Excerpted from U.S. Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander’s speech
at the annual Cambridge NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, Feb. 3, 2007
I began taking us back into history and I shall end by taking us back in order to maximize the brilliance, the creativity and resourcefulness of our people. Let me take you on a train ride through black history. Full story
Haitians celebrate cultural legacy during Black History Month
MIAMI — Abolitionist Frederick Douglass and writers Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston are among the heroes celebrated every February during Black History Month. Shadowed in history, however, are their ties to Haiti, the first free black republic.
That relationship is being examined this year by the founders of Black History Month. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History designated this year’s theme as “From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas,” encouraging people to explore the emancipation of slaves and their struggles for equality in the 19th century in Jamaica, Brazil, Haiti and the United States.
It’s about time, say Haitian Americans who want the Caribbean country to be recognized as a foundation of U.S. civil rights history. Full story