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Slavery by Another Name is the title of both a book and a documentary film that challenge  one of Americas most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation.  

They reveal how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans and some poor whites were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality.

It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 1940’s.

Community Forum

On April 28, Juneteenth Cincinnati and HOME held the second in a series of panel-led discussions  based on  issues  raised in the book & documentary Slavery by  Another Name. These  panel-led discussions, along with over 25 small group discussion held in 2015, focus on educating people around  root causes  of these issues as well as developing an action plan to  help turn the tide so that we all  have the possibility  of reaching  our full potential as American Citizens.

The April 28 discussion focused on the impact on  people and community  and the problems and trauma associated with it.

A few images from the discussion

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Watch Slavery by Another Name

African Americans and the Criminal Justice System

     The country is again struggling with disparate viewpoints on race and the criminal justice system which at times have let to confrontations in the streets.

       n the late 1800’s black men in the south were often convicted by a corrupt justice of the peace for “loitering” or simply walking the railroad tracks.  As “convicts” they were sold to local farmers and industries (including US Steel), where they were held in bondage with the pretense that they were working off their sentences.  

       In 2015 in Cincinnati a young black man was stopped for having no license plate and within minutes was shot in the head. This came in a year in which such encounters made national headlines over and over. And in  decades in which the incarceration rate for young black men far exceeds that for others.

       In 2015 Juneteenth Cincinnati  began inviting various organizations to convene discussions that used Slavery by Another Name as a basis for looking at the historical roots of these problems and how we can use this not only to understand how we got to this point but how to move beyond to a better future.

Gwen Ifill interviews Douglas Blackmon, the author of Slavery by Another Name

 April 28 Panelists

      Cincinnati Police Academy

     U.C. Media Professor

     North Presbyterian Church

     Dir. Ham. Co. Reentry