The Gist of Freedom Newsletter September 2011

Belmont Mansion Underground Railroad Museum

Growing Up XGrowing Up X A Memoir by the Daughter of Malcolm X

Before tuning in to the Gist of Freedom interview with Ilyasah Shabazz, read her memoir about growing up. Spike Lee says, "Ilyasah Shabazz has written a compelling and lyrical coming-of-age story as well as a candid and heart-warming tribute to her parents.Growing Up X is destined to become a classic." Ilyasah Shabazz is the daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz.

Growing Up X. Ballantine Publishing Group, Copyright � 2002 by Ilyasah Shabazz.Purchase Growing Up X online.

Ilyasah Shabazz PictureIlyasah Shabazz to Appear on The Gist of Freedom Radio Show

Thursday, September 8th, 8pm, Lesley Gist and Jamaal Brown will interview Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, on The Gist of Freedom Blogtalk Radio Show. Shabazz has recently visited the Freedom Center Museum in Ohio and will discuss her new book Growing Up X. Please join us for this special event.

Thursday, September 8th, 8pm. The Gist of Freedom online radio show. Call-in Number: 347-324-5552.

Belmont Mansion25th Anniversary Benefit Gala, Belmont Mansion

Friday, September 23rd, 7pm

Join the American Women's Heritage Society for the 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala for the Philadelphia Belmont Mansion. Honorary Chairs: The Hon. Edward G. Rendell, The Hon. John Street, The Hon. Mayor Michael A. Nutter, The Reverend Dr. W. Wilson Goode, and The Hon. Senator LeAnna M. Washington.

Friday, September 23rd, 7pm. The Belmont Mansion, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For tickets and information, and for sponsorship opportunities, please call 215-878-8844.Purchase tickets online.

Philanthropist Harris Rosen on The Gist of Freedom Radio Show

Learn about the Success of the Tangelo Park Neighborhood

Slideshow, Harris Rosen

Harris Rosen, whose philanthropic organization has offered scholarships to every college-bound student in Tangelo Park, Florida, was recently interviewed on The Gist of Freedom Radio Show. It was during that interview that Lesley Gist discovered Rosen's admiration for the late Julius Rosenwald. Rosenwald was a legendary advocate for educating the poor, who together with Booker T. Washington built 500 schools in African American communities. This presentation was prepared in order to underscore the effect of history's legacy, and the positive impact it can have on change for today. Nothing could better encapsulate the mission of The Gist of Freedom.

Harris Rosen of Rosen Hotels & Resorts has chosen to give back to his community through creating the Rosen Foundation. Listen to how his prototypical Tangelo Park has met success for it's residents by addressing all aspects of the community so that each child has a brighter future and opportunities for excellence in education.Listen to the Interview.

Circle of SistersCircle of Sisters, New York's Largest
Expo for Women of Color

Fabulous Shopping, Fashion Show, Food Tasting. . . Big Names to Attend  

This year, the Expo's 7th, promises to be a spectacular, family friendly event. Last year's overwhelming success has caused the event to double its exhibitor space. Bring your family: the Children's Pavilion has fun activities including lessons in the arts and dance classes. Expect big names on the events empowering panel discussions.

Saturday, October 8th-Sunday, October 9th. Jacob Javits Center, New York, New York. For group discounts for parties of 15 or more, please contact Detail Management or call 973-233-1663. Purchase tickets online.

About The Gist of Freedom

A Book About Faith, Family and Justice

The Gist of Freedom

The Gist of Freedom is Still Faith is a book about William Still and the intricate network of the Underground Railroad. William Still was the Black abolitionist from Philadelphia who was described by the New York Times as "The Father of The Underground Railroad," and who financed and commissioned Harriet Tubman's rescue missions. Abolitionist William Still literally wrote the Underground Railroad book and is the ancestor of author, Lesley Gist-Etheridge. The book, The Gist of Freedom traces several tremendous people and stories within the world of the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad.

When Lesley Gist encountered the chance to present a blog talk radio show, she knew it would be an amazing opportunity. In her ten-year genealogy research journey for The Gist of Freedom is Still Faith, Lesley Gist met a wealth of people and stories that could not all be contained in her book. And so this meeting place affords Lesley the ability to introduce the remarkable people she has met to you and all friends of African-American heritage.


Visit Lesley Gist at her blog talk siteThe Gist of Freedom Blog Radioevery Sunday at 6pm for a live topical panel discussion, and any time to post a comment, listen to recent shows, and to see what other people are saying about issues of African-American heritage and cultural preservation.


The Gist of Freedom is Still Faith tells the story of William Still and Peter Gist. Their story is now a part of the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom!

Learn more while you listen! View a flyer about interviewer Gist-Etheridge's book. Read the complete book online.
VisitThe Gist of Freedom websitefor more about the book's creation and for valuable links and resources in the area of African-American history.

Have ideas for the show? Have a story to share? Contact Lesley Gist-Etheridge.


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It's Back-to-School Time!

Check out the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Listing at The Gist of Freedom.

Learn about Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the United States in Alabama, Arkansas, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Road TripFeatured College

Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana

For information about a tour of the Xavier Campus, or to schedule a campus visit, call 504-520-7388.For additional information: Visit Xavier University Online.

Featured Field Trip The Underground Railroad Museum Belmont Mansion

Experience 18th and 19th century history through the events and lives of people associated with Belmont Mansion in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA. Their house museum is dedicated to colonial history and the 19th century network of people and places known as the "underground railroad."Underground Railroad Museum At Historic Belmont Mansion2000 Belmont Mansion Drive | Philadelphia, PA 19131-3713 | 215-878-8844

In The News

Reward For Stolen Gist Settlement Marker 

This June a Marker from the Gist Settlement was stolen. The sign marked the names of the
emancipated slave families who were part of the settlement established in 1814. A reward has been offered for its return.
If you have information on the marker's whereabouts, please contact the Brown County Sheriff's Office at 937-378-4435. To read the article:Visit Local 12 WKRC Cincinnati.


Black History Tours


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Harris Rosen of Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Abolition Hall of Fame

John Cornue from the National Abolition Hall of Fame Museum in Peterboro, NY



Denzel Washington as Malcolm X  

When the Chickens Came Home to Roost, a Play by Laurence Holder Originally Starring Denzel Washington


David S. Reynolds  

Author of Mightier Then The Sword, David S. Reynolds


Carl Westmoreland  

Carl Westmoreland of The Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio


Canada's Emancipation Day  

The "Greatest Freedom Show on Earth!" Canada's Emacipation Day Celebration


 Civil War Reenactor Steve Anderson

Gettyburg's Black Community as Highlighted by Civil War Reenactor Steve Anderson


Alex Haley  

Alex Haley, in His Own Words


Jacob Morris  

Jacob Morris of The Harlem Historical Society Discusses The Preservation of History through The Dedication of New York City Street Signs


Michael Coard  

Attorney, Activist Michael Coard forces museum to acknowledge President Washington's escaped slaves 


Fern Luskin  

Historian Fern Luskin Protects Manhattan's Only Underground Railroad Home



 Steven Yeager, Dealer of Antique African American Photographs


Paul Ortiz  

Professor Paul Ortiz and His Latest Book, Emancipation Betrayed


Gist Settlement Marker  

The Gist Settlements ~ The Largest Emancipated Community


Freedom Trails Festival  

Niagara Falls Freedom Trail 


Still Family Reunion 2  

Live at The Still Family 140th Family Reunion




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