BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — July 4th is a day of celebration for the freedoms and liberties citizens enjoy in the United States. It is the day in 1776 that America declared independence from Great Britain.
But for much of American history, Independence Day was not a day for African Americans to celebrate freedom and liberty. Dr. Brett Shadle, chair of the history department at Virginia Tech and an expert in African history, says the stain of slavery and the struggle for basic civil rights for African Americans made a mockery of the Fourth of July.
In the video above, Shadle speaks with WFXRtv.com about Independence Day, the history of African Americans in the United States, and recent protests against police brutality.
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