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Engage: Native American Heritage Day celebrated; Black pilgrims?
It's Native American Heritage Day -- iReporter Rachel Cauvin photographed this at a New York Native American festival in May.
November 25th, 2011
12:36 PM ET

Engage: Native American Heritage Day celebrated; Black pilgrims?

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Friday is Native American Heritage Day
President George W. Bush signed the Native American Heritage Day Act into law in 2008 to acknowledge the contributions of Native Americans to America. - Indian Country Today

Local Occupy group joins with Native Americans
"About 30 Occupy Boston protesters traveled from their encampment in Boston’s Financial District to join the National Day of Mourning here yesterday, lending their support to a Native American demonstration held each Thanksgiving." - The Boston Globe

The black pilgrim(s)
The controversial casting of an African-American actor to play a pilgrim in a 1980s Plimoth Plantation re-enactment still resonates today as historians  investigate the existence of black pilgrims: "It turns out that there was another black man, named John or Juan Pedro, who did live in Plymouth from 1623 to 1624." - Here & Now, 90.9 WBUR

Sesame Street's undocumented worker
"Carlo Alban, who starred on Sesame Street from 1993 to 1997, told the BBC that for the years he was working on the programme, he was doing so as an undocumented immigrant." - BBC News Magazine

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  1. Peter

    There are always modern day revelations that show how people from different ethnic groups were involved in nearly every celebrated part of american history. Find me an American military conflict without a token black guy? You can't. We've had everything now from black pirates to black presidents. I think it is most important that we find out more accurate information about exactly what was going on at these historical events. If there was a black pilgrim, what was his role in the colony? What can we learn about the early pilgrim society from that?

    November 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Transformers Games

    quite intriguing post

    November 26, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |