The most difficult part of tragedy is, arguably, the aftermath. Coping takes different forms, music, artwork, writing, dialogues, and many others. Each is equally valid, yet nuances in these expressions can create confusion as to what life post-tragedy truly entails. Historian Kidada E. Williams calls for scholars to further investigate analyze the expressions of experiences […]Read more "Emotional Trauma in the Jim Crow South: Truth in Fiction Through Richard Wright’s ‘Uncle Tom’s Children’"
In today’s world, it is hard to imagine walking down the street and seeing a body hanging from a tree or a light post. However, for African-Americans during the Jim Crow years, the fear was finding the body of loved one, or being the one attached to the rope. America has a long history with […]Read more "Blood on the Leaves, Blood on the Roots: The Aftermath of Jim Crow"
In his 1903 masterwork The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote movingly and incisively about the educational systems he encountered as a student, teacher, scholar, and activist. As a child in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, a college student at Fisk, a graduate student at Harvard, and a college professor at Wilberforce and Atlanta University, […]Read more "Separate Schools and the Legacy of Brown"
As an emerging museum professional, I am always glad when museums and arts organizations are able to continue the learning process after a program is complete. I like being able to go to a film or an exhibit or a lecture and follow it up with a resource that leads me to more information on that […]Read more "Learning more about Jim Crow"
Richard Wright has to be by far one of my favorite writers, for many reasons. I particularly admire how, through his writing, he captures the African American experience by bringing out notions of political factors, social conditions and of course that he is not afraid to ‘take it there’. I often find myself in awe […]Read more "Born Into Doom"
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 […]Read more "Mann vs. Nature"
Last week’s discussion about how to tell the history of lynching in museums was a difficult one for me to conceptualize. I must admit, I could not even look through the grotesque exhibition content on the Without Sanctuary website because it upsets me to have to witness this tragic part of African American history. In fact, I have […]Read more "Presenting the History of Lynching in Museums"
Throughout my life, my mother has often said to me that she “won’t allow someone to cry alone in her presence.” With such a role model in my life, it’s no surprise that I grew up being a person who is acutely sensitive to the pain of those around him. It is very easy for […]Read more "Brutality on Display"
Imagine that you are on vacation with your family. You want to have a “historical experience.” Maybe you want to go to Colonial Williamsburg and celebrate America’s colonial roots. Or maybe viewing the Star Spangled Banner at the National Museum of American History is more your style. Whatever it is, most visitors to museums and […]Read more "Skeletons in the American Closet"
The above Image is featured on American Radio Works Remembering Jim Crow This question must be one that Wright asked himself throughout his life. But I wonder if he also asked himself: “Whay am I hiding? Whay ain’t I fightin’?” In this autobiographical sketch we follow the litany of injustices where Wright is forced to […]Read more "“How come yuh didn’t hide?” she asked me. “How come yuh awways fightin’?”"