Sunday, February 5, 2012

Callie House - My Face is Black is True

Sun. Feb. 5, 2012

September 14, 2005

Mary Frances Berry professor, American social thought, UPenn [homepage]

Mary Francis Berry reclaims Callie House, a 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.

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.

Co-sponsored by the Museum of Afro American History and the Center for New Words.

Presented by WGBH and Center for New Words.

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