Friday Music: Wyclef’s Lady Haiti

As we have before, we’re reposting content from Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society or AAIHS. It’s a brief article-interview by Darryl Robertson, an undergrad (we’re impressed), entitled Wyclef Jean on Black History, Haiti, and His New Album.

Robertson interviewed Wyclef Jean about a new “extended play” or mini collection, from which Wyclef just released the song “Lady Haiti”. In the interview, Wyclef says, “The key here is that it’s important to know where you come from in order to know where you’re going. Haitians have a very important history. Haitian history is tied to all black history.”



Race relations in the US since the Civil War

The Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence (also here)*, coalesced in the wake of the mass murder of African American parishioners at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, by a white supremacist, in South Carolina in 2015.

But despite its violent genesis and primary focus on college students (and above), the syllabus also has a section aimed at school-aged kids.

The creators of the syllabus introduce it like this:

Here is a list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015. These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general. They also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy and black resistance.

The suggested books mostly cover Reconstruction through the Civil Rights era, and they cater to a variety of grade levels and genres.

We invite you to take a look.

Young Reader Resources from the Charleston Syllabus


The Resource

Further information about the Charleston syllabus, as drawn from the AAIHS site:

#Charlestonsyllabus was conceived by Chad Williams (@Dr_ChadWilliams), Associate Professor at Brandeis University. With the help of Kidada Williams (@KidadaEWilliams), the hashtag started trending on Twitter. The following list was compiled and organized by AAIHS blogger Keisha N. Blain (@KeishaBlain) with the assistance of  Melissa Morrone (@InfAgit), Ryan P. Randall (@foureyedsoul), and Cecily Walker (@skeskali). Special thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions via Twitter. Please click here to read more about the origin and significance of #Charlestonsyllabus.