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LA Journeys: On Becoming a Foodie, Somewhat

I don’t know what happened once I touched down, but my appetite certainly picked up once here and not in the way I was hoping. LA is noted for being … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

LA Journeys: On Moving to Cali

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. –Lao-tzu On August 21, 2014, my journey of more than a thousand miles began with a one-way flight from … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Open Letter of Support for the Katherine Dunham Museum

The Katherine Dunham Museum is in serious danger of closing. On October 15, 2014, Leverne Backstrom, President of the Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts & Humanities (KDCAH), met with Shawndrea … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Remembering Frederick Douglass on the 4th of July

I’m not one of those individuals who says don’t celebrate the 4th, as a matter of fact enjoy it, get you a plate or two, spend time with family, live … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vivian G. Harsh: “the historian who never wrote”

Vivian G. Harsh (1890-1960) was an African American librarian who believed that librarians shouldered a “deep responsibility for intellectual and civic leadership in their communities” (Anne Meis Knupfer, 61). In … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Diggin’ Into the Past: Charlemae Rollins

“Storytelling is a wonderful way of breaking down barriers, or getting acquainted with new people, and drawing groups and individuals together.” -Charlemae Rollins Charlemae Rollins (1897-1979) was a black children’s … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Give While You Live”: Julius Rosenwald and 8 Noteworthy Contributions to Black History

In a previous post, I discussed Melville Herskovits and his contributions to African Diaspora Studies. However, most of his contributions are celebrated within the halls of academia and the field … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Melville J. Herskovits: Jewish Americans Who Helped Shape Black History

Melville J. Herskovits was an American Anthropologist whose pioneering research solidified the field of African and African American Studies within American academia.  Born in Bellefontaine, Ohio in 1895, Herskovits was … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Diggin’ Into the Past: Black Librarians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals

Black librarians, archivists, museum professionals (museum/gallery founders, curators, and collectors), and community members have always played a critical role in documenting and shaping our understanding of black history and culture … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Diggin’ Into the Past: Arthur Schomburg

“The American Negro must remake his past in order to make his future…History must restore what slavery took away.” – Arthur Schomburg Arturo Alfonso Schomburg or Arthur Schomburg (1874-1938)  was … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment
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