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The Funke Wisdom of Chocolate Cities

Mary F. Corey Praxis Center
A Review of Chocolate Cities: the Black Map of American Life by Marcus A. Hunter & Zandria F. Robinson, University of California Press. Chocolate Cities is an ode to agency. A work of truth-telling without polemics, this book almost literally breaks new ground, revising our most basic ideas of US geography while questioning the truth claims of social science itself.

Friday Nite Videos | Feb 16, 2018

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How Some Democrats Aided The NRA-GOP Agenda. How Tech Giants Feed Off Capitalism's Failures. Students at South Broward High School Protest Gun Violence Jimmy Kimmel on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida. Why Black Panther’s Box Office Success Matters.

Ella Jenkins Named 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellow

NEA
Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking efforts, Ella Jenkins, aptly nicknamed the “First Lady of Children’s Music,” laid the groundwork for the field of children’s music and inspired generations of children’s music leaders who have followed in her footsteps.

A Case for Reparations at the University of Chicago

Ashley Finigan, Caine Jordan, Guy Emerson Mount, Kai Parker Black Perspectives
Reparations promise us a monumental re-birthing of America. Like most births, this one will be painful. But the practice of reparations must continue until the world that slavery built is rolled up and a new order spread out in its place.

Exploiting Black Labor After the Abolition of Slavery

Kathy Roberts Forde, Bryan Bowman The Conversation
The exploitation of Black convict labor by the penal system and industrialists was central to southern politics and economics of the era. It was a carefully crafted answer to Black progress during Reconstruction – highly visible and widely known.

Exploiting Black Labor After the Abolition of Slavery

Kathy Roberts Forde and Bryan Bowman The Conversation
As W.E.B. Du Bois wrote, the “slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery.” According to Douglas Blackmon, author of “Slavery by Another Name,” the choices made by Southern white supremacists after abolition, and the rest of the country’s accommodation, “explain more about the current state of American life, black and white, than the antebellum slavery that preceded.”

Living, or Reliving, the African-American Experience

Bill Mosley Wasngton Socialist
This museum tells a story. African Americans overcame centuries of oppression to record achievements in all walks of life, including the election of one of their community as president. But To preserve the gains celebrated in the museum’s galleries, it will be necessary to continue to draw inspiration from the displays on the resistance to institutional racism.

A New Memorial Will Honor Victims of Lynching

Equal Justice Initiative Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative plans to build a national memorial to victims of lynching and open a museum that explores African American history from enslavement to mass incarceration. Both the museum and memorial will open in Montgomery, Alabama, in 2017. (Videos.)
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