Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Movement

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Gifts of the Black Movement

Toward "A New Birth of Freedom"

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Preamble, United States Constitution, 1787

From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863

The black revolution is much more than a struggle for the rights of Negroes. It is forcing America to face all its interrelated flaws racism, poverty, militarism and materialism. It is exposing the evils that are rooted deeply in the whole structure of our society. It reveals systemic rather than superficial

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