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I don't know anything about it, but your post drew my eye to a recent announcement from the Koch Foundation on H-Announce. It's a request for proposals for support for research related to "well-being and free societies." I was interested see "cronyism" listed among their more specific possible topics.
Besides Baldwin's letter to his nephew and Bob Teague's and Ta-Nehisi Coates letters to their sons, do you know of any other similar published letters from other African Americans to their descendant men?
I just read about Charles Koch's (one of the Koch brothers) relationship with the United Negro College Fund in the Washington Post,
A review of the timely Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells, Lynching, and Transatlantic Activism recently commissioned by and posted on H-Law.
Author: Sarah L. Silkey
Reviewer: Patricia Schechter
Sarah L. Silkey. Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells, Lynching, and Transatlantic Activism. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015. 224 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8203-4557-4.
Might this question also be answered by way of a history of culture? We consider the fact that enslaved black women were involved in personal aspects of rearing the children of white slave owners, from breastfeeding and nursing, to physical nurturing. Could what you describe be a holdover of a kind of embodied mothering, an intimacy that was deemed acceptable between children and caregivers under these circumstances of racial segregation? It is an interesting field of investigation and I look forward to learning more.
I hope you get some interest in pursuing this topic, particularly if taking into consideration the larger context. From what I know about Atlanta and Georgia, Black women organized the Domestic Workers Union in the 1950s. Led by Dorothy Bolden, whose archives are in the Auburn Avenue public library that houses much of the record of the civil rights movement in Atlanta, there were thousands of members and it expanded to a national base. I think it was affiliated with National Welfare Rights Org, since the wages were so low most Black domestic workers in the South were also on welfare.
Dear Mariah Adin--
This is meant as a response to Mariah Adin.
In my 2009 study, Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration (Mississippi), I looked at nannies in the South and the North. I conducted oral histories with former nannies and utilized the collection at Baylor University, among others. My oral histories are archived at the Schlesinger Library and the Grand Rapids Public Library.
A Tribute to Richard Blackett: Scholar and Mentor
I would welcome any leads on photographs or artwork depicting African American travelers (particularly travel to Europe or the Caribbean) between the 1890s and 1940s. Images related to the travels of Ida B. Wells, Zora Neale Hurston, or Jessie Redmon Fauset are especially welcome. Please email me with any suggestions: email@example.com.
Gary Totten, North Dakota State University
CFP's and Announcements
The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History (PAAH), with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers the following Mellon Scholars long-term fellowships for 2016-2017.
In January 2016 Readex will release African American Newspapers, Series 2, 1835-1956, adding more than 60 newly available publications written for or by African Americans.
Call for Participants:
William J. Wilson, "Afric-American Picture Gallery" (1859)
Just Teach One: Early African American Print
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CALLALOO, the premier literary journal of the African Diaspora, is now accepting applications for the 2016 Brown CALLALOO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP (CCWW) until November 1, 2015. We invite submissions of poetry or fiction for admission consideration for this two-week workshop, which will be hosted by the Department of Africana Studies and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, June 12-25, 2016.
Since the era of slavery and continuing through the present, Black women have articulated a vision of freedom, equality, anti-racism, and racial uplift, drawing from Scripture to sustain their work of promoting equal rights for African Americans. From the early female abolitionists such as Maria Stewart, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman, to the anti-lynching activists Ida B.
Call For Papers Voting Rights Act @50 November 14, 2015 Utica College, Utica NY
The Center for Historical Research at Utica College invites paper submissions for a symposium, VRA@50, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the tumultuous era that led to the passage of this landmark legislation.
We are excited to invite you to Issues in Critical Investigation’s (ICI) Biennial Symposium hosted at Vanderbilt University. Entitled “The African Diaspora in the World,” this year’s symposium aims to offer an interdisciplinary study of the histories and cultures of Africa and its global diasporas. Particular emphasis is placed on the intersections and connections among the various communities of African descent and the practices shaping experiences of diaspora.
Nominations Sought by the School for Advanced Research for $10,000 J. I. Staley Prize
The Staley prize recognizes innovative books in anthropology that add new dimensions to our understanding of the human species.
Deadline for the 2016 Staley Prize Nominations is October 1, 2015
For additional information, including eligibility criteria and instructions for nominating a book, please visit http://sarweb.org/index.php?staley_prize