#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: JOHANNA LEE “Pulling the branch of a tree” — this is the literal English translation of Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa birth name, Rolihlahla. While Mandela proclaimed he did not believe that names are destiny, Rolihlahla—colloquially translated to mean “troublemaker” — seems to be a suitable name for a child who would grow up to be … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

#InContext: Frederick Douglass

By: MIRELLE RAZA On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd’s death sparked outrage across the United States. Activists used their platforms to think critically about the American status quo and the harm it inflicts on Black and Brown … Continue reading #InContext: Frederick Douglass

#InContext: John Lewis

By: KELLI L. ROSS 2020 has been marked with a renewed racial reckoning in the United States. It has also been a year in which leaders of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s have passed, including John Lewis, Rev. C.T. Vivian, Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, and Charles Evers. Today, marks 57 years since the … Continue reading #InContext: John Lewis

#InContext: John Lewis

By: KELLI L. ROSS On Friday, July 17, 2020, Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Robert Lewis passed away at the age of 80. In December 2019, he announced he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Both Lewis and fellow civil rights activist Rev. C.T. Vivian died on the same day. Vivian was 95. Lewis was … Continue reading #InContext: John Lewis

Two Suspected Traffickers Arrested and Charged in Uganda

By: KELLI L. ROSS In the midst of stay-at-home orders in Uganda due to COVID-19, the Institute’s Special Counsel Tyler Dunman continues to support of the work of police, prosecutors, and non-governmental partners in the country. Many, including the Institute team, anticipated that after weeks of lockdown, a spike in reported domestic exploitation of women … Continue reading Two Suspected Traffickers Arrested and Charged in Uganda

#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: Agnes Igoye

By: REBECCA JUN Today, there are an estimated 24.9 million victims of human trafficking; that is about three times the population of New York City. While it is important to grasp the millions of lives in this vicious cycle, Agnes Igoye fights for each individual. In an interview with Vital Voices, a non-profit organization that … Continue reading #InContext: Agnes Igoye

#InContext: William Wilberforce

By: ASHLEIGH PELTO William Wilberforce was a nineteenth century British member of Parliament who dedicated his life and political career to the abolition of slavery. He is widely regarded as the “voice of the abolition movement” and his advocacy brought about substantial and lasting change in terms of the slave trade in early 1800s England. … Continue reading #InContext: William Wilberforce

#InContext: William Lloyd Garrison

By: ARIANA HADDEN Known for creating an abolitionist newspaper called The Liberator, which garnered both positive and negative attention, William Lloyd Garrison is considered an American journalistic crusader of his time and one of the most influential people during the early fight to end slavery. Garrison was born on December 10, 1805, in Massachusetts to … Continue reading #InContext: William Lloyd Garrison