Sometimes, there ain’t nothing better than some good ‘ole southern comfort food: a Black creation birthed from scraps.

A Soul food staple of fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni &cheese, and cornbread.

Soul food is one of the most popular and recognizable types of cooking coming out of the United States. For centuries, Black Americans have passed on hearty, sumptuous recipes that have marked many a special occasion. If you’re like me, you’re a sucker for soul food. The mere idea of fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread is enough to make my mouth water. But most of us spend more time drooling over soul food than thinking about it.

As someone who is a product of the South, Louisiana (on my mother’s side) and Mississippi (on my father’s side), I still…


“That was the night the devil got loose in Ocoee” — Armstrong Hightower, survivor of the Ocoee Massacre.

Photo of the KKK burning a cross near Ocoee, Florida.

It’s called the “bloodiest day in United States political history.” For a whole century, the massacre that began on 2 November 1920 was a closely guarded secret in Orange County, Florida. In the town of Ocoee where the massacre occurred, it was something the residents didn’t want to talk about. Evidence was destroyed and stories were suppressed. Something terrible happened in this little Florida town. For a long time that’s all anyone knew.

Black families on their way to visit nearby towns would go out of their way to avoid Ocoee. They warned their children to “stay away from that…


Note: The shameful history of slavery must be spoken about as publicly and as often as possible, and the people who preserved it should be scolded and condemned throughout the present and future. The ones who lived through it, must be uplifted. Especially, Black women.

Even after the Civil War, white American scientists and doctors typically treated Black people as guinea pigs with the unfounded belief that we did not feel pain, to justify operating without anesthesia. Even today, a study showed that most white medical students and residents that were surveyed, endorsed false beliefs about biological differences between Blacks and whites. And those who did, also perceived Blacks as feeling less pain than whites, and were more likely to suggest inappropriate medical treatments for Black patients.

The stories of the Tuskegee experiment and Henrietta Lacks (I will go into more detail about at a…


He left us all with the blueprint for successful organizing and protesting.

A close advisor to Martin Luther King and one of the most influential and effective organizers of the civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin was affectionately referred to as “Mr. March-on-Washington” by A. Philip Randolph. Rustin organized and led a number of protests in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, including the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. While Rustin’s homosexuality led some to question King’s relationship with him, King recognized the importance of Rustin’s skills and dedication to the movement. Rustin was integral to convincing MLK to fight for Democratic socialist policies like a federal jobs guarantee, and using…


Although they had very different upbringings they challenged the status quo and moved Blacks forward towards progress. They were educated leaders who birthed the “Black Thought” movement.

Booker T. Washington (left) and W. E. B. Du Bois (right)

For historians, when they think about influential Black intellectuals in history, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois are among the first names that come to mind. Both men are pioneers in their own right as they paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement, but their differing ideologies were arguably more controversial than Martin Luther King, Jr. vs. Malcolm X.

Both men wanted the same thing: socioeconomic equality for Blacks in America, but based on their experiences, they formed two contrasting opinions on how to get there. In the beginning, DuBois supported Washington’s theories but later became one of his…


Did you know that the most famous whiskey in the world was created by a slave? Yes, you heard that right. A slave created the most successful whiskey in the U.S. but was never given credit or compensation for establishing said product. And it is known around the parts of Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Here’s the story:

Nathan “Nearest” Green was born in Maryland in 1820 and was sold to a farmer in Lynchburg, Tennessee. His slave owner named Dan Call, was also a preacher. Green’s story is one of the most remarkable yet forgotten stories of the U.S., mainly because he…


It is not a myth, Black babies were used to lure gators and crocodiles for hunting.

Can you imagine an America when a child’s life was so insignificant that they were intentionally put into the pen of a dangerous zoo animal? An America when a child was intentionally placed at the edge of alligator-infested waters to lure the ferocious beast for hunters? Well, it did and it happened for a very long time. “Baits Alligators with Pickaninnies,” (Pickaninny: a racist term describing Black babies) reads a Washington Times headline on June 3, 1908. …

Savion Wright

Savion Wright is an educator, writer, singer-songwriter and family man. All inquiries should be made to professorwright@protonmail.com

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