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So Baltimore happened. Rioters destroyed businesses and automobiles. Police officers were injured. Fires were set. The violence arose from the death of Freddie Gray April 19 while in police custody. The riots follow a pattern since the earliest days of this Republic> The recent videotaped shooting in North Charleston, S.C.,…

In the summer of 1919, race riots, lynching and other violence swept the U.S. from big cities like Chicago and Washington to small towns like Longview, Tex. and Ellisville, Miss. It was so terrifying and bloody that NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson called it the “Red Summer.” Herbert Seligmann, a…

A part of African American history has been lost. The Carswell Grove Baptist Church, in rural Jenkins County, Ga., burned to the ground this weekend. Investigators have ruled arson was the cause of the weekend blaze. The church was built in 1919 on the ashes of the previous church, which…

The Ferguson violence, north of St. Louis, brings to mind the 1917 East St. Louis, Ill., race riot, which sent thousands of black people fleeing across the Mississippi to St. Louis for safety. Click here for more info. The best book on the 1917 race riot is Never Been A…

Thanks to TEDx GeorgiaTech 2014 for having me speak at the conference about remembering racial violence and how some communities are beginning to mark past racial violence with events, markers and more. Tweet

Great fundraiser to restore Carswell Grove Baptist Church on Oct. 12 in rural East Georgia. The crowd in the old church, built in 1919 on the wreckage of the previous one destroyed by a white mob, was a fascinating mix: black and white, young and old, even some members of…

I am looking forward to traveling out to Carswell Grove Baptist Church on Saturday morning to speak at a fundraiser by people working to restore and preserve the historic building, built in 1919 on the ashes of the previous church, which was destroyed that year by a white mob. I…

I wrote Red Summer in part because I was worried much of this important American history had been forgotten. Almost all of the key sites of bloody 1919 remain unmarked and unknown. I started the book at Carswell Grove Baptist Church in Jenkins County, Ga., a black rural congregation founded…

Henry Louis Gates Jr., the director of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research and the author of numerous important works on African American history and literature, has an excellent article in The Root — “Who Killed Black Wall Street?” — summarizing of the white riot…

President Obama discussing the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case at a press briefing today: “When you think about why in the African-American community, at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, it’s important to recognize the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences…