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Toni Morrison: American literary giant made it her life’s work to ensure that black lives (and voices) matter

The peerless novelist and cultural commentator Toni Morrison, who has died aged 88, never accepted the received wisdom about anything. In a writing career that spanned half a century – from the appearance of the first of her 11 novels, The Bluest Eye, in 1970, to that of her last essay collection, Mouth Full of Blood, in February 2019 – she unfailingly cast in new light both aspects of human experience and moments in American history that, in our complacency, we thought we already knew.

UNITED STATES | NAACP to Commemorate 400 Years of African Diaspora in August

MONTEGO BAY, April 23, 2019 - In August this year, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, NAACP, will commemorate its historic “Jamestown to Jamestown” event, which, in partnership with Ghana, will mark the 400th year enslaved Africans first touched the shores of what would become the United States of America.

Slavers in the family: what a castle in Accra reveals about Ghana’s history

As a Ghanaian archaeologist, I have been conducting research at Christiansborg Castle in Accra, Ghana. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the castle is a former seventeenth century trading post, colonial Danish and British seat of government, and Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana. Today, it’s known in local parlance as simply “Osu Castle” or “The Castle”.

Slavery is real and the West profits from it – Cambodia’s construction boom highlights how

The Conversation, November 19, 2018 - Modern slavery is a prominent term of late. Thus far, efforts to deal with it have tended to focus on criminality and the explicit imprisonment of people involved. Yet tackling modern slavery in a meaningful sense isn’t merely a question of identifying culprits and freeing victims. To do so is merely to treat the symptoms of the issue.
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