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George Yancy: Capitol Mob Reveals Ongoing Refusal to Accept Black Votes as Legitimate

Frederick Douglass embraced the promise of the Declaration, even while he condemned the United States as a land of hypocrisy, because people talk about freedom, but in fact they deprive millions of their freedom.

January 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Club des Belugas | Straight to Memphis| Brenda Boykin

In this wildly original montage, Club Des Belugas pays tribute to African American entertainers in mid-century Hollywood.

November 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

David D. Daniels III: Black Church has been getting ‘souls to the polls’ for more than 60 years

To King and other civil rights leaders, the Black Church was a key institution within the pro-democracy movement.

November 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

Darrick Hamilton, Naomi Zewde: Truth and Redistribution

How to fix the racial wealth gap, end plutocracy and build Black power.

October 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: The Atlantic Slave Trade

Slavery has occurred in many forms throughout the world, but the Atlantic slave trade — which forcibly brought more than 10 million Africans to the Americas — stands out for both its global scale and its lasting legacy.

August 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Revolution

Revolution is comprised of 7 vignettes where individuals talk, discuss how being Black has impacted them and what the word revolution means to them.

July 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Liberty

Issues of politics, gentrification, community and epistemology subtly collide in Humes’s evocative and assured short film, Liberty, which has won awards at Berlin, SXSW and the Miami Film Festival.

July 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Sympathy

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling…

July 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: “Black Boy” by Richard Wright

The American Place Theatre – Literature to Life Stage Presentation of Black Boy by Richard Wright.

June 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Kimberly Jones | How Can We Win

Kimberly Jones clarifies the history of institutional racism in America and how it affects African-Americans today. Everyone needs to hear this.

June 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: In Praise of Rage

So here’s what this old white history teacher learned
from Kelvin and the Black kids in the ghetto school.

June 11, 2020 · 11 Comments

Donna M. Cox: The power of a song in a strange land

“they were tones loud, long, and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish. Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains.” — Frederick Douglass

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Amédé Ardoin

And now only his voice remains
as it cries through the needle scratch.
Across decades, that voice has entered
our voices: our style, our common despair.

February 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sheila Carter-Jones: Running into a high school classmate years after

I was the only, back then Negro, girl
in a class of four hundred waves splashing,
tossing me about in the crash

October 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

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