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Tamm E Hunt, founder/editor-in-chief


Two hundred years ago, British politician William Wilberforce and his band of loyal friends took on the most powerful forces of their day to end the slave trade. His mentor was John Newton, the slave-trader-turned-song-writer, who wrote the world’s most popular hymn, Amazing Grace.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. But the work of justice and mercy continues. 27 million men, women, and children are still enslaved around the globe.

How sweet the sound of freedom.

Join churches around the globe in singing Amazing Grace and in praying for the end of slavery once and for all.

Register your church today.


Jazz Comes Home to Baltimore;
Mayor Dixon Welcomes Festival Producers
by Tamm E Hunt

Mayor Sheila Dixon

Mayor Sheila Dixon welcomes Jazz & Blues to Charm City with a promise of broadening culture and economic empowerment in Baltimore.
Festival Producers and master musicians Mark Iacona and John Nugent, who also present the Rochester International Jazz Festival  propose that  the PaeTec Jazz Festival Baltimore will take place in the heart of the city's tourist hub at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
The three day festival promises business opportunities and greater exposure for emerging performers. The economic development plan  projects multi-millions of dollar in revenue coming into the city during the three day festival in August, 2007.

See Baltimore Sun Paper article by Rashod Ollison

Carter G. Woodson

The story of Black History Month begins a decade after the
founding of the association.  When he conceived of
Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in
Carter G. Woodson believed that
scientific history about the black race would produce facts
that would prove to the world that Africa and its people
had played a crucial role in the development of civilization.
 As a Harvard-trained historian, Woodson, like W. E. B. Du
Bois before him, believed that the truth could not be denied
and that reason
would prevail over prejudice
.   He thus
established a scholarly journal,
The Journal of Negro
, a year after he formed the A
ssociation.  Scientific
history would counter
falsehoods, and the
community of white scholars would alter its view of the
black race, and the race problem would gradually


A decade into his labors, Woodson began to think
differently about the inherent power of scholarship, the
importance of the scholarly community in promoting the
truth, and the place of the community in the Association's

cholarship had not transformed race relations.  
Most white historians had not
come to
recognize the truth
it was placed before them
.  Additionally, he had come
to understand that
some of the people who needed
convincing the most
were his own people!
 Hence forth, the
Association would spread the news about Black history to
the general public as well as  scholars.

Daryl Michael Scott
Howard University

(C) 2006

Cyrus Chestnut
Baltimore Jazz Legend


A History in the Key of Jazz...
By Gerald Early, Professor of English and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
When Africans arrived in the New World as indentured servants and slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries, they were entering an alien world. The languages, religious beliefs, kinship practices, dress, food, and cosmic and moral philosophy of Europeans were significantly different from what Africans were used to, to how they saw the world, to what they felt their traditions were. Yet this New World was not so alien; otherwise the entire enterprise of chattel slavery would have collapsed, as Africans would never have adapted at all. Africans were used to agricultural work and the tasks of farming; many had abilities as artisans and could work well with tools; they were not as susceptible to European diseases as Native American groups.

There has been continued debate since the 1940s, when Jewish anthropologist Melville Herskovits and black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier first started the argument about how much African culture was stripped away from Africans in the process of being transformed to a new class people in the United States. (Frazier argued that blacks had been entirely stripped of their African cultural background; Herskovits argued that blacks retained a number of significant Africanisms.) Part of this concern about African sources and origins that has arisen most intensely since World War II has been psychological and political, for as Ralph Ellison observed, "The white American has charged the Negro American with being without past or tradition (something which strikes the white man with a nameless horror), just as he himself has been so charged by European and American critics with a nostalgia for the stability once typical of European cultures."

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Reginald F. Lewis Museum




The transition from slavery to freedom  represents one of the major themes in the history of the African Diaspora in the Americas. Under and against the rule of various powers, Africans experienced emancipation during the course of the nineteenth century. In Jamaica and Brazil, freedom came peaceably, but bloodshed also accompanied slavery’s death. In the United States, the rebirth of freedom resulted from what was at the time the world’s most destructive civil war, a war in which liberated slaves and free Blacks played a vital role in determining the victor and securing their own liberty. In Saint Domingue, the slaves, under the leadership of Toussaint L’Ouverture, engaged in violent revolution and won their freedom and independence, establishing Haiti, the world’s first Black republic. Regardless of the path to freedom, African peoples in the New World had to continue to struggle for liberation. Where ex-slaves formed the majority, the quest for sovereignty, independence, and equality remained elusive or hollow.  Elsewhere they rarely enjoyed equal citizenship and the untrammeled right to pursue happiness.

ASALH dedicates its 2007 national theme to the struggles of peoples of African descent to achieve freedom and equality in the Americas during the age of emancipation. Over a half-century ago, the celebrated historian John Hope Franklin, a leading light of ASALH, identified the struggle for slavery and freedom as the central theme of African American history. We take up this theme to honor him and to place before the nation and the world the historical importance of slavery and freedom in the making of modern societies in the Americas.

Fredrick Douglass
Douglass said, "What is possible for me is possible for you." By taking these keys and making them his own, Frederick Douglass created a life of honor, respect and success that he could never have dreamed of when still a boy on Colonel Lloyd's plantation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Fredrick Douglass link

Fredrick Douglass

February 1818 – February 20, 1895

Born a slave, yet determined to be free, Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery and became one of the most influential figures of the 19th century. He became a powerful speaker in the anti-slavery circuit, an author, an advocate for women’s rights, and held several government positions after the Civil War.

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