by Sebastian Medina-Tayac | Jul 19, 2015 4:20 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.
by Paul Bass | Jul 10, 2015 1:42 pm | Comments (7)
Jim Newton, a prominent figure in New Haven’s black political circles in the 1980s and 1990s, has died.
by Aliyya Swaby | Jun 19, 2015 11:19 am
The day after a white supremacist killed nine black people in a Charleston, S.C., church, an actor with Charleston roots brought home the violence facing black Americans for a mostly white audience up north, tossing around the “n” word and raising uncomfortable questions about how we view victims.
by Paul Bass | May 12, 2015 5:06 pm
The record of New Haven’s political trial of the century — which echoes in today’s national “Black Lives Matter” debates over race and criminal justice — disappeared from public view. Forty-four years later, it has returned, for good.
by Paul Bass | Mar 15, 2015 10:53 am | Comments (3)
John C. Daniels, who served as New Haven’s first black mayor and brought community policing to the city, died Friday after a long illness. He was 78.
by Staff | Feb 20, 2015 2:34 pm
The New Haven Firebird Society and Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church are sponsoring a black history theater workshop series for the last two Saturdays in February.
by Khadija Hussain | Feb 18, 2015 3:06 pm | Comments (5)
It seems Morgan Freeman isn’t the only one with an opinion about Black History month. In light of February’s black history commemoration, N’Zinga Shani organized an episode of her “One World Civic Engagment” public-access TV show for students to discuss the annual observance. Students discussed the stigma surrounding cultural celebrations, and the need— or lack thereof, in their opinion, for such events.
by David Sepulveda | Jan 16, 2015 9:00 am | Comments (6)
The 45th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Love March launched from Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on Lawrence Street under fair skies, and chilly, but warming temperatures. If history is a guide, the march would have launched under stormy skies as well.
by Markeshia Ricks | Dec 10, 2014 1:03 pm | Comments (1)
The mood at the Goffe Street firehouse was somber as the weather as New Haven Firebirds Society members remembered a man they considered the godfather of their organization, a mentor and a friend.
by Allan Appel | Nov 6, 2014 4:40 pm | Comments (1)
Even with her art history degree from Vassar, Lynn Scott, visiting from Florida, did not immediately notice the collar and lock on the neck of the exotically dressed black slave. He stands alarmed, or attentive, or both, at the bottom right of this group portrait of a certain successful merchant of long ago named Elihu Yale and his aristocratic friends.
When she did notice, she exclaimed, “Americans tend to think of slavery as not part of the New England experience. It’s something we don’t think about.”
Now she does.