African American history in the era of 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s


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1983: Vanessa William is crowned Miss America
Vanessa William accepting her crown
Vanessa William accepting her crown

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More than a century after slavery, African American has finally arose to represent the beauty figure of this country. “Vanessa Williams, who broke one tradition by becoming the first black Miss America” as the Afro-American stated. This event, in fact, has more impact on the African American community than just news of winner. From the very first day of formation, the American beauty has always been represented by the white. Vanessa William became the first black Miss America was a significant turning point, not just for the African American community, but also for people of color.



1973: Augustus v. School Board of Escambia County
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The court Case of Augustus

The court case in 1973 in Florida's supreme court over the usage of Confederate Battle Flag as a symbol by Escambia County School. Many black students claimed the references to be offensive and that many white students had deliberately used the symbol to offend the black students.


Escambia County School: Black Boycott Expand

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The students were then boycotted in respond to the school's failure of recognizing discrimination and their violent intention against African American. The article indicated that the NAACP advocate for them in strategy of taking diplomatic actions with school and school official.


1963: Racial Situation Remains Edgy In US Today
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A series of violent racial attacks happened across the country involve/against African American. The article indicate the unrest race relation in the US and how it correlate to the civil right movement.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the civil right movement unrest America. Marching and rallies happened across the country, with climax of up to 1 million people in MLK speech in Washington D.C. At the same time, the Asian American movement, the ethnic studies movement, and the feminist movement occurred simultaneously to create an empowered dynamic of the oppressed. Throughout almost two decades of revolution, the civil right movement shifted the power paradigm of America. The birth of the term African American, along with Asian American is a prime example, as well as desegregated the segregated society. At the same time, revolutions are happening around the globe, with the end of colonialism across South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. All of that works resulted in many ethnic study programs in universities and colleges, the new identity of people of color, and the redefined American culture.

Songs:

1983 - Profile

Name: Nancy Nguyen
Year of birth: 1982
Song of choice: Dear Mama by TuPac
Release: 1994
Nancy was born in the eighties, therefore, her genre of music mostly consists of songs from the nineties, when she was a teenage. She likes to listen rap and hip hops. One of her all time favorites was Dear Mama, which she thought was a beautiful song.

Lyrics:

You are appreciated...

When I was young, me and my mama had beef
17 years old kicked out on tha streets
Though back in tha time, I never thought I'd see her face
Ain't a woman alive that can take my mommas place
Suspended from school, scared ta go home
I was a fool with tha big boys breaking all tha rules
Shed tears with my baby sister
Over tha years we wuz poorer than tha other little kids
And even though we had different dadies
Tha same drama when things went wrong we blamed mama
I reminised on tha stress I caused, it wuz hell
Hugg'en on my mama from a jail cell
And who'ed think in elementry, heeeey i'd see tha penatentry
One day
Running from tha Police, that's right
Momma catch me--put a whoop'en to my backside
And even as a crack fiend mama,
Ya always was a black queen mama
I finally understand for a woman
It ain't easy--trying ta raise a man
Ya always wuz commited, a poor single mother on welfare,
Tell me how ya did it
There's no way I can pay ya back
But tha plan is ta show ya that I understand.
You are appreciated......

Laaaaady, don't cha know we luv ya
Sweeeet Laaaady, place no one above ya
Sweeeet Laaaady, don't cha know we luv ya

Ain't nobody tell us it wuz fair
No luv for my daddy, cause tha coward wuzn't there
He passed away and I didn't cry
Cause my anger, wouldn't let me feel for a stranger
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Tupac - Dear Mama

They say i'm wrong and i'm heartlessBut all along I wuz looking for a father--he wuz goneI hung around with tha thug's and even though they sold drugsThey showed a young brother luvI moved out and started really hang'in I needed money of my own so I started slang'inI ain't guilty cause, even though I sell rocksIt feels good, putting money in your mailbox
I love paying rent when tha rents dueI hope ya got tha diamond necklace that I sent to youCause when I wuz low, you was there for meYa never left me alone, cause ya cared for meAnd I can see ya coming home after work lateYa in tha kitchen trying ta fix us a hot plate
Just working with tha scraps you wuz given
And mama made miracles every Thanksgiving
But now tha road got rough, your alone
Trying ta raise two bad kids on your own
And there's no way I can pay ya back
But my plan is ta show ya that I understand
You are appreciated.....

