Sydney Stevenson

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A walk in Seattle with my father, who was born a slave

<i>Horace Cayton was an African-American sociologist born in Seattle in 1903. His father was born a slave; his mother was the daughter of the first</i> …

W.E.B. DuBois Predicted the Demise of HBCUs Nearly 60 Years Ago

Nearly 60 years ago, iconic scholar and social critic W.E.B. DuBois addressed attendees at the 25th annual conference of social science teachers, …

John W. Jones: The Runaway Slave Who Buried Nearly 3000 Confederate Soldiers

John W. Jones was as close to a sinless man as you could find—with the exception of the time he lied to his mother.<p>It was a late June evening in 1844 …

Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the Atlantic World

<i>This is an excerpt from the preface of Andrew T. Fede’s</i> Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the United States and the Atlantic …

The deep roots of American racism

If there's one thing that unites liberal Americans at this fraught moment, it's disgust at the racism rooted in the South. A new breed of white …

Recommended Summer Reads On Black Women’s History

<i>Summer is quickly approaching and if you’re anything like me, you’re already preparing your ultimate summer reading list. Consider adding one—or all—of these fascinating new books on black women’s history. Published within the last few months, these notable new books offer valuable insights into</i> …

The Civil Rights Stories We Need to Remember

<b>HE CALLS ME BY LIGHTNING</b> <b><br>The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty</b><br>By S. Jonathan Bass<br>Illustrated. 413 pp. Liveright Publishing. $26.95.<p>A few years back, I thought to write a history of the civil rights movement in a small Southern city …

Do Indians need to read a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about slavery in 19th century USA? Yes

Because Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ asks difficult questions about freedom in any country, in any period.<p>The Okefenokee Swamp, in …

The long history and legacy of passing in America

By Alex Laughlin<p>, Social media producer<p>Anita Hemmings was Vassar College’s first African American graduate. But no one was supposed to know that she was black.<p>A light-skinned mixed-race woman, Hemmings passed as white for most of her time at Vassar — until her roommate hired a private investigator …

African-American News

Trump Coalition Threatens a Return to the Jim Crow Era

President Donald Trump’s campaign and election has inspired a flurry of unofficial violence and targeted state laws reminiscent of the early Jim Crow …

The Most Popular Netflix Show in Every Country

The story of slavery in the United States is one of brutality, splintered families, and erasure. For many descendants of enslaved people, genealogies …

This racial justice map sheds light on an often overlooked part of U.S. history

Dark parts of American history are often swept under the rug for being too shameful and painful. But engaging with that history is crucial to …

Black History

White fear of demographic change is a powerful psychological force

Increasing diversity could make America a more hostile place.<p>In August 2008, the Census Bureau released a report that predicted a seismic shift in American demographics: By 2050, minorities would make up more than 50 percent of the population and become the majority.<p>When Yale psychologist Jennifer …

North of Dixie: civil rights photography beyond the south

The history of the civil rights movement is seen mostly through images of the south. In North of Dixie, published by Getty, the historian Mark Speltz focuses on grassroots activists throughout the rest of the US to present a more detailed and complex view of the movement

Civil Rights

The Other High Line Effect: How N.Y.C.’s Glitziest Park Spread Extreme Inequality

Urban revitalization has a dark side, as a new film about the much vaunted–and widely copied–High Line shows.<p>The High Line is a beautiful, bustling elevated park built on a former railway. Planted with native grasses, flowers, and trees, it slices through the most valuable real estate in Chelsea, a …

Could descendants of northern slavers help the South make peace with history? | NOLA.com

Slavery as a legal institution lasted in the South for 61 more years than it lasted in the North. Because all the states in the North had outlawed …

Suburbs House More Poor Americans Than 'Inner-Cities'

Carol Malone, 62, lived a lifetime in the Ida B. Wells Housing Projects in Chicago before finding herself scrambling for housing after the apartment complex was demolished in 2011.<p>Malone, who at the time was a security guard, found a modest apartment on the city's South Side. But soon, the rent and …

17 Books, Poems, and Songs for Black Healing

It was 1:22 AM on July 8, and I had been dragged out to a Lower East Side dive bar by my colleagues on our last night in New York. Going out felt wrong. Two black men had been needlessly killed by police. Again. Now cops were being slaughtered in our name. It was hard to find something worth …

Picturing Children: historical photos show diversity of America's black youth

Picturing Children, the latest book in the Double Exposure series published by Giles, documents the varied experiences of African American children at work, play and with family and friends in more than 50 photographs from the collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

African-American News

How One Woman Helped End Lunch Counter Segregation in the Nation’s Capital

Thompson’s restaurant once served up fast, cheap meals—everything from smoked boiled tongue to cold salmon sandwiches. Today, there’s nothing in …

Racism is their best weapon: How the 1 percent divided the American people and conquered the country

<b>(Associated Press)</b><p>The greatest trick the right ever pulled was convincing the working class to fear people of color above all else<p>Heather McGhee<p>March 18, 2016 8:45am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Demos.<p>What if I told you the single most important solution to economic inequality isn’t an …

Middle-class

How a New TV Show Recreates the Underground Railroad and Slave Experience

How 'Underground' used a Louisiana plantation and museum to tell the personal stories of slavery<p>Set to an energetic soundtrack featuring the music of Kanye West and John Legend, the new WGN show <i>Underground</i>, which follows a group of slaves on the Macon Plantation escaping their plight through the …

Letters to the Editor, From the Daughter of a Slave

For TueNight.com by Dionne Ford<p>(Photo courtesy of New England Historic Genealogical Society's online resource, AmericanAncestors.org)<p>In the late 1800s, my great-grandmother Josephine started writing to the <i>Southwestern Christian Advocate</i>, a newspaper based in New Orleans that primarily served black …

Genealogy

17 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes You Never Hear

While best known for his "I Have a Dream" speech, King's legacy included much more than that.<p>If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don't want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them …

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This White Mom and Black Son Never Talked About Race – Until This Horrific Traffic Stop

<b>Text:</b> StoryCorps: Recording and preserving America’s stories<p><b>Text:</b> Alex Landau grew up in a middle-class suburb of Denver, Colorado. He is African …

How Emmett Till Changed the World

The brutal lynching of a black teen in Mississippi helped shape the civil-rights movement and became the first Black Lives Matter case.<p>Before Trayvon …

“People know next to nothing about Reconstruction”: The pernicious Civil War revisionism poisoning American history students

<b>(AP/David Goldman)</b><p>“Reconstruction” author Eric Foner talks Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and what’s become of the GOP<p>Eric Foner<p>August 20, 2015 9:48pm (UTC)<p>The new issue of <i>Jacobin</i>, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Union victory and emancipation, is out now. Subscribe today to get a copy …

Political Science