"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.


December 12, 2019

Tulsa World

“African American history is quintessential American history,” said Rex Ellis. “This is not a black and white conversation,” said Terry Brown, superintendent of the Fort Monroe National Monument, which is on the site where the first boatload of enslaved people came ashore in Virginia. “It’s a human conversation… The art of the deal is convincing you that what I’m saying is relevant to you regardless of what your skin color is.”

ABC News

The Richmond Public Library is home to many books and stories, but now thanks to a father-son art duo it’s also a place for visitors to appreciate one of RVA’s most unique exhibits.

The messages that Jerome W. Jones Jr. and his son, Jeromyah, paint are more than strokes on a canvas. Their exhibit illustrates the journey hundreds of years in the making and offers an experience of walking through the milestones that transcend geography.

December 11, 2019

Center for American Progress

For 400 years, structural racism embedded in federal, state, and local policies has produced and maintained a stark wealth gap between Black and white Americans. Today, the typical white household holds 10 times more wealth than the typical Black household. This disparity persists even after controlling for protective factors such as education, income, or homeownership. While lawmakers and policy experts increasingly agree that the racial wealth gap poses a serious problem, little consensus exists on the most effective way to eliminate it.

December 9, 2019

The New York Times

In the coastal town of Elmina, Ghana, the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the rocks with such a ferocity, I make our kids move back away from the gray-blue water. Four hundred years have passed since captured Africans were forced across these waves on their way to bondage in the New World and now, standing at the edge of this violent water, startled by my own anxiety, I feel something deep and old and terrifying. Call it hydrophobia. Call it genetic memory.

December 8, 2019

“We are the unveilers of a history hidden far too long. This is our opportunity to create a healing of our land.”

Daily Press

Brian Owens, a Florida-based artist hired to design Fort Monroe’s new African Landing Memorial, has a few questions for the people who will see it. What’s the public’s appetite for imagery? Does the public want something positive or something that depicts the brutality of enslaved persons?  And what type of sculpture?

Taking whatever comes his way, the sculptor expects to visit in February for a listening tour — the next step in creating the public art space the Fort Monroe Authority is planning.

December 5, 2019

Downtown Devil

It was a day of reflection, remembrance and community for attendees of the panel 400 Years: African American Past and Presence, held at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center on December 3. 

2019 marks the 400 year anniversary of enslaved Africans brought to the Virginia colony to farm tobacco, but also a rebirth for the future of the museum. 

New England Public Radio

This year marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to the Colony of Virginia. And while much history written about slavery in the U.S. focuses on the South, slavery was also prominent in the North.

Berkeley News

That Frances Causey’s family owned slaves never quite sat right with her.

Since childhood, Causey disdainfully eyed the profound abuse, exploitation and grinding poverty that marked black life in her native North Carolina and throughout the South. She asked tough questions of herself, of her family and of society.

Causey’s lifelong search for answers yielded The Long Shadow, a highly acclaimed documentary that draws a strong, unmistakable line from the racial injustice of today and the brutally dehumanizing institutions of slavery and Jim Crow of yesteryear.

December 3, 2019

The Observer

Inspired by the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) director Mana Derakhshani, along with Office of Civic & Social Engagement (OCSE) director Rebekah Go and junior Tyler Davis, organized the circulation of dozens of posters around Saint Mary’s that feature provocative quotes from the series. 

KUAF Public Radio

In 1619, the first African slaves were brought to the colonies beginning what is now 400 years of African-American history in the U.S. A Fayetteville church recently commemorated that milestone with a ceremony at dozens of unmarked graves found on its property several years ago.

November 30, 2019

Atlanta Black Star

It was an occasion worth celebrating as over 100 Africans-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans made it official by becoming Ghana’s newest citizens in a special ceremony Wednesday.

November 26, 2019


Angela landed in the Virginia Colony in the sweltering summer of 1619, after being brutally snatched from her native Africa. Along with other Africans, she was held captive in the bowels of a boat bound for a strange new land. That crossing, some 10,000 nautical miles that became known as the Middle Passage, was harrowing. It would establish the race-based system of bondage that led to 246 years of slavery in America.

November 24, 2019

PBS NewsHour

In 1811, more than 200 enslaved people in present-day Louisiana launched the largest insurgency of people in bondage in U.S. history. The revolt lasted only a few days before the poorly armed rebels were crushed by a militia and U.S. troops. But more than two centuries later, their story is living on in a performance called "Slave Rebellion Reenactment." Special Correspondent Brian Palmer reports.

November 17, 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The “1619 National Celebration of Black Women Exhibit” aims to recognize, honor and be inspired by the contributions made by African American women since the first enslaved men, women and children from Africa set foot on American soil 400 years ago.

November 15, 2019

Florida Headline News

For some people, public discussions about a national news story involving race may serve a cathartic function. This is problematic since when interest in the case wanes, the problems remain. Thus, too often we have allowed discussions about high-profile cases to substitute for real race work.

November 12, 2019


In the New York Times’s “1619 project” marking the 400th anniversary of enslavement in the United States, Nikole Hannah-Jones reflects on the making of American democracy by contemplating what citizenship looks like in absence of legal rights and recognition.

November 10, 2019


This year is a significant one in American history, because it recognizes the 400 years that have passed since the arrival of the first Africans in English North America.

It is the remembrance of the tragedy, travails, and trauma that befell these Africans who in 1619 were forcibly landed at Old Point Comfort, which is now Hampton. Understanding the legacy of the African landing is crucial to comprehending our trajectory as a country and the critical role of cultural diversity in American life.

delmarva now

During the last leg of his 5,000 mile journey rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 2014, Don Victor Mooney experienced the Delmarva Peninsula, where Harriet Tubman was raised and later escaped slavery. 

"She used nature to navigate to freedom," Mooney said last week.

November 9, 2019

Milwaukee struggles with the very same issues that Cleveland does: infant mortality, lead poisoning and other challenges that significantly affect black children.