Read the damning letter written by the king of Kongo to the king of Portugal over slavery in 1526

Photo: Civilisation When Portugal arrived in Kongo, one of Africa’s largest kingdoms in the 1500s, the agreement was an exchange of ideas and cultures. King Afonso, who ruled between 1502-1543, was a proponent of this arrangement, hoping that it would make his kingdom prosperous and powerful. However, the Portuguese officials came in and freely disobeyed […]

The tragic yet resilient story of Igbo slaves who committed mass suicide off U.S. coast in 1803

Art work by Donovan Nelson The stories of slave resistance, many of us know, have to do with bloodshed, violence, and destruction. But there are other acts of resistance whose stories are worth being told. Take that of ‘The Igbo Landing’ also called the Ibo Landing, Ebo Landing, or Ebos Landing. The Igbo Landing is […]

The history of Black Mexikans and their struggle to find a voice today

BY NDUTA WAWERU A 1719 Juan Rodríguez Juárez painting, depicting race in Mexico. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Did you know that black Mexicans were only recognised for the first time in 2015 when the Mexican government conducted its national survey? Before that, Mexico and Chile were the only Latin American countries that did not officially count the […]

Black Power & White Welfare, Yesterday & Today

Reflections on Richard White’s The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 by  Howard Machtinger , Most of us–99% at least–must pay the other 1% by week or month or quarter for the privilege of staying here and working like slaves Henry George in his 1886 campaign […]

First, dry your tears and give a loving salute to our newest ancestor, KIILU NYASHA

  For all of us, a teacher who breathed vibrant life into Black history and inspired us to keep making it, for me, a little sister, just two months younger, the guide I leaned on to light the way through dark times, Kiilu Nyasha was a Black Panther from the moment she joined the party […]

How the Black Panthers Inspired California’s Strict Gun Laws

BY THAD MORGAN Two members of the Black Panther Party are met on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento, May 2, 1967, by Police Lt. Ernest Holloway, who informs them they will be allowed to keep their weapons as long as they cause no trouble and do not disturb the peace. (Credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty […]

This 1948 event in Ghana triggered Afrika’s independence

BY MILDRED EUROPA TAYLOR  This 1948 event in Ghana triggered Africa’s independence Seventy years ago today, February 28, 1948, a group of ex-servicemen were on a peaceful parade at the crossroads near the Governor’s office in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) to present a petition to him about unpaid wages and broken promises after their fight […]

BLACK HISTORY (Our-story) MONTH

  In celebration of Black History Month, Making Contact features an archive of prominent episodes on Black people and race in America. Episodes to be listened to year round. 1 Making Contact — Long Distance Revolutionary 2 Gil Scott-Heron — The Revolution Will Not Be Televised   3 Making Contact — Spies of Mississippi 4 Donny Hathaway — Tryin’ Times   5 Making […]