Black American history is a narrative characterized by a struggle for rights, including rights to self-preservation and self-determination, for all Americans. Exemplified throughout all four centuries of Black America’s creation, Black resistance to white supremacy has appeared in the form of protests, violence, emigration, and social movements, as well as more accommodationist theory and practice. Black Americans have been the primary force in building out and enforcing revolutionary the ideas presented in the Declaration of Independence, ensuring that those words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” are suitably universal, regardless of the color of the men in question. Consequently, Black Americans, specifically, descendants of slaves that arrived in what would become the United States first in 1619, sought freedom for themselves and their families through thousands of methods.
McLeod, Mars, "“A Colony of Our Choice”: Black Baltimoreans and Emigration to Trinidad" (2023). Undergraduate Research Awards, Hollins University. 71.
Mars McLeod 2023 Interview.pdf (130 kB)
Undergraduate Research Awards - 2023 Finalist, Junior/Senior category