Walter Sanderson of Upper Marlboro, Md., left, and Louis Carter of Richmond, Va., re-enactors portraying members of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, sit in an encampment at Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island, S.C., on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith) SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of Civil War re-enactors gathered Thursday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of a famed attack by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry — a battle in South Carolina that showed the world Black soldiers could fight and was chronicled in the movie “Glory.” Re-enactors portraying members of the Black Union regiment as well as Confederate counterparts defending Battery Wagner in Charleston Harbor planned to travel Thursday afternoon by boat to Morris Island, site of the battle, to lay a wreath and fire a salute.
Daily Archive: July 19, 2013
RAYNARD JACKSON (NNPA)—In the 2008 presidential election, Blacks were the largest voting bloc for Obama (as a percentage)—96 percent. In 2012, Obama received 93 percent of the Black vote, again the largest percentage of any voting bloc.
The history of America is still being written and the acquittal of George Zimmerman of second degree murder by a Florida jury of five White women and one Hispanic female in the mindless shooting death of 17-year-old African American teenager Trayvon Martin is now an important chapter in that history that gave birth to centuries of slavery and Jim Crow.