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Callie House: My Face is Black is True [00:50:07]
@ Center for New Words (2005-09-14)
tags: africanamerican women history unitedstates race slavery biography [add tags]
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From the WGBH Forum Network: "Born in to slavery in 1861, Callie House started the Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association, which sought African-American pensions based on those offered Union soldiers, a movement so powerful it frightened the US government; upset Jim Crow legislatures across the South; and gave hope to hundreds of thousands of destitute former slaves.Berry reclaims this magnificent heroine who, though so long forgotten that the site of her grave is unknown, emerges as a pioneering activist: a female forerunner of both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Cosponsored by the Museum of Afro American History and the Center for New Words."
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