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  • Desecration: Looking the Other Way is Not an Option. A letter from Ben Cohen, Co-Founder of Ben & Jerry’s.

  • Colonization, Black Bodies and Death

    By Peter Volkov “The settler makes history and is conscious of making it. And because he constantly refers to the history of his mother country, he clearly indicates that he himself is the extension of that mother-country. Thus the history which he writes is not the history of the country which he plunders but the […]

  • Lending Her Voice

    How artist-activist Dr. Karen Wilson-Ama Echefu uplifts the cause through song By Lisa Moore Imagine the elemental power of a rumbling volcano, the rush of a swift river or the sweep of potent wind through the pine — that’s the resonant voice of Dr. Karen Wilson-Ama Echefu, who is lending her powerful songs to the […]

  • Candidates for County Executive

    By Elizabeth Dorokhina BACC is a 501c3 non-profit organization and does not endorse political candidates. The candidates for county executive competing for the upcoming primary in June have not provided much support to the BACC community, but nevertheless, here is an explanation of their positions on Moses African Cemetery and other issues. All three candidates […]

  • The History of the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition

    By Kaleab Eshete The Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition (BACC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 through the Macedonia Baptist Church. Made up of volunteers, activists, community groups and faith-based institutions, BACC primarily focuses on issues of social justice, and particularly the desecration of Moses Cemetery on River Road.  The history of BACC is the […]

  • History of Parks & Planning

  • The Brightness of a Cemetery

    My experience in joining the BACC. By Kaleab Eshete I first heard of BACC a year ago. I was nearing the end of my junior year in high school and was cautiously looking for internships that I could begin over the summer. After a long and thorough search, it seemed as if no company could […]

  • Living History

    Fighting to sanctify sacred ground By Tim Willard The Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition (BACC) has been seeking sanctification of a historic African American burial ground that dates from the days of enslavement and was active until the 1930s, and recovery of the history of the once-thriving African American community in the area that was buried […]

  • Relationship: It’s Complicated.

    Reflections on the changing relationship between the leaders of Macedonia Baptist Church in Bethesda and the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation From David Ward’s conversations with Rev. Nancy Ladd, Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon, Rev. Dr. Segun Adebayo and Dr. Marsha Coleman Adebayo If there were ever an opportunity to build a sense of beloved community between […]

  • Winning Back Stolen Land: A Reason for Hope

    By Lisa Moore A recent land-transfer victory in Manhattan Beach, California, offers a spark of hope for the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition (BACC) and all those working to save the Moses Cemetery, a patch of land near the McDonald’s on River Road that once held the remains of formerly enslaved people and their descendants.  In […]