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Malcolm X: The price of freedom is death

Friday, Feb. 21, 1965 marks the day a hit squad of cold-blooded assassins aired out the Audubon Ballroom stage, expiring the physical life of Black Nationalist advocate El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, aka Malcolm X, in full view of his pregnant wife, Betty, and four young daughters along with approximately 400 unsuspecting Organization of Afro-American Unity supporters.

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The Harlem Hellfighters: African-American WWI heroes

In the World War I era, Jim Crow segregation laws were prominent throughout the United States in all segments of society, as well as during physical combat overseas.

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Acknowledging America’s political prisoners of war this Saturday

Various grassroots activists will pay homage to this country’s forgotten segment of society and their families with the 22nd annual Freedom Fighters Dinner Tribute.

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The Schomburg Center: Harlem’s Kilimanjaro

“If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today.” Surely, astute historian Arthur Alphonso Schomburg must’ve had this African proverb in mind as he globetrotted, amassing millions of artifacts from throughout the Diaspora during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Two decades later, another Brooklyn man’s murder conviction is overturned

Thursday, Jan. 11, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dineen Riviezzo announced that she had overturned Sundhe Moses’ 1997 murder conviction and ordered a new trial, citing the illicit activities of a disgraced NYPD detective.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s concern for the poor

The world famous Apollo Theater, along with WNYC 93.9 FM, conducted a public panel on its historic stage this past Sunday afternoon commemorating the legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a presentation titled “Apollo Uptown Hall: 50 Years After MLK—A Dream Deferred.” This event is part of the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The apostle of peace

While many did not agree with the peaceful preacher’s passive approach to solving race problems in the land of the free, some admired Dr. Kings's courageous stance against oppressors.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. —‘I’ve seen the Promised Land’

Monday, April 4, is the 48th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tenn., as he stood on the balcony of Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel.

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Big Daddy Kane runs down memory lane at Schomburg Center

Saturday, Dec. 16, the Schomburg’s Hip-Hop History Project initiated its new series “Going Way Back” with an exclusive featured interview of Grammy award-winning MC, Big Daddy Kane.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on capitalism: 'This is not just'

As the nation prepares to commemorate the immeasurable achievements of courageous civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, the 89th anniversary of his birth, a closer look is taken into how he grew from being known as a peaceful preacher to being one of the most feared Black men in America.

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