I’ve been swamped in schoolwork which is stopping me from living my best life on these black history posts. Today, I compiled a list of links I found throughout the week and books I recommend since I did not get to complete a full post on one topic. The books are what I really encourage you to look into. Unlike the internet, they provide more detailed and in-depth research and citations from scholars and others useful for deep research.
Descendants of Last Slave Ship Still Live in Alabama Community
I spoke about “Africa Town” once before on this blog (See post here). This article shares some insightful information on the descendants of that town. (You may also remember the book recently released on behalf of Zora Neale Hurston of the Clotilda).
South African paramilitary unit plotted to infect black population with Aids, former member claims
Group said to have ‘spread the virus’ at the behest of Keith Maxwell, eccentric leader of the shadowy South African Institute of Maritime Research, who wanted a white majority country where ‘the excesses of the 1960s, 70s and 80s have no place in the post-Aids world’.
Don’t let February be the only time you are interested in your history. From the shelf, here are some of my favorites. I recommend them all:
- They Came Before Columbus, Ivan Van Sertima
- Jews Selling Blacks: Slave Sale Advertising by American Jews
- The Miseducation of the Negro, Carter G. Woodson
- The Valley of Dry Bones: The Conditions that Face Black People in America, Rudolph Windsor
- From Babylon to Timbuktu: A History of the Ancient Black-Races including the Black Hebrews also by Rudolph Windsor
- Negro Slave Songs in the U.S. Miles, Mark, Fisher
- Israel on the Appomattox: A southern experiment in black freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War, Melvin Patrick Ely
- Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, Harriet A. Washington
- Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, Ayana D. Byrd and Lori L. Tharps
- The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther
- Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, James H. Jones
- Understanding the Assault on the Black Man, Black Manhood, and Black Masculinity, Wesley Muhammad
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
There are so many others but this should be enough to get your started! Be sure to check out the other Black History Fun Facts on the Black History Fun Fact Friday page.