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Frederick Douglass: A Believer in the Social Power of Photography

Frederick Douglass (1818 1895), an influential figure in American history, escaped slavery and became a leading abolitionist, formative writer, stirring orator, statesman and photography theorist. Douglass experienced the discovery of photography in 1839 and followed its development throughout the century. A visionary, he saw photography as a valuable form of…

First Black Woman Promoted to Three-Star Army General

By Sheryl Estrada Lt. Gen. Nadja West was formally promoted to three-star general in the United States Army on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Photos courtesy of Office of the Surgeon General/U.S. Army Medical Command. Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West is a trailblazer in the U.S. Army health care system. West, the…

#BlackLivesMatter Activist DeRay Mckesson in Baltimore’s Mayoral Race

By Sheryl Estrada DeRay Mckesson during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Minutes before the deadline to file for Baltimore mayoral candidacy lastWednesdaynight, popular Black rights activist DeRay Mckessonjumped into the race. Mckesson, 30, became the 13th and final candidate for the Democratic nomination in the April 26…

Racism at Elite High Schools: Social Media Exposes, Leadership Fails

Boston Latin School students Maggie Noel, 17, and Kylie Webster-Cazeau, 18,have leveraged social media to bring attention to what they describe as ahostile racial environment forBlack studentsat theprestigious exam school. On Jan. 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the high school seniors, who serve as leaders of the student organization…

N-word Photo Prompts Protest at Arizona High School

By Sheryl Estrada Six girls at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix thought it would be a good idea on Friday to take a group photo with “N-I-*-*-E-R” spelled out in individual gold letters across their Black shirts and post it to social media. What began Friday with hundreds of…

Scholastic Shelves ‘Smiling Slaves’ Picture Book

By Sheryl Estrada An illustration from “A Birthday Cake for George Washington.” Scholastic Publishing is stopping the distribution of a controversial children’s book about George Washington’s enslaved cook, Hercules, and his daughter, Delia, after being highly criticized for illustrating slavery as joyful. “A Birthday Cake for George Washington,” released on…