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12 Things The Negro Must Do For Himself - Part 1


February 20, 2020

In the early 1900s, African-American author, educator, and activist Nannie Helen Burroughs published “12 Things The Negro Must Do For Himself”, which was a comprehensive list of important values and ideologies deemed necessary for Blacks to understand and implement to create success for themselves and implement as newly freed people of America.

In honor of Black History month I believe it is imperative to share Ms. Burroughs’ writing because her words are still extremely valuable and pertinent today.


1. The Negro Must Learn To Put First Things First. The first things...

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