"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."

— James Baldwin

Background image: Linotype operators at the Chicago Defender, an African American newspaper, in Chicago, Illinois. April 1941. Library of Congress.
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Linotype operators at the Chicago Defender, an African American newspaper, in Chicago, Illinois. April 1941. Library of Congress.


February 19, 2020

Connect Savannah

As part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival, the Obsidian Dance Repertory is prepping a performance entitled "The Year of Return." It’s a concert that will symbolize, through dance, the first enslaved person arriving in Jamestown, Virginia, 400 years ago. "The Year of Return" is a powerful display of art by Savannah State University’s pre-professional dance company, led by director Toni Renee Johnson.

February 17, 2020

Berkeley News

Even well into the 21st century, black women in the United States must grapple with persistent medical racism and the ongoing health disparities that result from systemic discrimination. This is especially true for black mothers, whose maternal mortality rate remains a staggering three-and-a-half times higher than that of their white counterparts.

Mass Live

Events that still influence our national conscience are intersecting; in 1920, the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. And February is, of course, Black History Month, which has caused widespread analysis of the shared goals of equal rights for women and African-Americans throughout the 19th and early 20th Century.


Two guests stopped by the East Texas Now desk on Monday to talk to host Kayla Lyons about the upcoming Black History Month Knowledge Bowl. According to a press release, the one-day event will feature middle and high school students in a quiz show-style competition. They will answer questions that cover more than 400 years of black history. The event will also feature team T-shirt and attendance competitions.

February 13, 2020

During Black History Month, 19 News is delving into a difficult history with our series "400 Years: The Vestiges of Slavery in Cleveland.” We are looking into the achievement gap and how education for African-American students can be improved.

Berkeley News

The buildings, statues and monuments we sometimes blindly pass by each day represent a collective history and culture that can empower and bring us together.

That’s according to Rodney Leon, a New York-based, award-winning architect who, for nearly 30 years, has created cultural and religious architectural designs inspired by historical events.

The Washington Post

From the moment of capture, through the treacherous middle passage, after the final sale and throughout life in North America, the experience of enslaved Africans who first arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, some 400 years ago, was characterized by loss, terror and abuse.

February 11, 2020

The Florida Times-Union

Four hundred years after a ship with enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of what became America, one of the places having a conversation about this complex anniversary is right here in Jacksonville, at Kingsley Plantation — site of the oldest standing plantation house in the state and the remains of 25 tabby slave cabins.

In August 2019, The New York Times Magazine released a special issue called The 1619 Project. Published on the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of Africans on American soil, The 1619 Project is a historical analysis of how slavery shaped American political, social, and economic institutions.

February 10, 2020

ABC 13

Hidden deep in Virginia's history the laws that are printed in the Acts of Assembly paint a troubling past.

There are dozens of instances of overtly discriminatory language -- including laws banning school integration and prohibiting black and white people living in the same neighborhoods.

February 8, 2020

Global News

Known as Ghana’s “Door of No Return,” it was the last step African slaves took on their homeland before being shipped off on slave boats headed to the “New World.”

On their journey across the Atlantic Ocean, slaves were chained together and forced to lie shoulder to shoulder, with little fresh air or water.   

February 7, 2020

Berkeley News

This year’s Black History Month is much more than 29 days devoted to recognizing Black Americans’ history, culture, and contributions to the United States. It is part of a broader reflection and commemoration of one of the darkest events in our United States history – the 400th anniversary of the inhumane and involuntary arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the British colonies.


The National Park Service is honoring Black History Month with an inspiring new short film. Titled ‘Twenty & Odd, the video developed by a group of NPS staff and interns explores the trauma, resilience, and beauty of the African-American experience in America.

Berkeley News

In this episode of Who Belongs?, a podcast by UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute, Berkeley professors Denise Herd and Waldo Martin discuss 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice, a yearlong initiative that marks the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of enslaved Africans in the English colonies.

The Washington Post

Only 8 percent of high school seniors can identify slavery as a central cause of the Civil War, according to a recent Southern Poverty Law Center survey. The average American has grown up believing a slew of myths about the institution. As scholars of slavery and its aftermath, we’ve identified a few of the many misconceptions we have encountered in the classroom and in public spaces over the years.

February 6, 2020

Cleveland 19 News

“When those folks are on the sidelines when black and brown bodies are being killed in our midst, it leaves a community feeling devalued, like they don’t matter," said licensed social worker, Habeebah Rasheed Grimes.

It’s February, Black history month and 19 News has brought you a series of special reports, on-air and online, examining complementary life and the connection to slavery.

We now focus on unresolved trauma in the black community and the relation to the vestiges of slavery.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

It was the summer of 1976 when thousands of high school students marched in South Africa’s Soweto Township, near Johannesburg. They were protesting the government requirement that Afrikaans, a language spoken by the white minority, was to be used during instruction in Soweto’s high schools, which were primarily black.

February 4, 2020

Berkeley News

As the faculty research coordinator at the Othering and Belonging Institute, I have played an instrumental role in working with the associate director, Denise Herd, to implement cross-campus programming for the institute’s 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice yearlong initiative. On campus, there has been an amazing response from people who are using this opportunity to program around the initiative.

February 3, 2020


As an African American woman who is unsure where she stems from, I have always been curious about my roots. But I’m not one of those people who will be giving the government my DNA to figure it out, so I guess I’ll never get an report. My Uncle Lee, who is one of my favorite uncles, did a family tree years before he died.

The Daily Californian

UC Berkeley’s Student Learning Center, or SLC, hosted its interGeneration400 initiative Saturday, which celebrated Black history and was open to students and the public. The César E. Chávez Student Center was packed with more than 60 people. The all-day event featured speakers and panels including discussions on the global legacy of slavery, such as the panel, “Unapologetically Black: Thriving in the Face of Anti-Blackness,” and honoring Black legacy.