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April 13th, 2014
thesmithian

…powerful linoleum prints provide a unique graphic history of one of the most infamous, racially-charged episodes in the annals of the American judicial system…

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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

'Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved from a fed prison in North Carolina to a minimum-security prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., after clashing with prison officials and being placed in solitary confinement…The…former Chicago congressman, 49, had been advising other inmates in North Carolina about their rights in prison…who said a guard took exception to that.'

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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

curly-essence:

soykisses:

ventureandvirtue:

Man carries girl on his shoulders during a march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Alabama, ca. 1965.

i love this.

http://curlyessence.com/

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(Source: afro-art-chick)

Reblogged from b.vikki vintage
August 31st, 2013
thesmithian
August 1st, 2013
thesmithian

The comic tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which successfully helped integrate that city’s public transportation. To say that the idea to produce a comic book about civil rights in 1957 was a radical idea would be to understate the overwhelmingly negative attitudes toward comic books at the time. Just three years prior, near the height of McCarthyism, growing anti-comic book sentiment came to a head when the U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency conducted an investigation and held hearings about the negative effects of comic books on America’s youth. So how did a comic book like ‘Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story’ come to be made? And in what ways did this comic book play an influential role in the Civil Rights Movement?

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July 19th, 2013
thesmithian

George Washington Carver and Henry Ford shared a vision of a future in which agricultural products would be put to new uses to create products and industries. One idea both men worked on more than 60 years ago—biofuels—is again in vogue as America seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

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George Washington Carver and Henry Ford shared a vision of a future in which agricultural products would be put to new uses to create products and industries. One idea both men worked on more than 60 years ago—biofuels—is again in vogue as America seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

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July 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

…looking for an answer to the dubious adage that undocumented immigrants performing low-skill jobs in the U.S. take jobs away native-born African Americans.

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June 27th, 2013
thesmithian

'The [Supreme] Court’s majority held that the formula for determining which states are subject to federal oversight is outdated, leaving the law without any jurisdictions requiring preclearance…'

If these states [Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi] are any evidence, they may have just opened the door for massive disenfranchisement.

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May 4th, 2013
thesmithian

“We didn’t hate white people…We didn’t even know any. We hated the system. That’s what we were protesting about.”

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April 20th, 2013
thesmithian

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art: photo by Gordon Parks—’Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton,’ Mobile, Alabama 1956

April 3rd, 2013
thesmithian

…storefront payday lenders tend to concentrate locations in low-income and communities of color…Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina had the highest number of payday stores per 10,000 residents. Outside of the Deep South, Missouri and Nevada were the only states with comparable density of payday storefronts…[the] five states [that]  charged the greatest amount of payday loan interest were California, Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Illinois…“Payday lending is…financial assault on communities of color. By preying on consumers with few resources, this predatory product takes what little they have and winds up leaving borrowers worse off than before..Far from creating opportunity, payday lending creates impoverished households and endangers local economies.”

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…storefront payday lenders tend to concentrate locations in low-income and communities of color…Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina had the highest number of payday stores per 10,000 residents. Outside of the Deep South, Missouri and Nevada were the only states with comparable density of payday storefronts…[the] five states [that]  charged the greatest amount of payday loan interest were California, Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Illinois…“Payday lending is…financial assault on communities of color. By preying on consumers with few resources, this predatory product takes what little they have and winds up leaving borrowers worse off than before..Far from creating opportunity, payday lending creates impoverished households and endangers local economies.”

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