Category: history


Memorial Day and the Lee Street Massacre

Today, we celebrate Memorial Day in the United States, a day where we remember those who died serving their country. In May 1865, less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered, ending the Civil War, recently freed African Americans celebrated Decoration Day. On May 1, 1865, 10,000 people, largely formerly enslaved individuals, gathered and marched around the Charleston racetrack, commemorating the 260 Union soldiers … Read More Memorial Day and the Lee Street Massacre


Severed History in Nate Powell’s “Save It For Later”: Part III

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier six-part series is bookended by Sam visiting the Captain America exhibit commemorating Steve Rogers’ service during World War II and his continued adventures. In the first episode, Sam Wilson walks through the exhibit, remembering Steve and their friendship. As the series progresses, we get introduced to Isaiah Bradley, a Black man who, along with other Black soldiers, took … Read More Severed History in Nate Powell’s “Save It For Later”: Part III


Severed History in Nate Powell’s “Save it For Later” Part II

In last Thursday’s post, I started looking at “Good Trouble, Bad Flags” in Nate Powell’s Save It For Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest. Specifically, I looked at the ways that Powell discusses the severing of history and the erasure of history that occurs throughout our collective consciousness. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at a few more moments … Read More Severed History in Nate Powell’s “Save it For Later” Part II

“Untangling Whiteness: Reflection and Action”

In May, I had a conversation with a colleague about possible events to host at the Lillian E. Smith Center, especially during a pandemic with limited travel. He suggested a symposium focused on whiteness since Smith’s work explores both the construction and deconstruction of whiteness. We had this conversation after the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. After the murder of Breonna Taylor. Before the murder … Read More “Untangling Whiteness: Reflection and Action”

“What if . . .?”: Questions About Education

The other day, Beth Loveland emailed me with her thoughts after she read Ashley McCall’s “What If We Radically Reimagined The New School Year?” As I read McCall’s article, I kept thinking about Lillian Smith and her comments to Mr. Hartley about education. McCall asks us, among a myriad of important questions, “What if we recognized that lifeā€”our day-to-day circumstances and our response to … Read More “What if . . .?”: Questions About Education