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Birth of a Lion and the Great American Bildungsroman

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Mario Tenaglia

I was in Philadelphia all day on Saturday. I went to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in the morning, the Italian Markets, Reading Terminal, the Barnes Foundation, and Chinatown in the afternoon, and saw The Lion King at the Academy of Music in the evening. It was, in short, an absolutely incredible day.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Why Is The U.S. Desperate To OK Slavery In Malaysia?

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Friday night, in an impressive display of dysfunction, the U.S. Senate approved a controversial trade bill with a provision that the ...

#BlackLivesMatter: The Politics and History Surrounding Memorial Day

Jim Downs | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Jim Downs

Despite my effort, many historians continue to see only white soldiers' suffering and death during the war. But what about those who did not wear the Union blue or Confederate grey but died in the same war often alongside of white soldiers? How we might remember their death and suffering?

Racial Unrest Today Has Roots in Our Intertwined Genealogical Ties to Slavery

Marty Favor | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Marty Favor

A comparison between actor Ben Affleck's apology and the Baltimore unrest might seem trivial to some, but it actually speaks to why we need to embrace our complex pasts. Selectively editing our backgrounds is a symptom of a larger inability of Americans of all races to honestly assess our history.

Zach Carter

Human Trafficking Still Plagues Obama's Trade Ambitions

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Tuesday threatened to do "everything possible to have a floor fight" if President Barack Obama undercut...

Dakar's Assault to the Senses: Youssou N'Dour on Senegal's Capital

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.14.2015 | Entertainment
Stefan Simanowitz

"Music, like football, is in every Senegalese's heart" the legendary musician, Youssou N'Dour tells me, and in Dakar the air is indeed filled with music. Everywhere you go you hear snatches of the distinctive mbalax sound which fuses African and Cuban rhythms with rock, funk and reggae.

Welcome to Baltimore! Welcome to America!

John R. Burbank | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
John R. Burbank

If you live in Baltimore, or anywhere in the United States, you shouldn't be surprised by the anger, the poverty, the police violence, and the hopelessness. All you have to do is sing the national anthem, written after witnessing the bombardment of Baltimore Harbor by the British during the War of 1812.

Jewish Soldiers Battled Nazi Germany, Another Way to Teach about the European Holocaust

Alan Singer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

As a young Jewish boy in the Bronx during the 1950s I grew up in the shadow of the European Holocaust. The extermination of six million Jews at the hands of Nazi Germany during World War II was in the background but not discussed.

What Happens When Moms Stand Up for Justice

Gary Haugen | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Gary Haugen

A mother is many things to many people. Mom is a soft place to land when the trials of life overwhelm us, a fount of wisdom, a hard-working role model, a home-cooked meal. Growing up, my mom was certainly all of these things for me.

Zach Carter

Why Obama Wants To Torpedo A Plan To Fight Human Trafficking

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The biggest threat to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda may be a plan to fight human trafficking, which threatens to reshuffle a m...

Life for Us Ain't Been No Crystal Stair

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

When I see the video of panic-stricken Toya Graham, I see myself, and all the other Black mothers who are desperate to keep our children physically, spiritually and emotionally safe in a society that doesn't honor their childhood. It's a special desperation known mostly by the oppressed.

Home Health Care Workers Aren't Guaranteed Minimum Wage or Overtime, and the Legacy of Slavery Is the Reason Why

Ariela M. Migdal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Ariela M. Migdal

What most people don't know is that the exclusion of home health care workers from fair pay is a deliberate and racist wrong that stretches back to Depression-era America, where it was written into our nation's labor law to accommodate Southern segregationists.

Slavery, Curfews, Property, and Marriage

Buster Ross | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Buster Ross

Being out past curfew was against the law for slaves in the colonies. Should slaves have respected the law and brought about change through legal means?

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

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | 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.

Five Historic Sites with Fresh Perspectives on Interpreting Slavery and Freedom

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 04.30.2015 | Education
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Using different approaches, all of the five sites work to spark a dialogue that will lead to understanding and reconciliation.

The Average Hipster Employs 27 Slaves Each Day. Here's How To Change That

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact

Updated on May 7, 2015; 12:30 p.m. EST. Hipsters may value social progress, but their coffee habits say otherwise. That's according to the team ...

Old Courthouse, Warren County - Vicksburg, Mississippi: A Place Not to Be Missed

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Traveling on a steamboat in the 21st century is not only unique but allows you to relive an era long past that was filled with beauty and strife. My recent journey on the American Queen Steamboat was such a trip.

Fashion Revolution Day: A Day to Ask #WhoMadeMyClothes?

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 04.23.2015 | Style
Lee-Sean Huang

April 23 is Fashion Revolution Day -- an opportunity for us to reflect on the welfare of the workers who make the clothes we all wear.

Much Ado About Nothing: Affleck's Ancestor

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The comments beneath Ben Affleck's Facebook "mea culpa" for having his slave-owner ancestor cut from the PBS show Finding Your Roots were pretty typical.

‘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. ...

Obama Wants Americans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Says Fox Host

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media

The city of Chicago is proposing a $5.5 million reparations package for those who suffered under the ruthless rule of police commander Jon Burge from ...

The Dark Side of American History

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

It should be increasingly apparent to Americans, as they become aware, through new technologies, of white-on-black police killings, that there is a dark side to American history, requiring expiation.

Freedom Seal - A New Tool to Help Businesses Fight Modern-Day Slavery.

Rani Hong | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Rani Hong

The Tronie Foundation is proud to announce the official launch of the Freedom Seal, a powerful and tangible tool to be used in the fight against human slavery.

White Supremacy and the Killing of Walter Scott

Crystal Fleming | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Crystal Fleming

On election night in 2008, I would have been stunned to learn that black people would continue to be killed in broad daylight under Obama's presidency. And my tears would take on new meaning had I seen a future in which a black president mostly says nothing as black citizens are routinely targeted for mass incarceration and killed by police.

Proof That The Civil War Was Fought Over Slavery

John A. Tures | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

As the 150th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia rolls around, some armchair historians and pundits are still battling over what the Civil War was about. It's time to go beyond the rhetoric and read the evidence.