tv 93rd Annual Black History Luncheon CSPAN February 16, 2019 12:24pm-1:14pm EST
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we are here to have a fun time. if you have a cell phone, take your cell phone out. my cousin wants to take a picture. i want to make it very difficult for you. if you have a cell phone, take it out. holger cell phone up in the air. what i want you to do -- we've got a lot of traffic. holger cell phone up. i want you to go to your neighbor and take the coolest selfie with your neighbor. who is going to take a selfie with me? we've got somebody over here? all right.
when you take a picture with your neighbor, i want you to make sure you follow us on instagram, on twitter. follow us on instagram and twitter. i want to make sure everybody knows how much fun we are going to have today. i know everybody is getting in their seats. what we're doing here today is something that everybody should know about. this is black history month. people knowore about what black history is all about. post your pictures on twitter and instagram and facebook. old-schoolke an
myspace guy. if you still have a myspace account, posted on myspace. if you don't have a cell phone it to take a picture, use a polaroid. the #cyou to use artergwoodson #blackhistoryluncheon seats,ody can take their welcome to the 93rd annual black history luncheon of the association for the study of african american life in history. it is my honor to be your mc today. i shouldn't be your mc today.
the reason why i shouldn't be -- imc today remember early on in my broadcast career, people used to tell me, a black man cannot run a sports department. i have been the sports director of two cbs stations and an nbc station. [applause] i also started my broadcast career in michigan where there myself andck people, some other black person i am still trying to find. my experience there, i used to receive a lot of hate email, telling me, i do not like your black style on tv or i should garner,n dead like eric
when i was a victim of police brutality in 2014. i did not let those realities of this world hold me back. i continued that same path that a lot of our black leaders have paved throughout the years. that is why i am your emcee today. [applause] our nationalbrate black history theme, black migrations. tois to focus our attention the movement of the people of african descent to new nations and new realities. those realities are the rise of emergence movement, of the black industrial workers, black entrepreneurs, growing numbers of urban churches and more. was,hing that helped me
i'm glad you made an acronym, asaal. >> excuse me ladies and gentlemen. you may not have noticed but we have a big real deal right up there. i would be so appreciative if you would give him his attention because he really has a lot to say. repaid him about $1 million -- no, [laughter] >> now that i know what you are paying me, i will send you my invoice. where is edgar? [applause] with that said, i appreciate you having me as your emcee. a few housekeeping items. they sure you leave in the back of the ballroom.
there are volunteers selling raffle tickets. you can get one for five dollars, three for $10 and there are good prizes. cancan get $500, get a we at the renaissance hotel, you can win an african ancestry dna kit and a gift basket. the drawing will take place after the luncheon and in order to win you need to be present. if you feel like you need to leave before the raffle, give me the ticket and if you win, i will not call you. [laughter] the parking fees. who, like me, parked at capitol heights and walk here? [laughter] all right. you? we apologize for the parking situation. there was another event going on. if you parked at the hotel, it is $45 if you used the ballet. follow us on twitter, instagram and facebook. i will not mess with you again,
my men. who has blackplanet? nobody? aol instant messenger? will have aid, we good time. you ready for this evening? you guys ready to have a good time? i know some of your tired. it was valentine's day weekend. you're probably still on your third dream now, still trying to go back to sleep. i want everybody to stand for the video presentation of the negro national anthem. ♪
[applause] >> you may be seated. that, our negro national anthem, it makes me start to think, this has been a wild black history month. i work for the new station here. we have a montgomery county high school passing around free passes to say the n word. whoave a virginia governor is involved with the blackface scandals. first it is him, first it is not him, he is playing a hokey pokey dance with it.
when you hear that song, it almost inspires and you, you keep moving forward. that goes along with our theme. to move on, it is my pleasure to evelyn, the. national president, currently the chair of the department of african-american studies at harvard. she is a prolific writer, recipient of the 2014 national humanities award, awarded to her by barack obama. she has a long history of involvement. greetings and the offer the occasion. she will be followed by reflections of the theme. lionel campbell junior, then we will have our luncheon cochairs who will
introduce our executive council members, partners, special guests and sponsors. without further ado, i would like to welcome the doctor. [applause] greetings. i want to make one correction. i used to be the chair of the department of african and african-american studies but i am now the chair of the history department at harvard. [applause] why i make a big deal about that is because that is the department that gave carter woodson his phd in 1912. [applause] welcome to the 93rd black history luncheon. the theme for 2019 is black
migration. this theme captures an experience central to african-american history. there is no word that better connotes the complexity of our history and the word, migration -- than the word, migration. it brings to mind both pain and unbounded hope. force andto mind violent separation of africans from their homeland and from their families in the transatlantic slave trade and it tells the painful story of separation and sale of loved ones who, chained together, checked across the united states via the domestic slave trade. that existed in this country all the way through the civil war. it speaks to how we got over.
