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“We do not choose our past. We inherit it. Thus, in all our most essential traits, we do not choose our identity. We have to live with it.” Paul K. Conkin, “Hot, Humid, and Sad,” Journal of Southern History LXIV:1 (February 1998)

 

Every day I come across more and more websites, organizations, and individuals dedicated to paying attention to the legacies of racism and racial violence. Most of the organizations are on Facebook, with buttons on their websites. Check back often for more links. Do you know of a link that should be in this list? Please send an email below.

Always in Season: “Virtual World Look at the Climate of Lynching.” “Always in Season” is “a transmedia project that takes a contemporary look at the lingering impact” of lynchings. http://www.alwaysinseasonisland.com/

America’s Black Holocaust Museum: “Bringing Our History to Light.” An online museum whose mission is “to educate the public about the ongoing injustices endured by people of African heritage in America, and to provide visitors with opportunities to rethink their assumptions about race and racism.” http://www.abhmuseum.org/

Applied Research Center: “Racial Justice Through Media, Research and Activism.” ARC’s goal is “to popularize the need for racial justice and prepare people to fight for it. By telling the stories of everyday people, ARC is a voice for unity and fairness in the structures that affect our lives.” http://www.arc.org/

Center for the Study of the New South: At University of North Carolina – Charlotte. “Promotes discourse and dialogue on a rich and diverse constellation of topics and ideas relating to the New South.  Known as the period of regional history from the end of the Civil War to the modern era, the New South offers a bold tapestry of history, culture, social movements, and political issues ripe for reflection and study.”  http://newsouth.uncc.edu/

Center for the Study of White American Culture: A multiracial organization. The mission is “To build an equitable society in the United States by decentering white culture and centering an anti-racist multiracial culture free of white supremacy.” Main site: http://www.euroamerican.org/  Blog: http://euroamerican.org/wordpress/

ColorLines.com: “A daily news site where race matters.” Instead of “being defined and divided by racism, we can become uplifted and united by racial justice. To do so, we have to confront explicitly the racism that is so often at the core of our society’s challenges.” http://colorlines.com/

Coming to the Table: “Seeking to acknowledge, understand, and heal the persistent wounds of the U.S. institution of slavery.” Founded by “descendants of both slaveholders and enslaved people….We value the sharing of personal, family and community stories as a powerful vehicle for uncovering history, building relationships, healing and inspiring action.” http://www.comingtothetable.org/

Facing Race: “We’re All in This Together.” Facing Race is “a multi-year campaign aimed at positively changing the nature of personal, organizational and institutional relationships and is focused on Minnesota.”  http://www.facingrace.org/

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia: “Using Objects of Intolerance to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice.” A newly opened museum at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan. http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity: “Many Differences, One Destiny.” The Kirwan Institute “works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.” http://www.kirwaninstitute.org/

Levine Museum of the New South: “Come to Understand.” The Levine is “an interactive history museum that provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War.” http://www.museumofthenewsouth.org/

Radio in Black and White: The Most Integrated Hour of the Week. “A positive conversation about faces and places.” http://www.radioinblackandwhite.com/

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: This research unit of The New York Public Library “is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 80 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent.” http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg

Tracing Center of Histories and Legacies of Slavery: Building on the documentary film, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” the Tracing Center’s mission is “to create greater awareness of the vast extent of complicity in slavery and the transatlantic slave trade and to inspire acknowledgement, dialogue and active response to this history and its many legacies. We do this for the purpose of racial and economic justice, healing, and reconciliation, for the benefit of all.” http://www.tracingcenter.org/

Without Sanctuary: “Photographs and Postcards of Lynching in America.” Many spectacle lynchings were documented in photographs. Especially notable for people like me are the faces of the mob members. The site is accurate in its warning, “Please be aware before entering the site that much of the material is very disturbing.” http://withoutsanctuary.org/