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Dre The Historian

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BURNING CRADLE OF LIBERTY

On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on a home in the 6200 block of Osage Avenue that was occupied by MOVE members. Eleven of the 13 people inside burned to death while two people, including Ramona Africa, escaped. This piece documents the events from that day from the perspective of Ramona Africa and journalist Kitty Caparella. I learned much through research about this incident in American history and summed it up in this short video.​

TUSKEGEE AIRMAN LT. COL. ALEXANDER JEFFERSON (RETIRED)
TALKS ABOUT RACISM IN WWII

Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, was shot down on his 19th mission during World War II during a mission over France. He spent the rest of the war as a POW and when he returned home, he was surprised at the reception he and other black soldiers received when the came back to the United States.

TUSKEGEE AIRMAN LT. COL. ALEXANDER JEFFERSON (RETIRED)
TALKS ABOUT RACISM IN WWII

Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, was shot down on his 19th mission during World War II during a mission over France. He spent the rest of the war as a POW and when he returned home, he was surprised at the reception he and other black soldiers received when the came back to the United States.

ROBBEN ISLAND

While visiting South Africa in May 2017, I visited Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner. I learned much about his stay there and summed it up in this short clip.​​

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN TALK ABOUT
GEN. DAVIS

Tuskegee Airmen Charles McGee and Alexander Jefferson talk about their leader Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN TALK ABOUT
GEN. DAVIS

Tuskegee Airmen Charles McGee and Alexander Jefferson talk about their leader Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr

CLIMATE CHANGE & CULTURE

Sea level rise and climate change threaten the cultural heritage of coastal communities of color. In 2018, I produced this video for a climatology class while a graduate student at North Carolina State University. I used an oral history I collected to tell the story of how climate change is impacting the Gullah/Geechee people in South Carolina.​​​

TUSKEGEE AIRMAN ALEXANDER JEFFERSON REMEMBERS BEING A POW

This excerpt from an oral history with Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson goes over his time as a prisoner of war (POW) after he was shot down during World War II.

TUSKEGEE AIRMAN ALEXANDER JEFFERSON REMEMBERS BEING A POW

This excerpt from an oral history with Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson goes over his time as a prisoner of war (POW) after he was shot down during World War II.

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