Black History Month Programming

Black History Month Programming

Civil Rights & Civil War Markers
A statue of Maggie Walker was unveiled in Richmond, Virginia last summer. Walker, the first woman in the U.S. to establish a bank, was born during the civil war to a mother who was a former slave. Maggie Walker also created a newspaper and department store for black shoppers and led a successful boycott of the street cars in Richmond.

Also: Confederate Monuments rarely mention enslaved people. In Fredericksburg, VA, where the Civil War roared to its bloody climax, there are nearly 300 monuments, plaques and historical markers in the city, however, only 20 mentioned slavery or named enslaved individuals who made up a sizable percentage of the city’s population in 1860. Professor Steve Hanna of the Univ. of Mary Washington says this omission matters as we struggle to make America a more diverse and inclusive nation.

Plus: A descendant of slaves seeks out and meets the white descendants of the plantation where they worked in bondage

And: Civil rights legend Ruby Sales talks with students about how to keep pressing for their rights.

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An Outrage: Reflections on Racism
“An Outrage” is a documentary film about lynching in the American South, Beginning with the end of the Civil War, and well into the middle of the twentieth century lynching claimed the lives of at least 3,959 African American men, women and children.

Also: A descendant of slaves raised on a former Louisiana plantation, renowned author Ernest Gaines’ many novels launched America’s interest in exploring African American history.

Plus: Reflections by Charlottesville residents recorded at the Dialogues on Race and Inequity at the University of Virginia.

And: For many Americans, August 12th marks a shift in the national conversation about white supremacy and racism and a long process of recover for the people who were injured in the Charlottesville attack. We share the story of one person who was injured that day, and an excerpt from The Columbia Journalism Review panel of journalists’ discussion on “Race, Racism, and the News” in Charlottesville.

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A Curse Upon the Nation
In her new book “A Curse Upon the Nation: Race, Freedom and Extermination in America and the Atlantic World,” Kay Wright Lewis explores the black perspective on racial extermination.

Also: Paula Seniors studies the lives of African American working class communist women and the link between the struggle for black civil rights and international revolution.

Plus: D.W. Griffith’s Civil War epic Birth of a Nation is notorious for its racist scenes. The recent short film, Our Nation, tells the story of a young African American teenager’s response to the film in Norfolk, Virginia in 1915.

And: How black actors and entertainers in Hollywood contributed their money, connections, and fame to aid the civil rights movement.

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