Originally published 09/04/2017
Her ancestors were Georgetown’s slaves. Now, at age 63, she’s enrolled there — as a college freshman.
Melisande Short-Colomb’s family history is proof of how deeply the roots of slavery go in America’s most prominent institutions.
Originally published 04/18/2017
About 100 men and women whose ancestors were once sold as slaves to fund the nascent Georgetown University gathered at that university Tuesday for an emotional worship service of remembrance and repentance.
Originally published 04/05/2017
Louisiana descendants of slaves owned by Georgetown University meet to preserve history of their ancestors
Yes, there are enough Louisiana descendants to fill a room.
Originally published 04/03/2017
Onita Estes-Hicks learned that Jesuits who once ran Georgetown University sold some of her ancestors. She is now enrolled in a social justice program aimed at helping her make sense of it all.
Originally published 03/13/2017
The story of one of the slaves sold to help keep Georgetown afloat. (And we have his picture.)
Originally published 05/06/2013
Rosa Brooks is a law professor at Georgetown University and a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation. She served as a counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011 and previously served as a senior advisor at the U.S. State Department. Her weekly column runs every Wednesday and is accompanied by a blog, By Other Means.In days of yore, diplomats were diplomatic. Or so, at least, I am led to believe by fiction and film: Fictional diplomats are erudite, conniving, and suave, treating allies and enemies alike with the same elegant courtesy, even while arranging the most sophisticated betrayals.
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