Laaaaady, don't cha know we luv ya
Sweeeet Laaaady, place no one above ya
Sweeeet Laaaady, don't cha know we luv ya

Pour out some liquor and I remenise
Cause through tha drama, I can always depend on my mama
And when it seems that i'm hopeless
You say tha words that can get me back in focus

Ta keep me happy theres no limit to tha things ya did
And all my childhood memories
Are full of all tha sweet things ya did for me
And even though I act craaaazy
I got ta thank tha Lord that ya maaaade me
There are no words that can express how I feel
Ya never kept a secret, always stayed real
And I appreciate how ya raised me
And all tha extra love that ya gave me
I wish I could take tha pain away
If you can make it through tha night, there's a brighter day
Everything'll be alright if ya hold on
It's a strugle
Everyday gotta roll on
And there's no way I can pay ya back
But my plan is ta show ya that I understand
You are appreciated.......

Laaaaady, don't cha know we luv ya
Sweeeet Laaaady, place no one above ya
Sweeeet Laaaady, don't cha know we luv ya, Sweeeet Laaaady

Laaaady...(fades)...Laaaady

1973 - Profile:

Name: Alison SprangueYear of birth: 1971Song of choice: I wish by Stevie WonderReleasing year: 1976
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Lyrics:

Looking back on when I
Was a little nappy headed boy
Then my only worry
Was for Christmas what would be my toy
Even though we sometimes
Would not get a thing
We were happy with the
Joy the day would bring

Sneaking out the back door
To hang out with those hoodlum friends of mine
Greeted at the back door
With "boy thought I told you not to go outside"
Tryin' your best to bring the
Water to your eyes
Thinkin' it might stop her
From woopin' your behind

I wish those days could come back once more
Why did those days ev-er have to go
I wish those days could come back once more
Why did those days ev-er have to go
Cause I love them so

Brother says he's tellin'
'Bout you playin' doctor with that girl
Just don't tell and I'll give you
Anything you want in this whole wide world
Mama gives you money for Sunday school
You trade yours for candy after church is through

Smokin' cigarettes and writing something nasty on the wall (you nasty boy)
Teacher sends you to the principal's office down the hall
You grow up and learn that kinda thing ain't right
But while you were doin'it-it sure felt outta sight

I wish those days could come back once more
Why did those days ev-er have to go
I wish those days could come back once more
Why did those days ev-er have to go

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Name: Helen Gym
Year of birth: 1969
Song of choice: (Something Inside) So Strong by Labi Siffri
Releasing year: 19
Helen was born in the late 1960s and raising up in the vibe of 1960s and 1970s. Having experiences during her early twenties with the result of of social changes, Helen was strong interested in Social movement songs. One of her all time favorite is the inspiring song called: "(Something Inside) So Strong". This anti-apartheid song was written by Labi Saffre, a British singer in the late 1980s.

Lyrics:

The higher you build your barriers
The taller I become
The farther you take my rights away
The faster I will run
You can deny me
You can decide to turn your face away
No matter, cos there’s

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, there's something inside so strong
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Something inside so strong

The more you refuse to hear my voice
The louder I will sing



You hide behind walls of Jericho
Your lies will come tumbling
Deny my place in time
You squander wealth that’s mine
My light will shine so brightly
It will blind you
because there’s

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, there's something inside so strong
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Something inside so strong

Brothers and sisters
When they insist we’re just not good enough
Well we know better
Just look ‘em in the eyes and say
We're gonna do it anyway
We're gonna do it anyway
There's

Something inside so strong
And I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, there's something inside so strong
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Something inside so strong

Brothers and sisters
When they insist we’re just not good enough
Well we know better
Just look ‘em in the eyes and say
We're gonna do it anyway
We're gonna do it anyway
We're gonna do it anyway
We're gonna do it anyway
Because there’s

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, there's something inside so strong

There's something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, there's something inside so strong
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Something inside so strong
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Something inside so strong
Oh oh oh oh
Something inside so strong