Posts Tagged ‘Black History Month’

A quick history of slave revolts in South Carolina

  The historic roots of Charleston’s Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has been mentioned quite a bit over the last few days given the tragedy that happen there. The deep roots of the church have also been mentioned quite a bit, but not much have been said about Denmark Vesey, one the founding members of…

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Must-Read Literature for Black History Month

Too Heavy a Load celebrates this century’s rich history of black women defending themselves, from Ida B. Wells to Anita Hill. Although most prominently a history of the century-long struggle against racism and male chauvinism, Deborah Gray White also movingly illuminates black women’s painful struggle to hold their racial and gender identities intact while feeling…

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This is my Black history not yours

Black history month is proof of America’s obsession with pacifist behavior. A sweet cyclic muse that we court each February, exploiting the notion that Black history is a subgenre of American history and therefore can be relegated to a month filled with partial truths — one short, concentrated heritage month spent divulging stories that have been diluted due to an overwhelming feeling of White guilt. This guilt urges historians to hide the truth and tell only those heroic tales of Blackness suitable for their grandchildren’s ears. This is not my Black history.

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