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The First National Congress of Black Native American Indians – July 19, 2014
Congratulations to the hundreds of delegates and to organizer Jay Winter Nightwolf for assembling the First National Congress of Black Native American Indians.
From the sun-splashed islands of the Caribbean to Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp, the marshlands of Florida and towering mountains from Canada to Tierra del Fuego, your heroic ancestors wrote a proud history that can be found in few books. You met in celebration of the first freedom fighters of the Americas. You met to preserve their legacy and carry on their gallant traditions.
From the time of Columbus and the Spanish conquistadores your people battled slave-traders and hunters, Europe’s best soldiers and pious missionaries who sought to plant deceit and division among people of color. You walk in the footsteps of daring and ancient revolutionary ancestors — from Anacoana and Hatuey in the 1500s, Isobel de Olvera and Genga-Zumba in the 1600s to Lucy Gonazales Parsons in the 19th and 20th centuries.
To live in freedom your kinfolk united against armies sent by this country’s sacred heroes – George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and George Armstrong Custer – and defeated them. That is one big reason your ancestors do not appear in Hollywood movies or programs.
Your ancestors also gave birth to their own Historians – from Rosa Fay of the Black Seminole Nation, noted African American historian Carter G. Woodson, pioneering scholar Kenneth Wiggins Porter, Dr. Jack D. Forbes, and a host of less known figures to today’s William Dub Warrior of the Texas Seminoles and Phil Pompey Fixico of the Semiroon Historical Society.
Your First Gathering has carried forth the torch of justice and equality first raised by Pope’ in New Mexico, Juan Andresote in Venezuela, Vicente Guerrero in Mexico, John Horse and Wildcat in Florida, Oklahoma and Mexico – and has celebrated nameless fathers and mothers who sacrificed their all for liberty, their land and the lives for their children.
May your First Gathering unity extend far and educate people to the role of Black Indians in our common history.
William Loren Katz
The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism
Please read my newest article, The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism, HERE. It has appeared on the Huffington Post, History News Network, Common Dreams and the Zinn Education Report.
Black Indians 2014
View an excerpt from Cultural Caravan TV’s interview with William Katz here.
Why can’t Black History Month be any month? At your college, museum, library or school?
Drawing from his forty books on African American History, William Loren Katz offers such powerpoint lectures as:
Black Women of the Old West Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage The Lincoln Brigade The Black West
Black Indians Celebrated in Native American Heritage Month
NPR “explores shared black and Native American heritage with William Katz, author of Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage, and Shonda Buchanan, an English professor, who is of North Carolina and Mississippi Choctaw Indian ancestry.” Please listen to the radio program or read its transcript here.
Black Indians — Revised, Expanded and Updated
The expanded and updated edition of Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage brings the Native American and African American alliance that for four centuries challenged the European conquest and slavery into the 21st century with additional research and documentary and photographic evidence. The new edition reveals the story of the African guides and translators of the colonial era who became valued contacts with Indigenous peoples, examines the African and Indian alliance known as the Pueblo revolt of 1680 that ended Spain’s rule of the southwest for a dozen years, introduces Francisco Menendez and the 1738 Black Indian community that defended its liberty in Florida against British incursions, and much more.
Please click here to view a complete list of books by William L. Katz.