Washington Post: Two women lead a free tour of Charlottesville’s Confederate monuments each month. A new website lets everyone listen.. “Once a month, the two African American women walk to the former slave auction block in Charlottesville. They stand before a crowd that often numbers in the dozens. University of Virginia professor Jalane Schmidt gestures toward the ground, pointing out a small concrete marker, flush with the brick sidewalk, that declares: ‘On this site, slaves were bought and sold.’ Beside her, Andrea Douglas, executive director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, clears her throat. ith that, the tour — which will stretch for roughly 90 minutes and take attendees through the history and legacy of Charlottesville’s embattled Confederate monuments — begins.”
Lohud: ‘People Not Property’: New website explores history of slavery in the region. “The nonprofit educational group Historic Hudson Valley wants New Yorkers to know that slavery was not confined to the South. The group has launched ‘People Not Property,’ a new interactive documentary website that explains the history of slavery in the Northeast, including the Hudson Valley, using stories, videos, and re-enactments.”
Motherboard: Google Employee Writes Memo About ‘The Burden of Being Black at Google’. “The memo, obtained by Motherboard, is titled ‘The Weight of Silence,’ and argues that Google is lacking in diversity, and that some of its employees make racist or at least insensitive comments about minorities.”
University of Georgia: Study shows Facebook groups aid breastfeeding support. “Facebook could be the key to helping mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges. That’s according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Researchers found that mom-to-mom breastfeeding support groups on Facebook were a valued source of support specifically for African American mothers.”
Florida State University: Inside the story of Emmett Till: FSU professor launches app with digital perspective of civil rights icon. “A Florida State University professor’s five-year research project has opened a new window of understanding about the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 that became a catalyst of the civil rights movement. Davis Houck, FSU’s Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies in the College of Communication and Information, and his colleagues have launched the Emmett Till Memory Project app and website documenting locations linked with Till’s murder in Mississippi.”
State Archives of North Carolina: State Archives Announces the Collection of Elmer Gibson, Pioneering African American Army Chaplain. “The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina is excited to announce the availability for researchers of the Elmer P. Gibson Papers (MMP 9). This collection documents the U.S. Army service of pioneering African American chaplain, Elmer P. Gibson of Greensboro, N.C., and Philadelphia, PA…. The Elmer P. Gibson Papers help document one of the unsung heroes of the American civil rights movement of the twentieth century, and one of the most important forces for racial integration of the U.S. military. All of Gibson’s photographs are available for viewing online in an album on the State Archives’ Flickr page.”
1888PressRelease: New Website to Find Black Owned Eateries in Every Town (PRESS RELEASE). “Supporting minority owned businesses is very important for the economy. Finding these businesses is not always an easy task. That was the driving force for Edward Dillard to create Eat Black Owned. He set out to design a website for visitors to easily find black owned restaurants, cafes, diners, and bakeries.” I checked a 20-mile radius of my town, and it found several businesses but I know there are others it missed. Obviously a work in progress but enough there to make it worth a visit.