On Thiz Day In History (our story)

23 August: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition 23 August: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a […]

Profiting Off Misery

by Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones Private prisons today are nothing more than a return to the monstrous rackets of the past. In an era of budget shortfalls and market-based solutions, the American penal system is quickly becoming a for-profit enterprise. Private prisons, once an isolated and temporary solution meant to house low-level inmates, incarcerate eighteen times more people than they […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

African slaves arrive at Point Comfort (Hampton), VA Fort Monroe Marker Date: Tue, 1619-08-20 It was on this date in 1619 that 20 Africans arrive at Hampton, Virginia, aboard a Dutch ship. They were the first Africans on record to be forcibly settled as involuntary laborers in the North American British Colonies. Africans came ashore […]

Black August: Blackz arrive az slavez august 1.1619

1600 – 1699 Slavery was the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Its origins in the Americas predates the settlement of colonial Virginia in the 1600s. Although the system existed throughout the American colonies, it developed primarily in the South and as an institution was never totally integrated into the American society. Yet, the psychological […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Slave Fort in Florida attacked, Seminole Wars begin Col. Edmund Gaines Date: Thu, 1815-07-27 On this date in 1815, the Seminole Wars began when a U.S. government, under pressure from Georgia slaveholders, ordered Colonel Edmund Gaines to attack and destroy a Negro Fort on the banks of the Apalachicola River in Florida. The government planned […]

Inside a CCA private prison: Two slavez for the price of one, Part Two

by Anthony Robinson Jr. “The slave went free, stood a brief moment in the sun, then moved back again towards slavery.” – W.E.B. Du Bois, “Black Reconstruction” In 1973, the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals issued a report which stated in part: “The prison, the reformatory and the jail have achieved […]

Untitled by Nate Butler

By Nate Butler Time in prison brings about honesty or insanity, and to repeat what the psychiatrist said to me, “If you been in jail for 24 years and you are not trying to take back your freedom, here go some medication because you must be crazy.” A conscious man, and if you’re not conscious […]

Today In Black History (our story)

  Ida B. Wells, journalist and anti-lynching fighter Ida B. Wells Barrett Date: Wed, 1862-07-16 On this date in 1862, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was born. She was an African American journalist, advocate of civil rights, women’s rights, economic rights, and an anti-lynching crusader. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the first of eight children, was born six months […]

On Thiz Day In Black History (our story)

  “Jumping The Broom,” a short history not a ‘Leap of Faith’ Date: Thu, 1700-07-15 “Jumping the Broom,” is celebrated on this date. This is an African American phrase and custom for marriage. The significance of the broom to African-Americans heritage and history originates in the West African country of Ghana. During the Trans-Atlantic Slave […]