Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys who Grew Up to Change a Nation

I’m delighted to announce the publication of my latest book, Educated for Freedom, which follows the work of two lifelong friends and activists in the volatile years leading to the Civil War. In the 1820s, few Americans could imagine a viable future for black children. Even abolitionists saw just two options for African American youth:Continue reading “Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys who Grew Up to Change a Nation”

Stolen Children before and after Slavery at Rikers Island

Last month, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio put forward a $30 million, 10-year plan to close down the city’s infamous prison facility at Rikers Island, a decision motivated in part by the tragic story of young Kalief Browder. Browder was 16 years old when he was pulled off the street and arrested on acharge of stealingContinue reading “Stolen Children before and after Slavery at Rikers Island”

Wonders of the Invisible World: Salem Witches, Scary Clowns, and Donald Trump

The clown scare is an uncanny telling of the terrifying story that’s unfolding for all of us at a moment in which none of us can believe what we’re seeing.