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Underground Railroad

Time For 'Good Trouble' Inside And Outside Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."

Recognizing All of America's S/Heroes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Kudos to the Treasury Department which has announced that Harriet Tubman's face will grace the front of the redesigned $20 bill, making her the first woman in more than a century and first African American ever to be represented on the face of an American paper note.

Harriet Tubman VS. Abraham Lincoln

William Duggan | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
William Duggan

The North was overwhelmingly against slavery and opposed its spread to the West, but did not favor ending slavery in the South by force. The Underground Railroad changed that.

Why the New $20 Bill Matters

Edward T. O'Donnell | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Edward T. O'Donnell

Wednesday's announcement by the United States Treasury Department that Harriet Tubman, escaped slave and abolitionist, would replace President Andrew ...

The Evolving Perception of Human Trafficking: Walking to End Slavery

Robert J. Benz | Posted 03.21.2016 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

This is the next in a series of interviews with individuals working to address human trafficking. You'll meet students and educators, parents and prof...

Jurnee Smollett-Bell: We Must Address Systemic Issues That Stem From Slavery

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.16.2016 | Black Voices

Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays a house slave who takes a gamble with her life to reach freedom in WGN America's new show "Underground," a series s...

Aldis Hodge Talks Acting Career and New Series "Underground"

Patrice Tartt | Posted 03.09.2016 | Entertainment
Patrice Tartt

I had an opportunity to catch up with Aldis Hodge to discuss his acting career, to laugh a little with him in between our chat, because he is quite the comedian, and to discuss what's next for him in his upcoming roles.

5 Lessons From Harriet Tubman in Honor of Black History Month

Sue Shanahan | Posted 02.25.2016 | Women
Sue Shanahan

Studying Harriet Tubman's life has made me a believer in praying for help. When I first began to follow her example, I had a difficult time discerning the guidance coming my way. Yet it's still possible for us to learn how to hear and carry out the internal guidance we receive.

Black History Month: Important Underground Railroad Sites to Visit in Upstate New York

Michelle Rae Uy | Posted 02.03.2016 | Travel
Michelle Rae Uy

Land Office at the Gerrit Smith Estate in Peterboro, NY (Photo: Michelle Rae) Having been given the chance to take a walk through history in Upstate ...

After 17 Years of Devotion, Ella Baff Exits Jacob's Pillow

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

But while Baff's physical imprint on the property has been huge, it's her realized vision of Jacob's Pillow as a breeding ground for art that has made the largest impact on dance.

A Woman on the $10 Bill

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Jill S. Tietjen

The Treasury Department made an announcement the week of June 15 that a woman was going to be featured on the $10 bill.

Put Harriet Tubman on America's Currency

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Treasury Department is authorized to choose figures for America's money and recently indicated that it planned to supplant or at least supplement Alexander Hamilton with a woman.

High School Student Vigilance Committees

Alan Singer | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

As African Americans and abolitionists discovered in slavery days, reporting and even legal changes are not always enough. Sometimes the situation demands action. Students need to consider forming their own vigilance committees to protect civil liberties in schools.

Modern-Day Underground Railroad Saves Hundreds of Children

HooplaHa | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
HooplaHa

Operation Underground Railroad is an organization that rescues stolen children from slavery. As modern-day abolitionists, Tim Ballard and Dutch, both ...

Stevie Wonder Set To Produce An Underground Railroad Miniseries

Posted 01.28.2015 | Black Voices

2015 is shaping up to be quite a productive year for Stevie Wonder. Aside from the legendary musician’s forthcoming all-star Grammy tribute concert ...

Foner's Underground Railroad on Time for African American History Month

Jonah Raskin | Posted 03.22.2015 | Books
Jonah Raskin

Over the past half century, Foner has carved out a significant place for himself in the field of history by writing history from the bottom up, by tracing over-arching themes, such as freedom, and by recognizing that all history is contemporary history.

Maryland She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Harriet Tubman was born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 1849, when she was about 30, her owner died. Believing she was going to be sold, she escaped and made her way to Philadelphia.

Halloween Food Drive Shadowed by Ghostly Legend

William Lambers | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

In Delhi, Ohio this Wednesday (October 29) a Halloween celebration will take place at Mount St. Joseph University. A "spooky" tunnel and lots of candy are the feature attractions.

New York's Finger Lakes Region: Hotbed of Activism in the 1800s

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

When I go to Seneca Falls, New York (the birthplace of women's rights), I marvel that so much activism took place during the 1800s in what we now call upstate New York.

What Can You See Across a Border?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

How can we see people across borders when we build higher and higher walls? How can we see people across borders from thousands of feet in the air?

Defending Our Shores

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Each May, we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering the men and women who have fought to defend our shores throughout the history of our country. Women f...

From Christmas Seals to Kevlar

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.01.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Knowing how important it is to write women back into history, I am pleased to be able to share the stories of great Delaware -- and American -- women, all of whom have a place in the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.

Iran's Gay Underground Railroad: 'Either You Want To Leave, Or You Want To Die'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

If a man kisses another man in Iran, the punishment is flogging. Sodomy is punishable by death. These laws make it nearly impossible to be a...

For the Freedom of Enslaved Infants in Puerto Rico, 1850s

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

On a quiet Sunday afternoon in 1856, two gentlemen stood inconspicuously by the Plaza Mayor de Mayagüez, where it is said the bones of ancient Tainos...

Keep Going: Harriet Tubman's Legacy

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Harriet was born into slavery and raised in a world with no hope. Still, she dreamed her dreams and did what she had to do. She broke the law of the land by following the North Star to freedom. Where did a woman who was whipped as a child get that kind of courage?