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Slave Trade

When Will Slavery End?: My Stroll with the International Slavery Museum

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

With chains around their necks and ankles, these innocent people were packed and shipped to the West; made to work in fields and coal mines; for days and nights without food or water; in sweat, tears, and blood they worked.

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.

African American Museum To Be Built Where Slaves First Set Foot On U.S. Soil

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 07.15.2014 | Black Voices

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Organizers say a $75 million International African American Museum will be built beside the Charleston harbor where tens of ...

Bristol, R.I.: Sinister Past, Exquisite Present

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Bristol might be one of the most harmonious small towns you'll ever visit. With an abundance of spectacular homes and gardens, this little hard to get to town is now a magnet for destination weddings.

Virginia Ballpark Proposal Stirs Controversy Over Slave-trade History

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal to build a ballpark in the slave-trading center of the former capital of the Confederacy has stirred opposition from...

What the Modern World Owes Slavery (It's More Than Back Wages)

Greg Grandin | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Greg Grandin

How would we calculate the value of what we today would call the intellectual property -- in medicine and other fields -- generated by slavery's suffering? I'm not sure. But a revival of efforts to do so would be a step toward reckoning with slavery's true legacy: our modern world.

Ocean Traffic

Peter Neill | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Only within the past few years have maritime museums around the world addressed human trafficking as part of the larger maritime story.

The 'S' Word, the 'D' Word and 12 Years a Slave

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

McQueen's unflinching revelation of Northup's struggle to maintain his dignity under the oppressive institution of slavery is a chance for Americans to engage the conversation we so desperately need -- the conversation about the "s" word -- "slavery."

A Man Who Changed His Times: Part II

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

As the businessman said to J. Douglas Holladay, "It's easy to make a fortune, but harder to make a difference." William Wilberforce made a difference and he indeed changed his times.

More Than 3 Dozen Countries Go After Europe For Slavery Reparations

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

MIAMI — Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation from three European nations for what...

The Forgotten Is Another First Rate Adventure Novel From Baldacci

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.04.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

David Baldacci seems to write one book after another but unlike other authors who are this prolific, Baldacci creates stories that are fresh and well planned out. His latest novel The Forgotten is a prime example his action adventure best.

Skip Gates' New Book On Black History

www.philly.com | Posted 11.23.2011 | Black Voices

Coffee-table books are supposed to be heavy, on photos and in pounds. This latest history of black life in America by Henry Louis Gates Jr. is both, w...

Are You Fashion's Slave?

Gerit Quealy | Posted 11.22.2011 | Style
Gerit Quealy

Several organizations such as the Somaly Mam Foundation, Ecpatusa.org and The Body Shop have initiatives in place to combat the slave trade and sex trafficking and of children and young people. But most people are unaware that this is even happening.

Graphic Film About Slave Trade Too Much For Nine-Year-Olds?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

"Middle Passage" is a film that doesn't pull any punches. The HBO-produced feature, directed by French film-maker Guy Deslauriers and starring Djimon...

Black History Meditation: Remembering The Presence Of Our Ancestors

Albert Raboteau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Albert Raboteau

Our nation, constituted by diverse ethnic, racial, and religious groups achieves a unified identity, not only through a set of shared principles articulated in civic institutions, but through memory.

Slavery is Alive and Well in the US: In Support of California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Ron Soodalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ron Soodalter

Most Americans are unaware of the extent to which both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens are victimized by human trafficking and various forms of slavery in our country today.

Africa's Role in the Slave Trade and its Consequences

Wole Soyinka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wole Soyinka

'Are these the kings of whom the griots sang? Are these their descendants? We do not know them, but we know from which lines--between those who resist...

Texas Board Of Education Tried To Keep Word 'Slave' Out Of 'Slave Trade'

AP | APRIL CASTRO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education adopted a social studies and history curriculum Friday that amends or waters down the teachin...

White People Confronting Racism

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abby L. Ferber

Two weeks ago I participated in the eleventh annual White Privilege Conference, where I had the chance to talk with Holly Fulton, who was involved in the documentary film Traces of the Trade.

Con Games: Black Like Thee With Spike, Skip, and Barack

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Even so the walls they are a'fallin', and there is even more persuasive evidence as to our common racial bonds coming from the strangest of places: Spike Lee and Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr.

State Department's Report On Modern Day Slavery Omits Cases Of Foreign Diplomats In Washington

Time | E. Benjamin Skinner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In Washington on Monday morning, June 14, Hillary Clinton unveiled the State Department's 10th annual report on modern-day slavery, which evaluates th...

How Texas' School Board Tried to Pretend Slavery Never Happened and Why Your Kid's School May Be Next

Bryan Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryan Monroe

By incorporating their own conservative values into guidelines for history classes, the Texas Board of Education may force the entire nation to adopt their right-wing re-write of history.

Slave Reparations -- The Globalist Connection

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Ehrmann

As the debate over slave reparations continues, an exhibit on Senator Judah P. Benjamin at the Louisiana State Archives sheds light on a statesman who helped build America's slave economy.

NYC Slavery Walking Tour

Sheryl McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sheryl McCarthy

I bet few New Yorkers know about the role that the hideous institution of slavery played in shaping the city physically, financially and socially.

A Call to Serve and Preserve Creation

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim Wallis

Let's ensure that history does not remember us just as "consumers" of the earth and its resources, but as people who take seriously the God-given mandate to "serve and preserve" the earth.