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10 Reasons the History of Lynching Matters in Maine

  On Monday, the Bangor Daily News published this piece on the home page of their website: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/23/the-point/10-reasons-the-history-of-lynching-matters-in-maine/

A Novel Takes Flight: The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

When I was in graduate school studying U.S. history with a concentration in race relations and racial violence in the South, I remember making note of the names Sarah and Angelina Grimké, the antebellum abolitionist sisters from Charleston, South Carolina. Their story intrigued me: sisters of privilege who had turned against the system of enslavement […]

A Gastronomic Home

When I stepped off the plane in Little Rock — on that decade-ago trip that combined history research with my first visit to extended family in fourteen years — I was famished….Thank goodness my cousin had recommended The Black-Eyed Pea, with its chicken-fried chicken, black-eyed peas with ham and lots of pepper, cornbread, and a […]

“Chair hangings imply hanging-in-effigy of president”

  The following appeared in the Bangor Daily News, 10/20/12. It also is highlighted on America’s Black Holocaust Museum. In recent weeks, homeowners in  Virginia, Texas, Colorado and Washington state have hung empty chairs from trees. This comes in the wake of actor Clint Eastwood’s empty chair speech at the Republican National Convention. Never mind […]

55 Years Ago Today

  Fifty-five years ago today, nine African American students – known as the Little Rock Nine – walked through the front doors of Little Rock Central High School, guarded by troops from the 101st Airborne. The arrival of the troops on September 24th, who were called in by President Dwight Eisenhower, was reported on the front […]

“Without Sanctuary”

Just this morning, I’m happy to have received word that my proposal has been accepted to present at the “Without Sanctuary” conference about lynching in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October. Presented by the Center for the Study of the New South, the conference will bring together scholars, creative artists, and those interested in the causes […]