The term ‘Black American’ describes the descendants of the freed black slaves who were subjected to the ‘Black Codes’ and who were promised 40 acres by decree of General William T. Sherman.

The term ‘Black American’ does not apply to African immigrants or to their descendants since their immediate ancestors were not subjected to the ‘American Slave System’ which officially ended when Confederate General Robert E. Lee decided to surrender to Republican General Ulysses S. Grant on May 9, 1865.

‘Black Americas’ have the 1865 Galveston, Texas, ‘Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration,’ etched in their blood since ‘Juneteenth’ is also a celebration of the black Union Soldiers’ military victory over the Confederate Soldiers during the American Civil War.

The abovementioned information, as well as the information that will be listed below, was provided by the 400 ‘Black Americans’ that I interviewed between May of 2016 and May of 2019.

The 400 ‘Black Americans’ that I selected for my news article due to their distinctive 21st Century Black Thought; represent the 30 plus million Americans of African descendant who do not describe themselves as African Americans, which is a term that the U.S. Government also uses for the African immigrants who recently receive their naturalization papers.

The term ‘Black American’ is also shared by the black political prisoners who were sent to prison when ‘Black Americans’ were still being referred to as ‘Negroes’ and as ‘Afro Americans’ which also describes the descendants of the freed black slaves who were subjected to the ‘Black Codes’ and who were promised 40 acres by decree of General William T. Sherman.

The term ‘Negro’ and ‘Black American’ and ‘Afro American’ are also used to describe the American citizens that are listed under the 13th and the 14th and the 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America.

The 400 ‘Black Americans’ that I interviewed want the international community to know that they are still present in America and that they will never give up their fight for justice or for reparations, and that they will continue to teach their children that they are ‘Black Americans’ since Governor John Brown Russwurm and Samuel Cornish and Booker T. Washington and Nat Turner and Crispus Attucks and Ida B Wells and Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver and Mary Richards Bowser are their American ancestors.                                                            

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

Cerritos, CA –