I am not my current circumstance.
I am not my gpa.
I am not my transcripts.
I am not my student loans.
I am not what others say I am.
I am not what others wrongly perceive me to be.
I am funky, lovely, and free.
— Rilke (via psych-facts)
— William Shakespeare (via his play “Twelfth Night”), who on this day in 1564 is believed to have been born in the English parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. Happy 450th Birthday, Bard of Avon! (via nypl)
Dr. Alan Gilbert, an international studies professor at the University of Denver, spoke to students Tuesday. Gilbert is a John Evans Professor, the highest faculty distinction at the University of Denver, and serves on the university’s committee to investigate Evans’ involvement in the Sand Creek Massacre. Evans helped found DU in 1864 during his term as territorial governor of Colorado, a position he resigned from in 1865.
“John Evans was the founder of the University of Denver,” Gilbert said. “He and [Army Col.] John Chivington and the editor of the Rocky Mountain News were on the original board of the Colorado Seminary, which became the University of Denver.”
In addition to founding DU, Evans was one of Northwestern’s co-founders – eventually becoming the namesake of Evanston – and served as the University’s first president of the Board of Trustees. Chivington ordered the Sand Creek Massacre, which resulted in the deaths of more than 120 unarmed Cheyenne and Arapaho people.Earlier this year, Northwestern created a committee to investigate whether Evans was actively involved in this decision as well.
Following Northwestern’s announcement of a committee to investigate Evans, DU formed its own committee consisting of faculty members, graduate students, representatives from the Native Student Alliance and Arapaho and Cheyenne community representatives. Gilbert said the two committees are in close collaboration with one another, and members of both committees visited the Sand Creek site.
“We’re having descendants of the Cheyenne come once a quarter,” Gilbert said. “We’re running ideas by them and talking with them.”
Gilbert said historians are split over whether Evans had an active role in ordering the massacre. Through extensive research with the committee, Gilbert said he concluded that Evans acted deliberately.
“The crucial point is that he targeted these Indians in Colorado, which he did to further the railways,” Gilbert said. “Evans was the mafia boss out here and did this. The argument he really wasn’t aware of it supposes that he was not very bright.”
The DU committee will present two reports in June 2014: one describing Evans’ involvement in the Sand Creek Massacre and how he may have profited from seizing indigenous land and a second prescribing recommendations for the DU community to adopt. Like DU, Northwestern’s committee will present its own research findings in June.
“We have the liveliest conversation, and I think the spirit of the university is behind doing something about this, something honorable,” Gilbert said.
not sure why it counts as “honorable” to investigate the genocides in which one of your university founders participated, but would like to see this kind of historical engagement on the part of universities with regard to the actions of their white supremacist founders. not the least of which should be my alma mater, founded by Thomas Jefferson himself.
"We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Mabel Williams, the legendary African-American activist, who, with her husband Robert F. Williams, fought for and carried out the right of armed self-defense against the vicious attacks of the Ku Klux Klan, militantly represented the liberation struggle of her people during exile in Cuba, China, and Africa, and continued her active lifelong engagement in social justice struggles upon their return to the US.
Mabel Williams was born June 1, 1931 and transitioned Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at her family’s home in Detroit. There will be a Saturday homegoing in Detroit on April 26th, 2014 and she will be returned to Monroe, North Carolina shortly thereafter according to her son John Williams.
The Freedom Archives is honored to be able to offer these audio and video selections as a special tribute to Mabel Williams—the legendary African-American freedom fighter who we’ve had the good fortune to work closely with on several documentaries and events. Mabel Williams has made lifelong contributions in her own right and this needs to be recognized and celebrated. Yes, she was the lifelong comrade and companion of her justly famous husband Robert F. Williams—and she was with him every step of their courageous way—in Monroe North Carolina where, as NAACP leaders, they and other activists organized for racial equality and dramatized the right of self-defense against the vicious attacks of the Ku Klux Klan—with Mabel defending her home, Robert, and her two sons with shotgun and determination.
While she often downplayed her role, Mabel, among many other activities, illustrated and wrote articles for their influential newsletter The Crusader, narrated and selected music for their radio program from Cuba, “Radio Free Dixie,” collaborated on the famous book, Negroes with Guns, was a strong voice for her people in Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Moscow, China, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, and Africa, and met with revolutionary leaders, such as Fidel Castro, Ho Chi Minh, and Mao Zedong,
There could be no more fitting tribute than to highlight this woman whose militant anti-racist internationalism is powerfully expressed in her lifetime of dedicated energy around the world, then returning again to the Empire from which they had been exiled, and where she continued her social activism. We hope these selections from programs of the Freedom Archives and from an interview by Walter Turner on his radio program “Africa Today” provide insight into the lasting liberation legacy of Mabel Williams.”