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Black Geographies: Our Place in the World

A close look at spaces African Americans have inhabited and fought for can deepen our understanding of the connections between race, space, and place.
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Jarena Lee and the Early A.M.E. Church

The Second Great Awakening marked an era of transformation for America, and a new path forward for Jarena Lee. Born into a free Black family in Cape May, NJ in 1783 and later moving to Philadelphia, Lee navigated the intense religiosity and social reformation of her time to emerge as the nation’s first African American woman preacher, and the first woman to be recognized as an evangelist in the male-dominated African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
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Capturing Your Family’s Oral History

Oral History, or the practice of recording and preserving memories and experiences, enables us to capture the wisdom of our living libraries before they pass away and “burn to the ground.” Unlike other methods of record keeping, oral histories provide a personal account of pivotal events from individuals who experienced them first hand.
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The Historical Legacy of Watch Night

Watch Night or “Freedom's Eve,” marks when African Americans across the country watched and waited for the Emancipation Proclamation to take effect. Today, Watch Night service encourages reflection on the history of slavery and the previous year.
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The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

There are Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba, that help us to continue building and maintaining unified and empowered communities.
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HBCUs Foster Scholarship, Culture and Community

HBCU campuses have always been places that foster the development and achievement of African Americans. The historic election of U.S. Vice President–elect Kamala Harris also has generated significant attention.
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Delaying Funerals Until It Is Safe to Gather Has Roots in African American “Secondary Burial” Traditions

The Coronavirus-19 pandemic has changed every aspect of American life, even the ways that we mourn and express our grief. Following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance that Americans socially distance themselves to save lives, mourning traditions have adapted in ways unfamiliar to most Americans.
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Gestures of Solidarity in African American Culture

Michelle and Barack Obama bump fists, a gesture of solidarity, before he accepted the Democratic nomination for president at the Xcel Energy Center June 3 2008, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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A Recipe to Top Off Your Holiday Meal

Nothing tops a holiday meal like a smooth, rich gravy. Chef Jerome Grant shares the perfect gravy recipe and tips for ensuring yours is just right.
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African Muslims in Early America

A collection story highlighting African Muslims in Early America.
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