Weekend Reading: The Public Archive on “Radical Black Cities”

This week, The Public Archive published its fourth installment on Radical Black Reading.  The subject was race, urbanity, black geographies, and sense of place: In this, The Public Archive’s fourth installment of Radical Black Reading,* we hope to contribute to an informal conversation about the history, plight, and future of Black cities – and towards the … Continue reading Weekend Reading: The Public Archive on “Radical Black Cities”

Blight: What gives the Confederacy its staying power?

In April, when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a proclamation reviving Confederate History Month in the commonwealth, he reminded us once again of the Confederacy's staying power. Wittingly or not, McDonnell demonstrated that historical "memory disputes" are always about the present, as he spoke in the tradition of a long line of Southern leaders beginning … Continue reading Blight: What gives the Confederacy its staying power?

Ted Fellow Cesar Harada Blogs 1811 Louisiana Slave Revolt, Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Environment

In 1811 white landlords were forcing black slaves to manipulate fatal toxic, such as the one required in the fabrication of Indigo (pigment). Today, the swamps owned by the former slaves children has been bought by major energy companies at an unfair price to host multi-millions polluting facilities. The descents of the slaves still live on … Continue reading Ted Fellow Cesar Harada Blogs 1811 Louisiana Slave Revolt, Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Environment

Dorothy Height, Civil Rights Hero, Has Died (NPR)

"We need to look at who has the opportunities. We need to look at -- Obama himself pointed that to us, that you can't have a flourishing Wall Street and a destroyed Main Street. He could have also said, I'm working for the middle class, but we still have poverty. And we cannot divide up … Continue reading Dorothy Height, Civil Rights Hero, Has Died (NPR)

Civil rights activist Dorothy Height in ‘very serious’ condition – CNN.com

Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, 98, remained in "very serious, but stable condition" Saturday, her friend and spokeswoman said. "A flurry of rumors about Height's death appeared Saturday on the Internet, particularly on the social networking site Twitter, where her name was a trending topic. Wikipedia also briefly reported Height's death. Height remains hospitalized, according … Continue reading Civil rights activist Dorothy Height in ‘very serious’ condition – CNN.com

A Story Like No Other: Louisiana’s African American Heritage Trail

Louisiana's African American Heritage Trail has expanded and a new website added titled A Story Like No Other. Excerpt from the website welcome by Mitch Landrieu, lieutenant governor: "Louisiana is marking the second anniversary of our African American Heritage Trail with its first expansion plus this new website, AStoryLikeNoOther.com. I announced the news today at … Continue reading A Story Like No Other: Louisiana’s African American Heritage Trail

Texas Conservatives Win Vote on Textbook Standards

AUSTIN, Tex. — After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a … Continue reading Texas Conservatives Win Vote on Textbook Standards

“Fireburn” National Holiday Proposed in St. Croix

"ST. CROIX - A bill that would add a holiday commemorating the 1878 Fireburn to the list of government holidays will go before the full Senate for consideration, after the Rules and Judiciary Committee gave the measure a nod on Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Terrence Nelson, notes the significance of the 1878 laborers' … Continue reading “Fireburn” National Holiday Proposed in St. Croix

SSRC Forum: Haiti, Now and Next

"Haiti is an alarming reminder that natural disasters have more devastating consequences where physical infrastructure is weak, where institutions are problematic, and where there is a lot of poverty. So trying to foster development is also a response to disaster. How humanitarian assistance is administered may make it more or less conducive to longer term … Continue reading SSRC Forum: Haiti, Now and Next

U.S. Episcopal Church Struggles with Complicity in Slavery

"The dioceses explored the legacy of slavery and racism in various ways, many of them involving screenings of "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North," a film created by Katrina Browne, a descendent of the DeWolf family of Maine, longtime Episcopalians who were slave traders in the late 18th and early 19th … Continue reading U.S. Episcopal Church Struggles with Complicity in Slavery