Koritha Mitchell, an English professor at the Ohio State University, takes an unusual approach to tackling this history in her new book, “Living With Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930.” Her goal was to recount the ways in which black folks told their own stories of heartbreak and survival after the brutal lynchings.
Researching the rare history of Black pin up models has definitely led me to uncover some compelling other information regarding publishing and the history of vintage adult periodicals featuring the Black female aesthetic, I’d never heard of…
A 1860s fundraising campaign featuring white slave children from New Orleans helped generated money to educate freed blacks. It was perhaps the first great marketing campaign to benefit newly freed slaves.
As we celebrate Black History Month, we must remember that the history of African Americans is not one that defines a single heritage; it is a story of a people who fought for social justice and opportunity, a history for anyone of any heritage to identify with.
"James Holdt's website features a gallery which is a case study in racial oppression across the U.S. According to Holdt, he arrived in America in the early 1970s with $40, hitchhiked 118,000 miles and stayed in over 400 homes in 48 states. Throughout his travels, he compiled over 15,000 provocative photographs depicting America's racist underbelly." via @Blackinformant
"So often you hear about religious people involved in the civil rights movement, and as well you should, but there were also humanists," said Norm R. Allen Jr. of the Institute for Science and Human Values, a humanist organization based in Tampa, Fla.
Citing a lawsuit filed in Alabama against a prison that prevented a prisoner from receiving a book about slavery, Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. evaluates America's complicated relationship with black history.
Dawoud Bey began photographing Harlem, New York, in 1975. His interest was sparked by his family's history and connection to the neighborhood, as well as Harlem’s role as a center of black culture in America.
I never had the honor of meeting my grandmother, my daddy’s mama. She died sometime in 1945, in bed in her house in Virginia, just a few days, I’m told, after she gave birth to the last of her seven babies—in the same bed where she birthed them all.
Toward the end of February you may have noticed a stir on twitter created by photographer Dwayne Rodgers, @diggswayne. In honor of Black History Month, Rodgers asked people to submit photos of their African-American ancestors for a project he was working on.
In the story of the Civil Rights Movement, pride of place is often given to religious African Americans like Martin Luther King, Jr., who used the power of religious ideas to-motivate and inspire millions of Americans. [via @progress2050]
Mrs. Height talked about her book, Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir, published by PublicAffairs. Then 91, she had witnessed most of the major events in the African-American struggle for civil rights.
"This is not to advocate “violence” — non-violent direct action seems to be the best tactical choice under most current circumstances except when there is a need to defend ourselves against Oakland-style police brutality — but it is to affirm the angry, impassioned side or path which we also need to win short-term gains against inequality and corruption as well as to build for the revolutionary future."
I loved Black History Month growing up. It wasn't until I became an adult that I started to look around and [see] Heineken's "Celebrate Black History Month" ad on the bus. Like, all right, maybe that's cool, but in a certain way I felt that the continued existence of Black History Month was being condescended to in a certain way.