#InContext: William Lloyd Garrison

By: TAYLOR HUSE William Lloyd Garrison stands in the back office of the Anti-Slavery headquarters listening to the crescendo of sound emanating from the men gathered outside, murmurs punctuated by intermittent shouts of racial epithets and sarcastic cheers. Through the window, Garrison sees the mob part for the ladies, white and black, of the Boston … Continue reading #InContext: William Lloyd Garrison

#InContext: Martin Luther King Jr.

Over 200,000 demonstrators joined Martin Luther King, Jr. for the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. The main event was King’s “I Have a Dream…” speech in which he boldly called Americans to “make real the promises of democracy.” Up until then they had not been real. Not for black Americans. One hundred years … Continue reading #InContext: Martin Luther King Jr.

#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

#InContext: The Emancipation Proclamation

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation as the United States neared its third year of civil war. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Click here to read the entire Proclamation. Until that point, the North and South … Continue reading #InContext: The Emancipation Proclamation