Black Economic Empowerment

There’s no question that Black people in the United States face historical and institutional barriers to financial health, wellness, and empowerment on par with white Americans. In its records, the U.S. Federal Reserve has been tracking inequalities between Black and white wealth.  It claims the disparities in building wealth can be seen in a variety…

BLS Open House: February 10 @1PM

BLS Department Open House February 10 @1PM Let’s celebrate Black History Month!  The College theme this year is Health and Wellness. Let’s learn about an historical moment of Black financial empowerment.  Students will also lead a conversation about money, and financial well-being.  They will then talk financial planning with the experts at Change Machine.org, who…

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)

If there was ever a moment when you felt like the odds are staked against you, and you a powerless to make difference, remember Fannie Lou Hamer.  She is a freedom fighter.  She is a Black woman who made a difference, and she set an example that others, like Stacey Abrams and Maxine Waters.  …

#Jamaica #Maroons #BlackHistory

That song, “Rastaman Chant” by Bob Marley, recalls that spirit of resistance that empowers us. “Jamaica’s legendary Maroons were a band of escaped African people who escaped slavery and prevailed against recapture by British regiments and became permanently free—six decades before the Haitian Revolution, and over a hundred years before the Emancipation Proclamation. (Here’s how…

Celebrating 50 Years of BLS at Baruch!

Black and Latino Studies has been at Baruch College for 50 years!  Now, it will begin the long-anticipated  process of creating a BLS major.  In the interim, students can more easily pursue BLS as an ad-hoc major with this recommended sequence of courses. The Department of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch was born from…

Fire in Babylon: West Indies Cricket + Anticolonial Resistance

When the Trinidadian writer and activist C.L.R. James published Beyond the Boundary (1962), it was not just “one of the greatest books on sport and culture ever written,” it inserted the international game of cricket into critical conversations about colonialism and freedom.  In his book, James describes how cricket not only taught him lessons about…

Happy Birthday, Audre Lorde! Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison!

by Andrea Gonzales, BC ’22 Art is inherently political, consciously engaged with social conditions and contexts. Art inspires us to become involved, to take another step forward, to find joy despite moments of generational trauma.  It allows us to reach across boundaries and share some of the deepest experiences and feelings. However, the art that…

The First Black Woman Presidential Candidate

#presidentsday #blackhistorymonth #cuny #womensrights Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (1924-2005) made history when she became the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1969; she served 7 terms, ending in 1983. And in 1972, she became The First Black Woman to Run for President on the Democratic Party ticket. She won 152 votes at…

It’s FAT TUESDAY!

#blackhistory #carnival Fat Tuesday is the last day of the New Orleans carnival season.  It falls on the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent).  The festivities bring together Catholic and Pagan traditions and, as Carnival, it is celebrated in countries as diverse as Brazil, Trinidad, and England. Jade Flint writes that  “[w]ithout…

#BlackArt

The history of African American art is long and influential.   Here are some favorites (in no particular order).  Can you recognize their works?   Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) Kerry James Marshall (1955- ) Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)       Kara Walker (1969-) Gordon Parks (1912-2006) Alma Thomas (1891-1978)     Kehinde Wiley (1977-  )…