California High School and college students stand with Haitian students

by Seth Donnelly South Bay students held a rally in Mountain View on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, to demonstrate their solidarity with Haitian students. – Photo: Haiti Action Committee On Dec. 10, 2018, dozens of people, mostly high school and college students, held a protest at the busy intersection of San Antonio Road and […]

Louis, the black Mauritian who led South Afrika’s first large-scale slave rebellion in 1808

Photo: SA History As many Africans in the Caribbean and the Americas rose against slavery, the news of these courageous acts found its way back to Africa.  In 1808, Cape Town, the then capital of the Cape Colony, experienced its first ever slave rebellion. The region, home to the Khoisan people, was invaded by the […]

Here’s how British missionaries omitted verses in the Bible to curb slave rebellion

      BY FRANCIS AKHALBEY  Parts of the Holy Bible, selected for the use of the Negro Slaves, in the British West-India Islands — Photo via @museumofBible on Twitter   The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., is currently exhibiting a rare Bible that was purposely used by British missionaries to convert enslaved Africans […]

How the Ashanti game of Oware was used by slaves in the Caribbean to plan their escape from plantations

Oware is considered the oldest Mancala board game in the world. Dating back centuries to ancient Africa, specifically the Ashanti tribe in Ghana, Mancala is one of the most commonly known board games in Africa, among others. The worldwide spread is noted to be because of the slave trade Carribean that saw many Africans sold to […]

What White Supremacists Know

The violent theft of land and capital is at the core of the U.S. experiment: the U.S. military got its start in the wars against Native Amerikans. by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz  Soldiers posing with Hotchkiss guns used in Wounded Knee Massacre, Library of Congress   The United States has been at war every day since its founding, […]

How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

‘Freeing a Slave from the Slave Stick Jamaica’ circa 1876. From the International Mission Photography Archive, University of Edinburgh. Courtesy USC Digital Library It is no surprise that the whip is synonymous with New World slavery: its continual crack remained an audible threat to enslaved workers to keep at their work, reminding them that their lives and bodies were […]

Amerikan Crime:The US invasion of Grenada, 1983

Historian Howard Zinn’s account of the American invasion of the small Caribbean island of Grenada, ostensibly to ‘protect’ US citizens, but in fact to re-assert US military and financial dominance over the region. In the autumn of 1982, President Reagan sent American marines into a dangerous situation in Lebanon, where a civil war was raging, […]

Haitians say ‘Where’s the money? Give it back!’

October 17 is a national holiday in Haiti, marking the assassination in 1806 of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. He led the Haitian people to victory in 1804 against French slavemasters. The politicians and lawyers who called a protest for this date were hoping for a peaceful, legal protest, respectfully putting forth people’s concerns, not only in the […]

Akua, the influential slave healer who became queen in Jamaica but was executed by the British

The Queen of Kingston in Jamaica or Cubah Cornwallis, as she is popularly known, is lost in history due to the improper documentation that makes it hard to follow or believe in her existence. In trying to read about the adventurous life of this woman who took the unwilling journey into slavery from Africa and […]

How H. Rap Brown Forecast the Future of Black Power

by  Dr. Matthew Quest From 1967-1971, H Rap Brown (now Imam Jamil Al-Amin ), native of Baton Rouge Louisiana, distinguished himself in how he foretold the future of the Black Power movement and clarified the questions we should be asking about where African American politics and anti-racist politics were headed. His deeper contributions to politics are obscure to most perhaps as […]