Meeting Mrs. Recy Taylor: On Being White and Writing Black History

Meeting Mrs. Recy Taylor: On Being White and Writing Black History

I met Mrs. Recy Taylor at her brother, Robert Corbitt’s, tidy ranch home in Abbeville, Alabama the same day that millions of Americans gathered in Washington D.C. to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I was in Abbeville to...

Recy Taylor’s Story Featured in New Documentary Film

Recy Taylor’s Story Featured in New Documentary Film

Recy Taylor’s bold testimony in defense of her bodily integrity in 1944 will reach a new audience because of Nancy Buirski’s new documentary film, The Rape of Recy Taylor. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival. It will have...

The Roots of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion

The Roots of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion

Take a listen: Courtney B. Vance and I talk about the roots of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. We covered a lot of ground in just 23 minutes! We talked history and the causes and consequences of the largest uprising in American History. It left 43...

#CharlestonSyllabus

#CharlestonSyllabus

If you want to contextualize the mass murders at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC to see how this attack was rooted in white supremacy and attacks on black citizenship and humanity, this curated list makes for a good starting...