Category History

Timeline Photos – Zinn Education Project | Facebook

Zinn Education ProjectOn July 29, 1910, citizens in the small, predominately African American town of Slocum, Texas were massacred. This was one of many towns, such as Rosewood and Tulsa, where a successful, self-sufficient African American community was the subject of a terrorist attack designed to maintain economic white supremacy. In each town, the incident […]

History of Lynching in the United States, Jana Evans Braziel

“Mob violence against African-Americans served four functions within southern society during the lynching era: to eradicate specific persons accused of crimes against the white community; as a mechanism of state-sanctioned terrorism designed to maintain a degree of leverage over the African-American population; to eliminate or neutralize competitors for social, economic, or political rewards; and as […]

The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Frederick Douglass

This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the Fourth of July. It is the birth day of your National Independence, and of your political freedom. This, to you, as what the Passover was to the emancipated people of God. It carries your minds back to the day, and to the act of your great […]

Beyond blackface: emancipation through the struggle against Black pete, Dutch racism and Afrophobia | New Urban CollectiveNew Urban Collective

Every December 5th the Dutch celebrate ‘Sinterklaas’, a feast rooted in Middle Age folklore. The legend goes that Saint Nicholas travels from Spain in the Netherlands every year with his steamboat to reward the children who have behaved well with presents and punish those who have behaved naughty. The old, wise and kind white saint […]

Thomas Fuller African ”slave” And Mathematician.

[] Thomas Fuller, known as the Virginia Calculator, was stolen from his native Africa at the age of fourteen and sold to a planter. When he was about seventy years old, two gentlemen, natives of Pennsylvania, viz., William Hartshorne and Samuel Coates, men of probity and respectable characters, having heard, in travelling through the neighbourhood […]

Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Islam in America is rapidly expanding. It is the fastest-growing religion in the nation, and the second most practiced faith in twenty states. These demographic shifts prompted a prominent Los Angeles-based imam to comment, “Ramadan is a new American tradition.” The cleric’s forward-looking pronouncement marks Islam’s recent arrival in the US. However, this statement reveals […]

Peter MacKay tries to explain lack of diversity on federal courts | Toronto Star

Several of the men and women at the meeting of the Ontario Bar Association’s council described the remarks to the Star variously as “disappointing,” “bizarre,” “frustrating” or “offensive.”In the first instance, they said the answer failed to address the issue of diversity. Secondly, they suggested it was presumptuous if not insensitive, and thirdly it betrayed […]

Africa’s kingdoms find place on A-level course | The Voice Online

Dr Toby Green, from Kings College London, said: “It will give students from all backgrounds an important basis of understanding of African histories, and the ways they have interacted with other histories for a long period of time.“This will deepen our understanding of both Africans and people of African descent among all communities.”Secondary school history […]

Cheikh Anta Diop Author of The African Origin of Civilization

Cheikh Anta Diop was an Afrocentric historian, anthropologist, physicist and politician who studied the human race’s origins and pre-colonial African culture.Diop’s first work translated into English, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality, was published in 1974. It gained a much wider audience for his work. He proved that archaeological and anthropological evidence supported […]

The stabbing of Dr. King: New documentary delves into Izola Curry mystery | theGrio

In September 1958, Dr. King was an emerging activist who was hosting a book signing for his book, “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story” at Blumstein Department Store in Harlem, New York. While signing books, Dr. King was approached by a 42-year-old black woman, Izola Ware Curry, who asked if he was really Martin Luther […]

Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama Remembers the Day of Malcolm X’s Assassination to Her Internment in a WWII Japanese-American Detention Camp | Democracy Now!

For over sixty years, Yuri Kochiyama has championed civil rights, protested racial inequality and fought for causes of social justice. Her story begins during World War II. On the day of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Yuri’s father was arrested. Her parents were then forcibly removed from their home by the U.S. government and held […]

POV: Singer Robeson’s granddaughter recalls fight against racism | Neo-Griot

Neo-GriotNeo-GriotKalamu ya Salaam’s information blog About Support Subscribe Breath of Life E-DrumPOV: Singer Robeson’s granddaughter recalls fight against racism BBC6 May 2014 Singer Robeson’s granddaughterrecalls fight against racism By Vincent DowdWitness programme, BBC World ServicePaul Robeson, pictured in 1958, had his passport revoked by the US Government from 1950 – 1958Paul Robeson, pictured in 1958, […]

Africans in America/Part 4/”Diseases and Peculiarities”

If the white man attempts to oppose the Deity’s will, by trying to make the negro anything else than “the submissive knee-bender,” which the Almighty declared he should be, by trying to raise him to a level with himself, or by putting himself on an equality with the negro; or if he abuses the power […]

Ianthe’s Inferno — The Racist Origins of Modern Clown Makeup or, just one more reason to hate clowns

In line with the tenets of nineteenth-century romantic racialism, show-men’s portrayals of black men and clowns reflected contemporary representations of white women: late-nineteenth-century scientists argued that ‘‘excessive’’ emotionalism defined women, racial ‘‘savages,’’ and children of all races. The German Darwinist Ernst Haeckel and the Americans Edward Drinker Cope and G. Stanley Hall were all proponents […]

