Legacies links for September 19, 2022: contested citizenship, the Constitution, and imperial histories

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Aaron Douglas, Harriet Tubman (1931). This tribute to the activist legacy of  Harriet Tubman was commissioned by CIC member institution Bennett College—then and now an independent HBCU for women. source: North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Mia Khatib, “Meredith College conference uplifts voices of Black women,” The Triangle Tribune (September 14, 2022): LINK. A report on the recent conference hosted by Legacies Partner Meredith College, “Voices of Change: Contested Citizenship.”  
  • Adele M. Banks, “Let’s Talk, a new racial unity initiative, takes evangelical leaders on tour of Black history,” Religion News Service (September 15, 2022): LINK. On a recent Tuesday, the “National Museum of African American History and Culture [hosted a special tour] for 42 Black, white and Asian American evangelical Christian leaders, sponsored by an initiative called Let’s Talk, which aims to foster racial unity among evangelicals.”
  • William Woodward, “Freeing James Somerset: Start of the Long Journey to the Thirteenth Amendment,” Seattle Pacific University (September 17, 2022): LINK. Discusses the influential 1772 Somerset decision that effectively abolished slavery in Great Britain. This essay was part of the institution’s celebration of Constitution Day on September 17—which, as usual, prompted discussions about slavery and the U.S. Constitution on both the left and the right. Seattle Pacific University is a CIC member institution.
  • The death of Queen Elizabeth II earlier this month has stoked arguments about the British monarchy’s historical links to slavery and Britain’s culpability for the slave trade and slavery across the former Empire, with loud calls from Africa for apologies and the Caribbean for reparations. Meanwhile, the Dutch government—with a similar history of royal and imperial entanglement with slavery—”will apologize for the Netherlands’ role in the slave trade … by the end of this year or the beginning of 2023” (according to TheGrio and other sources).