7 Factz About Afrikan Women and the Upkeep of Their Hair During Slavery

African women took great pride in their hair, even before being captured and brought to America. Whether long or short the African women found great styles to accentuate their appearance. Here are 7 facts you might not know about enslaved women and the upkeep of their hair during slavery. 1. Hairstyles have always been important to African women. […]

Even before sanctuary citiez, here’z how Black Amerikanz protected fugitive slavez

Over the past few days, the national climate has grown increasingly tense over the issue of “sanctuary” cities and states. Local communities, including some college and university campuses, have pledged to shield undocumented children and adults from President Donald Trump’s proposals for deportation. Municipalities and campuses remain steadfast even in the face of the president’s […]

Exploiting Black Labor After the Abolition of Slavery

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 […]

A long legacy of struggle

by Stephen Millies  African Americans have been mining coal and fighting bosses for over 200 years. Slaves were working in coal mines around Richmond, Va. as early as 1760. During the Civil War, a thousand slaves dug coal for 22 companies in the “Richmond Basin.” A 90 year-old ex-slave miner, West Virginia, 1921. Black miners were […]

TIGHT PACKERZ OR LOOSE PACKERZ? A QUESTION OF PROFIT ON THE SLAVE SHIPZ

Tight packers and loose packers Aboard the slave ships the slaves were stowed below deck like pieces of goods. There were two different ways the captain aboard a slave ship could pack the slaves.  The slave ships could either be “tight packers” or “loose packers”, depending upon how many slaves were crammed below deck. Whether […]

Mississippi Black Codez

(1865)  The status of Blacks was the focal problem of Reconstruction. Slavery had been abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment, but the white people of the South were determined to keep the Black population in “their place,” socially, politically, and economically. This was done by means of the notorious “Black Codes,” passed by several of the […]

Reolutionary Daily Thought

This iz where those conservative typez are going to groan, “Slavery waz 150 yearz ago, Jim Crow 50 yearz ago and we have a black President!” but it’z nonsense, absolute nonsense, to think that the legacy of those eventz — the legacy of white supremacy — iz dead. …

They Want that New New World

CARINA DEL VALLE SCHORSKE “Africans Thrown Overboard from a Slave Ship, Brazil, ca. 1830s,” The Liberator, January 7, 1832. Courtesy of  slaveryimages.org. She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks M. NourbeSe Philip Wesleyan University Press, $15.95 (paper) Documenting your own past becomes a political and spiritual imperative when established institutions are not doing it […]

Christmaz and Resistance to Slavery in the Amerikaz

By Yesenia Barragan December 23, 2016 2 Burning of the Roehampton Estate during the Baptist War, a slave revolt initiated in Jamaica on Christmas Day, 1831 It was a humid Christmas day in 1820 when twenty-five-year-old Santiago Martínez presented himself before the army commander stationed in the frontier Colombian town of Quibdó for service in […]