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The chameleon was a one-time thing. Probably. My name is Alaina Johns. I'm a freelance writer and editor based in Philadelphia, PA.  

 

 

Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s ‘Never Caught’: A life of resistance

Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s ‘Never Caught’: A life of resistance

Published March 13, 2017 in Broad Street Review

At the recent Stand Against Hate rally at Philly’s Independence Mall, when I was carrying Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s book about George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave, I was having trouble. 

To the east, a massive banner on the National Museum of American Jewish History quoted a 1790 letter from President Washington to the Hebrew Congregations of Newport: “For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance…” To the west, the outdoor exhibit of the remains of the President’s House listed the names of slaves who served Washington, including a young woman named “Oney Judge.” Read more. 

On the Way to… Longwood Gardens

On the Way to… Longwood Gardens

Don’t dismiss Saturday’s march as ‘thoughtless excitement’ of ‘angry women’

Don’t dismiss Saturday’s march as ‘thoughtless excitement’ of ‘angry women’