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Liverpool’s Slavery Museum

From the International Slavery Museum’s website:

International Slave Trade's website
Screenshot of International Slave Trade’s website

The history of the transatlantic slave trade

For more than 2,000 years people in many different parts of the world have forced their fellow humans into slavery. Between about 1500 and 1900, Europeans forcibly uprooted millions of people from throughout West Africa and West Central Africa and shipped them across the Atlantic in conditions of great cruelty. To refer to the Africans who were enslaved only as ‘slaves’ strips them of their identity. They were, for instance, farmers, merchants, priests, soldiers, goldsmiths and musicians. They were husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. They could be Yoruba, Igbo, Akan or Kongolese.

European slavers dispersed them across the Americas to lead lives of degradation and brutality, without thought for their personal lives. Millions died in the process. As a result, people of African descent are spread throughout the Americas and Western Europe. This is called the African Diaspora.

For more information visit History of the Slave Trade.

MLK Day in Williamsport


Richard James speaking at lectern while photo of Dr. King on screen
Photo credit: Olephia Crawford

Everybody can be great. Everybody can serve. AAPN publisher Richard James was please to serve as keynote speaker at the annual MLK Day Rally held at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bardo Gymnasium, January 15, 2018.

About 350 people attended the event. After a brief Peace Walk on campus, James congratulated everyone for coming out on a cold day. He asked everyone to thank each other for showing up. Then he pronounced the group as a “beloved community”. He said there are two rules in a beloved community, “Look out for each other and treat others the way you would like to be treated.”

Check the TV news coverage at WNEP 16

black viewpoint

Why an African-American Perspective?


Red. Black. Green. The colors of the African diaspora. And the flag of the United States of America. The image symbolizes the unique history and experiences of a once enslaved people on the North American continent. Their collective viewpoint is most often different from the common narrative of the white majority. The two groups, working side-by-side for centuries, have formed contrasting and competing opinions on politics, social justice, economics, immigration policies, health care, crime and other issues.

African-American Perspective newsletter intends to present the minority position on a variety of issues confronting America. Through understanding differing viewpoints we can reach common ground. And there are diverse perspectives within the African-American community! Covering all of it is daunting. But we hope to provide the reader a peek into the world of Black Americans.

This is our goal.



AAPN – rebirth 2018

After much thought, I decided to revive the African-American Perspective Newsletter. I got a little coaxing from my friend Rev. Awun Sam Hwang. He gave me the nudge I needed to plunge into the publishing business again. Thanks Sam!

First issue March 2007

Above: The first issue of the Newsletter initially entitled An African-American Perspective. From March 2007.

African-American Perspective Newsletter

Welcome to the rebirth of the African-American Perspective Newsletter.

portrait of Frederick Douglass

Our mentor and hero is Frederick Douglass, publisher and co-editor of the abolitionist newspaper, the North Star.

We will celebrate his 200th birthday on February 14, 2018. He was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in February 1818. The exact date of his birth was not known, he chose February 14th. At 20 years of age, after teaching himself how to read and write, he “stole his body” and escaped to freedom with the help of his wife, a free black woman named Anna Murray. (He changed his name to Douglass later in life.)

He worked the docks of Baltimore harbor, wrote 3 autobiographies, published 2 newspapers, toured the United States and Europe advocating for abolition of slavery, equal rights for ex-slaves and was appointed to high office within the government. He was even nominated as a Vice Presidential candidate!

Learn more about this incredible man at

Thank you Mr. Douglass for showing us the way…

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