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Post archive for ‘African-American Heritage’

The Rise of Santa Muerte
May 12th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Over the past decade, Mexican drug traffickers trying to get their products to the U.S. have had a spiritual “protector.” Her name is Santa Muerte, and she’s a Mexican folk saint for not just drug traffickers, but prostitutes too. R. Andrew Chesnut (Virginia Commonwealth University) is the author of a new book about Santa Muerte, […]

Affrilachian Poets
March 31st, 2012 - (4 Comments)

Appalachia is often imagined as rural and white, but a new wave of African-American writers is challenging the notion of a single Appalachian region and culture. They call themselves Affrilachians. Joanne Gabbin is the director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. She brought Affrilachian poets from across the country to her […]

Showdown in Virginia
February 25th, 2012 - (1 Comments)

The election of Abraham Lincoln as President touched off a secession crisis in the South.  In his book Showdown in Virginia, Bill Freehling (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) focuses on turning points in Virginia’s months-long, bitter battle over whether to secede from the Union. Also: Historians estimate that of the nearly 5,000 pirates who terrorized America’s […]

Equal Time: The Networks and the Civil Rights Movement
February 4th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

Aniko Bodroghkozy  (University of Virginia) is the author of the new book “Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement” which explores how the newly created evening news shows shaped attitudes about race relations during the Civil Rights Movement. She investigates the network news treatment of events including the 1965 Selma voting rights campaign, integration […]

January 14th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

In 1951 a group of African American students at Robert R. Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Virginia, organized a strike to protest the substandard school facilities provided for black students. The walkout, led by 16 year old Barbara Johns, is one of the great stories in the struggle for Civil Rights—a story of courage […]

A Symphony of Hopes and Dreams
January 1st, 2012 - (1 Comments)

The poetry of children in Birmingham, Alabama, inspired a recent classical music piece titled “Dream, Child. Hope.” It was composed by Adolphus Hailstork (Old Dominion University), in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Hailstork has written music for a number of prestigious ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. But his influences sometimes […]

Race, Slavery, and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff
September 24th, 2011 - (3 Comments)

25th United States Colored Troops, February 1864 To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the nation’s finest historians gathered at Norfolk State University to discuss the role of race and slavery in the war that cost hundreds of thousands of American lives. With topics including the myth of black Confederates, the quest for […]

Furious Flower: Sonia Sanchez
July 16th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

Award-winning poet Sonia Sanchez is a pioneer in founding black studies in academia. In a literary career that spans more than 42 years, Sonia is most often associated with The Black Arts Movement. She is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, as well as numerous plays and books for children. Sonia […]

The Controversy Over International Adoption
July 2nd, 2011 - (0 Comments)

Inter-country adoptions gone awry have a way of capturing headlines. Karen Rotabi (Virginia Commonwealth University) says overseas adoptions, while a source of hope and love for many families, can have a dark side. Also featured: Baseball leagues for kids with disabilities have sprouted up all over the United States. Matt Lucas (Longwood University) put together […]

The Legacy of Massive Resistance
April 23rd, 2011 - (0 Comments)

When faced with a court order to integrate, Prince Edward County in Virginia closed its entire school system in 1959 rather than integrate. The closure lasted five years and was part of a larger policy enacted by the state called Massive Resistance.   Larissa Smith Fergeson (Longwood University) speaks to people who were students in […]