African American history http://kuow.org en Happy Juneteenth! The Importance And History Of “Emancipation Day” http://kuow.org/post/happy-juneteenth-importance-and-history-emancipation-day <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Juneteenth, sometimes called Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, commemorates a day in 1865 when Texas slaves learned that they had finally been granted their freedom. David Hyde talks to historian <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kenneth-c-davis/happy-juneteenth-celebrat_b_217815.html">Kenneth Davis </a>about the historical significance of the day. Plus, a guide to some local Juneteenth celebrations.</p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;</p><div> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:56:07 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 15236 at http://kuow.org Happy Juneteenth! The Importance And History Of “Emancipation Day” Liberia: America's Original Self-Deportation Scheme http://kuow.org/post/liberia-americas-original-self-deportation-scheme <p>In the decades leading up to the civil war, white Americans uncomfortable with the rising numbers of free blacks came up with a plan. <a href="http://soundcloud.com/#backstory/little-america-from-american">Get rid of them</a>. Specifically, convince them to resettle in Liberia. It was America's original "self-deportation" scheme. But things didn't go exactly according to plan.</p><p><strong>List of stories from <em>KUOW Presents</em>,&nbsp; May 15:</strong> Wed, 15 May 2013 20:29:13 +0000 Producer 13148 at http://kuow.org Liberia: America's Original Self-Deportation Scheme Dance Theatre Of Harlem Includes Seattle On Revival Tour http://kuow.org/post/dance-theatre-harlem-includes-seattle-revival-tour <p>When Dance Theatre of Harlem was forced to close its professional company in 2004, it was a blow to dance lovers around the country and to fans in the Pacific Northwest.&nbsp; Seattle had been a frequent stop during the company's 35-year history, attracting raves for its productions of classical ballets as well as contemporary work influenced by African and African-American cultural traditions.&nbsp; So it seems fitting that after Dance Theatre of Harlem re-started its company two years ago, then mounted its first national tour in 2012, Seattle would be on the itinerary. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:06:13 +0000 Marcie Sillman 3628 at http://kuow.org Dance Theatre Of Harlem Includes Seattle On Revival Tour Slavery Story Has Seattle Ties http://kuow.org/post/slavery-story-has-seattle-ties <p>When Carver Clark Gayton was growing up in Seattle in the 1940s he didn’t hear anything about African-American history in school. But his mother told him stories, including one about his great-grandfather Lewis George Clarke.</p><p>Clarke was an escaped slave and an abolitionist.&nbsp;His personal story found its way into the anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" that went on to become the second most popular book in the 19th century. It’s seen as one of the causes of the Civil War.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:00:00 +0000 David Hyde 2173 at http://kuow.org Slavery Story Has Seattle Ties New Play At Seattle Repertory Theatre Honors Pullman Porters http://kuow.org/post/new-play-seattle-repertory-theatre-honors-pullman-porters <p>For most of the 20th century, luxury travel meant train travel. And if you were lucky enough to afford it, you spent the night in a private Pullman sleeping car.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:49:59 +0000 Marcie Sillman 870 at http://kuow.org New Play At Seattle Repertory Theatre Honors Pullman Porters