#InContext: White Helmets

In the war-torn city of Aleppo, Syria, the White Helmets always run toward the bombs and screams. They are the Syrian Civil Defense. Nicknamed for their trademark headgear, they can be seen rushing through the city’s crumbling infrastructure to rescue civilians trapped under collapsed buildings. In a nation dominated by militant groups bent on subjecting … Continue reading #InContext: White Helmets

#InContext: Charles Dickens

During the Victorian Era, Charles Dickens wrote “Doctor Marigold,” a novella about a street peddler in search of happiness. The particular era in which this novella was written was in the mid-1800s during the reign of Queen Victoria and was characterized as a period of peace, prosperity, and increased responsibility to help those less well … Continue reading #InContext: Charles Dickens

#InContext: Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as Mahatma meaning “Great Soul,” was born in 1869 to an elite family in northwest India. Influenced by Jainism, his mother taught him the virtues of tolerance, non-violence, and simple living that would reappear later in his political campaigns. In direct defiance of the elders of his caste, Gandhi left India … Continue reading #InContext: Gandhi

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: TAKIM WILLIAMS In 1918, Nelson Mandela was born into a system of racial segregation and discrimination that would later become known as apartheid. Growing up in his South African village of Mvezo, he longed to pursue black freedom and equality just as his ancestors had resisted Dutch colonization. But for much of his life, … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

#InContext: William Wilberforce

By: TAKIM WILLIAMS Between 1640 and 1807, Great Britain was the largest supplier of slaves in the New World, responsible for transporting over 3 million Africans (many of whom died on the way) to its colonies in the Caribbean and the Americas. By the time William Wilberforce was elected to Parliament in 1780, the Triangle … Continue reading #InContext: William Wilberforce

#InContext: President Barack Obama

On September 25, 2012, President Barack Obama addressed attendees at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. His remarks focused on human trafficking, in which he publicly called it modern slavery. This was the first time a sitting President had given a speech dedicated to slavery since Abraham Lincoln. And today, I want … Continue reading #InContext: President Barack Obama