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Video: Why We Must Confront the Painful Parts of US History | Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Revisiting a significant yet overlooked piece of the past, Hasan Kwame Jeffries emphasizes the need to weave historical context, no matter how painful, into our understanding of modern society — so we can disrupt the continuum of inequality massively affecting marginalized communities.

August 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: While I Yet Live

A trip to Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where masterpieces hang from clotheslines.

June 5, 2022 · 4 Comments

Martha Collins: Blessing

there, and throughout our earth, let us grieve
for the graves we robbed, and then
let us bless the graves of the dead that remain

April 6, 2022 · 4 Comments

Terry Blackhawk: My Father Goes to Sunday School

What are you doing here?
an elder asked, a deacon perhaps, or prayer leader.

February 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Earl S. Braggs: Such is the Love Story of Sally

It was not the first time that Thomas Jefferson asked
her to dance.

October 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

George Yancy, Brian Burkhart: US Founders Demonized Indigenous People While Coopting Their Political Practices

In 1907, Peter Bryce did a study of Indian residential schools in Canada and discovered a 69 percent mortality rate among the students. Would you send your child to a “school” with a 69 percent mortality rate?

August 23, 2021 · 6 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Building Back Severed Communities

The Biden administration wants to reconnect historically Black and Latino neighborhoods cut off by highway construction. There’s promise and peril in that.

June 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Robin D.G. Kelley and George Yancy: The Tulsa Race Massacre Went Way Beyond “Black Wall Street”

The 1921 Tulsa race massacre wrought widespread destruction. In addition to acknowledging the horror of that particular event, we must confront the systemic, genocidal, state-sanctioned, racist violence that is pervasive in the United States.

June 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: A Concerto Is a Conversation

Featuring intimate cinematography from the Canadian director Ben Proudfoot and a stirring score provided by Kris Bowers himself, the film tracks the musical rhythms of a conversation between loved ones, and across the generations, with grace and heart.

May 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: What Gordon Parks Saw

‘I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.’ – Gordon Parks (1912-2006)

April 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

Countee Cullen: Heritage

Africa? A book one thumbs
Listlessly, till slumber comes.
Unremembered are her bats
Circling through the night, her cats
Crouching in the river reeds

February 26, 2021 · 6 Comments

Video: Black Owned — Jackson

Introducing Black Owned, a film series exploring the Black entrepreneurial spirit and its essential contribution to the American economy through the perspectives of business owners.

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ray Levy Uyeda: How Organizers Are Fighting an American Legacy of Forced Sterilization

The U.S. has a history of sterilizing women without their knowledge or permission, but states are working to make up for past mistakes.

February 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

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

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