The history of British slave ownership has been buried

A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and Orwell David Olusoga – the Guardian The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a […]

Black Anarchists and Pan-Afrikanists: An Interview with Philip A. Howard

  Dr. Philip A. Howard is a historian who researches the Afro-Cuban and African influence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chair of the Department of History at the University of Houston, Howard is the author two books: Changing History: The Afro-Cuban Cabildos and Societies of Color in the Nineteenth Century (LSU Press, 1998) and the recently […]

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. […]

The Puerto Rican Colony, Oscar Lopez Rivera and the Politics of Parades

Iris Morales, attorney, activist, educator, filmmaker and author recently of Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords 1969 – 1976 joined us once again to discuss Puerto Rican colonization, the freedom of Oscar Lopez Rivera and the politics of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. See our previous interview with Iris Morales here!

Anacaona: the Woman Chief Who Stood Up to Christopher Columbus

It’s more or less universally acknowledged these days that Christopher Columbus was terrible. Like, the cut peoples’ hands off if they didn’t give him enough gold, pretty much start the transatlantic slave trade kind of terrible. But despite the despicable behavior of Columbus and his cronies, many of the indigenous people they oppressed tried to […]

Heroines of the Haitian Revolution

BY LAURENT DUBOIS What is the role of an artist in the face of political repression? What is the place of culture in the midst of injustice and terror? Haitian writer Marie Vieux-Chauvet (1916–1973), author of powerful novels representing the experience of living under the Duvalier dictatorship, confronted such questions throughout her life. One of […]

On Barbadoz, the First Black Slave Society

By Sir Hilary Beckles Barbados was the birthplace of British slave society and the most ruthlessly colonized by Britain’s ruling elites. They made their fortunes from sugar produced by an enslaved, “disposable” workforce, and this great wealth secured Britain’s place as an imperial superpower and cause untold suffering. In The First Black Slave Society: Britain’s […]

Hubert Harrison: Growing appreciation for thiz giant of Black history (Our-story)

by Jeffrey B. Perry Hubert Harrison (1883-1927), the “father of Harlem radicalism” and founder of the militant “New Negro Movement,” is a giant of our history. He was extremely important in his day and his significant contributions and influence are attracting increased study and discussion today. In this 90th year since his death in 1927, […]

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 […]

What Should Reparationz for Slavery Entail?

In the light of the former British Prime Minister’s dismissal of reparations, activists must push the debate further by detailing what reparations should entail. Fundamental to a reparations program must be the fact that we transform the system of capitalism which slavery gave birth to. We must initiate a “trans-Atlantic dialogue on reparations, as well […]