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Toni Harp & “Toni Harp” Take History’s Stage

by Melissa Bailey | Mar 3, 2014 2:21 pm | Comments (2)

Melissa Bailey Photos 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.

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“King Of The Colored Race” Of New Haven Revealed

by Allan Appel | Feb 27, 2014 9:44 am | Comments (10)

Photo courtesy of New Haven Museum 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.

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New Exhibit Highlights Katro Storm’s Work

by Allan Appel | Feb 13, 2014 12:16 pm | Comments (6)

Gallery Howe 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.

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Paper Bag Tests Revisited

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.

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From Voter Registration To Mary Kay, MLK’s Dream Lives On

by Paul Bass | Jan 20, 2014 1:45 pm | Comments (2)

Paul Bass Photo Medical student Kumba Hinds celebrated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday by guiding middle-schoolers onto the path she forged.

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Toni Harp Sworn In As New Haven’s 50th Mayor

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.

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“I’m So Glad You Came”

by Allan Appel | Dec 30, 2013 1:41 pm

Allan Appel Photo Move over Yale, Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge. In the 12th century the University of Timbuktu, in today’s Mali, had 20,000 students.

“That’s the history from which we come.”

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Utah Upbringing Shaped Harp’s Outlook

by Paul Bass | Dec 27, 2013 3:25 pm | Comments (2)

Thomas MacMillan Photo Henry Nathaniel moved west to Utah to attend a college in order to avoid “paper bag tests” of his skin color. Two generations later, his adopted daughter found herself the only black student in a Salt Lake City middle school—where she learned lessons she would one day bring with her to New Haven City Hall.

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Kendrick Makes The List

by Staff | Dec 18, 2013 5:15 pm | Comments (1)

Melissa Bailey Photo Gateway President Dorsey Kendrick is among the state’s 100 Most Influential African-American Leaders.

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On Amistad Anniversary, A Call For Reparations

by Thomas MacMillan | Sep 20, 2013 3:46 pm | Comments (8)

As he commemorated the history of a court case that freed a group of African slaves, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information proposed a new lawsuit—suing Spain for damage caused by the slave trade.

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