plantation, son of the master; became lawyer; held wide range of political and educational positions, from city council member to dean of Howard University’s law school. Eventually became first African American elected to public office in United States, as member of U.S. House of Representatives. Active in civil rights organizations, such as the National Equal Rights League and Negro National Labor Union.

John Mercer Langston was the first black man to become a lawyer in Ohio when he passed the Bar in 1854. When he was elected to the post of Town Clerk for Brownhelm, Ohio in 1855 Langston became one of the first African Americans ever elected to public office in America. John Mercer Langston was also the great-uncle of Langston Hughes, famed poet of the Harlem Renaissance.

In the Jim Crow era of the later nineteenth century, Langston was one of only five African Americans elected to Congress from the South before the former Confederate states passed constitutions and electoral rules that essentially eliminated the black vote. After that, no African Americans would be elected from the South until 1973, after the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed to enforce constitutional rights. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the gerrymandered district lines that southern Democratic State legislatures had drawn to keep blacks from voting.

Quotes:

A nation may lose its liberties and be a century in finding it out. Where is the American liberty? … In its far-reaching and broad sweep, slavery has stricken down the freedom of us all. – John Mercer Langston

Sources: Wikipediawww.History.com

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Black History Month- Carter G. Woodson

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Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950)[1] was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of Journal of Negro History in 1916, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history.[2] In February 1926 he announced the celebration of “Negro History Week”, considered the precursor of Black History Month.[3]

Source: Wikipedia

Quotes:

If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.

The thought of’ the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.

Source: www.history.com 

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February, we celebrate Black History Month ‪#‎UniteBlue‬ ‪#‎BlackHistoryMonth‬ @bannerite

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“This February, we celebrate Black History Month. It is an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that African Americans have made to our nation. Through innovations in technology, advances in medicine, athletic and artistic achievements, and promoting social justice, just to name a few, African Americans have helped move our nation toward a more perfect union.”

“The understanding and appreciation fostered by Black History Month strengthens our resolve to continue on the path of progress. The Democratic Party will keep fighting to expand the vote and protect the franchise for all Americans, and to push economic policies that put middle class families first. We remain strongly committed to making sure every American has access to quality health care and affordable higher education.”

“Black History Month is our chance to reflect on and express our appreciation for the ways the African American community has helped shape the American Dream. But in equal measure, it is our responsibility to use those lessons to ensure equality of opportunity for future generations.”

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“Progressives have no power in a corporate, focus-grouped, Wall Street-leaning party.”

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Stop blaming Fox News and stop hoping Elizabeth Warren will save us

The Democrats’ conduct since the midterm debacle is as sad and sorry as the campaign that caused it. The party’s leaders are a big problem. A bigger one is the closed system of high-dollar fundraising, reductionist polling and vapid messaging in which it is seemingly trapped. Some say a more populist Democratic Party will soon emerge. It won’t happen as long as these leaders and this system are in place.

(Bill Curry article Salon)

Since all offices within a party are voted on. Has it turned into a popularity contest, or is it something else.

Just got home and had some dinner. I took a trip to Limon today for the Lincoln County reorganization. While I enjoyed once again seeing my friends and supporters from Lincoln County, I was dismayed by one of the statements I heard there.
In my 17 years of working with the Colorado Dept. of Corrections I saw more than my share of people getting promoted simply because they had ‘paid their dues.’ I saw many talented, younger staff passed over simply because somebody with less talent had been there longer or had done the bidding of the warden without asking questions.
Today I heard a state party official suggest that Naquetta Ricks doesn’t deserve to be elected to 1st Vice Chair because she ‘hasn’t been a registered Democrat long enough’ and hasn’t “paid her dues.”
We are Democrats. We are the inclusive, big tent party. We aren’t the good ‘ol boy party who only look to the establishment for their leaders. If we were, Barack Obama wouldn’t be in the White House.
I met Naquetta several times during my campaign. I found her to be a hard-working, intelligent, and very capable person. She sacrificed a great deal of her family time and expended great effort to try and win her election. Anybody who would discount her as a credible candidate for party office is doing both her and the party a disservice.
There are others out there considering whether or not to run for an office of the state party or their county party. Some are considering a run for public office. I hope we’ll be true to the values of our party and judge them on their merits and ideas, not on who they’ve carried water for.” 
(Vic Meyers wrote)

Democrats are in denial regarding the magnitude and meaning of their defeat. It is a rejection not just of current leaders but of the very business model of the modern Democratic Party: how it uses polls and focus groups to slice and dice us; how it peddles its sly, hollow message and, worst, how it sells its soul to pay for it all. Party elites hope party activists will seek to lift their moods via the cheap adrenaline high of another campaign. For once, activists may resist the urge.

Building a strong progressive movement is work we must do now. Obama had this right in 2008. We are the change we’ve been waiting for.”

We can’t afford for people to be turned away when they reach out to get involved. We need to take a closer look at how these party seat elections are being conducted.

READ  the complete article : (Bill Curry article Salon)

What’s the Difference Between a Liberal and a Progressive?

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 wrote in 2011,  “The general unwillingness of Democrats to consistently push for more sharp-edged progressive solutions is a big problem right now.

Many of today’s Democratic politicians, for instance, are simply not comfortable taking a more confrontational posture towards large economic institutions (many of whom fund their campaigns) – institutions that regularly take a confrontational posture towards America’s middle-class.

Paying off corporations to do what they already should be doing sets a dangerous precedent – it sends a message to Big Business that they can leverage their irresponsible behavior into government handouts.

The “free market” conservatives have so dominated the political debate over the last two decades that our side seems only comfortable proposing to pay off different economic players, instead of forcing those players to behave themselves.

It’s time for that to change. The government has a job to play in protecting Americans from being ripped off, and that doesn’t mean just handing the economic bullies a bribe. It means pushing back – hard.

David Sirota-Huffingtonpost Blog

It’s past time. We need our leaders pushing back.  I agree- pushing back hard.

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