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BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA premieres tonight on PBS at 8 p.m.

When we think of Latin America, we think of a sprawling quilt of Hispanic cultures sewn in Spain. What we know much less about is the huge African-American population that has been in the region since the Spanish first brought African slaves there. premiers

“Upward of 120 million people of African descent live in Latin America today,’’ says Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., who, even though he is a scholar of African-American history, says he was staggered by the number when he first learned of it.

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Archaeologists unearthed new details about the lives and cultures of slaves

In his eloquent autobiographies, abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass described the cruelty he experienced as an African-American slave in Maryland during the early 19th century. But Douglass’ descriptions may have been missing some important details about the richness of slave culture at the time.

In a greenhouse on a centuries-old estate where Douglass lived as a young boy, archaeologists have dug up a variety of both mundane objects and strategically placed symbols of spirituality. These artifacts show for the first time that slaves lived in the greenhouse and that they sustained African religious traditions, even as they probably outwardly practiced Christianity.

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[Black History] Dred Scott v. Sandford

Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857), was a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that people of African descent imported into the United States and held as slaves (or their descendants, whether or not they were slaves) were not protected by the Constitution and could never be U.S. citizens. The court also held that the U.S. Congress had no authority to prohibit slavery in federal territories and that, because slaves were not citizens, they could not sue in court. Furthermore, the Court ruled that slaves, as chattels or private property, could not be taken away from their owners without due process. The Supreme Court’s decision was written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney.

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[Satire] Stephen Colbert suggests White men deserve reparations

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[Human Trafficking] Mordern day West African slaves freed in Newark, NJ



They arrived in the United States from West Africa, young girls held against their will and forced to work for hours on end. But this time, it didn’t happen hundreds of years ago.

Nicole’s journey started in 2002, when she was barely 12, in her small village in western Ghana. She and about 20 other girls were held in plain sight, but always under the watchful eyes of their captors.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson calls Cav’s owner a “Slave Master”

The Rev. Jesse Jackson blasted the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday for treating Miami-bound LeBron James like a “runaway slave.”

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Forgotten 1800’s African American city discovered in New Jersey

A group of Temple University archaeology students and volunteers is currently excavating what may be one of the most important African American historical sites in New Jersey.

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Juneteenth: A celebration of freedom

President Barack Obama commemorated a milestone for the United States on Saturday — “Juneteenth,” the anniversary of the day 145 years ago that word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas, and led to freedom for thousands of African-Americans still being held as slaves.