Abolitionist Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) stands with a group of formerly enslaved people she helped lead to freedom. Photo: Bettmann/Getty
A database that gathers records about the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants is undergoing a massive, crowdsource-powered expansion to unlock Black Americans’ genealogical histories, organizers tell Russell Contreras.
- Why it matters: The initiative, to be unveiled today by Enslaved.org, is the latest to reconstruct lost or incomplete timelines and records from the 1600s-1800s, as the U.S. and other nations reckon with systemic racism.
How it works: The general public and outside researchers can submit family histories, runaway slave ads, or documents of purchase to Enslaved.org.
- Users can search their names and town histories and connect the experiences of enslaved people, from voyages to the changing of names.
First look: Slavery ancestor project expands
Welcome to the Care 100, a first-of-its-kind list of the people doing the most to re-imagine and re-humanize our care system. You’ll find everyone from policy renegades to direct service providers, from tech entrepreneurs to documentary filmmakers. While these dynamic leaders all tackle the problems and opportunities of care in this country in vastly different ways, they share a common ethos: that care is fundamental to our collective thriving, and must be honored as such.
The future of care—how we parent, heal, and age—is here and these are the people designing it.
The care system touches every sector, so you will find these 100 extraordinary people anywhere and everywhere: start-ups, corporations, nonprofit organizations, government, education, the arts. We were less interested in where they work as we were in how they work; you’ll find that there are 10 honorees in each of 10 approaches.
In case you’re curious, this was our criteria:
*Re-imagining the field
*Anti-racist and anti-sexist
*Imaginative and solving real problems for real people
This list weaves together and celebrates the dynamic people advancing the broader care system (which we all too often think of in silos, like managing the household, fighting for benefits in our workplaces, caring for our aging relatives, building community in our neighborhoods etc.). Our hope is that the list makes these folks feel honored, but also that it helps people see and be seen by new collaborators and supporters, and that it ushers in a new era of creativity and recognition for care across the country. It turns out, a lot of people don’t even see themselves as a part of the formal care system, so we had our work cut out for us.