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My Birthright Or What 'The Birth Of The Nation' Meant To Me

Yvonne Durant | Posted 12.01.2016 | Entertainment
Yvonne Durant

I went to a screening of "The Birth of a Nation" with my 85-year-old mother whose energy and interests continue to belie her age. She was the best da...

The Slavery Papers: An Introduction

Omo Misha | Posted 04.05.2016 | Black Voices
Omo Misha

Black History Month 2016 swept me past my generation and my personal memories, past Obama, MLK, Rosa Parks and straight back to the dawn of the African American experience: Slavery. The idea of it has remained on my mind, owed largely to the harlem is...DOWNTOWN exhibit

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The Slave-Owning, Indian-Killing History Of The Man On The $20

HuffingtonPost.com | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

Despite a movement to replace President Andrew Jackson with a woman on the $20 bill, it appears the slave-owning Indian killer is here to stay for now...

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

‘Born In Slavery': The last American Slaves

The Washington Post | Nick Kirkpatrick | Posted 04.18.2015 | Black Voices

One hundred and fifty-three years ago today, Washington D.C. was the first place in the country where slaves were freed by the federal government. ...

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

The Art of Gift Exchange: Christmas for Slaves' in the Deep South

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The art of gift giving was also defined slave owners' displays of Christmas paternalism. During the holiday season, they conferred an assortment of presents to slaves such as blankets', shoes, frocks, pants and hats.

Who Wants to Talk About That?

Tom F. Driver | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Tom F. Driver

Racism is so ingrained in the American experience that no one who has grown up here is free of it -- white, black, or anyone else. Until we acknowledge that, describe it, and share it across the racial divide we are not free.

Courtney B. Vance Discovers A Rebellious Slave In His Family Tree

The Root | The Root Staff | Posted 09.22.2014 | Black Voices

In their book Friends: A Love Story, actor Courtney B. Vance and his actress wife, Angela Bassett, laid bare their seven-year struggle with infertilit...

Rare Portrait of a Slave En Route to American Colonies Recalls Horrors of the Middle Passage

Thomas Davidson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Thomas Davidson

Portraits of individual Africans who were enslaved and brought to the Americas are incredibly rare, and in virtually all instances the portraits were done long after the horrors of the Middle Passage. There is one clear exception to this rule, however.

Here's What People Had To Say About The 'SNL' Slavery Sketch

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Black Voices

"Saturday Night Live" writer Leslie Jones received major criticism for her recent contribution to last week's episode. During the "Weekend Update"...

The Best Possible Tribute To Our Ancestors In Honor Of Black History Month

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 04.30.2014 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

One-hundred-sixty-six years ago, the great orator, abolitionist, and former slave, Frederick Douglass penned a beautifully crafted haunting letter to his former slave master, Thomas Auld, in which he questioned him as to the whereabouts of his grandmother, sisters and one brother. He had escaped from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1838, becoming a fugitive slave until he reached sanctuary in New York.

'12 Years A Slave' Heading To The Classroom

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

Director Steve McQueen's movie "12 Years A Slave" has caused quite a splash in Hollywood, and now the critically-acclaimed film is heading to the clas...

The Most Important Day In American History?

Posted 12.18.2013 | Black Voices

On Dec. 18, 1865, slavery ended in the United States. Secretary of State William Seward issued a statement verifying the ratification of the 13th A...

A Note of Thanksgiving to the American Slaves

Kelly Smith Beaty | Posted 02.01.2014 | Black Voices
Kelly Smith Beaty

I watched the film and I experienced every emotion I anticipated, often times with indescribable intensities. I was angry. I was woeful. I was resentful and much more. But after the final credit rolled I felt another sentiment that I had not expected.

The New Black Philanthropy

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

The past is prologue when it comes to African diaspora giving. African giving practices are part of the country's founding and all its social movements.

Historians Battle To Save U.S. Slave Burial Sites

Reuters | Posted 07.06.2013 | Black Voices

By David Holmberg BEDMINSTER, N.J., May 5 (Reuters) - The slaves buried here are identified only as Richard and Zaff. A third person, ...

The Museum On Site And WaterFire's 'A Thousand Ships' Was A Unique Event, Now Commemorated In A Book

Andrew Losowsky | Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts
Andrew Losowsky

'A Thousand Ships' was a unique, participatory event that commemorated Rhode Island's role in the transatlantic slave trade.

PHOTOS: 'Born In Slavery' Project Reveals Last Faces Of American Slavery

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Black Voices

"Tisn't he who has stood and looked on, that can tell you what slavery is -- 'tis he who has endured," said one of the former slaves interviewed for t...

New Orleans Archbishop Apologizes For Slavery, Posts Records Online

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Bruce Nolan Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS -- The Archdiocese of New Orleans on Tuesday (Feb. 1) unveiled a new online database containing reco...

Reject the Confederacy, Celebrate Reconstruction

Clarence Lusane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence Lusane

Just as the radical Republicans, abolitionists, and black activists challenged the arguments of neo-Confederates in the 1860s and 1870s, so, too, should those notions be fought against once again today.