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Almost from the beginning Atlantic City was built for entertainment. Incorporated in 1854, some of Atlantic City's first businesses were hotels. 16 years and several tons of tracked in sand later, the first boardwalks were constructed to keep sand out of hotel lobbies. Prohibition didn't slow the brisk tourism industry as the laws were hardly ever enforced. Well into the 1960s nightclubs catering to black and white patrons did a steady business. Atlantic City legalized gambling in 1976 which served to revitalize the city. In 2012 the city received some damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Atlantic City is the eastern end of US Route 40, the "Main Street of America". This virtual road trip covered roughly 3,200 miles from San Francisco to Atlantic City. The next post will start out on a new route as we look for America.
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“My administration would see to it that the Government of the United States discharges its moral obligation to our first Americans.” — Jack Kennedy
President Kennedy met with representatives of 90 American Indian tribes at the White House and was presented with the Declaration of Indian Purpose c. 1962. ♡
Jack L Cooper is acknowledged as the first African American radio broadcaster. After breaking into radio at a white-owned station in Washington, D.C., Cooper returned to Chicago to make his mark. His groundbreaking show, "The All-Negro Hour," debuted on Chicago's airwaves on November 3, 1929. Over the subsequent thirty years, he became the city's first black sportscaster, newscaster, and radio executive. Cooper's enthusiasm for radio was matched by his commitment to African-American youth. A resident of the nearby Morgan Park neighborhood, Cooper actively supported community groups including the South Side Boy's Club and the Morgan Park Youth Association. He went on to own his own radio station.
Audie Leon Murphy of America, one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of the Second World War, receiving every possible military combat award for valour, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. He received the Medal of Honour for valour at the age of 19 for single-handedly holding off an entire company of soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France in January 1945, then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition. #usa#usarmy#america#americanhistory#europeanhistory#europe#unitedstates#usmilitary
Last Saturday when I visited the #UndergroundRailroad Museum with the fam, I came across this visual of a man named #HenryBoxBrown and was amazed at how he escaped slavery by mailing himself from Richmond, VA to Philadelphia. And reading up and learning more about his life was pretty cool. It’s always fun to learn more about our history. Can’t wait to go back and learn more. Museums are definitely on my To-Do lists. #BlackHistoryMonth#OurHistory#AmericanHistory
Because even white people were tired of other white peoples “mental illness” back then! Respect to those who fought then and now for the movement and progression of equality of the oppressed. You see the expressions of black people and see it for what it is. You are never offended because you know that this is bigger than you and ego. You see injustice and you dive in to help make it right. Thank you for standing and fighting with us. You know who you are. #jameszwerg#blackhistory#montgomery#alabama#americanhistory#freedom#freedomriders #1960 #volunteer#mob
While we are celebrating Black Panther, I want to recognize Spike Lee, who was all the buzz when I as a young girl because of his brilliance, his words, his ego at times (which turned out to be wisdom too early for us to consume) and his pioneering creativity. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule, produced nearly 35 films since it began in 1983. The production company was named after the reparations promised to free Black American families who were former slaves or direct descendants of slaves. Lee spoke out against the NRA and its impact to school shootings in 1999, and has been a controversial commentator on American politics (and everything else). Lee's movies examine race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and politics. He inspired a whole generation of black film creatives and his impact in the film industry has been to critical acclaim. #blackhistorymonth#blackhistory#blackfilmmakers#americanhistory
On this day in 1944 as part of Operation Catchpole, and a joint forces agreement between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill. Which focused on taking over the Marshall Islands. Combined Us Army and Marine Forces made a great blow to the Japanese forces via Air strikes, artillery and battle ships 500 yards off the shore giving cover to the soldiers landing at the beach. 6 days later only 64 of the 2,677 Japanese soldiers were left and 195 American lives had been lost. This battle was key in providing a jumping point for bomber planes to destroy japans defenses and regain control of the war. #Americanhistory#americanheroes#usmc#usarmy#ww2#homeofthefree#neverforget#boomgoesthedynamite#beachday#marinesDGAF
17 of 28. LeBron James. Here is a few of the causes he has donated to or worked with. At-Risk/Disadvantaged Youths, Cancer, Children, Creative Arts, Education, Family/Parent Support, Health, Human Rights, Hunger, Mental Challenges, Physical Challenges, Poverty. The LeBron James Family Foundation has partnered with Akron Public Schools to charter the “I Promise School,” dedicated to students who might otherwise be left behind. But I guess he should just shut up and dribble. Nah KING you keep making us proud. #blackout#blackhistory#americanhistory
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Inventor (1852-1889) inventor of Surinamese and Dutch descent best known for patenting the shoe lasting machine, which made footwear more affordable.
Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Known for sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, and elaborate stage shows, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over thirty years.
The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times, Diff'rent Strokes, and Fame. After signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third and fourth studio albums Control (1986) and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). In 1991 Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking multimillion-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest-paid artists in the industry. Her subsequent fifth album Janet (1993) saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her music. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice; she has since continued to act in feature films. By the end of the 1990s, she was named by Billboard magazine as the second most successful recording artist of the decade after Mariah Carey. Her seventh album All for You (2001) coincided with a celebration of her impact on popular music as the inaugural MTV Icon. In 2015, she partnered with BMG Rights Management to launch her own record label, Rhythm Nation, and released her eleventh album Unbreakable the same year.
Having sold over 100 million records, Jackson is one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. Janet has also been a huge contributor to many charities, and has been a large advocate for equality, education, and peace. While fighting racism, sexual abuse, brutality, homophobia, illiteracy, homelessness, drug use, and injustice.
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Lowery was pastor of the Warren Street Methodist Church, in Mobile, Alabama, from 1952 until 1961. His career in the Civil Rights Movement began in the early 1950s in Mobile, Alabama. After Rosa Parks' arrest in 1955, he helped lead the Montgomery bus boycott. He headed the Alabama Civic Affairs Association, an organization devoted to the desegregation of buses and public places. In 1957, along with Martin Luther King Jr., Lowery founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and subsequently led the organization as its president from 1977 to 1997.
Lowery's property was seized in 1959 along with that of other civil rights leaders by the State of Alabama as part of the settlement of a libel suit. The Supreme Court of the United States later ordered this court decision to be reversed. At the request of King, Lowery led the Selma to Montgomery march of 1965. He is a co-founder and former president of the Black Leadership Forum, a consortium of black advocacy groups. This Forum protested the existence of Apartheid in South Africa from the mid-1970s through the end of the white-minority rule there. Lowery was among the first five black men to be arrested outside the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C., during the Free South Africa movement. He served as the pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta from 1986 through 1992, adding over a thousand members and leaving the church with 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land.
Lowery retired from the ministry, but remains politically active and in Christian activities.
To honor him, the city government of Atlanta renamed Ashby Street for him. Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard is just west of downtown Atlanta and runs north-south beginning at West Marietta Street near the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology and stretching to White Street in the "West End" neighborhood, running past Atlanta's Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Morris Brown College. Perhaps not coincidentally, this street intersects both Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive and the Ralph David Abernathy Expressway. #americanhistory#blackhistorymonth 17/28