Tag: Slavery

Georgetown Names Campus Buildings After People it Sold into Slavery

In a moving ceremony on Tuesday, Georgetown University officially renamed two of its campus buildings after people it sold into slavery in the 1800s. “We pray with you today because we have greatly sinned and because we are profoundly sorry,” said Rev. Timothy Kesicki, president of the Jesuit Conference of…

$21 Million Harriet Tubman State Park Project Now Open

Harriet Tubman In Dorchester County, Maryland, near the plantation where Harriet Tubman was born in 1822, now sits a 17-acre park to memorialize the iconic freedom fighter. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Parkis located in Church Creek on Maryland’s Eastern shore, about 90 miles from Baltimore or Washington, D.C. A…

Yale Renames Calhoun College Over Ties to Slavery and White Supremacy

Yale University announced over the weekend it will rename its Calhoun College due to its namesake having ties to slave ownership and white supremacy. This reverses Yale President Peter Salovey’s previous announcement that the name would remain, despite student protests calling for a change. Calhoun College was named after John…

Columbia University Examines Ties to Slavery

Columbia University released a report this week detailing its historical ties to slavery. The school becomes yet another that in recent years has made this discovery. Eric Foner, a history professor at the university, wrote the findings in “Columbia and Slavery: A Preliminary Report.” While the report did not make…

107-Year-Old Black Woman, Daughter of Slaves, Ready to Vote

South Carolina resident Donella Wilson has voted in every national and local election since 1948. By Sheryl Estrada Election Day has great meaning for Donella Wilson, a 107-year-old Black woman born to parents who were slaves in Calhoun County, South Carolina. On Tuesday Wilson will vote in a presidential election…

Ava DuVernay's '13th' Makes Comparison Between Slavery, Mass Incarceration

Director Ava DuVernay’s new documentary “13th” explores how mass incarceration in the United States, which disproportionately affects African Americans, reflects the injustice of slavery. DuVernay, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Selma” in 2014, said in an interview the film “may shake up everything you thought you already knew…