Archive for the ‘North America’ Category

U.S.: Descendants of slaves sold to University seek reconciliation

In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 slaves to pay off its massive debts. The university received the equivalent of $3.3 million after they were sold to plantations in Louisiana.

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Mexico: Afro-Mexicans Recognized in Mexico’s National Census

Mexican citizens may now officially identify themselves as “Afro-Mexican” on national censuses.

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Canada: Justice Michael Tulloch Appointed to Ontario Court of Appeal

Justice Michael Tulloch has been appointed as a judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal. He is the first black lawyer appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

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U.S.: Papers of Richard Greener Found – Harvard’s First African-American Alumnus

An abandoned home near Chicago’s South Side, was the unlikely hiding place for an important piece of black history — the papers of Richard Theodore Greener, Harvard’s first African-American alumnus.

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Canada: Interview with CABL President – Andrew Alleyne

Sway Magazine profiled Andrew Alleyne, the president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. Alleyne reflects on his professional career and looks ahead as the head of CABL.

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U.S.: Cherokee Vote Out Descendants of Southern Slave Trade

Known as the ‘Trail of Tears,’ some 4,000 Indians died in 1838 during the forced march. ‘And our ancestors carried the baggage,’ said Marilyn Vann, the Freedman leader.

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Mexico and Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet

In Mexico and Peru, Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of each country’s black population—the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States.

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Video | U.S. Profile: National Bar Association

Organized in 1925, today the National Bar Association is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominately African American attorneys.

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U.S.: Liberian Shipping Company Sentenced to Pay $2.4 Million

Cardiff Marine, Inc., a Liberian-registered shipping company, was sentenced to a $2.4 million fine and 3 years probation under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

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Video | U.S. Profile: Patricia Williams, Author and Law Professor

Patricia J. Williams is an American legal scholar and a proponent of critical race theory, a school of legal thought that emphasizes race as a fundamental determinant of the American legal system.

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