by Staff | Feb 20, 2015 1:34 pm
The New Haven Firebird Society and Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church are sponsoring a black history theater workshop series for the last two Saturdays in February.
by Khadija Hussain | Feb 18, 2015 2:06 pm | Comments (5)
It seems Morgan Freeman isn’t the only one with an opinion about Black History month. In light of February’s black history commemoration, N’Zinga Shani organized an episode of her “One World Civic Engagment” public-access TV show for students to discuss the annual observance. Students discussed the stigma surrounding cultural celebrations, and the need— or lack thereof, in their opinion, for such events.
by David Sepulveda | Jan 16, 2015 8:00 am | Comments (6)
The 45th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Love March launched from Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on Lawrence Street under fair skies, and chilly, but warming temperatures. If history is a guide, the march would have launched under stormy skies as well.
by Markeshia Ricks | Dec 10, 2014 12:03 pm | Comments (1)
The mood at the Goffe Street firehouse was somber as the weather as New Haven Firebirds Society members remembered a man they considered the godfather of their organization, a mentor and a friend.
by Allan Appel | Nov 6, 2014 3:40 pm | Comments (1)
Even with her art history degree from Vassar, Lynn Scott, visiting from Florida, did not immediately notice the collar and lock on the neck of the exotically dressed black slave. He stands alarmed, or attentive, or both, at the bottom right of this group portrait of a certain successful merchant of long ago named Elihu Yale and his aristocratic friends.
When she did notice, she exclaimed, “Americans tend to think of slavery as not part of the New England experience. It’s something we don’t think about.”
Now she does.
by Aliyya Swaby | Sep 15, 2014 4:14 am | Comments (4)
Bikers riding the Farmington Canal Trail slowed Saturday morning to watch as the city dedicated a planned plaza to William Lanson, an 19th Century black leader once disparagingly called the “King of the colored race” of New Haven.
by Khadija Hussain | Jul 7, 2014 6:15 am
Boom! Boom, ba boom boom boom! The sounds aboard the Amistad were not those of ship calls, but of drumbeats.
As people boarded the ship at a homecoming event, they picked up drums or maracas. They were told to make noise to embody the strength and passion that are the Amistad story.
by Meagan Jordan | Jun 20, 2014 6:16 am | Comments (2)
Quinnell Wilkins laid a rose by the statue commemorating a great moment in New Haven’s civil rights history—as part of a commemoration of a different moment in civil rights history.
by Melissa Bailey | Jun 2, 2014 5:16 pm | Comments (3)
Just days after her death, Maya Angelou disappeared from outside an Orchard Street corner store—then reappeared to “wake up” and inspire the Dixwell neighborhood.
by Melissa Bailey | Mar 3, 2014 1:21 pm | Comments (2)
New Haven’s first female mayor told her story on one school stage—and a young understudy portrayed the same historic part on a second school stage across town.