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TRENDING - 2019

The Slaves Dread New Year's Day the Worst': The Grim History of January 1

12/27/19 - Time - OLIVIA B. WAXMAN

Americans are likely to think of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as a time to celebrate the fresh start that a new year represents, but there is also a troubling side to the holiday’s history. In the years before the Civil War, the first day of the new year was often a heartbreaking one for enslaved people in the United States.


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Atlanta Playwright, Author Offers Hope Through Poetry

12/23/19 - GPB Radio News (NPR) - LA'RAVEN TAYLOR

The season of holiday cheer and giving can be especially difficult for people going through loss, illness or other challenges that come with being human.

Atlanta-based poet, author and playwright Jon Goode is a close observer of how people make their way through the world. You may have seen him on HBO's Def Comedy Jam or CNN's Black in America. He's also host of the StorySLAM events at The Moth in Atlanta.


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Williams: 400 years of history doesn't sweep away with 'Rumors of War' unveiling in Richmond, but it's a start

12/11/19 - The Richmond Times Dispatch by MICHAEL PAUL WILLIAMS

The unveiling of Richmond’s new progressive face at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was never going to come off without a hitch, even if that cover had cooperated in parting company with its monument.

You don’t sweep away 400 years of grimy history with the tug of a string. In Virginia, the birthplace of Massive Resistance, the past concedes nothing to the present or future without putting up a fight.


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'There's something changing in these winds': Kehinde Wiley's 'Rumors of War' unveiled in Richmond

12/10/19 - Richmond Times-Dispatch BY COLLEEN CURRAN

Nearly a century after the last Confederate statue was erected on Monument Avenue, a crowd massed Tuesday beneath gray skies and drizzle at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley's response: a muscular, triumphant African American astride a horse, looking defiantly toward the sky.


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Reps. Fudge, Richmond, Lee, and Pressley Introduce Legislation Banning Afro-Textured Hair Discrimination

12/05/19

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) joined Reps. Cedric Richmond (LA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) in introducing the Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act to ban hair discrimination. The CROWN Act clarifies that discrimination based on natural and protective hairstyles associated with people of African descent, including hair that is tightly coiled or tightly curled, locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, and Afros, is a prohibited form of racial or national origin discrimination. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.


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Shockoe Bottom's slave history to be subject of symposium

11/27/19 - Richmond Free Press

Fans of African-American history will be offered an all-day feast of information about Shockoe Bottom on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St.

From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 22 historians, researchers, authors, museum officials and other experts will be offering their views at “Truth and Conciliation in the 400th Year: A Shockoe Bottom Public History Symposium,” it has been announced.


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Public Unveiling of Sculpture by Kehinde Wiley and Celebration Reception

11/25/19

Be one of the first in Richmond to see Kehinde Wiley’s Rumors of War at its unveiling at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


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Remains of African Americans found in Marshall Street well return to Richmond 25 years later

11/25/19 - The Richmond Times Dispatch by Melhor Leonor

A trail of white petals lined East Marshall Street on Monday as drums and bells welcomed home the remains of 53 people, mainly of African descent, whose first resting place had been a 19th-century well on what is now the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.


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What’s Lost When Black Children Are Socialized Into a White World

11/21/19 - The Atlantic by DANI MCCLAIN

I interviewed dozens of black mothers about how they help their kids navigate schools where they might be perceived as threats or made to feel unwelcome.


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Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory

11/19/19 - PBS

On November 16, 1871, a group of unknown singers — all but two of them former slaves and many of them still in their teens -- arrived at Oberlin College in Ohio to perform before a national convention of influential ministers. After a few standard ballads, the chorus began to sing spirituals -- "Steal Away" and other songs" associated with slavery and the dark past, sacred to our parents," as soprano Ella Sheppard recalled. It was one of the first public performances of the secret music African Americans had sung in fields and behind closed doors.


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Author Ta-Nehisi Coates deconstructs power: 'The South won the war of aesthetics'

10/31/19 - Richmond Free Press - by Christopher Brown/Capital News Service

Author and Maryland native Ta-Nehisi Coates visited Richmond last week to discuss emancipation and to promote his New York Times best-seller, “The Water Dancer.”

The book is set in Virginia, but his work isn’t the only connection to the Old Dominion. Mr. Coates recently found out that one of his ancestors was enslaved outside of Petersburg.


