‘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…