Let your motto be Resistance!

“Strike for your lives and liberties… Let your motto be Resistance! Resistance! RESISTANCE! … What kind of resistance you… make you must decide by the circumstances that surround you.” These words were spoken by abolitionist and clergyman Henry Highland Garnet in 1843, and they give this exhibit of African American portraiture its name. It was […]

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1934: A New Deal for Artists

1934: A New Deal for Artists By Meghan Evans “I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. Let us all here assembled constitute ourselves prophets of a new order of competence and of courage. This is more than a political campaign; it is a call to arms. Give me […]

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Mann vs. Nature

Uncle Tom’s Children is a collection of short stories written by Richard Wright and published in 1938.  Wright was born in Mississippi during the first decade of the 20th century, and as a result, lived to experience the immense racial injustices that Africans Americans still faced even after the passing of the 13th,14th , and […]

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In Here, Life (Isn’t) Beautiful

There is a scene from the 1972 film Cabaret that manages to encapsulate in a few short seconds the very ethos of the movie, it’s dark moral about the dangers of fiddling while Rome burns. The two main characters, Liza Menneli’s anti-heroine Sally Bowles and her love interest Brian (Michael York), are traveling in a […]

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Starting with a Question: “Making Waterford Our Home”

(photo courtesy of the Waterford Museum) When considering museums that tell the story of immigration, institutions like The Lower East Side Tenement Museum often come to mind.  Often overlooked are smaller, local institutions that seek to tell the immigrant stories of their community and tie them to the greater national narrative.  These exhibits can facilitate […]

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United We Stand?: A Reflection Upon the Needs of the Negro Addressed by W.E.B. DuBois in “Of Our Spiritual Strivings”

“Work, culture, liberty, — all these we need, not singly but together, not successively but together, each growing and aiding each, and all striving toward that vaster ideal that swims before the Negro people,the ideal of human brotherhood, gained through the unifying ideal of Race; the ideal of fostering and developing the traits and talents […]

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