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BHMD - LITTLE ROCK NINE

The Little Rock Nine were a group of nine black students who enrolled at formerly all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in September 1957. The nine Black students attendance at the school was a test of Brown v. Board of Education, a landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling that declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional. 


On September 4, 1957, the first day of classes at Central High, Governor Orval Faubus called in the Arkansas National Guard to block the black students’ entry into the high school. Later that month, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in federal troops to escort the Little Rock Nine into the school. It drew national attention to the early civil rights movement.

BHMD PODCAST - EPISODE 108 - MUSIC MONDAYS EDITION

Neema Barnette presents BHMD Podcast features contributing writer for its Music Mondays post series, Greg Mickens as host of this episode. Greg's special guest is musician, singer, and songwriter Bruce Mack.

Bruce Mack, aka B-Mack is a Be-bop style vocalist that incorporates vocal improvisation into funk and other forms of music. Bruce is also the band leader and vocal arranger for legendary filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles’ band "Laxative".


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CELEBRATING FREEDOM FIGHTER FANNIE LOU HAMER THIS OCTOBER

Join BHMD for our month-long celebration of the freedom fighting icon Queen, Fannie Lou Hamer. EXT: Fannie Lou Hamer was born on October 6, 1917, in Montgomery  County, Mississippi. She was a sharecropper at the age of six in the Mississippi Delta area. In 1962 she was fired from her job for registering to vote. Worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and she also helped in founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Brought national attention of the civil rights struggle in Mississippi during the televised 1964 Democratic Convention.  Hamer ran for Congress in 1965 Mississippi and she helped establish the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971. Hamer died of cancer on March 14, 1977, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi.  During our month-long celebration we will be featuring special video presentations, and tribute post in honor of this amazing shero on our social media pages. 


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