Category Archives: History

Frederick Douglass’ speech- “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (July 5, 1852)

James Earl Jones reads excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (July 5, 1852). –DemocracyNow: July 5, 2004. It is a dramatic reading from excerpts of Howard Zinn’s “The People’s History of the United States”.

What to an American Slave is the Fourth of July?

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Frederick Douglass told a crowd gathered in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852 that to slaves the white man’s celebration of the Fourth of July is a “sham.” And today, the gross injustice and cruelty he was talking about are still existent.

Published: July 2, 2015 | Authors: | NationofChange | Op-Ed

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which lie is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham.”

[Read more-  http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/07/02/what-to-the-american-slave-is-your-4th-of-july/

If Islamic State Had Burned Down Four Churches, It Would Have Been Headline News

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Arson directed at African-American churches is on the rise in recent weeks with seven burnt to the ground. But the question remains: Is terrorism “raced” in the U.S.?

Read more: http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/07/02/if-islamic-state-had-burned-down-four-churches-it-would-have-been-headline-news/

Guyanese Online – Most Popular Entries – June 2015

Guyanese Online – Most Popular Entries – June 2015 – TOP 20

Full list of 498 entries below – Click entries to view on the Blog Website   

  1. Letter: Cheddi (Joey) Jagan (Jr.) on Guyana’s new government
  2. GUYANA and CARIBBEAN RECIPES
  3. Dave Martins – the story behind “Not A Blade of Grass”
  4. VITAL KOKER FOUND INOPERABLE IN GEORGETOWN – video
  5. GUYANA: LIST OF CABINET MINISTERS – 20 May 2015 – Updated 23 May 2015
  6. Old Jet Magazines – from 1950 onwards – updated
  7. The problem with Caribbean governments – By By Felicia J. Persaud
  8. CHINESE ADVICE TO 50-YEAR OLDS & OLDER
  9. Fruits of Trinidad and Tobago – and Guyana
  10. How the PPP Rigged the 2011 Elections – by Malcolm Harripaul   Continue reading

National Caribbean American History Month Factoid

National Caribbean American History Month Factoid

Kiddies Parade - Caribbean American Parade - Labor Day

Photo:  Chyna Cambridge, 13, a Caribbean-American parading on Franklin Avenue with the D’Midas International costume band in the Children’s Carnival, part of the West Indian Labor Day celebrations in Brooklyn, NY. (William Farrington/WIADCA Photo)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 24, 2015: Did you know the first significant wave of  post-slavery Caribbean immigration occurred during the first three decades of the 20th century, particularly during World War I and throughout the 1920s? Before then, Caribbean migration was primarily internal as migrants sought economic opportunities in other islands and nations throughout the Caribbean basin including in Panama.   Continue reading

Why Tribal Peoples Are the Best Conservationists

Why Tribal Peoples Are the Best Conservationists

Friday, 19 June 2015 00:00By Staff, Survival | Report  – Truthout

Awá man making arrows, Brazil. The Awá have an intimate knowledge of their rainforest and are extremely skilled hunters. (Photo: Survival International) Photo: Awá man making arrows, Brazil. The Awá have an intimate knowledge of their rainforest and are extremely skilled hunters. (Photo: Survival International)

Awá Indians in Brazil’s north-eastern Amazon rainforest know at least 275 useful plants, and at least 31 species of honey-producing bee. Each bee type is associated with another rainforest animal like the tortoise or the tapir.  Continue reading

Guyana Folk Festival 2015 Season – ” We Bridgin’ – New York – July- Sept 2015

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Guyana Folk Festival 2015 Season – Click to Enlarge

GUYANA: History Online Courses – Enroll Now

History OnLine Courses

GUYANA: History Online Courses – Enroll Now

GUYANA: History Online Courses – Enroll Now

  • The Guyana Institute of Historical Research now allows you to study history in the comfort of your home.
  • All of the lecturers of the home study courses are internationally qualified.
  • You can form a chat group.
  • You can study by Skype.
  • You can form a study group in your home.
  • Request a printed copy of the course outline and, lesson. You will receive each lesson online.  Continue reading

GUYANA: LATEST NEWS – 10 JUNE 2015

GUYANA: LATEST NEWS – 10 JUNE 2015 – Demerara Waves

    PARLIAMENT OPENED TODAY:

Jagdeo in the dock: Power goes one day – By Freddie Kissoon + videos

Jagdeo in the dock: Power goes one day

Jagdeo at News Conference

Fmr. President Bharrat Jagdeo

May 27, 2015 | By |  Columnists, Freddie Kissoon

The first thing that came to my mind when I read that Bharrat Jagdeo, which this column will emphasize was the former strongman, was summoned to appear in court or face arrest were the words of President Jagdeo to striking air traffic controllers.

The strike began while President Jagdeo was out of the country and on returning to Guyana from New York agreed to a request by the strikers to meet with them. He told them that he heard that on deplaning, they had planned to picket him and if that was done he would have fired all of them.

This was the strongman at the pinnacle of power. Now power is gone.   Continue reading

THE FALL OF THE PPP – by Ralph Ramkarran

 THE FALL OF THE PPP

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on May 23, 2015 – by Ralph Ramkarran

The PPP’s boast has always been that it never lost elections. While it gained the highest votes in 1964, it was the PNC that was invited to form the government, which it did in coalition with the United Force. The slogan of ‘cheated not defeated’ resounded through the decades. The slogan is once again rearing its head.

The claim that it lost as a result of fraud allows it to maintain the delusion, for the benefit of its supporters, that it has never lost elections. This also serves to protect its leaders and policies from critical analysis and corrective action and revive its historic claims to victimology, now of an openly posturing ethnic political entity, to sustain the sympathy of its innocent supporters against the tribal hordes. Continue reading

The Tragedy of the Boat People: The Sea is not a Cemetery – By: Dhanpaul Narine

The Tragedy of the Boat People: The Sea is not a Cemetery

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By: Dhanpaul Narine

It is brutal, heartless and disgraceful and it happens in oceans of despair.  It has been called slavery of the 21st century, an emergency and a crisis that defies description. The Mediterranean boat crisis continues to grab the attention of the world as politicians scramble to devise solutions. There was a time when the boats ferrying souls seeking a better life would disappear in the seas with little thought given to them. But these are modern times with the social media bringing to our doorsteps the plight of the boat people.

Can the world show compassion to a segment of the population that is asking for a second chance? This may appear to be a simple question but in reality the boat crisis is interwoven with politics, wars, poverty and countries seeking to secure their borders at all costs.  The problem of the boat people has not just arrived at the door of Europe. It has a history written with the indelible ink of cruelty that began in the developing world.   Continue reading

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