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With Plans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Two Seminaries Prompt A Broader Debate

10/29/19 - NPR - by TOM GJELTEN

Among elite U.S. universities, Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Georgetown have all admitted in recent years that at one time they benefited financially from the slave trade. But two Protestant seminaries have now gone a step further, saying that in recognition of their own connections to racism they have a Christian duty to pay reparations.


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Two families - one black, one white - shared a harrowing history. Then they met.

10/24/19 - By Ian Shapira / The Washington Post

The King family stepped carefully up the concrete steps, through the narrow doorway and into a two-story log cabin with a painful past. Inside, they examined every inch. The low ceiling. The peeling chestnut walls. Then, the second floor, a tiny space under a pitched cedar-shake roof, where sunlight slips through small windows onto uneven oak floorboards.


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How Virginia became filming location for highly-anticipated movie ‘Harriet’

10/23/19 - WRIC 8 News - By Talya Cunningham, Danielle Guichard

The highly-anticipated movie ‘Harriet’ — filmed in Central Virginia — hits theaters next week. The feature film depicts abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s journey of freeing hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad and becoming an American freedom fighter.


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Virginia’s newly appointed diversity and inclusion director is tackling issues head on

10/23/19 - Inside Business - By Sandra J. Pennecke

Bryan Stephens, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber, said diversity, equity and inclusion in business is more than just a program, it is an imperative.

“If you are in business today and you want to be successful, you have to have a diverse and inclusive workforce,” Stephens said at the Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Forum on Oct. 22 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott..


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America's last slave ship could offer a case for reparations

10/05/19 - ByJAY REEVES, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Alabama steamship owner Timothy Meaher financed the last slave vessel that brought African captives to the United States, and he came out of the Civil War a wealthy man.

His descendants, with land worth millions, are still part of Mobile society's upper crust.


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National Museum of African American History and Culture Announces Early Childhood Education Initiative To Develop Healthy Racial Identity

10/04/19

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced the expansion of its Early Childhood Education Initiative (ECEI) with a $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


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Kehinde Wiley’s Times Square Monument: That’s No Robert E. Lee

9/27/19 - The New York Times - By Reggie Ugwu

The sculpture, of an African-American man in streetwear and mounted on a horse, was unveiled Friday and will eventually move to Richmond, Va., home to a number of Confederate memorials.


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All college students should take a mandatory course on black history and white privilege

9/23/19 - USA Today - Emily Walton, Opinion contributor

White students in my race and ethnicity class often learn the most, but few sign up to take it. All colleges should require a course like this to graduate.


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The Great Land Robbery

9/20/19 - The Atlantic - By Vann R. Newkirk II

The Scott family, from Mound Bayou, Mississippi, can trace their land ownership back to 1938, when the family’s agriculturally gifted patriarch began amassing more than 1,000 acres. By the late ‘80s, the Scotts had all but lost their land entirely. What happened in those intervening years is a complex story of systematic discrimination that’s emblematic of the experience of many black families in America.


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The Long History of American Slavery Reparations

9/20/19 - The Wall Street Journal By Manisha Sinha

From the colonial era to today, the bitter legacy of bondage and racial oppression has sparked demands for compensation, with some successes and many broken promises.


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Which black Americans should get reparations?

9/18/19 - The Washington Post - By Wesley Lowery

He’s been one of academia’s leading authorities on American racial inequity for years, in high demand by Democratic presidential candidates who hope he’ll endorse their proposals to close the “racial wealth gap” — a term that his research helped popularize.

But as William “Sandy” Darity shuffles through papers in his second-floor office at Duke University, the gray-haired economist explained that he was hard at work on his own proposal, one that could be the most sweeping of his career — a concrete plan for paying monetary reparations to the descendants of slaves.


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14 black football players kicked off team over protest armbands are honored 50 years later

9/13/19 - NBC News - Mead Gruver / AP

Fifty years after 14 black football players were kicked off the University of Wyoming football team for seeking to wear armbands to protest racism, eight of them returned to the Laramie campus to commemorate the anniversary as the school takes another step toward reconciliation.


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Marker supplies historical context for DeKalb’s Confederate monument

9/13/19 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - By Tia Mitchell

A work crew blasted through solid clay, dug two holes and poured concrete to prep the site. The next morning, they returned and installed a plaque DeKalb County officials say tells the real history of the Confederate monument in Decatur Square.

And now, that historical marker is receiving praise from afar for its truth-telling about the “lost cause” movement and the factual history of the Civil War.


