by Allan Appel | Mar 23, 2017 1:39 pm
When Diane Petaway visited her grandmother in the 1950s in the Dixwell neighborhood, she never knew about Curry’s Confectionery, a sweet shop whose chocolates were so delicious local white merchants sold them as their own. They carried the subterfuge as far as to require James and Ethel Curry to deliver their candies at night so customers would not know the original candy makers were African-American.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 2, 2017 9:06 am | Comments (3)
Greater New Haven’s NAACP formed in 1917 less than a decade after the national civil rights organization debuted, a recognition of local abolitionists and activists involved in the fight against race hatred and racial discrimination.
One hundred years later, the fight continues.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 27, 2017 1:17 pm | Comments (1)
With drums, high kicks and alumni, the Black and Hispanic Caucus saluted historically black colleges and universities at its annual Black History Month program.
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by Lucy Gellman | Feb 10, 2017 8:20 pm | Comments (30)
Following protests over its namesake’s role in promoting slavery in the 19th century South, Yale’s residential Calhoun College has been renamed Hopper College, after a pioneering female mathematician.
The Yale Corporation voted to make the change Saturday after months of protest over the residential college being named after John C. Calhoun.
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by Betsy Kim | Feb 6, 2017 8:33 am | Comments (2)
A moral response to the 2016 elections and Trump era could catalyze the formation of new coalitions, and a new vision — a political, social pentecost — the Rev. Dr. William Barber told a gathering of New Haveners.
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by Brian Slattery | Jan 25, 2017 4:09 pm | Comments (1)
It’s not just that we see what the photographer is seeing; the way the photograph is composed, we’re there, in his shoes. We’re in the midst of a crowd, people seated in rows of chairs. The women are all in dresses. The men are wearing suits. Most are wearing hats. Most of them seem to be paying attention to whatever’s in front of them.
But then, front and center in the photograph, is a kid in a Scout uniform. His arms are crossed. His brow is furrowed. His eyes pierce the camera’s lens.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Jan 23, 2017 4:18 pm | Comments (5)
The city’s re-entry program has a new name and a new agreement with the housing authority to provide one more incentive for a life on the right side of the law: a place to live.
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by Allan Appel | Jan 23, 2017 8:44 am | Comments (1)
A black novelist was so sick of the portrayal by his fellow writers of the Negro as fundamentally different from other homo sapiens that he wrote a satire, Black No More, starring a doctor who invents a procedure to lighten skin pigment.
A white champion of the new black lit himself penned a novel called Nigger Heaven, featuring sexual promiscuity; it sold well, and he was accused of exploitation.
And one of Langston Hughes‘s earliest blues-inspired poems was called “Fine Clothes to de Jew”; it broke new ground but its subject infuriated the black middle class — and, yes, there already was one in the Harlem of the 1920s and 1930s.
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by Brian Slattery | Jan 19, 2017 2:31 pm | Comments (1)
Langston Hughes and Gladys Bentley greet you at the entrance to the Beinecke Library. So does Cab Calloway, conducting his orchestra at the Cotton Club. Augusta Savage is there, too, maybe about to create her next sculpture.
Walk a little farther and you almost hear not only the voices of the luminaries of the past, but those of their neighbors: People going out for a night on the town. People dancing in the apartment next door. People just trying to make rent, any way they can.
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by Brian Slattery | Jan 18, 2017 11:22 pm
The fluorescent overhead lights were still on in Collective Consciousness Theater, in Erector Square. Actor Terrence Riggins was seated at a desk on the set for The Mountaintop. Fellow actor Malia West was standing in front of him. Neither of them were in costume yet, and West had a decidedly anachronistic plastic water in her hand. But as soon as Riggins and West fell into character, running through a scene late in the play, their voices changed, taking on a stronger Southern accent. Their body language shifted. They became the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Camae, a maid at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. It was 1968, and it was King’s last night on earth, and in The Mountaintop, he was working on a speech.
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