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Revitalizing Black Cemeteries

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On October 4, 2020
I’ve talked about the sad state of historical Black cemeteries before, including when I visited Maggie Walker’s grave and also Arthur Ashe’s grave. There are however people working hard to revitalize these places and this is important work of historical memory. Maggie L. Walker, one of the first Black American women to run a bank, […]

Cancel Culture

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On August 11, 2020

As Keri Leigh Merritt and Chris Richardson point out, the real American cancel culture has been and continues to be white supremacy. Yet just as these biracial governments began to enact real change i

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What To Do About Jefferson

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On July 11, 2020
As we deal with our racist past and the white supremacist statues across the country, things start getting difficult when we move beyond those who have obvious consensus as horrible people, such as traitors in defense of slavery. One of those is Thomas Jefferson. This is a man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, founded […]
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The decision to tear down the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond builds on a decade or more of activists seeking to purge the racist monuments at the core of American historical memory. People are increasingly taking action in their own hands. Richmond activists took down a statue of a largely forgotten Confederate general named […]

Our Fragile Past

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On January 31, 2020

The fight to protect our past, in terms of having archives and preserving places, is a tenuous and hard one. It doesn’t get better when the Trump administration decides to close the National Arc

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