Fenton’s Monthly Reads: Black History Month

Black History Month is a time for reflection, celebration, and education. As a Fenton community, we believe it is critical that we pay close attention to diverse voices and stories so that we can help amplify them through our work. Race touches every part of our society and we must acknowledge how our past informs our present.

This February, our reading list features some of the best articles published in honor of Black History Month.

  1. The Case for Reparations. Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
    By Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

  2. Unpublished Black History.  Hundreds of stunning images from black history, drawn from old negatives, have long been buried in the musty envelopes and crowded bins of the New York Times archives. None of them was published by The Times until now.
    By Rachel L. Swarns, Darcy Eveleigh and Damien Cave, New York Times

  3. Dress codes are the new ‘whites only’ signs. How else to interpret the policing and controlling of black bodies?
    By Andre Perry. The Hechinger Report

  4. The Massacre of Black Wall Street. In 1921, about 11,000 Black residents lived in the neighborhood of Greenwood. north of the Frisco railroad tracks in Tulsa.
    By Natalie Change, The Atlantic

  5. Toni Morrison’s Profound and Unrelenting Vision. “The Bluest Eye,” which was published fifty years ago, cut a new path through the American literary landscape by placing black girls at the center of the story.
    By Hilton Als, The New Yorker

  6. We Will Be Seen. Tressie McMillan Cottom on Confronting Racism, Sexism, and Classism.
    By Mark Leviton, The Sun

  7. Can Slavery Reenactments Set Us Free? Underground Railroad simulations have ignited controversy about whether they confront the country’s darkest history or trivialize its gravest traumas.
    By Julian Lucas, The New Yorker

  8. They Sold Human Beings Here. For hundreds of years, enslaved people were bought and sold in America. Today most of the sites of this trade are forgotten.
    By Dannielle Bowman and Anne C. Bailey, New York Times

  9. When Bias Is Coded Into Our Technology. Facial recognition systems from large tech companies often incorrectly classify black women as male — including the likes of Michelle Obama, Serena Williams and Sojourner Truth.
    By Jennifer 8. Lee, NPR

  10. Photo Essay: Black Girl Magic movement shines bright in Flint. “Black Girl Magic,” a movement started by social media activist CaShawn Thompson in 2013, is “very much alive in Flint,” said Tracy Palmer, owner of Trends Setters Production, which hosts fashion shows in the city.
    By Callaghan O’Hare, MLive.com