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— Geneva H. (@shesthebaglady) February 23, 2022
Short end of the stick, as always… but the battle continues.
The Emancipator newspaper was established in 1820 to push for the abolition of slavery. Two centuries later, it's being revived in digital form to confront the racism that still stains America. https://t.co/VBjnKmykHw
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 23, 2022
Standing nearly 14 feet tall and 30 feet wide, the Legacy Quilt — part of the Museum of Food and Drink’s (MOFAD) latest exhibit, “African/American: Making the Nation’s Table” — includes 406 tiles that illustrate Black people’s impact on American cuisine. https://t.co/c9yLA3YG3B
— Victoria (@AVocalistsRival) February 26, 2022
NEW YORK — Upon entering Aliko Dangote Hall at the Africa Center, you’re immediately confronted with the breadth and scope of the role African Americans have played in shaping our country’s food and beverage. Standing nearly 14 feet tall and 30 feet wide, the Legacy Quilt — part of the Museum of Food and Drink’s (MOFAD) latest exhibit, “African/American: Making the Nation’s Table” — includes 406 tiles that illustrate Black people’s impact on American cuisine.
“We’re in a few thousand square feet and we’re trying to tell 400 years of history. How do we do that?” said Catherine Piccoli, the museum’s curatorial director, on the process of assembling the exhibit. “We discussed early on the concept of a quilt — since quilts are so deeply rooted in African American culture — being part of the exhibition, and as we continued to talk about the quilt it became the sort of holding place, if you will, for telling as many stories as we could.”
Scheduled to run through June 19, a.k.a. Juneteenth, the first-of-its-kind exhibit puts Black people’s culinary contributions in agriculture, culinary arts, brewing and distilling, and commerce on full display and allows guests to see, experience and taste — yes, there is food available — the results. In addition to the quilt, it includes the Ebony Test Kitchen, a bastion of African American cuisine that was saved from demolition by preservation nonprofit Landmarks Illinois, along with photographs, artifacts and virtual reality experiences…
The Legacy Quilt was sewn by Harlem Needle Arts and features illustrations by graphic designer Adrian Franks. “The idea was to find 400 people, one for every year for the 400 years that were initially being celebrated when we were opening in 2020, which would have taken us from 1619 to 2020,” Harris said, referring to the year enslaved Africans were first brought to America. “There are blank quilt squares to indicate the number of people that we just don’t know and that are being discovered daily.”…
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 26, 2022
“We want to make sure that America’s story is told from the folks who have not always been invited to the table, who have not always had a say in what their own history has been.” https://t.co/qO0xRpiukq
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) February 20, 2022
The first time I saw Deb Haaland cry, she was a congresswoman from New Mexico, and she was standing on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.
It was 2019, during a civil rights pilgrimage led by John Lewis. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) wailed out as a hymn was sung, and Haaland reached to comfort her. It was impossible not to be moved standing with Lewis on the bridge where he was almost killed in 1965.
So it wasn’t a surprise to watch tears well this week for Haaland, now the interior secretary, as she stood outside the Mississippi courthouse that once set free the murderers of Emmett Till. For Haaland, the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary, visiting these sites doesn’t just mean remembering the injustice inflicted upon Black people; it means walking the ancestral lands that were home to Indigenous people long before the slave ships came. Long before the boundaries between the races were drawn, and then reinforced by Jim Crow. She knows what it means to come from people who experienced prejudice and violence — the kind of violence that killed Till when he was just 14 years old.
A 2017 act of Congress spurred the current effort to incorporate existing sites that honor the history of Till’s 1955 lynching into the National Park Service, and it’s what brought Haaland to the Mississippi Delta to listen. What she heard was pain from a community that wants Till’s story told truthfully…
This is your annual Black History Month reminder that Russia's most important poet, who has done for our literary language what Shakespeare has done for English, was a black man who was arrested and exiled for his political views and ultimately slain by a white officer. pic.twitter.com/qt0ELzbJod
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) February 2, 2022
Alexander Pushkin's proud black heritage is a source of endless butthurt for a certain subset of Russians that is NEVER not fun to irritate.
"The Negroes' ugly descendant" himself would've been giddy with merriment, I tell you.
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) February 2, 2022