Marking History: Monuments to Malevolence 


A remarkable project is underway to memorialize the thousands of victims of lynching. The project is spearheaded by Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative.

It is a somber, almost hauntingly beautiful work of art and will list the names of the U.S.’s 4,000 lynching victims, as well as place historical markers (similar to the one pictured above) in each of the more than 800 counties across the country where the lynchings took place. Read the rest of this entry

The Black Eagles

At the 1936 Olympics, 18 black athletes went to Berlin as part of the U.S. team. Pictured here are (left to right rear) Dave Albritton, and Cornelius Johnson, high jumpers; Tidye Pickett, a hurdler; Ralph Metcalfe, a sprinter; Jim Clark, a boxer, and Mack Robinson, a sprinter. In front are John Terry, (left) a weight lifter and John Brooks, a long jumper. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

There were eighteen African-American athletes on the U.S. Team in the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany. They won 14 medals — eight of them gold: a quarter of the 56 medals won by the entire U.S. team. Most of them have been all but forgotten.

“It was easier to tell the story of one African-American Read the rest of this entry

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