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New York Daily News: February 1, 2016
Yes Black History Month and celebrate the struggles and triumphs of America

 

Auburn Citizen: February 1, 2016
Auchampaugh: Who owned slaves in Owasco?

 

Observer-Dispatch: January 31, 2016
OUR VIEW: Make black history American history

 

Amsterdam News: January 29, 2016
Black History Month theme highlights African American historic places

 

New York Daily News: January 28, 2016
Challenger 30th anniversary: Remembering Ronald McNair

 

theroot.com: January 26, 2016
Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation Sells for Record Price at Sundance

 

The New York Times: January 21, 2016
Evidence of Burial Ground Is Discovered

 

theroot.com: January 7, 2016
Literary Women Pay Homage to Zora Neale Hurston on Her 125th Birthday

 

Huffington Post: November 30, 2015
Urgency and Optimism: Chisholm's Legacy and the Status of Black Women in American Politics Today

 

New York Times: November 20, 2015
Mal Whitfield, Olympic Gold Medalist and Tuskegee Airman, Dies at 91

 

NY Daily News: November 6, 2015
Brooklyn Tuskegee Airman who joined FDNY after WWII dies at age 95

 

Theroot.com: October 26, 2015
A Rare, Firsthand Account of an African Muslim Enslaved in Brazil

 

Time.com: October 4, 2015
Textbook Company to Update Description of Slaves as ‘Workers’ After Criticism

 

New York Times: August 23, 2015
Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role

 

New York Times: August 13, 2015
Missing Historical Marker Resurrects Debate Over Photographer’s Birthplace

 

Sag Harbor News: August 13, 2015
Slave Dwelling Project, A Stay in the Manor’s Attic

 

New York Times: August 12, 2015
Confronting Slavery at Long Island’s Oldest Estates

 

New York Daily News: July 30, 2015
Tuskegee Airman William White, a 'humble' hero, dies in Virginia home aged 88

 

Huffington Post: July 22, 2015
Frederick Douglass and Southern Politics

 

New York Times: July 13, 2015
CUNY Exhibition Documents Lives of Black Africans in Early Dominican Republic

 

New York Times: July 6, 2015
Adirondack Town Mystery: Who Stole Marker for a Civil War Photographer?

 

Huffington Post: July 2, 2015
Recovering New York City's Black History

 

Associated Press: July 1, 2015
Misty Copeland's promotion at ABT breaks barriers

 

New York Times: May 31, 2015
Grim History Traced in Sunken Slave Ship Found Off South Africa

 

Amsterdam News: May 15, 2015
Recognizing How Slaves Helped Build NYC


AtlantaBlackStar.com: May 13, 2015
8 Interesting Facts About Cathay Williams, the Only Black Woman Enlisted as a Buffalo Soldier


Associated Press: May 10, 2015
West Point names barracks for black graduate who was shunned


New York Times: May 7, 2015
Diane White Clatto, Weathercaster Who Broke a Color Barrier, Dies at 76


AtlantaBlackStar.com: May 1, 2015
With 150th Anniversary of Reconstruction, Federal Govt. Delves Into Greater Examination of That Crucial Period in American History





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New York State’s Amistad Commission is charged with researching and surveying the extent to which the African slave trade, American slavery and its aftermath and legacy is included in the curricula of New York state schools; and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature regarding the implementation of education and awareness programs into schools curricula. The Commission will focus on the contributions of African-Americans in building our country, American History including Abolitionists, Civil Rights movements and other developments to create a greater awareness about the nation’s involvement in slavery to inspire acknowledgement and informed dialogue.

In 2005, New York’s Legislature created an Amistad Commission to review state curriculum regarding how American slavery is taught. All people should know of and remember the human carnage and dehumanizing atrocities committed during this period of American history and consider the vestiges of slavery in this country. It is vital to educate our citizens about our nation’s involvement in slavery to nullify the pervasive myth that Northerners, especially New Yorkers were innocent of slavery. The intention is to explore how slavery is interpreted to our students and the public and seek informed, balanced approaches. We will focus on historical content as well as pedagogy on how to teach slavery, with the hope that it be presented with sensitivity in learning environments and will contribute to the principles of justice, and dignity in a civilized society.

New Jersey, Illinois and New York have each created commissions to review how African American history and 250 years of slavery is taught in America’s classrooms. The Amistad Commissions were named after the Amistad, a Spanish slave ship that was the site of a famous slave revolt in 1839. The ship was seized by the US Navy off the coast of Long Island and taken to Connecticut where the U.S. Supreme Court eventually granted those slaves their freedom. The slave revolt was also the basis for a popular movie by Steven Spielberg, ''Amistad,'' in 1997.

It is the policy of the State of New York that the history of the African slave trade, American slavery, the depth of slavery’s impact on our society and American History, the triumphs of African-Americans and their significant contributions to the development of this country, and the involvement of the entire nation, is the proper concern of all people, particularly students enrolled in the schools of the state of New York.

The Amistad Commission will provide appropriate acknowledgment and recognition regarding slavery, its aftermath and legacy as well as slavery’s descendants in the struggle for freedom and liberty. In addition, the Commission will develop workshops, institutes, seminars, teacher training, resources and other means of addressing slavery, racism, and human rights, as well as develop a roster of individual volunteers and thought leaders able to share their knowledge and expertise with the state’s students and educators. (Revised January 2013)

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