American Slavery

“If a person would send another into bondage, he would, it appears to me, be bad enough to send him into hell if he could.” ~ Harriet Tubman

Saturday, September 30, 2017
(9:00am to 12:00pm)

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(Led by award-winning historian, educator, and speaker,  Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker)
Learn what you have always wanted to know in an intimate and positive space!

Our next Quest will take place on September 30, 2017, from 9am to Noon.  Our focus will be American

Slavery.  Beginning in the 15th century, millions of enslaved Africans were brought to the “New W

orld.”  By the 19th century, 600,000 Black enslaved people were brought to the United States. “The money-making plantations of America were soon housed and husbanded by unpaid Black labor. Africans in America were examined, marketed, sold, purchased, exchanged, terrorized, and treated as chattel.  Black people were raped, mutilated, ridiculed as aberrant and inferior, and denied the freedoms set forth in the Declaration of Independence that America claimed to embrace.”  “By 1865, despite America’s proclamation that “all men are created equal,” the enslavement of Black people in the U.S. had become a monumental atrocity, with the support of Article I of the U.S. Constitution, the federal government, Southern planters, Northern industry, and religious leaders.

By the time the Civil War erupted in 1861, there were 4 million Black enslaved people in the American South, and these numbers represented over 90% of the total number of black people in the U.S.  Their unprecedented exploitation and torture bankrolled the industrial revolution and erected the pillars of contemporary American wealth and power.”  One cannot understand contemporary American social struggles without a firm knowledge of what Colin Powell described as America’s “original sin.”

Peniel Joseph has argued that “Black history is more vital in our own times than ever for at least three reasons.  Its descriptive intervention allows us to embrace the fullness of American and world history on a previously unimagined scale.  By allowing the voices of black women and men, icons and ordinary people, to join in our larger democratic story, we come to see how African-Americans expansively transformed the United States. The struggle for black dignity, both its triumphs and travails, offers a universal story through the particular experiences of African-Americans, one that immigrants, women, people of color and LGBTQ communities can all relate to.”

This Quest will will allow these voices to speak, inspire, and instruct our way forward.  Anyone interested in leveraging the indispensable power of Black history and life, particularly aspiring and established leaders, on behalf of transformational change, will not want to miss this opportunity.  indeed, this Quest will explore the social, political, economic, cultural, and religious experiences of people of African descent in America.  We will pay particular attention to the ways in which Black people have resisted forces that sought to dehumanize and marginalize them throughout their ongoing quest for freedom and democracy.  We began with pre-colonial Africa and the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and are now moving to enslavement, and the emancipation and reconstruction eras.

We will then explore migration processes, and the cultivation of Black organizations and leaders, and associated protest movements, focusing particularly on faith, race, class, and gender within Black communities, and the emergence of Black culture as a powerful force in global society.

Previous and Future Quest Dates and Themes:

9/2          Pre-Colonial Africa
9/16        The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
9/30        American Slavery
10/14      Emancipation and Reconstruction
10/28      The Rise of Jim Crow
11/18      Black America and the “New Deal”
12/2       The Harlem Renaissance
12/16     Black America and World War II
12/30     The Civil Rights Movement
1/13       Black Millennial America

Diamond Strategies enables individuals and organizations to expand their horizons, and enhance their diversity and inclusion efforts, with timely, dynamic, solutions-based learning, in a C-Suite setting. Designed for professionals and non-traditional learners who wish to remain culturally competent and up-to-speed without enrolling in college courses, Culture Quests are your opportunity to learn from top professionals and practitioners in an intimate, comfortable, and convenient setting. Our Quests facilitate appreciation for diversity, promotes mutual respect, energizes participants, and advances civic participation and nimble leadership.

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Feature Image: North Wind Picture Archives/Alamy Stock Photo; Second image; iStock; Third image; oakalleyplantation.com.
Sources: Barbara C. Bigelow, “African Americans,” Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America. (Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group Inc., 2000), Digital. Portions of this also published in Matthew C. Whitaker, “Careful Look at History Can Give Us Perspective on Reparations,” Arizona Republic, Sunday, September 1, 2003.

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