Slavery didn’t end in 1865. It evolved’ – new exhibit explores racial state violence

If anyone urges you to adopt a “post-racial” mindset between now and September 3rd, flame them, then bring them to the Brooklyn Museum. The latest exhibit on display, “The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America“, is the antidote to ignorance, and a rude awakening–and reminding–of the raw realities that accompany living-while-black in this […]

Brazil’s hidden slavery

By Julia Carneiro BBC Brasil, Rio de Janeiro – 25 December 2014 Rio de Janeiro is a city looking to the future. Major development work is underway in the city’s historic port area as it prepares to host the Olympics in 2016. But the construction effort to make all that happen has unexpectedly shone a light on […]

Finding Toussaint L’Ouverture in Tennessee

By Brandon Byrd Toussaint L’Ouverture meeting General Thomas Maitland, Saint-Domingue, 1790s. In the summer of 1777, as musket balls flew about New York’s battlefields, José de Gálvez felt confident. The American Revolution had unsettled the entire Atlantic World, raising new questions for the Minister of the Indies. But, amid the uncertainty of international war, he, the man charged with […]

Folsom ASU protesters, dispersed and persecuted, suspend hunger strike, appeal for support inside and out

A swift salute to all of the supporters and those concerned with the ongoing fight to reform CDCR’s ASUs by Anthony Joel Estrada On May 28, 2017, I was “special” transferred under a warden-to-warden agreement to DVI’s ASU (Administrative Segregation Unit). This was done in retaliation for alerting the public to the conditions of confinement […]

Reparations is Dead: How to Resurrect It

by Dr. Jahi Issa and Reggie Mabry The moral case for Black reparations has effectively been made, but the legal argument has met much frustration in the courts. The authors believe that the period after 1808, when U.S. participation in the international slave trade was outlawed, is key to clearing the legal hurdles to reparations. […]

Brazil’s Valongo Slave Port Becomes UNESCO Heritage Site

The Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro where slaves were brought from Afrika during the 1800s. | Photo: AFP “From a historic point of view, this is a testimony to one of the most brutal episodes in the history of humankind,” a statement read. Unesco designated Brazil’s Valongo port a World Heritage Site this weekend. […]

True rehabilitation will put prisons out of the slavery business

by Swift Justice Dear family, Thank you for being patient with my absence and the new method of my way in reaching out to you to discuss what we are attempting to accomplish. First and foremost, I thank God for giving us a platform to be heard to alleviate or mitigate the number of unheard […]

Amerikan slavery: Separating fact from myth

Five generations of a slave family. Shutterstock People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. […]

Lynching in Amerika

This week, we launched Lynching in America, a new interactive website we created in partnership with Google. This site brings together EJI’s extensive research and resulting data with the stories of lynching victims, as told by their descendants. Through six audio stories and a short documentary, Uprooted, visitors both hear and feel the impact of this dark time […]

The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedom

He risked his life to liberate his family and became a legend in the process The only way Robert Smalls could ensure that his family would stay together was to escape. (St. Martin’s Press) By Cate Lineberry  Darkness still blanketed the city of Charleston in the early hours of May 13, 1862, as a light […]