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Louis “Lou” Dale Sharp, the first African American state trooper

Eight years after the Brooklyn Dodgers had hired Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play on a team in the Major Baseball League, Louis “Lou” Dale Sharp became the first African American state trooper. He graduated from Ohio’s 44th Academy class in 1955 and joined the team of Ohio State Highway troopers. That team of …

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John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk

Historian John Henrik Clarke, who spends much of his on-camera time with his eyes closed, invites viewers to take their own inward-looking journey — to an ancient Africa forgotten by history. Through a montage of archival footage, artwork and Clarke’s own narration, he argues that the West did not bring civilization. On the contrary, Europe …

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