February is Black History Month.
This year it arrives at a time of deep sadness. The Black Lives Matter movement was picking up momentum last year, but with the election of X%$FR#@ to the Presidency, as always seems to happen, that movement has been overtaken by a tsunami of “greater priorities”, becoming just one of a seeming thousand fronts people of conscience need to do battle on. Justice for the black community ought to remain a priority even as injustice for all becomes the general law.
I have done close to 450 posts on subjects relating to African Americans, beginning with profiles on scores of black vaudeville performers, jazz and blues musicians, the problematic issue of blackface minstrelsy, numerous black writers and more. Over the last couple of years, I have done an increasing number of pieces on race relations and pieces on African American history, spurred on by revelations by my own family’s past…and present. I have black nieces and nephews; they deserve every opportunity and advantage I’ve had, and frankly more.
The African American Interest section of Travalanche is here. Also, there is a search function in the right hand section of this blog; enter keywords like names or “black” + “vaudeville” to narrow in on specific subjects. And below are some links to past posts I thought might be of special interest today. We’ll be adding several new pieces as the month goes on:
In Which I Learn My Family is Not Unsullied by America’s Original Sin
A Post Touching on Indentured Servitude, Slavery & Labor
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Juneteenth Message (on the Stars and Bars)
Slavery and Racism in the North
The Civil War Never Ended
A Bert Williams Feature
More on the Import of the Bert Williams Feature
Zora Neal Hurston
Reviving the Genius of Zora Neal Hurston
Let America Be America Again
A Gallery of Great Blues Artists
The Meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King
The Black Panthers
Crash Course in August Wilson
Daughters of the Dust
A Black Lives Matter Protest