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Norfolk State professor, author to speak for Black History program

Published 11:01am Thursday, February 7, 2013

FRANKLIN— In honor of Black History Month, Paul D. Camp Community College’s Student Government Association will present “The Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation on the Region and the Emergence of the Schools.”

The free program will take place 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the Technology Theater at the Regional Workforce Development Center. Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, professor of history at Norfolk State University, will be the speaker.

Also an author, Newby-Alexander’s books include “Black America Series: Portsmouth,” “Hampton Roads: Remembering Our Schools,” “Voices from within the Veil: African-Americans and the Experience of Democracy,” and “An African-American History of the Civil War in Hampton Roads.”

She has co-authored a book on the history of blacks in Norfolk, which is due to be published soon.

Newby-Alexander is director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for the African Diaspora at NSU.

She earned the 2012 University Professor Award at NSU for her work in scholarship and community service and was recognized by American Legacy magazine for her work in teaching African-American history.

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    I guess some of todays Republicans that were alive and voters then supported MLK points of veiw I would love to know that or they were Dixiecrats then umh!!!

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  • 1stAmendment

    What does the political party of MLK Jr have to do with the upcoming speech on the Emancipation Proclamation? Does politics really have to enter into this? I suggest, obxstylist, that you be sure to attend the event, and get your questions answered in person.

    BTW, in the 1950 and 1960s many southern African Americans voted Republican because Democrats in the South were “Dixiecrats” or “Yellow Dog Democrats”- often members of the KKK and supporters of segregration.

    However, after the 60s and Civil Rights, politics swung around – and more African Americans embraced the Democratic Party. What party would Dr. King have been TODAY is the more pertinent question.

    However, frankly, to bring political parties into an article about 1863 and its immediate successive years is disingenuous to say the least, and race baiting perhaps.

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  • chilimac72

    It is ignorant sheeple banter like this that keeps the issues going. MLK was a conservative. As in he believed in the fundamental Christian values taught in the Bible. He was not a Republican.

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  • obxstylist

    I hope she knows that Martin Luther King was a conseevative republican. Also the war of nirthern aggression was fought to secure state’s rights and not slavery. Thank you.

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    • obxstylist

      Excuse the typos. smartphone!

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    • spider68

      obxstylist—I respectfully request that you stop passing Limbaugh, beck, and Fox News propaganda.
      Dr King did not endorse any political party, and in a 1958 interview, stated that he was not bound to the Democratic or Republican party. (Check it: Wikipedia 2.3)

      True, the civil war was fought to secure states rights, however, what was one of the states rights being fought for? the right to keep slavery alive. So, please stop dealing in semantics, and stop passing falsehoods.

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