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Looking back: How my interest in Irish history and identity began

Looking back: How my interest in Irish history and identity began

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is how did I become interested and aware of Northern Ireland’s Civil Rights struggle because few Americans are aware of this period of Irish history. Initially, when I first began researching the relationship between African Americans and the Irish for my peace walk, I believed the trans-atlantic relationship datedContinue Reading Looking back: How my interest in Irish history and identity began

The Black O’Connell

The Black O’Connell

As I prepare for my trip to Ireland next month to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Belfast to Derry Civil Rights March, people have been recommending that I read about Fredrick Douglas’ historic four-month visit to Ireland in 1845. In Northern Ireland, I’ve been informed, I’ll discover murals of Douglas and other Civil RightsContinue Reading The Black O’Connell