Black America and The New Deal
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Continental Breakfast and Parking in the CityScape West Parking Lot Validation Included
(Led by award-winning historian, educator, and speaker, Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker)
“Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion”
On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Diamond Strategies hosted Black History and Life: The Rise of Jim Crow. Our participants represented a cross-section of our community. The topic was challenging, our conversation brave, and our movement timely. PBS.org reminded us that “the segregation and disenfranchisement laws known as ‘Jim Crow’ represented a formal, codified system of racial apartheid that dominated the American South for three quarters of a century beginning in the 1890s. It would take several decades of legal action and months of nonviolent direct action” to bring about positive change, but the legacy of the The Strange Career of Jim Crow endures in the form of the New Jim Crow, which undermines racial inequality and inequity anew.
Our next Culture Quest explores “Black America and the New Deal.” Occurring during the second period of the first Jim Crow, between 1932 and 1946, the “New Deal,” ushered in many opportunities for Black people against the backdrop of acute racial segregation and ongoing de jure and de facto discrimination. According to the Library of Congress’ “African American Odyssey” exhibiit, “the stock market crash of 1929 caused soup lines to become the order of the day for the skilled and unskilled alike in urban areas across the nation. African Americans in both cities and rural areas, many already living in poverty, suffered greatly from the economic depression. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected in 1932, he promised a ‘new deal’ for all Americans that would provide them with security from ‘the cradle to the grave.’ Although there were many inequities in the New Deal housing, agricultural and economic programs, blacks had opportunities to obtain employment, some in areas previously closed to them.”
“The New Deal programs did not end the Depression. It was the growing storm clouds in Europe, American aid to the Allies, and ultimately, U.S. entry into World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor that revitalized the nation’s economy,” that gave Black America a renewed sense of hope and an opportunity to demonstrate, yet again, their unyielding desire to secure and give meaning to freedom.
This Quest will allow the unheard to speak, inspire, and instruct our way forward. Anyone interested in leveraging the indispensable power of Black history and life, particularly aspiring and established leaders, on behalf of transformational change, will not want to miss this opportunity. Indeed, this Quest will explore the social, political, economic, cultural, and religious experiences of people of African descent in America. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which Black people have resisted forces that sought to dehumanize and marginalize them throughout their ongoing quest for freedom and democracy.
Previous and Future Quest Dates and Themes:
9/2 Pre-Colonial Africa
Diamond Strategies enables individuals and organizations to expand their horizons, and enhance their diversity and inclusion efforts, with timely, dynamic, solutions-based learning, in a C-Suite setting. Designed for professionals and non-traditional learners who wish to remain culturally competent and up-to-speed without enrolling in college courses, Culture Quests are your opportunity to learn from top professionals and practitioners in an intimate, comfortable, and convenient setting. Our Quests facilitate appreciation for diversity, promotes mutual respect, energizes participants, and advances civic participation and nimble leadership.
Images: Feature, Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images; Third image, Diamond Strategies’ Senior Project Managers Cassondra Whitaker (left), Covey Whitaker (middle), and Black Mother’s Forum Founder, Janelle Wood, courtesy of Diamond Strategies, LLC; Last image courtesy of the National Archives.
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