#InContext: Mum Bett

By: EMMYLOU MANWILL In the wake of the Revolutionary War, Patriot demands for “freedom,” “liberty,” and “equality” circulated throughout New England as new state governments formed. The Massachusetts Constitution, which took effect in 1780, included a Bill of Rights proclaiming, “All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential and unalienable rights.” … Continue reading #InContext: Mum Bett

#InContext: Karl Marx

By: RACHEL UNGAR Karl Marx sought to reform what he viewed as the most serious problem of his era: the poverty and exploitation of the working class. Through his efforts to understand the causes underlying these societal ills, Marx developed a theory of history known as economic determinism: that contemporary societies take their shape, or … Continue reading #InContext: Karl Marx

#InContext: Toni Morrison

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

#InContext: Robert F. Kennedy

By: CHRISTIN VIVONA Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts to a tight-knit, Irish-American family. He was the seventh of nine children born to Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Bobby served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then went back to school to earn his degree in government … Continue reading #InContext: Robert F. Kennedy

#InContext: Michelle Obama

By: CHERISSE FRANCIS The global icon now known across the world as Mrs. Michelle Obama was born Michelle Robinson on January 17, 1964. She was raised on the South Side of Chicago to parents Fraser Robinson III and Marian Robinson. Michelle did not have a privileged childhood by any stretch of the imagination. As a young … Continue reading #InContext: Michelle Obama

Report featured in Florida Media Coverage

By: MOLLY WICKER The Human Trafficking Institute’s 2017 Federal Human Trafficking Report was cited as a source of data in an article published by New4Jax on March 20, 2019. The article, entitled “House bill aims to human trafficking dangers, signs in Florida schools,” outlines the provisions of a recent bill, which would include lessons about … Continue reading Report featured in Florida Media Coverage

#InContext: Coretta Scott King

Although best known for being the wife of famed civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King created her own legacy in the movement to end injustice as well as working to continue her husband’s legacy after his death. Coretta Scott was born in Marion, Alabama, on April 27, 1927. Her parents … Continue reading #InContext: Coretta Scott King

#InContext: Grace Hopper

The daughter of Walter Fletcher Murray and Mary Campbell Van Horne, Grace Brewster Murray was born in 1906 in New York City, where her father owned an insurance company. In 1928, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College with degrees mathematics and physics. In 1930, she received her master’s degree in mathematics. In the … Continue reading #InContext: Grace Hopper

Memphis Business Owner Partners with Institute

By: MOLLY WICKER When Amy Howard was young, she realized that someone’s environment can truly inspire their life. After developing easy-to-use, professional DIY product lines and helping countless people rescue and restore things from the past, Amy wanted to provide women around the world with the same opportunity. A Makers’ Studio is her way of … Continue reading Memphis Business Owner Partners with Institute