How did Sam Cooke really die and why did he die so young? | Black Like Moi

Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, and a further three after his death. Major hits like “You Send Me”, “A Change Is Gonna Come”, “Cupid”, “Chain Gang”, “Wonderful World”, and “Twistin’ the Night Away” are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers […]

Conspiracy Theory In America, a book review by Larry Hancock and Jim DiEugenio for CTKA

Like many of us, deHaven-Smith was shocked that there was no criminal inquiry into this naked power play by the Bush family and their accessory Katherine Harris. Neither the Justice Department nor the MSM ever launched serious investigations into whether or not there was any kind of planned and concerted effort to preempt the democratic […]

Lisa Pease: The Mysterious Death of a UN Hero | Consortiumnews

While a few authors have looked into and written about the strange facts of the crash in the years since the last official inquiry in 1962, none did a more thorough reinvestigation than Dr. Susan Williams, a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, whose book Who Killed Hammarskjöld? […]

The Function of Black Rage | The Nation

You don’t get to define progress in a struggle that is not your own. It’s really that simple. You inevitably bring to that analysis an outsider’s perspective, and from that vantage point, progress of any measure looks astounding. It’s particularly awe-inspiring if it allows you to feel less implicated in the reason for that struggle. […]

Beachy Head Lady was young sub-Saharan Roman with good teeth, say archaeologists | Culture24

She was intriguing because there were a number of elements about her which didn’t sort of fit. We X-rayed her jaw and we found that she was missing her wisdom teeth, for example.That immediately made us a little bit worried because I suddenly thought, ‘uh-oh, if she’s had her wisdom teeth out she’s going to […]

Transgenerational memories passed down through DNA — Science of the Spirit —

According to the Telegraph, Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: “From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations. “Such a phenomenon may contribute to […]

International Women’s Day: Lucy Parsons’ Fight Against America’s Robber Barons and the Ku Klux Klan | Global Research

International Women’s Day: Lucy Parsons’ Fight Against America’s Robber Barons and the Ku Klux Klan | Global Research. via International Women’s Day: Lucy Parsons’ Fight Against America’s Robber Barons and the Ku Klux Klan | Global Research.

Hogan’s Alley: The making of a black community in Vancouver |

Hogan’s Alley was an impromptu entertainment district located in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood. Although it was an ethnically diverse community, it was acknowledged as having the largest concentration of black citizens in Vancouver — an interesting coincidence given that black communities have so frequently been targeted for urban renewal that it’s sometimes referred to as ‘Negro […]

#RIP: Stuart McPhail Hall (3 February 1932 – 10 February 2014)

Stuart Hall was born in Kingston, Jamaica, into a middle-class Jamaican family of Indian, African and British descent.[5] In Jamaica he attended Jamaica College, receiving an education modelled after the British school system.[6] In an interview Hall describes himself as a “bright, promising scholar” in these years and his formal education as “a very ‘classical’ […] The Ottoman Scramble for Africa

Yet, during this same period, we also observe the growth of Ottoman administrative apparatuses, increased government involvement in peripheral areas such as Eastern Anatolia and the Arab provinces, and the development of new ministries to address issues of public works, education, health, forestry, and settlement. This even included military campaigns to expand Ottoman territory into […]

29 Astounding Soviet Propaganda Images Promoting Racial Equality

In his conceptual project, Fiks collected hundreds of images of Africans and African-Americans in Soviet visual culture. He then asked contemporary artists and writers from Russia, the United States, and countries in Africa to respond to them in any form including artwork and to question today’s state of racial equality globally. via 29 Astounding Soviet […]

Fabrice Monteiro | Marron, A Beautiful Nightmare on Shackles & Slavery | Another Africa

Fabrice Monteiro | The first time I encountered images of slavery, I was about 9 years old. It was in a comic strip. I was shocked by the physical resemblance in those images to the people that surrounding me. It was only later, when I was older that my father told me about our family’s […]

Dark skin, blue eyes: Genes paint a picture of 7,000-year-old European – NBC

The remains of the Mesolithic male, dubbed La Braña 1, were found in 2006 in the La Braña-Arintero cave complex in northwest Spain. In the Nature paper, the researchers describe how they isolated the ancient DNA, sequenced the genome and looked at key regions linked to physical traits — including lactose intolerance, starch digestion and […]

Rios: African Americans Are The Only Racists, Thanks To Obama | Right Wing Watch

Rios responded on her program by denying that white people in America are racist, and insisting that if they are, it’s the fault of black people. “I think the racist garbage coming from a lot of blacks right now who are just filled with bitterness and rage is just amazing to me,” Rios said. “It […]

Martin Luther King assassinated by US government: MLK civil trial decision – National Nonpartisan |

“For a quarter of a century, Bill Pepper conducted an independent investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He opened his files to our family, encouraged us to speak with the witnesses, and represented our family in the civil trial against the conspirators. The jury affirmed his findings, providing our family with a […]

The Martin Luther King You Don’t See on TV — FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

Almost all of those speeches were filmed or taped. But they\’re not shown today on TV.Why?It\’s because national news media have never come to terms with what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for during his final years.In the early 1960s, when King focused his challenge on legalized racial discrimination in the South, most major media […]