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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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Amistad Commission Members

Cesar A. Perales – New York Secretary of State
MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of Education, New York State Education Department
Nancy L. Zimpher – Chancellor, State University of New York
Robert Balachandran
Harold Bellinger
Nuriyah Angela Marie Boné-Owens
David Byer-Tyre
Jonathan Cornue
Julius D. Edwards
Frederick Harris
Sylvia Wong Lewis
Robert V. Lloyd
Geoffrey Prime
Enid Schildkrout
Mary Theresa Streck
James Turner

Amistad Commission Subcommittees

Website Re-Design. Focused on website re-design, this Amistad Commission Subcommittee will create a robust and user-friendly interface and provide content which explains the rationale for the formation and work of the Commission and links to information and resources e.g.. SUNY, NYSED, and other sources which can provide the public and educators with the resources needed to understand and place in context American slavery, African American History and its broad significance for our culture, history and society:

Subcommittee Liaison:  Lazaro Benitez

Members:

Sylvia Wong Lewis, Chair

Jonathan Cornue, Co-chair

Mary Theresa Streck, Co-chair

Educational and Cultural Resources: The Educational and Cultural Resources Subcommittee will contribute to developing a “cultural tourism map” by identifying historic sites throughout the state, coordinate links with other NYS entities; and further develop a list of resources, including libraries, museums, galleries, exhibits, events, historic places, educational entities; and assist in drafting a list of experts and thought leaders able to assist the commission. To the greatest extent practicable, resource listings will be developed for all regions of the State.

Subcommittee Liaison: Patricia Polan

Members:

David Byer-Tyre, Chair

Robert Lloyd, Co-chair

Nuriyah Boné-Owens, Co-chair

Educator Input.  The Educator Input Subcommittee will seek education professionals’ input regarding “Best Practices” for teaching about slavery; review sample Lesson Plans/Units on Slavery; develop list of books about slavery for grades K-12 and related American and African-American history topics; Survey what is currently available in schools and Report what is needed to support Amistad Commission’s mission.

Subcommittee Liaison: Tamu Chambers

Members:

Jonathan Cornue, Chair,

Harold Bellinger, Co-chair

Geoffrey Prime, Co-chair

Sylvia Lewis, Co-chair