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Tag Archives: African-American history

Vintage Black Glamour Blog Shows Flashier Side Of African-American History

Ask Nichelle Gainer why she decided to create Vintage Black Glamour, and her answer is simple: She saw a need. In honor of Dr. King's birthday, Gainer featured this photo of actor Harry Belafonte and Dr. King sharing a laugh together in the 1960s. As a writer, Gainer learned to research, which often led to beautiful historic photographs of African-American artists, actors and political figures, all hidden away in the corners and file cabinets of libraries and academic institutions. Why haven't more people seen these? she wondered. Out of that question, Vintage Black Glamour was born.  "African-Americans who have an interest in American history that includes black people almost have to become amateur detectives and part-time scholars to track down information and that is ridiculous,"... Read More →

“CommUniversity” – Bringing African-American Studies To The Masses

Affordable classes on African-American topics for anyone who wants to take them -- that's the gist of Professor Zachery Williams' vision. Beginning in February, residents in Northeast Ohio will have the opportunity to take classes in spaces around the region as part of his CommUniversity, a grassroots effort to provide low-cost African-American history courses to the general public. Community organizations like the National Institute for Restorative Justice have signed on to lend their meeting spaces for classrooms, and professors from local colleges, as well as community members, have been invited to teach.  For Williams, an tenured professor of African-American history at the University of Akron, this is a project years in the making. Williams, 39, grew up in South Carolina, and... Read More →

Rare Slave Cabin To Become Crown Jewel Of New African American History Museum

The cabin will be dismantled and reassembled at the Smithsonian. Where can one find Nat Turner’s Bible, Emmet Till’s coffin and Harriet Tubman’s shawl? Answer: the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture when it opens in late 2015. Additionally, one of the nation’s oldest remaining slave cabins will be joining these artifacts in Washington, D.C., according to the New York Times. The 320-square-foot cabin is being dismantled piece by piece, to be rebuilt inside the museum. It is one of two slave cabins in Edisto Island, S.C. They have stood on the Point of Pines plantation since the 1850s. Neither cabin has ever had electricity or heat, but continued to shelter inhabitants more than a century after slavery ended. The last known occupants moved... Read More →
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