the fugitives who dared to flee from bondage, those who went to kansas, the families who packed up their belongings and moved to detroit and chicago and ohio and new york and washington dc and they made new lives for themselves and they created many new cultural expressions. we don't want to forget the bad or the good, when we tell the many stories of migration. proclaim thee migration story. when we sing as we adjusted, the negro national anthem, stony the road we tried, fitter the chesaning rod, when hope unborn had died yet with the steady beat, have not our weary feet, come to the place for which our fathers side.
we are still trying to come to that place for which our fathers died. as we talk about black migration as a way to know and understand our heritage of the people over the centuries and as a way to identify the history of our own individual families. where are your people from? we tell thetory -- story of migration because it is a part of our individual lives, our own personal movement from place to place. ultimately, these stories of migration, good and bad, easy and uneasy are ultimately again, about our strivings, about our endurance and of course, our perseverance in america. i thank you, and i want to especially thank the staff, the luncheon committee and the
volunteers for their dedicated service in planning and supporting the luncheon. can we thank them? [applause] i would also especially like to thank morgan state university for their generous support. [applause] us over theported years. i want to thank all of you for joining us today and i want to express my sincerest gratitude for the support of my all modern, howard university -- my alma mater, howard university. [applause] now i would like to welcome to the podium, dr. tiffany gill, the inaugural cochran scholar and associate professor of africana studies at the
university of delaware. she will give the occasion of this 2019 black history theme. congratulations. [applause] we have made it another year. >> good afternoon. what a beautiful occasion this is. what a beautiful afternoon. all of theo much to executive board members, the luncheon planning committee, for the invitation. i have been a part of asahl since i was a graduate student many years ago. it is truly an honor to stand before you today. i only have a few minutes, which is hard for me as a long-winded professor and a church girl but i will try to do what i have never seen before, which is
say something quickly and be out of your way. published inletter the chicago defender in 1917 began, "i am writing to ask a favor. i am a girl of 17. school has just closed. now i feel like i ought to work. " she reflected on her life in louisiana. the young woman whose name is not known to us, went on in the letter to explain that there is not a thing for me to do. onlyages in louisiana, $1.50 a week. while her mother and father tried to do all they could to provide her a good life she felt the best way she could help her family and to improve her situation was to leave all familiar to her and migrate to
chicago, to try to find, as she put it "a good, quiet ways to stay and a good job." in that same year, a 25-year-old woman from alabama who identified herself as a poor woman, a wife and mother of five living children and three dead ones, also wrote to the defender seeking advice and help with employment. as she considered, not only her own life but the future prospects for her children, she pleaded "i want to get out of this dog hole, because i don't know what i am raising my children up for in this place." these women, like the many african-americans who left the south during the great migration, and exodus that would witness 6 million african-americans leaving between 1915 and 1970, believing that moving to cities like chicago, new york, washington
dc, indianapolis, detroit, that these places would hold great promise for a better life. however, the very things these women desired, good jobs, good quiet places to live and a secure future for their children still often alluded them. they quickly learned the virulence of racism and sexism was not a respecter of geographical boundaries. even as many of us adhere as the descendents of these migrants over a century later, even their most basic desires remain unmet for far too many. this year, the theme of black migration could not be more important or timely. only 100 years since the great migration began in ernest,
unlike the migrants with whom i opened my discussion, these africans did not come willingly. they were captured in wars, exchanged for weapons and other insignificant junkets, chained to colonial forts before being ships to embark on slave for the perilous and bloodstained journey to the americas. the trauma and violence of their passage forced millions of africans onto international waters while the subsequent legal and extralegal mechanisms instituted by those committed to their enslavement long after they won their freedom, limited their ability to move freely from one place to another once they arrived. to be sure, we currently inhabit a world that is in many ways very different than the ones that captured africans based or the hopeful migrants faced.
