Shoulders of the Ancestors

November  2015

The reason I appear to be standing so tall is because my feet are firmly planted on the shoulders of my ancestors

Blacks & the 2016 Presidential Race

In addition to illustrating an historic precedent of African American citizens demanding a voice in the 1964 Democratic Convention, Melissa Harris Perry elicited different responses from two groups within the broader Black Lives Matter movement regarding the Democratic National Committee for a town hall on social and racial justice.  See video above.

Will Black Voters Determine the 2016 Election?


Increasing demographic changes in the United States will eventually make people of color the majority of the U.S. population by 2043. Yet the political implications of this population shift is already being felt in many states. During the 2016 election in states such as Florida as well in Ohio voting by people of color will determine who sits in the White House for the next four years.  Yet many African American voters are not as enthusiastic with the potential 2016 candidates as they were in 2008 and 2012.  A report by the CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS released back in January of 2015 examines the political implications of this shifting demographics.


Also focusing on the Black electorate is an ALTERNET article that examines why African Americans are not feeling enthusiastic about Bernie Sanders. Even the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton cannot assume African Americans will vote for on election day as a recent Atlanta Journal Constitution article reveals.

African Americans & Police Reform

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As the 2016 U. S. Presidential election season unfolds many people are still experiencing “anger, frustration, sadness, confusion, and questions” associated with the the lack of a commitment by the candidates on the need for police reform especially in communities of color. With useful charts that break down the demographics of recent police shootings a VICE NEWS article notes that police have killed at least 1,083 Americans since Michael Brown's death. Also useful is a WASHINGTON POST article that graphically  lists the names of armed Black men shoot by police since August of 2014.


Possibly the reason Black lives do not matter prominently with the 2016 Presidential candidates may be as author Ta-Nehisi Coates states and graphically illustrates in a recent ATLANTIC MAGAZINE cover story. Below is one of the videos available in the online version of the ATLANTIC MAGAZINE article. In addition check out CAMPAIGN ZERO for clear policy solutions and strategies for changing the way police serve our communities.

SELMA: The Bridge to the Ballot

Teachers can order this kit for free.


The Kit includes:

40-minute film with closed-captioning on DVD

Teacher’s Guide with five lesson plans on CD

A timeline of activities and events associated with the marches

This film tells the story of a courageous group of students and teachers who, along with other activists, fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South. By organizing and marching bravely in the face of intimidation, violence, arrest and even murder, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era.


Relive the memories of old school (and some new school) hip-hop. Through iconic images and carefully researched text that is suitable for the classroom, the Hip Hop History Posters are always a catalyst for discussions with students, friends, or family. Engage young people in a topic that interests them.


CIVIL WAR: Educational Posters

Through primary source images and with text students will learn about President Lincoln's initial reluctance to recruit African Americans, the contributions of runaway slaves, and how African Americans contributed to the Union's victory over the Confederacy.



This educational kit contains four full color posters and a CD with a Powerpoint presentation.


SHOULDERS OF THE ANCESTORS is a division of AFRICAN AMERICAN POSTERS & PRESENTATIONS (AAPP) . AAPP provides classroom tested educational posters and learning charts that utilize the new scholarship in African and African American history and culture. The graphics on our learning charts are selected to engage students. Visit us today at www.aahistoryposters.com.