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WSIL -- People in Southern Illinois will get the opportunity to hear the inspiring story of a man who overcame slavery. D. Smith banks was a slave in Mississippi, but was freed because of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
The name of the 1970 Ossie Davis-directed Blaxploitation film, Cotton Comes To Harlem, has taken on a new twist in 2016. Willie Morgan, who hails from Georgia, grows actual cotton in Harlem to teach children in his neighborhood about slavery. Cotton ...

Richard Landry, the LA-based architect who designs some of the most bloated and the most ostentatious mansions here and around the world, actually comes from some fairly humble beginnings, according to a new profile in Los Angeles Magazine.
On Sep. 9 this year, an estimated 24,000 inmates in as many as 29 prisons around the United States refused to report to their jobs, protesting the abhorrent conditions in which prisoners often toil thanklessly in fields or warehouses for as little as ...
Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two young Iraqis who escaped sexual slavery by the Islamic State and became advocates for women's rights, were honored on Thursday with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union's top human ...

A documentary about South African wines is leaving a sour taste in Denmark. Supermarkets there are removing the country's wines from shelves following airing ...
It is a commonplace to say that slavery "dehumanized" enslaved people, but to do so is misleading, harmful, and worth resisting.
Father Collins is a history professor at Georgetown University in Washington and recently chaired its Working Group on slavery, Memory and reconciliation that offered recommendations to Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia to deal with the ...
A recent report by Verisk Maplecrost said global companies with supply chain operations in 115 countries were at either "high" or "extreme" risk of association with modern slavery. While modern slavery in the supply chain and human rights abuses are an ...
White evangelicals concerns about cultural decline go further than just reinstating chattel slavery. Falwell spoke candidly about the Silent Majority's not-so-silent aims for the United States Constitution.
But when I claimed that slavery had been abolished, my debate opponent quickly announced that there are more slaves in the world today than there were before foolish activists imagined they were abolishing slavery. This stunning factoid was meant as a ...
Antigua and Barbuda's ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, called on Harvard University "to demonstrate its remorse and its debt to unnamed slaves from Antigua and Barbuda" whose lives were abused to establish the Harvard Law school ...
Domestic workers march to demand the same basic labor rights as Lebanese workers in Beirut, Lebanon, on May 3, 2015. Five years after the Convention on Domestic Workers was adopted, many countries still lag behind in ensuring equal and humane ...
We must end the practice of prison labor. It's slavery by another name, and we have a clear obligation to ensure that slavery is completely eradicated in the United States. Olivia Alperstein is the communications and policy associate of Progressive ...
Boys pan for gold on a riverside at Iga Barriere, . Picture taken February 16, 2009. To match Feature GOLD-CONFLICT/ Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly/Files.
Thai Union Group has been nominated for Thomson Reuters Foundation's Stop slavery award, the company said in a release. In addition to the programs in ...

