Telling Our Own Stories . . .

Ebony is designed to tell the stories of Black People in the United States of America, past and present. Some historical material is added to provide background for the events which have affected us. Our presence in this country is mostly unique because:

  • Our African ancestors were not immigrants from Europe, they were kidnapped and treated as sub-human tools of industry.
  • Our ancestors did not share the historical, religious, cultural and economic background of the Europeans who enslaved them.
  • The African slaves and their descendants were not able to “blend in” with other colonial and United States people due to their skin color (Just one detectable sign of African ancestry was and is enough to put a person in the “Black” category)
  • Even if we adopted the religious, cultural and economic practices of whites we were not accepted as equals by most whites in the British colonies and the states which they evolved into.

So – We must tell our own stories about our people. We must remind ourselves what is important in our past, present and future.

Most of the Native Americans were killed off by conflicts with the Europeans. Most of the poor and indentured servant whites who came here were able to eventually blend into the general white society.

Most of us Black folks can be identified as Black. Even the Black man who has twice been elected President of the United States cannot blend.

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Statue_of_Liberty with whipA part of the poem by Emma Lazarus, “New Colossus”, inscribed on the Statue of Liberty plaque reads:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

These words were not meant for us. If they had been intended for African-Americans the poem may have to read:

“Give me your kidnapped, your beaten,

Your shackled masses yearning to get free,

The condemned dragged to this shore,

Send these, the persecuted, who survived the storm-tossed slave ships to me,

I lift my whip beside my back door!”


Our different experiences have produced different memories and stories!

Use this site to add to the stories of our people. General Topic categories are listed and your can comment on these topics from your perspective.




  1. Harriet Courtney Maddox

    I LOVE this website! It is so informative and allows for self-expression!

  2. Hi folks, I am new to this site, and I am interested in Black studies. Just a little background information on me, I was born in the late 1960’s, and lived in NJ until the late 1990’s, when I decided to attend college in Alaska, and I have been living in AK ever since.
    I came from a predominately black area, where I saw people such as myself in various positions in society like police, firepersons, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and even the mayor of my town was black. Upon arrival in Alaska (AK) I immediately noticed there were not many black people up here when I arrived, but there were some, and of those few that I encountered, only a very few were in professional careers with any type of power. This is still the case in 2014, even though I do see more black people now.
    The other thing that I have noticed is that Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations in AK mostly seem to favor/benefit white females. I see many of them getting jobs and being promoted over black males and females. At least back in NJ EEO regulations appeared to be applied fairly. It would seem that the Civil Rights Era struggles achieved great victories in areas which are predominantly black. While areas with low black populations still have major struggles ahead of themselves in terms of equality in employment. More to the point, if you do not get the job, you will not get the salary; if you do not get the salary you cannot afford that dream house, or the nice cars, or vacations!
    I must make one other point/observation, and that is, as of recently many black college students have been reporting instances of outright racism directed towards black students on many campuses throughout the country. If this is the case, those students who feel threatened should consider attending some of the many Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Why spend your hard earned money and your valuable time to be insulted?
    These are my personal opinions and or observations, if you agree great, if you do not ,that is ok to. We are all entitled to our own opinions. I hope to post more as time permits.
    This Mike B. in the AK giving my two cents!

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  5. Mike B.

    Looks like Cliven Bundy finally shows his true colors!! He also shows his intelligence by thinking black slaves had stable family lives! Funnier still are all the right wing conservative cheerleaders and politicians who are now dropping Bundy like rock! I wonder if some of these conservatives are the same ones who were George Zimmerman supporters? Mike B My two cents!

    • I bet those who believe slavery was “Good” for black families are big supporters of family values for all, so . . . they should bring their own families to the next slave auction. I am sure they will benefit more than those lazy and unappreciative blacks. After a few hundred slave years their families should be PERFECT!

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