however there is much about what they endured that is unfortunately all too familiar. how do we understand the paradox of migration? a phenomenon that is at once full of promise and also fraught with peril. how do we access our, how do we assess our contemporary moment in light of the complexities of black migration? what can we learn by examining black migration and more importantly, what should we do with what we learn? in the few minutes i have remaining, i want to turn back to those women that i opened with. these young women who courageously boarded trains, piled in autos, buses and arrived in cities unfamiliar to them in just about every way. in many ways, the history of the great migration is a black woman's story, it is black
women's history. since the majority of those who left were black girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 39 years old. in other words, we cannot talk specifically about the great migration as a monumental demographic shift unless we take their lives seriously. our time has, noted for us one of the motivating factors for black women to leave the south was not just to escape the multi-layers and perils of racial inequality but also the dangers they faced, unfortunately within their families, homes and communities. in other words, the women who journeyed north were often not just fleeing the wrath of jim sexual ande peril of domestic violence as well. however, accounts of this type
of violence often appear in the historical record in whisper s. they are often encoded language silences and in the where they show up in black women's personal narratives. any history of the great migration is incomplete if it only addresses the desire for migrants to flee racial oppression. it must also address gender violence, motivating many of those to leave. once these girls and women arrived in cities, they often encountered the many struggles they faced before they left. migrant women were viewed not as courageous, not as women with dreams and desires of their own but were often considered objects to be controlled or problems to be explained or fixed. everything from the way they spent their free time, to the way that they dressed was often
scrutinized. furthermore, their quest for economic stability was often met with disappointment, as black women frequently traded working for domestics for white families in the south for toiling for the northern kinsfolk. if there migration was merely about escape, our reflections today about their departure from the south would allow us to simply celebrate their courage. however, the great migration was not just a physical movement but a social, political and economic one, one rooted in the long quest for black freedom and lack -- for blacktion freedom and black liberation. for all the young women who fled the south, seeking to escape domestic and sexual violence and for the black women and girls who today, still remain disproportionately impacted by these manifestations, we must,
if we truly want to honor the migrants, we must be committed to supporting them, believing them and calling predators to public reckoning. to honor the many women, like the 25-year-old from mobile, we must consider and support those who consider health care a fundamental right, and not merely a privilege, as well as demands that the medical profession take black women's health seriously and work to combat the all too high rates of infant black mortality. we must fight for living wage. that is what those migrant women would want for us, for affordable housing, for good clean places to stay, as they said, for an education system that values children's lives over our own, we must continue to advocate for new migrants as they continue to come to the country, understanding that much of the language about their demise is rooted in the way
black people were spoken of during the great migration. like those who came before us, we must be willing to hit the road, to hit the streets, to disrupt our lives and to risk it all to imagine a better future and a more just nation. those who participated in the great migration, like the women with whom i began, were part of a social, political and economic movement that declared well "s, -- well before the hashtags, that all lives matter, including women and girls and economically vulnerable. this is the heritage we have inherited. it was then, as it should be now, a call to action. if you allow me to re-appropriate the words of our
forever first lady, michelle obama, the daughter of black migrants of south carolina who settled in chicago, let's move. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. lionel kimball junior. my task today is to recognize hl andadership of asa leaders in our local government. first i shall call the names of officers and fellow members. when i call your name, will each person please stand and remain standing until all have been introduced? audience, please hold your applause until all names have been called.
you have already met our current national president, dr. evelyn. we also have missus barbara, our vice president, chair of membership, chair of the membership committee. yours truly, dr. lionel kimball junior, vice president of programs. we have mr. gilbert smith, our treasurer. our executiveler, director. current councilmembers are here. humanladys mack, resources committee cochair. dr. betty gardner, former president. bond, development committee chair. marshall.gloria brown hunter, past
i am here to recognize our city officials and organizational partners with us today. asked you to hold applause. i'm going to ask you to do the same thing. you responded to him very nicely. i hope you will respond to me. anderson,ber monique would you please stand and remain standing? alexandria councilman, john , mr. carl racine, the attorney general of the district of columbia, mr. brandon todd, district of , andbia city councilman prince george's city councilman rodney streeter, calvin hawkins, and mel franklin.
we also have commissioner ruben collins. we had representatives from prince george's county parks and planning commission, particularly commissioners hewitt and dorothy baylor, a former member of the asalh executive council. we also have ambassador surely two otherirley von, ambassadors, federal judge jones, federal judge robert wilkins, and we have the prince george's community college board of trustees representatives. partners are concerned, we have representatives from our partner of long-standing, the national parks service. servedert stanton who for decades with the national
park service is here today along with his lovely wife, janet. asalh has partnered with carnegie hall in their migration series. at your seats, you have a brochure describing the series. we hope you will take it with you and utilize it. the d.c. lottery has provided the black history poster. as you leave today, please get your copy of the poster. copiesday" has provided of their migration insert for all of you, so make sure you carry your copy of that particular feature. and now? what thank you, gladys. good afternoon. my name is dr. thompson.
