by Aliyya Swaby | Sep 15, 2014 5:14 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 7:15 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 7:16 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 6:16 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 2:21 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.
by Allan Appel | Feb 27, 2014 9:44 am | Comments (10)
A black entrepreneur built Long Wharf and the walls of our part of the Farmington Canal.
He also had a crazy notion that whites and blacks both had dignity and could work and thrive together.
That was in 1820s New Haven.
by Allan Appel | Feb 13, 2014 12:16 pm | Comments (6)
One semi-swooning white female icon, one high-heeled shoe, and a large jazz trumpet face off against seven or eight intense African-American male gazes.
Call it a stand-off.
by Michelle Turner | Feb 3, 2014 12:20 pm | Comments (4)
When I was young, relatives told me to stay out of the sun, because “you’ll get sunburned.” The message: You don’t want to be too black.
They told me only adults drink coffee, because if children drank it, it would make you BLACK.
by Paul Bass | Jan 20, 2014 1:45 pm | Comments (2)
Medical student Kumba Hinds celebrated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday by guiding middle-schoolers onto the path she forged.
by Paul Bass | Jan 1, 2014 5:34 pm | Comments (10)
History was made, not studied, at Career High School Wednesday as New Haven’s first female, and first female African-American, mayor took the oath of office.