‘Your Heritage Is Taken Away’: The Closing of 3 Historically Black Colleges

Since the 1930s, the women of Bennett College, one of the nation’s two historically black colleges for women, have dressed in white and sung their “Preference Song” over an annual breakfast. They wave white linen napkins in the air, cheering “dear old Bennett College,” and welcome incoming freshmen. The main quad of Bennett College.Credit Jeremy…

How Watermelon’s Reputation Got Tangled In Racism

Imagery has the power to turn a seemingly innocent depiction of fruit into the stereotyping of an entire group of people. LIFEThis 1937 Life Magazine cover depicts a black watermelon farmer. The cover of the Aug. 9, 1937 issue of Life Magazine is all about watermelons. On it, several watermelons are wedged into various spots…

I went on a Voodoo pilgrimage in Haiti

A scholar went on a Voodoo pilgrimage in Haiti and learned how an oppressive slave past has shaped its religious present. Haiti’s black saint known as Grann Sainte Anne Charitable in her European Catholic form and Ti Saint Anne, in Vodoo form. Guilberly Louissaint, CC BY In July, hundreds of pilgrims will make their way to…

8 Successful and Thriving Black Communities Destroyed by Racist White Neighbors

Atlanta Race Riot (1906) When the Civil War ended, African-Americans in Atlanta began entering the realm of politics, establishing businesses and gaining notoriety as a social class. Increasing tensions between Black wage-workers and the white elite began to grow and  ill-feelings were further exacerbated when Blacks gained  more civil rights, including the right to vote….