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View Poll Results: Which city should the 21st centuries most influential black american live?(this person isn't here ye
NYC (Harlem) 2 6.90%
Atlanta 13 44.83%
DC 7 24.14%
Other (please list what city and why) 7 24.14%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-27-2017, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Arlington
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Sorry if some of you think its a dumb question...And I understand a person like that could come from anywhere but it almost seems like influential type of leaders come from these black mecca type of places (whether they were born there or moved there)

Just taking a look at some past black leaders and where they gained traction:

Mlk- Mostly Atlanta but ties to Montgomery and Boston
Obama- Mostly Chicago, but ties to LA, NYC, Boston, DC.
Web DuBois - NYC and Atlanta
Thurgood Marshall- DC and Baltimore
Frederick Douglas - DC and Maryland
Malcolm X - nyc
Farrakhan - Chicago
Oprah - Chicago
Tyler Perry - Atl

It seems that this future leader, even if raised somewhere else or currently living somewhere else, would be better off living in a city such as the one I'm asking about. Atlanta seems like it has a huge advantage over other places. But a pretty big argument can be made for DC and Nyc too. DC has many intellectual college educated types and many of those ppl have ties to nyc. NYC has more sheer numbers and many ties to DC. Atl is a powerhouse with it's blk majority, black intellects, hbcu's, and technology.
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Old 06-28-2017, 12:09 AM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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^ fyi:
w.e.b. dubois is from western mass but graduated from harvard.
freddy douglas is not from there but he lived in the boston area for a while.
malcolm (little) x grew up in roxbury.
louis farrakhan is from boston.

maybe add henry gates, neil tyson (although not a political/sociological leader), michael dyson, ...
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Old 06-28-2017, 04:49 AM
 
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At least five of the most influential Klan leaders in the 20th century have lived in Atlanta. That''s five times more than what could be said of any other city because no other city was home to more than one of them. The most racist place in 20th century America was none other than metro Atlanta's Forsyth County.When it was revealed that Klanswoman Neva Jane Vietch and her Klansman lover had killed her Klansman husband in 1987 instead of the two black suspects which police were looking for, it didn't make national news despite it's most unique character because it happened in the Atlanta area locale of Marietta.
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Old 06-28-2017, 06:45 AM
 
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Houston!
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Arlington
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Wow. Didn't know that about atl (klansman). And that's pretty impressive for Boston.

I mention people and where they are from bc it can be argued that those people wouldn't have climbed as high as they did if they were in a place like Dallas or Kansas City. I wish Dallas and Houston was a city capable of producing such as inspirational leader but I just can't see it. They are great places to call home and work for a living.

Seems like Atlanta, DC, NYC, are the most capable cities of producing such a person or a person in Boston with ties to those cities. Or someone in those three cities with ties to Boston.
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Old 06-30-2017, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale AZ
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Well, we've done it friends...the most ridiculous thread ever created.
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Old 06-30-2017, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I don't see Portland as an option.
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:41 PM
 
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Originally Posted by FJB327 View Post
Sorry if some of you think its a dumb question...And I understand a person like that could come from anywhere but it almost seems like influential type of leaders come from these black mecca type of places (whether they were born there or moved there)

Just taking a look at some past black leaders and where they gained traction:

Mlk- Mostly Atlanta but ties to Montgomery and Boston
Obama- Mostly Chicago, but ties to LA, NYC, Boston, DC.
Web DuBois - NYC and Atlanta
Thurgood Marshall- DC and Baltimore
Frederick Douglas - DC and Maryland
Malcolm X - nyc
Farrakhan - Chicago
Oprah - Chicago
Tyler Perry - Atl

It seems that this future leader, even if raised somewhere else or currently living somewhere else, would be better off living in a city such as the one I'm asking about. Atlanta seems like it has a huge advantage over other places. But a pretty big argument can be made for DC and Nyc too. DC has many intellectual college educated types and many of those ppl have ties to nyc. NYC has more sheer numbers and many ties to DC. Atl is a powerhouse with it's blk majority, black intellects, hbcu's, and technology.
MLK and DuBois both had ties to Philadelphia. Ever heard of DuBois' The Philadelphia Negro?
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Old 07-02-2017, 03:31 PM
 
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I don't see Portland as an option.
Can't North/NE Portland get any love?: https://oregonencyclopedia.org/artic.../#.WVlljYTyu70


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmJZ1ccB7m8
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:25 PM
 
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The person could come from anywhere. Location does not equal or guarantee mindset/abilities/strengths/etc. We do not rise up from a particular spot on the globe and that location identifies and constrains us.

We are made up of living matter (genes, DNA, tissues, and so forth), not man-made stuff (dirt, concrete, roads, houses, neighborhoods). The question seems to suggest the latter.
Exactly....yet they go on, and on. I was going to post what you did, but you stated it much more eloquently than I probably would have. A true leader rises from wherever they are.
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