February 6, 2018

Picture of De'Anthony "Ducce" FordOur show on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 12:00-1:00 PM, EST, will focus on the importance of celebrating and knowing The history of Africans in the United States. We will feature the Voting Rights Alliance’s #VRABlackHistory Series which will run the entirety of the month of February and will address the centuries of dedicated fighting by African Americans for the right to vote. We will also emphasize the influential role of culture and arts in the fight for the suffrage. Indeed, our show will start with a live performance of “RiseUp America” an original political anthem that promotes civic engagement.

Our guests are Junius Williams, civil rights attorney, author, former professor and President of the National Bar Association; Caitlyn Cobb, writer, singer and author of the #VRABlackHistory Series; and DeAnthony “Deuce” Ford, rap artist. See guest pictures and bios at www.BarbaraArnwine.com.

The origin story of Africans in the Americas is multi-faceted, disputed and little known or appreciated for its complexities. Black historians such as Ivan Van Sertima in his acclaimed book, They Came Before Columbus, have presented a multilayered account of the presence of Africans in the Americas including the United States that have challenged commonly and wrongly held misconceptions. In 1926, American Historian and Founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Carter Godwin Woodson, founded Negro History Week which evolved into Black History Month. Despite the annual Black History Month celebration in the United States, Americans, including many African Americans, are mainly ignorant of Black History beyond a few historical personages. College Presidents, Congresspersons, Governors, Board of Education members, professors and teachers alike lack a firm grasp of Black History.

Attorney Junius Williams has been a major force for celebrating African History through his writings, books, speeches and multi-media performances, Caitlyn Cobb created the #VRABlackHistory Series in 2017 and continues to expand its content. In 2018, with so much at stake in the political arena and voting rights under threat by voter suppression laws and practices, this Series is critical to understanding and appreciating the long quest by Blacks in the United States for full and unfettered access to the franchise and political power.

During the show, we will explore many questions including, What is the advantage and benefit of knowing true Black History?; Why is Black History so rarely or so wrongly taught?; What are the keys to ending the “miseducation of the negro”?; How do we expand Black History Month to Every Month?; Can White Supremacy stand if Black History is truly and widely known?; Why does knowing the history of the fight for the right to vote matter?; How do we teach a comprehensive Black History that is intersectional?; What are our guests favorite Black History resources? What are some of the most important Black History facts and stories most Americans do not know?; and It is said that when the movement is strong, the arts and culture are strong! Is this true of our current era? These and more questions will be examined during our show.

You don’t want to miss this show!

Be sure to listen live to Igniting Change in the Greater DC Metro Region on Tuesday, February 6, 12″00-1:00 PM EST, at WOL 1450 AM and on the Internet at www.BarbaraArnwine.com. If you have a question or brief comment, call us at 800-450-7876. The show is live tweeted @TJC-DC. And is livestreamed on Facebook at Barbara Arnwine. A podcast is posted on the website on Tuesday evening.

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Picture of De'Anthony "Ducce" Ford

DeAnthony Ducce Ford

De’Anthony “Ducce” Ford is a California rapper and writer born in Compton. He is a part of a rap group called DA FIELD and has […]

Junius Williams

Lawyer Junius Williams was born on December 23, 1943 in Suffolk, Virginia. After graduating from Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia, Williams attended Amherst College […]

Caitlyn Cobb

Caitlyn Cobb

Caitlyn currently works for the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) as its Social Media Director and as a Special Assistant to Barbara Arnwine, president and founder […]