Was The First President of the United States a Black Man?
A series of memes have been circulating on the internet for over a decade, which claim that the first president of the United States was a man named John Hanson and that this president was also a Black man.
Most notably, a website called "Liberty Writers Africa" posted an article last year, which was taken almost word-for-word from the late comedian Dick Gregory's website.
Every part of the now-deleted article by "Liberty Writers Africa" was virtually the same as the article that appeared on Dick Gregory's website. The only real difference is that more pictures and memes were added.
Based on its earliest screen capture from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, Dick Gregory's article has been on the internet since at least February 2015.
You can see it here.
It may be that Dick Gregory did his research before he came to his conclusions, but now it's our turn.
Let's see what we can learn about the man, the myth, and the legend of John Hanson.
Malcolm X holds up money collected at a “Freedom Rally” June 25, 1961 sponsored by the Nation of Islam at Washington, D.C.’s Uline Arena at the 1100 block of 3rd Street NE
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Malcolm X on the Power of Black Collectivism
The following is an excerpt from El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)’s speech “The Ballot or The Bullet” delivered on April 12, 1964 at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.
In this speech, the minister and human rights activist submits a charge to the ‘Black’ people of the United States of America with his blueprint on their future political and economic survival. While his lecture on Black Nationalism is most relevant to the time he spoke these words, much of his theory on how to achieve and maintain a successful community remains applicable in a 21st century world that is still not conducive to 'Black’ collective progress.
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When Negritude Meets Pettitude.