Footsteps To Freedom

Footsteps To Freedom Since 1997 the Black Voice Footsteps To Freedom Underground Railroad Study Tour has retraced the steps of early freedom seekers from enslavement to freedom.

Participants gain knowledge and expertise of the Underground Railroad freedom movement as well as the concept of empathy as a necessary tool for parents, students, educators and community leaders. This experience provides the historical background, key studies and analysis of race, politics, culture, and engagement, to equip teachers with the perspective and tools to develop new resources for thei

Participants gain knowledge and expertise of the Underground Railroad freedom movement as well as the concept of empathy as a necessary tool for parents, students, educators and community leaders. This experience provides the historical background, key studies and analysis of race, politics, culture, and engagement, to equip teachers with the perspective and tools to develop new resources for thei

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https://footstepstofreedom.comWith our new 2022 launch to change lives through empathy, here is the information and NEW ...
10/26/2021
Footsteps to Freedom Underground Railroad Study Tour Historical Empathy

https://footstepstofreedom.com

With our new 2022 launch to change lives through empathy, here is the information and NEW updated website that also has TONS of past pictures and videos of the tour.

If you have walked the trails of the underground railroad, we would love to hear your story of what you’ve done since coming back into your community to make a difference.

We have missed you!! Footsteps to Freedom is back for 2022. Enjoy and and have a great time reliving your experience.

The contact information is in the site to set up a tour for your group of leaders!!

foster equitable, transformative change that contributes to thriving, inclusive and united communities that embrace diversity

Callie Rich Neal of Riverside Poly High School (Footsteps to Freedom alum)  was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Awar...
08/15/2021
Riverside’s Callie Rich Neal Named Prestigious Fulbright Scholar

Callie Rich Neal of Riverside Poly High School (Footsteps to Freedom alum) was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program and will carry out educational research in Colombia.

Callie Rich Neal of Riverside Polytechnic High School is now an accepted member of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program and will carry out educational research in Colombia.

Timeline Photos
08/13/2021

Timeline Photos

Cheryl Miller is one of the greatest women’s basketball players of all time. Unfortunately, there was not a viable professional league for women when Miller was in her prime.

In her four years playing at Riverside Polytechnic High School, Miller was a four-time All-American, led her team to four consecutive CIF Southern Section championships, scored a record-breaking 105 points in one game, and became the first woman to dunk a basketball in competition.

Miller played at the University of Southern California from 1982 to 1986, where she was named the Naismith College Player of the year three times and was a four-time All-American.

While still in college, Miller led the United States Olympic women’s basketball team to a gold medal in 1984. #HiddenHerstory #GameChangers #APeoplesJourney

“The time frame to receive a passport is far longer than it was pre-pandemic. Total turnaround time for a standard passp...
08/03/2021
Passport Renewals Are Taking Months—Have You Checked Yours Lately?

“The time frame to receive a passport is far longer than it was pre-pandemic. Total turnaround time for a standard passport application can be 18 weeks, with 12 weeks for processing and six weeks for mailing, according to the State Department. It says an expedited application can take up to 12 weeks.”

Anxious U.S. travelers with expired or nearly expired passports are finding their renewal applications are taking longer than in the past—sometimes up to 18 weeks.

07/26/2021
Opening Day PSA

Congratulations Buxton, Canada. Can’t wait to see you soon!!!

07/21/2021

Born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Ida B. Wells (July 16, 1862 - March 25, 1931) was an American hero who devoted nearly 50 years of her life to fearlessly fighting for racial justice, civil rights, and women’s suffrage.

In 1884, while working as a teacher in the Shelby County school system in Memphis, Ida was forcibly removed from her seat in the “ladies car” for refusing to move to a segregated railcar. She sued the Chesapeake, Ohio, and Southwestern Railway, and wrote an article about what was done to her. This inspired her career as an uncompromising journalist and newspaper owner (the Memphis Free Speech), who courageously used her platform to expose racial injustice, challenge segregation, and launch what became a four-decade-long anti-lynching campaign, after three of her friends, enterprising grocery store owners, were brutally murdered by a white lynch-mob in 1892.

Using her pen and voice, Ida investigated other lynchings, wrote editorials indicting lynch law in the South and demanding justice, and travelled across the US and internationally to speak about the atrocities of lynching, the motives behind it, and the government's refusal to intervene to stop it.

In retaliation, Ida’s life was threatened and her newspaper office and printing press were destroyed while she was out of town. Unable to return to Memphis, Ida fought on, first in New York where she wrote for The New York Age, and then in Chicago, working on a pamphlet protesting the exclusion of African-Americans from the 1893 World’s Fair. There she settled and married Ferdinand L. Barnett (she kept her last name, which was unheard of at the time, hyphenating it to Wells-Barnett).

