Babyn Yar: The Holocaust of Bullets (and the Hidden Holocaust)

In June of 1941, Hitler invaded the former Soviet Union with his killing squads. Before Auschwitz and the concentration death camps there were German mobile killing squads called “Einsatzgruppen” that were deployed to conduct large-scale shooting massacres.[1] Between September 28-30, 1941, approximately 33,000 Jews were executed at the Babi Yar ravine in Kyiv, Ukraine (also known as […]

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Richard Wrights’ Uncle Tom’s Children and the Use of Violence

Throughout his 1938 collection, Uncle Tom’s Children, Richard Wright depicts scenes of violence against people of color. The pervasive threat of violence inescapably looms over people’s heads and results in behaviors attempting to avoid or minimize danger. In his autobiographical essay and fictional stories, Wright describes circumstances where violence occurs, illuminating the strict racial hierarchy […]

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Challenging Stereotypes through Cooking

Through African/American: Making the Nation’s Table, the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) has embarked on an ambitious mission to highlight African American culinary contributions to the American palate. Unable to debut back in 2020, the content has shifted to an online format but still provides a wealth of information. This exhibition works to complicate the stereotype […]

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Legendary: African American LGBTQ Past Meets Present at The GLBT Historical Society

The GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, California is credited as a pioneer in LGBTQ+ history.[1] The Society was founded in 1985 due to the urging of over sixty individuals at the San Francisco Main Library’s meeting. The organization set out to preserve and raise awareness of LGBTQ+ history in the San Francisco Bay Area. Initially dubbed the […]

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Places, Spaces, and Voices: Including LGBTQ+ Narratives in Public History

In 1966, Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act, which prevented the destruction of, and supported the preservation of, historic sites in the United States. The law was in response to the estimated loss of over 6,000 sites on the National Park Service’s (NPS) Historic American Buildings Survey (1933) after only a few decades.[i] This […]

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From Silence to Action

The fact that we are here…is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken. ~ Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider[1] In her chapter, “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” […]

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