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Virginia Tech project takes look at 4th of July from African America's perspective throughout histor

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3 NOW TO A STORY YOU WILL ONLY SEE ON WFXR NEWSAS WE CELEBRATE THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY

SOME VIRGINIA TECH STUDENTS ARE FOCUSING ON THE HISTORY OF THE HOLIDAY FOR AFRICAN AMERICANSSTUDENTS RESEARCHED THE PERSPECTIVES PEOPLE OF COLOR HAD ABOUT THE FOURTH OF JULY FROM POST CIVIL WAR, TO JIM CROW UP UNTIL THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 3 THE PROFESSOR FOR THE CLASS SAYS THE PERSPECTIVE HAS CHANGED AND SHAPED THE WAY THE HOLIDAY IS NOW VIEWED

3 WFXR'S ERIC POINTER CAUGHT UP WITH THE PROFESSOR TO DISCUSS HIS INSPIRATION BEHIND THE PROJECTHE JOINS US NOW LIVE IN THE NEWS ROOM ERIC, WHERE DID HE GET THE IDEA TO LOOK INTO THIS TOPIC? 3 HE SAYS HE GOT THE IDEA AFTER READING A SPEECH FROM FREDERICK DOUGLAS ABOUT THE FOURTH OF JULY BEFORE SLAVERY WAS ABOLISHEDIN THE SPEECH, HE SAID THE HOLIDAY DIDN'T MEAN THE SAME THING FOR SLAVES BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T FREE

SO THE PROFESSOR WANTED TO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THAT FEELING HAD EVOLVED 3 :35-:441:28-1:36BRETT SHADLE/VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR/CHAIR OF HISTORY"BY LOOKING AT THIS WE CAN SEE THAT THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT'S BEEN DISCUSSED AND FOUGHT OVER FOR MANY YEARS AND ISN'T FINISHED YET"VIRGINIA TECH HISTORY PROFESSOR BRETT SHADLE HAD HIS STUDENTS LOOK THROUGH HISTORIC NEWS PAPERS, AND 3 CATALOG ARTICLES ABOUT THE 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY ON THIS WEBSITENAT POP OF FIRE WORKS THE WEBSITE SHOWS THE TOPICS THAT CAME UP THE MOSTBRETT SHADLE/VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR/CHAIR OF HISTORY"THE MOST COMMON THEMES THROUGHOUT ALL OF THE NEWSPAPERS IS THE FEAR THAT PEOPLE WERE GOING THEMSELVES WITH FIRECRACKERS"HE SAYS IN ARTICLES BEFORE JIM CROW LAWS, NEWLY FREED HOPE BUT WHEN SEGREGATION LAWS CAME

THEY NOTICED A SHIFTBRETT 3 SHADLE/VIRGINIA PROFESSOR/CHAIR OF HISTORY"A REAL WE CELEBRATING WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT EQUALITY, AND YET THERE'S LYNCHING, YET THERE'S THE CLAN AND PEOPLE CAN'T VOTE"HE SAYS MANY ALSO 3 BELIEVE BECAUSE AFRICAN AMERICANS FOUGHT IN WARS THEY DESERVE TO COUNTRY'S INDEPENDENCEBRETT TECH HISTORY"THESE FREEDOMS, WE HAVE EARNED THEM AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE SO THE SENSE IN WHICH WE NEED TO CELEBRATE THESE IDEAS BUT CONTINUE FIGHTING TO MAKE RECEIVE ALL OF THEM

"ARTICLES ALSO THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS SHOULD FREEDOM JUNETEENTH, THE DAY SLAVES IN THE SOUTH LEARNED THEY WERE FREENAT POP OF JUNE TEENTH EVENTTHIS YEAR THE ROANOKE VALLEY SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION PUT ON THEIR 15TH ANNUAL JUNETEETH CELEBRATIONVICE PRESIDENT FOR SCLC SAYS BOTH HOLIDAYS ARE IMPORTANTBISHOP MITCHELL/ROANOKE SCLC CHAPTER VP"BECAUSE THIS IS A CELEBRATION OF A NATION THE BIRTH OF NATION

JUNETEENTH IS A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM THAT CAME TO THIS NATION" 3 THE PROFESSOR SAYS LOOKING AT THIS DATA HELPS SHOW HOW CURRENT PERSPECTIVES TODAY WERE SHAPED SUCH AS BLACK LIVES MOVEMENTS 3 ERIC THANK YOU 3 THAT CLASS WAS A GROUP OF 37 INCOMING HISTORY MAJORS

WE'VE POSTED A LINK TO THEIR WORK ON OUR WEBSITE WFXR TV DOT COM 3

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