Monday, February 10, 2014

Black History Month: Callie House

The word “reparations” as it applies to Black folks in America, is a relatively new cultural catchphrase, but the concept is not. A former slave herself, Callie House witnessed the joy of freedom swiftly overpowered by the poverty that engulfed so many newly emancipated men, women and children in the South. She co-chartered the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association in 1898, becoming first its secretary, then its zealous leader. Under her direction, membership swelled to an estimated 300,000 within two years. Reparations is still a hotly debated subject, in and out of the Black community, but House’s work brought to the fore the social issues that underlie it. (Source, Essence)

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