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Central Park Birder Turns Clash Into Graphic Novel About Racism
Sarah Maslin Nir, September 9, 2020, The New York Times

Christian Cooper became one of the nation’s most famous bird watchers when a video he filmed of his confrontation with a white woman in Central Park went viral. After Mr. Cooper asked her to leash her dog, she had warned him that she would falsely tell a 911 operator that “an African-American man is threatening my life.”

But before that Memorial Day encounter, Mr. Cooper was well-known in a different realm: as a pioneering comic book writer. Now, Mr. Cooper is using his experience in Central Park as the inspiration for a graphic novel, “It’s a Bird,” published by DC Comics.



Black scuba divers document slave shipwrecks forgotten for generations
Allie Yang, September 9, 2020, ABC News

It was in the middle of December 1827 when the Guerrero, a ship crewed by Cuban pirates, sped through the waters south of Florida to Havana, where they aimed to trade their precious cargo: 561 people who had been kidnapped from their homes in West Africa.

As a bad storm approached, the Cuban brig and its crew were trying to avoid British ships that were enforcing a ban on the slave trade, which had been implemented 20 years prior by Great Britain.

Near Orange Cay in the Bahamas, a British warship called the HMS Nimble spotted the Guerrero sitting suspiciously low in the water with the weight of the captives on board. The Nimble's crew fired two warning shots at the Guerrero and the chase was on. After five hours, the Nimble had gotten close enough to engage the Guerrero, and the two ships battled with cannon and musket fire.



Project will create model of National online hub of Slavery History
Anne E. Bromley, September 01, 2020, UVA Today

As U.S. institutions of higher education, especially in the South and East, have been researching and publicly discussing their histories with slavery for a dozen years or so, it has become clear that it would be beneficial to make this documentation more easily accessible to scholars, students, genealogists and the public.

Despite the similarities of record types, information sources and data elements, each institution is taking its own, often duplicative approach to its history. Producing a common, shared approach to documenting, describing and organizing the data derived from the archival records relating to these histories, a new digital project, “On These Grounds,” supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will help expand researchers’ understanding of the lives and experiences of the enslaved across these institutional contexts and extend the possibility of search and discovery across collections. The project could also enable people doing genealogy to find out more about their ancestors.



After Reconstruction, Black Women Found Opportunity for Revolt in Church
Martha S. Jones, September 10, 2020, Literary Hub

When Black women spoke about power, they used a term that was as vague as it was blunt. They found it sometimes necessary to be that forceful, especially in contests with men who spoke in metaphors of war. Yes, battles ensued when Black women aimed to exert authority over men—in churches, at conventions, and at the ballot box. But that did not form the whole picture.



African American Centenarian Voter in 1891
Ellen Gruber Garvey, September 10, 2020, Scrapbook History: 19th Century Media

A November 5, 1891 clipping in William Henry Dorsey’s scrapbook reports that John Gibson, a resident of the Philadelphia’s Home for Aged and Infirm Colored Persons, age 113 years, voted that week. “Mr. Gibson, who is known by the residents of the Home as “Father” Gibson, was taken to the poll in a carriage, and had to be lifted out to vote.”



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