Black History, Black Codes and Civil Rights

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) announced the theme for “Black History Month 2014” which is “Civil Rights in America.”  This theme coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  However, on this episode of “Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio,” Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( elaborates on the history of civil rights acts in America by going through the Civil Rights Acts of 1866, 1870, 1871, and 1875 as well as the Black Codes of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida.

The Black Codes were the operational codes of the Jim Crow Era and were utilized to disenfranchise people of African descent and keep them from rising to empower themselves and set laws that would be uplifting for themselves.  Communities of people of African descent in the United States are still suffering from the outcomes of the results of this systematic system of disenfranchisement that initially came into being as an attempt to reenslave Africans at the conclusion of the United States Civil War.  The numerous civil rights acts were attempts to combat this.  However, Queen Quet questions what advances have truly been made due to these acts.   Tune in and share in this Black history journey:

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