Elaine, Arkansas Riot (1919)

African Americans Indicted For Participating in the Elaine, Arkansas Riot “Image Ownership: Public Domain”   On the night of September 30, 1919, approximately 100 African Americans, mostly sharecroppers on the plantations of white landowners, attended a meeting of the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America at a church. They hoped to organize to obtain […]

‘Locking Up Our Own,’ What Led to Mass Incarceration of Black Men

By JENNIFER SENIOR  A police captain in Washington hangs a recruiting poster announcing police examinations to be given in predominantly black neighborhoods in 1968. CreditD.C. Public Library LOCKING UP OUR OWN Crime and Punishment in Black America By James Forman Jr. Illustrated. 306 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $27. James Forman Jr. divides his superb […]

The Black Panther Party, Revealed

April 11, VCU’s Department of African-American Studies will host a forum on the Black Panther Party’s 50-year legacy; three former Black Panthers will share their experiences, framing the infamous organization’s reputation for a new generation, with context by Samantha Willis Members of the Black Panther Party in an undated photo (courtesy the Library of Congress) […]

Art imitates life: The Black Panther Party and the birth of a comic book seriez

A Special Collections exhibit organized by graduate students examines the famed Marvel Comics Black Panther series and its connections to black history, including the Black Panther Party By Peggy Townsend An exhibit organized by grad students crystal am nelson, Kiran Garcha, and Cathy Thomas (left to right) includes 45 Black Panther comics as well as […]

These Chefz and Farmerz are Preserving Gullah Food Culture

Food is central to the Gullah way of life. The keepers of Black Southern coastal communities share their insights about retaining their culture in the face of significant change. Nicole Taylor Civil Eats Chefs and Farmers Preserving Gullah Food Culture Benjamin “B.J.” Dennis Civil Eats Food is central to the Gullah way of life. For […]

He’z My Death, Too

  For Blacks in the United States, it was arguably the most influential murder of the first decade of the modern civil rights movement. “The lynching of Emmett Till was caused by the nature and history of America itself and by a social system that has changed over the decades, but not as much as […]

Dockum Drug Store Sit-In: “Serve Them-I’m Losing Too Much Money”

The Dockum Drug Store sit-in happened in July 1958. Very few people heard about it but it was an important event to the students who set out to end segregation in Wichita, Kansas. Like many other popular eateries in downtown Wichita, African-Americans were not allowed to eat at the counter. If they wanted something to […]

Albert Woodfox & Robert King (Angola 3): CAUSERIE PUBLIQUE/PUBLIC TALK @ MONTREAL

Friday March 17, 6pm / Vendredi 17 mars, 18h00 1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest, #H-110 auditorium facebook: http://ift.tt/2lCbInw ***français suivra***   As part of the Week Against Police Brutality (https://cobp.resist.ca/), a discussion on incarceration and political repression with Albert Woodfox et Robert H. King will take place Friday March 17th at 6:00 pm at the Alumni Auditorium, […]

Committed to celebrating a rich and powerful heritage, culture, and community 365 days a year. SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 1, 2017

Committed to celebrating a rich and powerful heritage, culture, and community 365 days a year. SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For nearly thirty years, African American Expressions has vowed to honor black excellence by creating products for a retail market that is constantly overlooked –The black community. Despite being one of the most influential […]

Why are some black Afrikanz considered white Amerikanz?

Sudanese Americans do not fit neatly into the existing racial classifications of the American society. I always knew I was black. My childhood was the scent of coconut oil hair cream and the taste of bean pie after Friday prayers in a Bilalian mosque on Chicago’s south side. I knew the words to Nkosi Sikelel’ […]