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The Standing on the Shoulders of Giants "Teach & Learn" Black History Curriculum​​

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Unit 7: Post-Reconstruction (1877 – 1935)

Class 2: Mound Bayou: One of the First All-Black Towns Founded by Formerly Enslaved Blacks  PART 2

This class is Part 2 of our two part series on Mound Bayou. Part 2 provides an indepth look into the political life of Isaiah Montgomery, the founder of Mound Bayou. Because of his position of leadership and his political beliefs, he was selected by Southern Whites as the only Black person to attend the 1890 Mississippi Constitutional Convention, in which he voted "No" in regards to the "Negro" voting question. This was seen at the time as a huge betrayal by the Black community and Isaiah Montgomery faced a lifetime of contempt from those he sought to led. Part 2 re-examines this political decision within the context of the reality in which he lived. Was Montgomery's vote an act of betrayal, desperation, or cowardice? You make the call!

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“You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There's a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that's just begun.”
                                                    - James Weldon Johnson
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