RACE: Are We So Different? may not be here at the History Colorado Center any longer—the exhibit, which was produced by the American Anthropological Association left on January 4—but that doesn’t mean we’re done talking about race and its implications. Race is always a topic of discussion in the United States and the world, for that matter, particularly within the last year, and as a history organization, it’s part of who we are to think and talk about how our country’s ever-changing cultural attitudes affect how we see and preserve the past. Indeed, there’s no better time to continue the conversation than on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Continue reading “More Than Just a Piece of Paper: Why the Winks Lodge National Register Amendment Matters”
At five years old, my family moved to a new apartment complex in Las Vegas, Nevada. As we carried our boxes through the parking lot, around the corner and up the stairs, I saw a girl my age watching from the grass field at the center of the complex. Jessica had big curly hair, dark skin and a contagious smile—we became instant friends. We shared sleepovers and family meals and loved every minute of our time playing together.
Since the grand juries returned no indictments in the killings of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner, on Staten Island, NY; and a videotape of the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OH, was viewed, America has been roiled in massive protests and cries for justice — not only justice for Mr. Brown, Mr. Garner and Master Rice but for all those who have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement across the country. Continue reading “Together, We Can Work Toward Change”
I always thought that historic preservation simply implied that a building was saved from demolition. I was wrong. After an eye-opening internship with History Colorado’s Preservation Programs as a first semester graduate student, I realized that historic preservation is so much more than saving bricks and mortar — it’s about preserving the memories of the people who used and loved those buildings. Additionally, losing those old buildings severs our ties to the past and the stories that evolved within those structures. Many times, they are the stories of people often forgotten in history. One of the greatest local examples of keeping our connection to the past, and one that intertwined with my family history, is the story of Dr. Justina Ford. Continue reading “Dr. Justina Ford: Success Despite the Obstacles”
“But I thought it wasn’t polite to talk about someone’s race; why are you asking me to talk about it?” This is one of the many questions I often get from both kids and adults when I suggest that we (parents, caregivers, teachers, etc.) talk to each other and especially to the younger people in our lives about race. Continue reading “How to Talk to Your Kids About Race”