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On the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War

Posted April 12th, 2011 by Tom

My cousins James DeWolf Perry and Katrina Browne have written an opinion piece for CNN entitled “Civil War’s Dirty Secret About Slavery.”

I encourage you to read the article and ponder what James and Katrina have written. It begins

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War, a war that redefined national and regional identities and became an enduring tale of noble resistance in the South and, for the rest of the country, a mighty moral struggle to erase the stain of slavery.

The next four years comprise an opportunity to reconsider myths that have been handed down generation by generation for a century and a half (noble abolitionists from the North versus proud Southerners defending state’s rights). In doing so we may just learn more about the lingering consequences for all of us today. James and Katrina offer a good place to begin.

(James DeWolf Perry and Katrina Browne work at The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery)

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Posted March 21st, 2011 by Tom

(UPDATE: Click here for photos from the post-screening discussion at the U.N. — I was glad to see that roughly 300 people were estimated to be in attendance.)

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North will be featured during the 2011 week of commemoration. On March 21 at 6:30pm at the United Nations building in New York, Katrina Browne, James DeWolf Perry, Elizabeth Sturges Llerena and Tom DeWolf will be present to discuss the film, its implications, and the ongoing legacy of slavery with those in attendance.

In 2007 the General Assembly of the U.N. declared 25 March the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. They schedule a series of events each year in honor of this time of remembrance and commemoration.

Our family is honored to be selected to join in this year’s series of events.

At the same time it gives me pause to spend an evening at the U.N. when its members, including my country, is presently bombing Libya in the name of democracy and freedom. What complex and contradictory people we humans are. And how good we are at creating weapons and enemies. And how much we need to learn to survive such creations.

One of the toughest challenges in discussing the legacy of slavery

Posted March 6th, 2010 by Tom

Yesterday my cousin James DeWolf Perry posted a thought-provoking piece on his blog, The Living Consequences. I encourage all my friends to read it. James explores one of the most difficult challenges we all face in discussing historic enslavement and its present day impacts.

I (and I’m sure James) look forward to your thoughts.

Copyright 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf | Website: James DeW. Perry