Program Named After Freedom Fighter Callie House
Vanderbilt University in Tennessee recently renamed the research arm of its African American and Diaspora Studies Program after reparations activist and slave Callie House.
House was born a slave in Rutherford County, Tennessee in 1861. Once she was freed, she worked as a seamstress and washerwoman in Nashville.
She also led the first mass slave reparations movement in the United States. According to JBHE, House helped found the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association.
Renaming a program after a historic figure is just one way to acknowledge the contributions of African-Americans in the country.
What’s another way to honor our heroes?