Last week, Harvard University officials announced a plan to create a plaque commemorating slaves who were forced to work on the campus during the 1700s. The Boston-based institution follows in the footsteps of fellow Ivy League member Brown University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, albeit considerably later. Yet they are far outnumbered by the army of institutions who, Ivy League or not, remain steadfast in their decision to continue operating under the assumptions that their institutions came to be without complicity in American slavery.
“Oppression doesn’t disappear just because you decided not to teach us that chapter.”
If those words were not strong enough, I do not know what words would be. Clint Smith III examined the role that the Founding Fathers played in oppressing black people in his new poem “History Reconsidered” which he performed at All Def Poetry.
Underground is a new period drama that follows a group of runaway slaves as they use the Underground Railroad to reach freedom. The 10-episode series plays on WGN America and is executive produced by John Legend, who recently spoke about what he wants the series to accomplish during an interview with AOL.
Florida State University’s chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity has been suspended after hazing accusations were brought up against them.
According to a report filed by a former member of the chapter, hazing practices were conducted in 2013 where pledges were forced to “act like slaves.” Another incident left them stranded over one hundred miles away from campus which is in Tallahassee, according to the New York Post.
Nancy Green was the first Aunt Jemima in 1890. Born a slave in 1834 in Kentucky, her likeness is now a staple in households throughout the country.
Now, a lawsuit claims that Green’s heirs as well as descendants of other black women who appeared as Aunt Jemima are entitled to $2 billion and a share of future revenue from sales of the popular brand.
A Change.org petition is calling for the U.S. government to acknowledge slaves with a memorial.
The petition, created by Craig Nessan, urges representatives to construct an African American slave memorial to acknowledge the contributions, trials and tribulations of our ancestors to the country.