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Uplift, Accommodation, and Assimilation, 2 of 2

Hollowell starts out with a timeline, which I truly appreciate. He wants to express the point that the separation of the races through the Jim Crow laws starts around 1877, and mostly around public accommodation: transportation, education, and the fear of miscegenation. He briefly recaps the earlier lecture, and then plays a short, scratchy, barely […]

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Uplift, Accommodation, and Assimilation 1 of 2

Hollowell states that the “Talented Tenth,” Uplift & Respectability, and Race Management are the themes of the next two lectures, and honestly, I really need a little uplifting because the last four lectures have got me s h o o k. He starts out with a quote from Alexander Crummell, an American who emigrated to […]

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Reconstruction 2 of 2

This time Hollowell starts off with Billie Holliday’s “Strange Fruit,” which becomes meta-strange as we hear the audience clap and whistle at her performance. Yes, she’s an amazing singer, but this sentiment is nothing to applaud. He lets the applause go just long enough to make it feel weird; either that, or I’m feeling sensitive. […]

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Reconstruction 1 of 2

There really is a lot to this lecture, man. I had to listen to it probably four times before I caught enough to find an avenue to respond; there is just so much. Hollowell opens with the plight of the capitalist: how to get my property to work for me when I want, and what […]

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We went outside today.

Well, it was the first consistently nice day all week, so Justin and I decided to take a day trip out to the Book Barn in Niantic, CT, and meet up with Eggie, Darian & Aivar at the beach. We love the Book Barn all the time, but especially in Covid Times because much of […]

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moJAVe Masks v2.0

moJAVe masks are cloth masks made in honor of our brother-in-law, whose initials were JAV. He and my brother (his husband) had recently bought a house in Palm Springs (near the Mojave). I chose the symbolism of the desert because is a place of invisible, but undeniable, community. Joe died from Covid-19 on March 30, […]

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Dawn of Freedom 2 of 2

So here we are. One thing I appreciate is how Hollowell opens each lecture with a popular culture note specific to the time. This time, he starts with the poem, Bury Me In A Free Land, by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Hollowell asks that we give attention to the imagery Harper paints. I’d shudder and […]

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Dawn of Freedom 1 of 2

I’m taking the Open Course at Yale called, “AFAM 162: African American History: From Emancipation to the Present,” and I intend to write my thoughts, observations, and questions along with the lectures one-by-one. Dawn of Freedom is the first lecture in the series. It starts out with a famous excerpt to the speech given by […]