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Largest U.S. Fund Announces $3M In Grants For Black History Sites

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announces $3 million in grant funding to protect and preserve sites representing African American history. This Action Fund is the largest U.S. resource dedicating resources to the preservation of African American historic places, with more than $80 million in funding. Since its creation in 2017, the Action Fund has supported 160 places through its National Grant Program with a total investment of $12.4 million.

Brent Leggs, Executive Director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, and Senior Vice President of The National Trust for Historic Preservation shares that “The cultural landscapes and historic buildings in this year’s list showcase the breadth and depth of African American life, history, and architecture across generations.”

This year’s list further demonstrates the beauty and complexity of African...

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The Right’s War on History and Truth

History is contested because the telling of history is powerful.

President Joe Biden brought eloquent leadership to a national commemoration of the 100th anniversary of a massacre in Tulsa, Okla., this month. In 1921, hundreds of Black men, women, and children were murdered, and a thriving community was destroyed in a singular racialized mass murder.

These murders took place as the Ku Klux Klan was resurgent, energized by the vehemently racist 1915 film Birth of a Nation, which promoted the false pro-Confederacy “Lost Cause” version of the history of slavery and the Civil War.

Until recent years, the Tulsa massacre had been largely hidden from history. The truth was systematically covered up, deliberately erased from our collective memory, by public officials, news media, and textbooks.

It would be tempting to think that a cover-up of this magnitude could never happen today. But we may be on the verge of an even greater historical cover-up. Republican legislators...

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The Relevance of Native America to Black History

In the late 1700s, Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable made his way from the American South to the Great Lakes region. He applied his education, acquired reasoning skills, and charm to the fur trading business. His savvy led to friendly relations with the Potawatomi people and consequential marriage to Kitihawa (Catherine).

Together, this husband-and-wife team created a bakehouse, dairy farm, smokehouse, poultry house, and mill. Their dreams, facilitation of intertribal and international trade in the area, resourcefulness, and determination would ultimately lead to the City of Chicago. 

The origins of shared kinship between Africans and Native Americans—both legitimate and illegitimate—lie in their alliances and allegiances formed during slavery and as fellow citizens in self-determination within tribal nations within the present-day boundaries of the United States. 

Shared slavery 

In shared slavery, enslaved Africans and enslaved Native Americans...

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