How a Nearly Successful Slave Revolt Was Lost to History

More than 500 slaves fought for their freedom in this oft-overlooked rebellion. by Marissa Fessenden/ SMITHSONIAN.COM Two hundred and five years ago, on the night of January 8, 1811, more than 500 enslaved people took up arms in one of the largest slave rebellions in U.S. history. They carried cane knives (used to harvest sugar cane), hoes, clubs and some guns […]

Land and the roots of Afrikan-Amerikan poverty

By Keri Leigh Merritt Edited by Sam Haselby   Shortly after emancipation in 1865, African Americans began fighting for the rights to the lands they had long worked – cultivated by their hands, fed by their sweat, and stained by their blood. Yet while the government stifled freedmen’s demands for ‘40 acres and a mule’ as […]

That John Danger coup at Fort Augusta

by BY SHALMAN SCOTT TOUSSAINT L’OVERTURE … signed peace treaty Long before the Jamaica Defence Force headquarters at Up Park Camp, during British slavery around the world, including Jamaica, Fort Augusta in St Catherine was the ultimate and final national military defence location in Jamaica. It was at that location in 1808 that the blacks in the […]

Kimpa Vita: The Mother of the Afrikan Revolution (English …

A Ne Kunda Nlaba’s biopic documentary film about Mama Kimpa Vita. The fifteenth century was a time when the legacy of powerful African Kingdoms were wickedly invaded by the West. The African people’s rich and plentiful history-interrupted by slavery, genocide and the deportation of Africans to new lands. In the account, The Great Kingdom on […]

Systemic impunity keeps Jim Crow alive in Florida prisons

An update on plantation conditions for all who dare believe that slavery is over and Jim Crow is dead by Keith Soanes Trust the truth: Neither slavery nor Jim Crow is over. As you can see, the 13th Amendment perpetuates slavery through its exception clause, and Black life still don’t matter, not just personally, but […]

In Libya, our brothers sold at auction

Sub-Saharan Africans sold in Libya, very little reaction from the French political world! Yet France has a heavy responsibility in the chaos permanently installed in this country. It succeeded in passing a resolution through an abusive interpretation of international law, which supported the NATO bombing of the country in good standing in the name of democracy […]

Escape Through Death

When the Underground Railroad was one of the few lifelines available to those fleeing slavery, undertaker Henrietta Duterte smuggled fugitives through Philadelphia in coffins. Kaitlyn Greenidge tells the story.   By Kaitlyn Greenidge   At 14, my deepest desire was to become an undertaker. This career choice was met with puzzled looks from my mother […]

When Enslaved People Commandeered a Ship and Hightailed it to Freedom in the Bahamas

It’s been called the most successful slave rebellion in U.S. history   Ships involved in the American slave trade before the Civil War. (Wikimedia Commons) By Kat Eschner smithsonian.com   ON this day in 1841, a shipboard rebellion led to 128 enslaved people gaining their freedom in the Bahamas. The Creole case made headlines in its own time, but […]

A hard road to travel: black people and racism in the 19th century United States

Issue: 156 Posted on 13th October 2017 Ken Olende The following lyrics were written by an anonymous black soldier in the 54th Massachusetts (Colored) Regiment, one of the first black combat regiments, at the height of the Civil War in the United States (1861-5). They undermine the pernicious myth that black people were bystanders in the […]