Black History

Margu “Returns” For Amistad’s 175th

by Allan Appel | Mar 9, 2016 3:56 pm | Comments (7)

Allan Appel Photo In 1839 Margu was was only 9 years old when she was snatched from her home into slavery. She was marched 80 miles to the slave pens off the coast of Sierra Leone, to await the harrowing Middle Passage across the Atlantic Ocean to Cuba.

In New Haven, she would help make history that our city is celebrating Wednesday, 175 years later after a landmark civil-rights victory.

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History’s Voices Come Alive

by Allan Appel | Feb 25, 2016 8:32 am | Comments (1)

Allan Appel PhotoJosephine Baker offering her impassioned political advice to Martin Luther King back in 1964. Actress Viola Davis’s Emmy acceptance speech last year, bemoaning the lack of good roles for African-American women.

Eleanor Roosevelt protesting the Daughters of the American Revolution’s decision to bar singer Marion Anderson from performing at its Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 26, 1936.

And the official letter of incorporation that was read aloud on the dedication of the first Dixwell Community House back in November 1924.

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