by Melissa Bailey | Mar 3, 2014 2:21 pm | Comments (2)
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.
by Allan Appel | Feb 27, 2014 9:44 am | Comments (10)
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.
by Allan Appel | Feb 13, 2014 12:16 pm | Comments (6)
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.
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.
by Paul Bass | Jan 20, 2014 1:45 pm | Comments (2)
Medical student Kumba Hinds celebrated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday by guiding middle-schoolers onto the path she forged.
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.
by Allan Appel | Dec 30, 2013 1:41 pm
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.”
by Paul Bass | Dec 27, 2013 3:25 pm | Comments (2)
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.
by Staff | Dec 18, 2013 5:15 pm | Comments (1)
Gateway President Dorsey Kendrick is among the state’s 100 Most Influential African-American Leaders.
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.