i have the pleasure of serving as her cochair, as she said earlier. my honor to recognize special guests and sponsors attending the luncheon this year. again, please hold your applause until all have been introduced. as i call your name or organization, please stand. first, i would like to acknowledge a few of our special guests. who wasothy gilliam, featured at our inaugural authors event this morning. miceli hollandsworth baker, of thetional president sorority incorporated. scott, the interim president of the black caucus foundation. president of the national council of negro league and. ms. bentley, representing bentley lamarr of the sorority north atlantic regional director.
members of the board of directors of the delta research and education foundation. presidents of 14 chapters in the metropolitan area. malveaux.na former chiefochon, usher at the white house. dr. frank smith, founding director of the african american civil war museum. lonnie bunch, founding director of the national museum of african american history and culture. and he is here with his lovely wife, maria. but certainly not least, please join me in recognizing our sponsors. please direct your attention to the screen. sponsors,r heritage omega life foundation and the omega fraternity. district representatives and presidents of area chapters.
we have several preservation sponsors that we will show on the screen. then we have our media sponsors. i would like to recognize the publisher of "washington informer" who is here with us today and ms. francis murphy dreifort, chairman of the board of another one of our media sponsors. diversity.com, another media sponsor, has provided copies of the black equal opportunity journal which you have at your seats. thankwould also like to hampton and associates for sponsoring our inaugural event. i just got a note that i must florence ms. radcliffe, our oldest living past president. and she is 103 years old. [applause]
>> thank you. >> thank you. we are going to continue to move on. the chair ofham, the history department at harvard university. theuld like to welcome pastor of the metropolitan african methodist episcopal church here in washington, d.c., for our invocation. [applause] >> beloved, i wish to invite us
into something our nation desperately needs, a moment of silence. you have always known us. and we have always known you. you called us by name before there were churches or mosques. we saw you dancing in all that you created. we heard your voice echoing throughout the cosmos. we spoke your word before there orans.ibles or k at this moment, your voice seems to be buried beneath the harmful rubble of the black mimicry of white evangelical and knows him -- evangelicalism. serve harmful helpings of conspicuous consumption and capitalist assimilation and call
it the gospel. your voice seems a whisper as our religious leaders embrace tyrants and support with their silence the system that crushes our bones and spirits. but you are still speaking. give us years to hear -- ears to hear. we heard you. help us to hear you as methodists, baptists, pentecostals, muslims, and people of no faith at all. your voice, the voices of our mothers and fathers, will lead us to freedom, help us to dance to the son of liberation. help us to no longer despise you, the god of our people, the hope of our children. as carter g. woodson and his co-laborers, both women and men, worked incessantly to offer us the truth of our history, to shield us from the lies
necessary for the perpetuation of the myths that america is god's chosen nation and america is an innocent nation, let us quest for your truth. for only your truth will sustain the character and hope necessary for our ancestral strength and beauty to be awakened. and so, holy one, awaken in us the strength of the african communities. of ourin us the love speech, our style, and our swagger. awaken in us the insistence that black bodies would not be destroyed in silence. awaken in us nina simone's artistic truth telling. awaken in us the refusal to cooperate with the forces of death. you have always known us. we have always known you. awaken us and keep us from falling asleep again. thank you for this food.
nourish us that we might nourish one another and nourish this good and beautiful earth. amen. [applause] reverend, where did he go? he said he wanted me to pass the collection plate. [laughter] [applause] >> seriously, where did he go? he went to the back? we will have our ushers, the late organization, everybody walk around to make sure we treat reverend lamarr very well. but you know what? everybody paid some money to be here today, unless you had a hook up. [laughter] >> to enjoy this wonderful afternoon. and that money goes to two things, to do big things.
one is, of course, to help out a greater cause. and the other one, which i see everyone already doing, is to eat. so lunch is now served. with that, i would like to give us a few notes that you need to know. don't forget the raffle tickets. volunteers are walking around. one racket ticket for $5. three tickets for $10. some of those prizes are a cash prize of $500. you also have the african ancestry dna kit, also, the we can stay at the renaissance hotel, and a gift basket. there is an envelope of raffle tickets on each table. at this time, make your financial purchases. and lastly, those membership applications are also on the table. make your commitment and make sure you support asalh. until then, it enjoy your lunch --enjoy your lunch.
we will continue shortly. >> ♪ american history tv the washington renaissance hotel with the 93rd annual black history luncheon posted by the association for the study of african american life and history or asalh. we will take a break as they eat lunch but be back in about 20 minutes for more speakers on the theme of black migration. for now, we will show you a 1963 film titled "we'll never turn back," produced by the student nonviolent coordinating committee. shot in rome mississippi, it features interviews with civil rights leaders working on the southern voter registration campaign as well as black farmers and