Black Lives & Brown Freedom
An African American soldier “beheaded” deep in the jungle, a volcano crater filled with hundreds of desperate refugees, and church bells tainted with horrific bloodshed in the howling wilderness... What went on in the islands of the Philippines between 1899 to 1913? "Black Lives & Brown Freedom: Untold Histories of War, Solidarity, & Genocide" vividly engages its readers with the almost forgotten experiences and bond between Filipinos and African Americans in the events surrounding the Philippine-American War.
"Kirby Pábalan-Táyag Araullo is a dedicated historian who has a clear insight on the current problems in Philippine historiography. Unknown to outsiders, the rich tapestry of the history, language and culture of the different indigenous nations of the Philippine islands is being deliberately buried by many so-called historians so as to perpetuate the mainstream narrative and sell the idea of a single Filipino nation with only one identity and speaking only one language. Although based in the United States, Kirby never forgot his Kapampángan roots. As a historian and researcher, Kirby has dedicated himself to correcting Philippine history by resurrecting not just Kapampángan history into the pages of the mainstream historical narrative, but also the history of the hundreds of marginalised nations within the Philippine archipelago."- Michael Raymon Pángilínan, Executive Director, Sínúpan Singsing: Research Institute & Center for Kapampángan Cultural Heritage