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Thanksgiving Tribe Reclaims Language Lost to Colonization

Philip Marcelo describes methods being used by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to revive their  language with adults who are fluent speakers and highlights the work of MacArthur prize winner Jessie “Little Doe” Baird.  Read the article by clicking here.


From Slaveships to the Mothership: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture, November 28, 2017


Resources for Talking Race over Thanksgiving

Standing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) provides several ways to initiate and sustain conversations about race and what Thanksgiving means to Native Americans, including a holiday hotline.  Click here to get the hotline link, a discussion guide, and a placemat with points refuting the Thanksgiving myth and information about land and other environmental resources.

Colin Kaepernick and Legacy of the Negro National Anthem

Brent Staples compares the histories of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” composed by Francis Scott Key, who owned human beings, and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the popularity of the latter in the African American community reflecting “a quiet act of rebellion against the racist status quo.”  To read the complete essay (New York Times, November 22, 2017), click here.

The Myth of the “Good” Protest

Yale historian Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore explains the similarity between Colin Kaepernick’s protest and that of Rosa Parks and the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, refuting the commonly held belief that the latter two “materialized from an individual’s epiphany” without precedent and planning.  To read the complete essay, click here.

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