By: TAKIM WILLIAMS Editor’s Note: Like the rest of the world, we mourn the passing of Toni Morrison. She inspired so many thinkers, writers, creatives, and dreamers through her words. We are grateful for her immeasurable impact. In the year 1873, Sethe is a former slave living in a haunted house in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eighteen … Continue reading #InContext: Toni Morrison
By: TAKIM WILLIAMS Frederick Douglass was a well-respected abolitionist, social activist, orator, and statesman. Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, his story is one of overcoming oppression in order to pave the way for others to do the same. All three of his autobiographies, from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass in 1845 … Continue reading #InContext: Frederick Douglass
By: TAKIM WILLIAMS Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849. She made her way from her Maryland plantation to the city of Philadelphia, where she was able to find work and save money. Yet she was not satisfied by her own freedom. She returned to Maryland to escort her sister to the North. Then, she … Continue reading #InContext: Harriet Tubman
By: TAKIM WILLIAMS Over the course of her 86-year life, Maya Angelou was an accomplished singer, actor, dancer, poet, playwright, author, historian, and civil rights activist. President Barack Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 in celebration of each area of achievement, yet Angelou herself identified first and foremost as a … Continue reading #InContext: Maya Angelou
The Selma to Montgomery March of 1965 occurred the year after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which did far less to improve the lives of oppressed African Americans than many of them had hoped. In King’s own words at the march, “The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave Negroes some part of their rightful … Continue reading #InContext: Theodore Parker & Martin Luther King Jr.