The Bible was used to justify slavery. Then Africans made it their path to freedom. | The Washington Post

Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post When the Rev. Jaymes Robert Moody takes his pulpit to preach, sometimes he pictures the graveyard — that is where his congregation was born. It was called Georgia Cemetery, named, he has been told, for the place the enslaved were stolen from before being sent to work the fields in […]

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How a Wave of Honest History Museums Is Changing Black Tourism | Slate

Ashton Lattimore, Slate Evelyn Hockstein/For the Washington Post via Getty Images. Featured Image On a walking tour of the New Orleans Garden District, my husband and I exchanged meaningful glances after the fourth or fifth time our guide delicately referred to the slaves who once worked in those elegant old homes as “servants.” To our […]

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Rory Doyle: Challenging the Cowboy Culture with the Delta Hill Riders | The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer Staff, The Phoblographer Among the challenges for today’s documentary photographers is to tell the story of those who challenge the norms, and shed light on their everyday life. This year, the ZEISS Photography Award asked participants for their creative take on the brief of “The Unexpected” and produce a body of work with […]

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Experts: Reparations Are Workable and Should Be Provided | Black Press USA

Stacy M. Brown, Black Press USA “The odds against success are great but given the meager gains to date, it’s just as fruitful to argue for reparations as anything else and besides it is a just cause,” said Dr. Mary Frances Berry, a Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and the author of […]

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MGM Is Making a Film About History’s First Black Samurai | Highsnobiety

Opinion | Race, Highsnobiety Black burial sites are struggling for survival. Such struggles should be interpreted as elemental battles over the meaning, matter, and worth of black life, history, and memory. Take the Boyd Carter cemetery in Jefferson county, West Virginia, a historic African American burial ground that’s been active since 1902. In early April […]

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Americans are totally fine with reparations, just not for slavery | Quartz

Annalisa Merelli, Quartz Since the second half of last century, countries like Germany, Austria, France, South Africa, and Canada have amended past wrongs by paying reparations to their victims. The US, too, has supported reparations as a form of restorative justice. After World War II, it supported Jewish victims of the Holocaust in their demands […]

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Paul Robeson fought Jim Crow, lynching, and McCarthyism | People’s World

Tony Pecinovsky, People’s World Paul Robeson, Trafalgar Square, London, June 1959, ullstein bild/Getty Images. Featured Image Gerald Horne has made an amazing contribution to African American radical history with the newly published biography Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary. Though not as widely known as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Malcolm X – at […]

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These High School Murals Depict an Ugly History. Should They Go? | The New York Times

Carol Pogash, The New York Times One of the 13 murals that make up “The Life of Washington,” at George Washington High School in San Francisco. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times, Featured Image SAN FRANCISCO — In one of the murals, George Washington points westward over the dead body of a Native American. Another […]

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