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Virginia seminary sets aside $1.7 million to pay reparations to descendants of slaves

9/09/19 - CNN - By Daniel Burke

An Episcopal seminary in Virginia says it has set aside $1.7 million to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves who worked on its campus, putting the small school at the vanguard of colleges and universities who have been grappling with their roles in slavery and ways of making amends.


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Plantations are talking more about slavery — and grappling with visitors who talk back

9/08/19 - Richmond Times Dispatch - By Hannah Knowles

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Earlier this summer, a Monticello tour guide was explaining how enslaved people built, planted and tended a terrace of vegetables at Thomas Jefferson’s estate, when a woman interrupted to share her annoyance.

“Why are you talking about that?” she demanded, according to Gary Sandling, vice president of Monticello’s visitor programs and services. “You should be talking about the plants.”


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UVA and the History of Race: The Lost Cause Through Judge Duke’s Eyes

9/04/19 - UVAToday - By Elizabeth R. Varon

Why did Charlottesville’s white citizens choose to erect a statue to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in 1924 – nearly 60 years after the Civil War? One clue can be found in the personal papers of Judge R.T.W. Duke Jr., held at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.


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Teaching America’s Truth

8/28/19 - The Washington Post - By Joe Heim

For generations, children have been spared the whole, terrible reality about slavery’s place in U.S. history, but some schools are beginning to strip away the deception and evasions


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America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One

8/14/19 - The New York Times Magazine - By Nikole Hannah-Jones

Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.


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The Departed and Dismissed of Richmond

8/05/19 - SCLALWAG - By Samantha Willis

The future of an antebellum era Black burial ground in Richmond sparks a fight to preserve the city’s desecrated and nearly erased histories.


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Jim Crow’s Last Stand

7/22/19 - The Atlantic / By Emily Buder

The legacy of Jim Crow continues to loom large in the United States. But nowhere is it arguably more evident than in Louisiana. In 1898, a constitutional convention successfully codified a slew of Jim Crow laws in a flagrant effort to disenfranchise black voters and otherwise infringe on their rights. “Our mission was to establish the supremacy of the white race in this State to the extent to which it could be legally and constitutionally done,” wrote Judiciary Committee Chairman Thomas Semmes.


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Duke professor William Darity Jr. is leading the conversation about reparations

7/11/19 - The Chronicle By Stefanie Pousoulides and Mona Tong

Current U.S. politicians are considering paying reparations to black descendants of American slavery at a level they haven’t since the Reconstruction Era. And a Duke professor is at the helm of the discussion.

Robert E. Lee Descendant: Reparations Are Necessary If People ‘Want To Fix Racism

6/25/19 - HUFFPOST - Kimberly Yam

If people are saying they want to fix racism or fix this issue in our country, then they need to put their money where their mouth is,” says the Rev. Robert W. Lee IV.


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10 books besides ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ that tackle racial injustice

6/14/19 - Arts - By By Joshua Barajas and Vic Pasquantonio

"Seeing stacks of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” set aside for easy grabbing at the local bookstore is a sign that school is out for the summer. The 1960 novel is a perennial reading assignment for many students — when it’s not being banned — and has been a fixture in American consciousness for decades, lauded for its examination of racial injustice."


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Sandy Darity has some thoughts about inequality

5/16/19 - Duke Magazine - By Lucas Hubbard

As politicians adopt ideas he's researched for decades, the economist patiently stays the course.


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The Atlanta Nap Ministry preaches the liberating power of rest

4/29/19 - Atlanta BY GRAY CHAPMAN

“We’re pushing back against these systems telling us we should feel guilty for laying down and taking a nap.”


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When Slaveowners Got Reparations

4/16/19 - The New York Times - By Tera W. Hunter

Lincoln signed a bill in 1862 that paid up to $300 for every enslaved person freed.


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How Reconstruction Still Shapes American Racism

4/02/19 - Time Magazine - BY HENRY LOUIS GATES JR.

During an interview with Chris Rock for my PBS series ­African American Lives 2, we traced the ancestry of several well-known African Americans. When I told Rock that his great-great-­grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman had served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War — enrolling on March 7, 1865, a little more than a month after the Confederates evacuated from Charleston, S.C. — he was brought to tears. I explained that seven years later, while still a young man in his mid-20s, this same ancestor was elected to the South Carolina house of representatives as part of that state’s Reconstruction government. Rock was flabbergasted, his pride in his ancestor rivaled only by gratitude that Julius’ story had been revealed at last. “It’s sad that all this stuff was kind of buried and that I went through a whole childhood and most of my adulthood not knowing,” Rock said. “How in the world could I not know this?”

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