by Lucy Gellman | Jan 19, 2016 7:37 am
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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by Markeshia Ricks | Jan 18, 2016 4:32 pm
Nicole Jackson can usually be found at a Wells Fargo Bank branch helping people manage their money. But on Monday she was in a classroom at Wexler-Grant School talking to teens and adults about setting goals for their money.
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by Allan Appel | Jan 17, 2016 10:14 am | Comments (1)
“You are an accessory to the civil war which we are going to have and the innumerable crimes of rape, robbery, and murder which afflict numerous innocent victims when you inflame the passions of negroes when you donate oily, unctuous Martin Luther King a degree.”
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by Lucy Gellman | Jan 11, 2016 3:30 pm
Monday’s broadcasts on WNHH radio delved into local politics, revisited the mission and words of Martin Luther King, Jr., and explored education with the mayor.
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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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by Thomas Breen | Nov 12, 2015 12:03 pm
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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by Thomas Breen | Sep 24, 2015 11:53 am
Marcus Rediker sat just barely above water in a canoe weighed down by three historians and a fisherman. The narrow wooden vessel struggled to stay afloat as it ferried its passengers through the shark and hippo-infested mangroves of southeastern Sierra Leone.
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by Lucy Gellman | Sep 1, 2015 6:18 am | Comments (1)
Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?
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by Staff | Aug 29, 2015 8:30 pm | Comments (3)
Yale University is following the lead of South Carolina—taking a look at whether it should withdraw an official symbol of the Confederacy.
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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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