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PARKVILLE COMMUNITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Operated by Charter Oak Health Center, Inc 1755 Park St Hartford, CT, 06106-2160 Tel: 860-695-4720

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SOUTH PARK INN Operated by Charter Oak Health Center, Inc75 Main StHartford, CT, 06106-1806 Tel: 860-724-0071 

WHEELER FAMILY HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER – 49 Operated by Wheeler Clinic, Inc.49 Woodland St Hartford, CT, 06105-2337 Tel: 860-793-3500 

YWCA OF THE HARTFORD REGION, INC Operated by Charter Oak Health Center, Inc135 Broad StHartford, CT, 06105-3718Tel: 860-525-1163 

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How an Ex-Slave Successfully Won a Case for Reparations in 1783

In one of the earliest examples of reparations, an ex-slave named Belinda petitioned the government and was granted an annuity.

By: Matthew Wills

On February 14, 1783, an elderly ex-slave known only as Belinda submitted a petition to the Massachusetts legislature. She asked for an annual pension for herself and her invalid daughter, Prine, to be paid from the estate of their former owner, Isaac Royall. Royall had been one of the largest slave owners in the colony before he had fled to England in 1775. Because he turned out to be a royalist, his estate was confiscated and his two dozen slaves were manumitted (there’s some speculation as to whether some were sold, including Belinda’s son Joseph). Belinda was a slave under Royall for four decades and was old and penniless when she finally gained her freedom.

Former slave Belinda's petition for reparations.
Former slave Belinda’s petition for reparations

Her petition is one of the earliest examples of reparations for the slave trade and slavery, Roy E. Finkenbine reported.  Read more HERE.

The Significance of Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Campaign

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By: Matthew Wills

Shirley Chisholm made history as the first black female U.S. Representative, elected in 1968 by the voters of New York’s 12th Congressional District. Then she did it again as the first major-party black candidate for President in 1972. She was also the first female Democratic Party candidate for that office (Senator Margaret Chase Smith had run as a Republican in 1964).

Chisholm (1924-2005) set the precedent for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton [and Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, and Deval Patrick]. But what do all of Chisholm’s firsts actually mean?  Find out HERE.


The Changing Definition of African-American

How the great influx of people from Africa and the Caribbean since 1965 is challenging what it means to be African-American

By Ira Berlin  SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE  February 2010

… [a] knot of black men and women—most of them technicians at the station—were talking about emancipation and its meaning. Once I was drawn into their discussion, I was surprised to learn that no one in the group was descended from anyone who had been freed by the proclamation or any other Civil War measure. Two had been born in Haiti, one in Jamaica, one in Britain, two in Ghana, and one, I believe, in Somalia. Others may have been the children of immigrants. While they seemed impressed—but not surprised—that slaves had played a part in breaking their own chains, and were interested in the events that had brought Lincoln to his decision during the summer of 1862, they insisted it had nothing to do with them. Simply put, it was not their history.

And so the “not my history” disclaimer by people of African descent seemed particularly pointed—enough to compel me to look closely at how previous waves of black immigrants had addressed the connections between the history they carried from the Old World and the history they inherited in the New.

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Eunice Hunton Carter

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Do you know who Eunice Hunton Carter is? Read about her groundbreaking career in this fascinating book written by her grandson, Yale Law School professor and author Stephen L Carter.

INVISIBLE  The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster 

By Stephen L. Carter
Illustrated. 364 pp. Henry Holt & Company. $30.

“It is the curse of historians … to judge the past by the norms of the present.” Stephen L. Carter has good reason to make this blunt judgment early in his latest book, which is devoted to his grandmother Eunice Hunton Carter. Her privileged life and her career as a prosecutor constitute a more complicated narrative than the one contemporary readers may expect of an African-American woman who lived during the first half of the 20th century.  Read more HERE or check the book out from the Hartford Public Library.

Katie Cannon, theologian

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The Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon, the first black woman to be ordained in a leading branch of Presbyterianism and a groundbreaking scholar who helped elevate the perspective of black women in church and academic thought, died on  August 8, 2018, in Richmond, Va. Dr. Cannon was a foundational voice in womanist theology, which seeks to escape the white- and male-centered views of religion and ethics and to value the experiences and insights of black women in those areas. Read more about this extraordinary woman HERE