In 1896, Wells formed several civil rights organizations, including the National Association of Colored Women. In 1909, she became one of the founders of the NAACP, and in 1913, she established the Alpha Suffrage Club, which was the first black women’s suffrage club. In 1930, Ida ran for Illinois state senate. Wells died in Chicago in 1931 at the age of 69.

Ida B. Wells was posthumously named a 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Special Citations and Awards “For her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching.”

Learn more: https://ibwfoundation.org/about-ida-b-wells

Read Wells’ groundbreaking pamphlet 'Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases' (1892) here: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/14975/14975-h/14975-h.htm

Image: Photograph of Ida B. Wells by Sallie E. Garrity, c. 1893; Public Domain, Creative Commons (CC0 1.0)

“To enter Canada, travelers must use the government’s ArriveCAN “vaccine passport” app, which allows travelers to upload...
07/19/2021
Canada’s Border To Open August 9 To Fully Vaccinated American Travelers

“To enter Canada, travelers must use the government’s ArriveCAN “vaccine passport” app, which allows travelers to upload passport information as well as Covid-19 vaccination records and PCR test results.

Fully vaccinated residents of other countries will be able to enter Canada beginning September 7, “provided that Canada’s Covid-19 epidemiology remains favorable.” #FootstepsToFreedom #almostready

Congratulations
07/09/2021

Congratulations

“Programs will prepare you to enhance your impact as an influential community leader, professional, and global citizen. ...
06/21/2021
Join a Motivated and Like-Minded Community

“Programs will prepare you to enhance your impact as an influential community leader, professional, and global citizen.

As an online student, you will be immersed in a community designed to make your voice heard and gain a life-changing academic experience right on your laptop or mobile device.”

Reach your full potential by finishing your bachelor’s at Morehouse College, the only college in the nation dedicated to empowering Black men. Our programs will prepare you to enhance your impact as an influential community leader, professional, and global citizen. As an online student, you will b...

Between 1861 and 1900, more than 90 institutions of higher education were founded for Black Americans who could not othe...
06/17/2021
Emancipation and Educating the Newly Freed

Between 1861 and 1900, more than 90 institutions of higher education were founded for Black Americans who could not otherwise attend predominantly white institutions because of segregation laws. These schools and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) became repositories of African American history and culture, safeguarding generations of memorabilia and documenting the rich culture of HBCU traditions.

For the nearly four million, mostly illiterate and recently freed African Americans, education was a crucial first step, after emancipation, to becoming self-sufficient. Learning to read was not only desirable, it was oftentimes necessary to protect freedoms, find employment, and communicate with separated family members.

For the nearly four million newly freed, education was a crucial first step to becoming self-sufficient. Between 1861 and 1900, more than 90 institutions of higher education were founded for African Americans.

"These men, in worst of times with discrimination in the 40s that were much more blatant and in the open, risked their l...
06/01/2021
Tuskegee Airmen statue unveiled at Palm Springs Air Museum Memorial Day ceremony - KESQ

"These men, in worst of times with discrimination in the 40s that were much more blatant and in the open, risked their lives to fight for this country- did it well, came home to even more vitriol and kept their heads up. They're here, they’re happy, they have stories to tell and that’s something for all of us to recognize that together working with dignity, we can accomplish great things and you do change the hearts and minds of people. History will not be forgotten," said Rep. Ruiz.

The statues became the first of their kind in the state of California, which now sit in the heart of the Coachella Valley.

The ceremony was later followed by a flyover of war planes and a flower dropping ceremony”

Palm Springs, Calif. - Three living legends were honored at the Palm Springs Air Museum Monday during an unveiling of the site's latest addition of military emblems. Four large statues of Tuskegee Airmen were showcased, which were some of the first African American aviators of the United States Mili...

The devastation of the Tulsa Race Massacre
05/31/2021
The devastation of the Tulsa Race Massacre

The devastation of the Tulsa Race Massacre

The 1921 attack by a White mob on the all-Black Tulsa neighborhood of Greenwood was one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history. As the city marks the massacre’s 100th anniversary this week, this is what happened and what was lost.

Africa Day, May 25th each year marks the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination ...
05/25/2021

Africa Day, May 25th each year marks the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of the African Diaspora to live free.

