This document is a resource meant to accompany the Dunbar Heritage Association’s Black History Month discussion on black hair. It includes sources used within the presentation and provides additional information not introduced at the event. While it is not an exhaustive history of the discrimination against black bodies and hair in the U.S., it does demonstrate the longstanding racist and harmful attitudes, policies, laws, and sanctions used to penalize blackness.
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Why do we sing the Black National Anthem? That is a question that I am sure many people have asked themselves. What is it exactly and why is it necessary? Before we can answer this question, we must first understand the social, historical, and political context of how the song came into existence.