Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice

Dark Testament: Black Writers on Justice

At the American Writers Museum explore racial injustice in America by examining the work of Black American writers from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. Featuring original artwork, augmented reality and other interactive elements to enliven and enrich the experience, Dark Testament brings the work of writers past and present to life in new and exciting ways.

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Coming To The Table: The Frederick Douglass Project

Frederick Douglass

Experience dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of speeches by Frederick Douglass for diverse audiences on Zoom as a catalyst for powerful dialogue about the impact of discrimination, racialized violence, structural inequality, and deferred justice upon individuals, families, professionals, and communities.

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Black History Can Do More Than Counter White Racism

Black history is a movement of ideas targeted to redress the long history of anti-Blackness. Anti-Blackness is a totalizing system of thought that positions Black people, including their bodies, culture, and value systems, as bad or dysfunctional. But Black history does more than counter anti-Black ideologies; it also documents the social contexts, experiences, aesthetics, and intellectual pursuits of African Americans. This idea of both countering white racism and writing and creating from one’s standpoint—removed from the white gaze—is central to Black history.

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The Meaning of Independence Day for Milwaukee’s People of Color

This article explores why Independence Day and patriotism in America mean something different to the African/African-American community than to white Americans. It shows how Black Americans have endured vastly differing experiences from white Americans, because unalienable rights supposed afforded in America do not apply, have not applied, to them.

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