We are back and hope you had a good summer, notwithstanding these challenging times.
Lots of news for you. I’ll share the most positive first.
The Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity is hiring!
Want to make a difference on racial equity issues? Apply for the Project Coordinator job at the Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity of Binghamton University. We need you!
Green Team International Scholarships
The NGO Green Team International is announcing its scholarship program for this year. The deadline is October 15.
Scholarship awardees are students of African descent pursuing higher education and committed to preserving the environment.
See below this article profiling last year’s winners.
Meet the newest group of eco-warriors that GTI is happy to support.
WEEPING TIME MEMORIAL
Now for the not such great news. As many of you know, since the publication of my book, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History (Cambridge University Press, 2017), I have been advocating for a memorial for the 400+ enslaved persons who were displaced from their home on the Butler estates and “scattered to the four winds” as noted by one observer of the auction in Savannah, Georgia in 1859. Recently, the Coalition for the Weeping Time Memorial reached out to me to help in advocating for this memorial to be built on a site in West Savannah currently slated to be turned into a homeless shelter run by the Salvation Army. I gave a presentation to the media group, All things Relevant, on June 2, 2021 to help the Coalition in this advocacy.
I said that while we respect the good work of The Salvation Army in their long history of advocacy for the marginalized, we ask them and City officials to consider another site for this shelter. There are several places where this shelter can be placed. But there is only one place for The Weeping Time memorial. Furthermore, many in the community do not want a homeless shelter there because the community lacks the services (both economic and social) that this population would need. Most importantly, there is a strong desire to honor those whose lives were forever changed when they and their loved ones were sold away. Defenseless, they could not change their fates then, but today, we have the power to honor their contribution to the making of modern America and their very personal sacrifice.
To date, the Coalition has not prevailed but remains hopeful.
Baileyblog readers, we are in what I call, “An Age of Repair.”
if you agree with our efforts, I hope you will:
- join the campaign led by local pastors and community activists and sign this petition.
2. contact your member of Congress and let them know your position.
We hope that many others will join you, so spread the word! Please share this post widely and contact us directly if you would like to help. We need you!