Room with a Beautiful VIEW

In a divided country and in a divided world, I encountered an oasis this week. I had the pleasure of being in the studio audience of the daytime television program, The View.  The View, created by journalist Barbara Walters in 1997, is a TV program which brings...

#Where are the Children: The Weeping Time Then and Now

Photo by Andrea Ricketts on unsplash.com   My book, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave auction in American History, (Cambridge University Press, 2017) opens with the story of an engaged couple separated from each other on the auction block.  On March 2 and...

The Windrush Generation: Can we erase our past?

In the last few years, since about 2013, Britain has been carrying out an immigration policy which is at odds with its colonial past.  British officials have been quietly deporting or denying benefits to long term residents referred to as the Windrush generation...

Frantz Fanon and Honoring the Land

“For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”  The Wretched of the Earth Frantz Fanon Two weeks ago, I was honored to be a part of an...

Between Syria and Me Redux

This week, Syria is again in the news. It has been about a year since I wrote the piece, "Between Syria and Me" and I thought it best to republish it in light of the fact that Syrian civil war is now eight years old. I also recently found a letter by a Jamaican...

A Great Time in Savannah!

I am so thankful to my hosts at Georgia Southern University (Armstrong College) for an opportunity to share my work in Savannah alongside the amazing Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters.  I was honored to give the third annual Mark Finlay lecture on my book, The Weeping...

The Day I met James Baldwin

Did I ever tell you about the time I met the writer James Baldwin? I was a junior at Harvard, majoring in English and French with an Africana focus.  I lived in one of the dormitories or houses as we called them on campus.  These houses were vibrant places; not simply...

Letter to Parkland Students

Dear Parkland Students, I have been a teacher most of my adult life and it’s a role I cherish. I cherish it because of what I teach –African, African American and Caribbean history--but mostly because of young people, young people like you. I can not tell you how much...

Find Anne C. Bailey's non-fiction book : The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History on Amazon.