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It’s Halloween, Full Moon and a Blue Moon – but what does that mean? by Professor Anne Lawrence-Mathers

It is very hard to miss the fact that Saturday 31st October is Halloween, and that this year the date coincides with a full Moon.  Still more unusually this full Moon will be acclaimed as a ‘Blue Moon’ since it … Continue reading

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#BLM Voices of the Dream Ancestors: from National Hero to the Aboriginal Rights Movement by Tamisan Latherow

CONTENT WARNING: This post may contain voices, images or names of people who have died. *Note, throughout this article we use the terms Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. This term was chosen specifically due to the naming conventions of the … Continue reading

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#BLM ‘a good breedin’ ‘oman sho did fetch de money,’ by Aisha Djelid

On the 10th January 1859 a court in Charleston, South Carolina, advertised the sale of Betty, a twenty-five-year-old enslaved woman. Betty was a ‘breeding woman,’ meaning that slaveholders valued Betty for being young, strong, healthy and, crucially, fertile. Advertised as a … Continue reading

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#BHM ‘Beyond the Reggae Bassline’ by Professor Matt Worley

For Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee, whose death was announced as I wrote this blog (1941–2020) I first heard Reggae as a child, the rhythms sending me to sleep as a I lay on a camp-bed in Nottingham. My Grandma lived on … Continue reading

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#BLM Finding ‘sanctuary’ with the US Army, by Liz Barnes

Edwin Forbes, ‘The sanctuary,’ ca. 1876, Morgan collection of Civil War drawings, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division,  Washington DC. https://www.loc.gov/resource/ppmsca.20773/  During the American Civil War (1861-1865), hundreds of thousands of enslaved men, women, and children fled farms and plantations … Continue reading

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