“Travellers must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival and prove that they have a plan for thei...
05/19/2021
Canada-U.S. border restrictions extended another month to June 21

“Travellers must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival and prove that they have a plan for their 14-day quarantine period, but they do not have to quarantine at a federally-approved hotel.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Apr. 22, Premier Ford and his Quebec counterpart requested that the federal government immediately reduce incoming international flights while also enhancing measures at the Canada-U.S. land border.”

CTV News has learned that the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month, just days before the current agreement was set to expire.

We are preparing to return to changing lives!! Congratulations Jamon! DETROIT (WXYZ) — Last year, Jamon Jordan was just ...
02/20/2021
Local historian relaunches Detroit tour company after battling COVID-19, losing mom in 2020

We are preparing to return to changing lives!! Congratulations Jamon!

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Last year, Jamon Jordan was just coming off a busy February and diving into a full March of Detroit tours focused on African American history when concerns over the spread of COVID-19 started to heighten in Michigan.

Last year, Jamon Jordan was just coming off a busy February and diving into a full March of Detroit tours focused on African American history when concerns over the spread of COVID-19 started to heighten in Michigan.

(FULL RIDE fellowship) Congratulations to the daughter of Jamon Jordan, our footsteps to freedom historian, and storytel...
02/09/2021
Michigan State University has one Gates Cambridge Scholar, and a national finalist for prestigious graduate school scholarship | National/International Fellowships & Scholarships | Michigan State University

(FULL RIDE fellowship)
Congratulations to the daughter of Jamon Jordan, our footsteps to freedom historian, and storyteller from Detroit Michigan. We are really proud to see your daughter achieve her goals at the highest levels. This is great news. #FootstepsToFreedom

East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State University has one Gates Cambridge Scholar and a national finalist for the Knight-Hennessey Scholars Program.

02/08/2021

In 1854, John Mercer Langston became one of the first black lawyers in the United States
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In 1868, Langston helped establish America’s first black law school at Howard University
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He went on to become the first dean of the program and briefly served as the president of Howard in 1872
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He was the first president of Virginia State University
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Langston University is named in his honor
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He was the great-uncle of poet Langston Hughes who was a graduate of Lincoln University of PA
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He was one of the first to push extremely hard for reparations. He was one of the men in the room when Sherman and Stanton asked the freedmen what they wanted. Their response was what led to Sherman order No 15, better known as 40 acres and a mule
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#HBCUHistoryIsBlackHistory
#HowardLaw
#LangstonUniversity
#JohnMercerLangston
#HBCUGrad 🎓

Footsteps of Freedom LLC truly understands the enormous potential of integrating Augmented Reality for history tours an...
02/02/2021
ImagineAR partners with the Black Voice Foundation to bring the Underground Railroad to life with augmented reality

Footsteps of Freedom LLC truly understands the enormous potential of integrating Augmented Reality for history tours and traveling empathy exhibits,” stated Alen Paul Silverrstieen, CEO and President of Imagine AR. “With today’s paradigm shift in digital live experiences, mobile AR is a perfect engagement technology to compliment Footsteps to Freedom and Black Voice Foundation.”

Silverrstieen continued “After learning of the 24-year track record of Footsteps to Freedom and the Underground Railroad tours for teachers, we knew that becoming a national sponsor would be a great addition to bring history to life with mobile Augmented Reality for the next generation.”

https://www.proactiveinvestors.com/companies/news/940166/imaginear-partners-with-the-black-voice-foundation-to-bring-the-underground-railroad-to-life-with-augmented-reality-940166.html

The partnership is meant to deliver AR experiences that bring history, primary source artifacts and the heroic stories of the Underground Railroad to life

Congratulations
01/30/2021

Congratulations

Today we announce the appointment of Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds as IECF's first African American Board Chair, and we thank outgoing Chair J. Sergio Bohon for his leadership. The Foundation is also pleased to announce three new officers and a new board member.

We're excited for a great 2021 with these exceptional leaders. Thank you for your commitment to the greater good of the #InlandEmpire!

Read the announcement here: http://ow.ly/hm1L50DmaCY

Statement on the Death of Baseball Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron
01/23/2021
Statement on the Death of Baseball Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron

Statement on the Death of Baseball Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron

Kevin Young, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, released the following statement today, Friday, Jan. 22, on the death of baseball legend Henry “Hank” Aaron.

The Dictionary of British Slave Traders will detail the 6,500 members of society who took part in the trade throughout a...
01/01/2021
Every investor in Britain's slave trade to be listed in new 'dictionary'

The Dictionary of British Slave Traders will detail the 6,500 members of society who took part in the trade throughout a period stretching more then two centuries.

The first ever index of investors in Britain's extensive slave trade is being compiled by academics, after the project received £1 million ($1.4 million) in funding from the UK government.

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