"It sits in my belly as disgusting that we live in a state, in a nation, that would ascribe to slavery under any circumstances.
Influential Episcopal bishop Henry Hopkins, saw opponents of slavery, and those who sought to end it, as delusionary and engaged in "a willful or conscious opposition to the truth.
In terms of finding realistic voices for the characters, I had a rich resource in the writer interviews that the government conducted in the 1930s with former slaves. I got nouns, verbs, adjectives - the gritty details of their lives. "The master ...
"Mr. Smiley, do you believe that given the crisis state of our democracy, we black folk could ever find ourselves enslaved again?
The Colorado Constitution appears at the History Colorado Center. A lingering reference to slavery in the state charter would be removed if voters pass Amendment T, which was referred to the ballot by unanimous vote of both chambers of the state ...
Ava DuVernay's new film takes its name from the amendment that abolished slavery, but allowed for prisoner servitude. Critic John Powers says 13th puts forth a searing interpretation of U.S.
Eugenie says in the film, "I've had the chance to see firsthand what the Salvation army can do for victims of trafficking and modern slavery. This year I went to visit a safehouse and I was completely astonished by the work that they do and by the ...
For many in the West, slavery is a far off, historical concept. But a new index shows that consumers all over the world are getting products that at some stage were touched by the hands of modern-day slaves. The modern slavery Index, put together by ...
Abuja, Nigeria - They were taken deep into the Sambisa Forest to Boko Haram's stronghold, where the more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok were offered a choice: Join the militants or become their slaves. About half of them chose to join and marry the ...
Black slaves were an everyday, essential part of the University of Georgia for nearly its first century, but there's no marker, no public monument, to acknowledge the role they played in UGA history.
In 100 short minutes, the forever talented Ava DuVernay has created a sweeping documentary that takes on the failing criminal justice and prison systems within the United States in a post-slavery and Jim Crow era. The messaging can be summed up neatly ...
For example, the 13th Amendment, which was ratified in 1865, outlawed slavery. The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, gave women the right to vote.
Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders of Antigua and Barbuda has called upon Harvard University to pay reparations to his countrymen, "some of whom are descendants of slaves" owned by the Royall family. Isaac Royall Jr. provided the university with its first ...
Black slaves were an everyday, essential part of the University of Georgia for nearly its first century, but there's no marker, no public monument, to acknowledge the role they played in UGA history.
slavery and the Democratic party share a long and congenial partnership, which continues to this day. After the civil war when Republicans were busy amending the Constitution to assure former slaves a full standing as US citizens, the Democrats founded ...
Dakar - U.N. human rights officials accused the Mauritanian government on Wednesday of stifling Anti-Slavery campaigners jailed for up to 15 years for their alleged role in protests against forced eviction in the capital.
Malkia Cyril, Founder and Executive Director for the Center for Media Justice, told viewers, "One of the powerful things about the film is that it reveals how the 13th Amendment is, in fact, the loophole that changed the location, but not the condition ...
Donald Trump's top economic adviser has said that if elected president, the Republican will terminate a new rule the Obama administration says is designed to protect investors from Wall Street scams.
Kansas' attorney general withdrew on Wednesday a court brief that cites the slavery-era Dred Scott decision to support the state's position that the Kansas Constitution does not guarantee a right to an abortion.
Eugenie says in the film, "I've had the chance to see firsthand what the Salvation army can do for victims of trafficking and modern slavery. This year I went to visit a safehouse and I was completely astonished by the work that they do and by the ...
19 October 2016 - Voicing serious concern over recent intensified crackdown by the Mauritanian government on the imprisoned Anti-Slavery activists, a group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the authorities to ensure a fair hearing and ...
Dakar, Oct 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.N. human rights officials accused the Mauritanian government on Wednesday of stifling Anti-Slavery campaigners jailed for up to 15 years for their alleged role in protests against forced eviction in the ...
But someone in the Kansas attorney general's office apparently thought it was a good idea to cite to Dred Scott v. Sanford, the 1857 pro-slavery ruling, in a pending case where the state is defending an Anti-Abortion bill that was earlier ruled ...
Whoopi Goldberg got emotional while educating her co-hosts at "The View" about slavery and African-Americans earning the right to vote.
His latest book is In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives. It sheds light on the lives of five people who were enslaved by four U.S.
Walking away from slavery was terrifying for 23-year-old Cynthia. enslaved at the age of 13 after being tricked into leaving her home and school in Nigeria for a "better life", she had spent a decade incarcerated and exploited as a domestic servant at ...
Earlier this month, Harvard Law school's Royall Professor of Law, Janet Halley, took first-year HLS students in her Reading Group on the Law School's connection to New England's slavery heritage to visit the Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, ...
Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee has taken a stand and fighting back against sex trafficking with the power of music at the "Songs Against slavery" event. The 26th annual benefit concert was held Tuesday night to bring awareness to the reality of sex ...
A Mormon teen has raised $135,000 to help the organization Operation underground railroad (OUR) in their fight against child sex slavery. Mark Tenney, 17, organized the Ride the railroad biking event in July to raise funds for the cause. Tenney's two ...
A historic Scottish legal case on slavery is being used to drive a fundraising event to aid victims of modern slavery. The "tumbling lassie" case involved a nameless girl from the 17th century who was sold by her mother to a travelling showman. She ...
I was an enslaved child. We all were, back in the 1940s. At grandma's house, we wee ones picked rocks, tugged at weeds, held stuff and moved stuff when the older folks harvested crops.
refugees and migrants risking their lives in desperate attempts to reach Europe are being forced into "modern slavery" by ruthless people traffickers who are imprisoning, torturing and raping those they exploit.
The modern slavery Index, put together by the risk consultancy group Verisk Maplecroft, looks at which countries practice modern iterations of the age-old practices of servitude, human trafficking, and forced and compulsory labor.


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