Slavery and the American University

by Alex Carp  NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS From their very beginnings, the American university and American slavery have been intertwined, but only recently are we beginning to understand how deeply. According to the surviving records, the first enslaved African in Massachusetts was the property of the schoolmaster of Harvard. Yale funded its first graduate-level courses and […]

Today In History (Our-story)

On this day in 1818, American writer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass chose to mark his birthday. Born into slavery around this date under the name Frederick Bailey in Tuckahoe, Maryland, Douglass fled to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1836 and went on to establish himself as one of his generation’s leading minds.

REPORTBACK from Feb 8th Rally, Press Conference, and Court Solidarity To End Sleep Deprivation (w/ Photos & Video)

Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:
Court Update: Judge Challenges CDCR’s Use of Solitary Confinement and Sleep Deprivation Two lawsuits against CDCR for depriving prisoners of sleep are transferred to Coleman v Brown judge On Feb 8, 2018, Northern District Judge Vince Chhabria held a hearing on a motion by the California Department of…


Quotation Food For Thought: 1A. “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” Frederick Douglass 1 B. “Freedom is something you take with your own hands. You control it with your own hands. You do not leave it to other people or alliances. You  first make alliance with yourself. […]

Butter Braids and Dreadlocks: A look at Afrika’s traditional hairstyles

Himba women styling their hair — Ask any black woman about the kind of relationship she has with her hair, and she may tell you that it’s almost like a romantic affair. From spending long hours at the salon to having it washed and braided or pressed, to the amount of money spent on […]