Black History

Where We Go From Here

by Lucy Gellman | Jan 19, 2016 7:37 am

Lucy Gellman Photo In Roget’s Thesaurus there are some 120 synonyms for blackness, and at least 60 of them are offensive. Such words as “blot,” “soot,” “grim,” “devil,” and “foul.”

The sentence rang out across the expanse of Christ Church on Broadway, each word falling and bouncing back, with a sure and steady weight, like marbles across the church’s stone aisles. 

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Morial’s Witness

by Crystal Emery | Dec 23, 2015 7:13 am

I often find myself lost in the forest of perceptions. It seems I’m always trying to get people to understand the value of my work, as my work is an effort to amplify positive stories and give voice to the fight for equality.

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A Love Letter To A Dancer And Activist

by Thomas Breen | Nov 12, 2015 12:03 pm

Photo by Rosie Kar, PhD In The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen, which will be playing this Thursday night as one of the opening movies in the 2015 New Haven International Film Festival, director Jennifer Abod documents the many challenges and triumphs of a woman who continually sought to reinvent herself as she came to know and embrace each aspect of a complicated identity. Indeed, the film is a sort of love letter — a well-deserved and carefully made one —  to the New Haven dancer, feminist, civil rights activist and scholar offers a loving portrait of a life defined by difficult transitions, hard-won success and lasting personal and professional influence.

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Fighting, & Writing, The Fire

by Sebastian Medina-Tayac | Jul 19, 2015 3:20 pm | Comments (9)

When Wesley Williams reported to the firehouse for his first day of work in 1919, the captain resigned and every single other man on the force requested a transfer. The mostly Irish-American firemen insisted the African-American officer sleep in the basement (he didn’t), refused to talk to him, and smashed dishes that he had used. One day, racial tensions erupted into a fistfight, which Williams won.

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