Black - Four in Greensboro NC. Photo courtesy of Civil Rights Trail

Discover Black History and Culture While Traveling the USA

By Terri Marshall

As a Southern-born white woman, incorporating Black history sites into my travel plans never crossed my mind… until I married a Black man.   Read more

United States Family Travel History
Happy New Year's Eve

How to celebrate New Year’s Eve safely around the world

By Tara Tadlock

Lockdowns and government restrictions don’t have a put a damper on New Year’s Eve festivities.   Read more

The World Events & Festivals
Racism is not patriotism

Eric Deggans, NPR TV critic and Author of ‘RACE-BAITER” on Language, Travel and Media

Join World Footprints for an engaging conversation on race-baiting, travel, media and music with NPR TV critic Eric Deggans.   Read more

United States Experiences Humanity
Janet Cheatham Bell

Author Janet Cheatham Bell on Civil Rights, Empowerment and Travel

Author Janet Cheatham Bell has lived through both the Civil Rights Movement and today’s Black Lives Matter movement. She joins World Footprints to share her thoughts on the progression of racial equality in the United States. Janet is also the mother of W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN’s United Shades … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility
Ardre Speaking w Authors

Controlling Your Narrative and Preserving Truth in Race Relations, Empowerment and Travel

Why is it important for people of color to control their own narrative? How does preserving your story support historical truths? Ardre Orie is a publisher, social activist, and ghostwriter who helps Black men and people of color discover the power of their voice. Enjoy a powerful and insightful interview … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility
Dubrovnik

What does the future of travel look like?

What does the future of travel look like?  We asked a travel industry insider, Helen Hernandez, CEO of the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) for her insights. In a previous episode we learned about Helen’s path from her humble beginnings in California, to her work with the labor union … Read more   Read more

United States Insights
MLK Jr. Memorial Wash DC

Author Janet Cheatham Bell on Literature, American History and Travel

Janet Cheatham Bell is an author, scholar, budding playwright and mother to CNN host, W. Kamau Bell, of United Shades of America.  Having lived through America’s Civil Rights Movement, Janet joins World Footprints to reflect on her life journey from a segregated Indiana to her interracial marriage that defied the … Read more   Read more

United States Insights History
Black man reading

Controlling the Narratives on Race, Transformation and Travel

Do you wonder who will tell your story and how you’ll be portrayed? Author and Publisher Ardre Orie joins World Footprints to discuss the power of storytelling, narratives on race and, of course, travel.   Read more

United States Insights History
Single mask wearer on crowded beach

Traveling and Reporting in a World with COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

By Sam White

The world has changed a lot in the last six months—which means we must change how we interact with it. Travel is different now. Journalism is different now.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
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Safer abroad? Black American travelers are glad to be outside the U.S.

By Tasha Prados

Feeling unsafe in the U.S., many Black Americans are glad to be in other countries — or eager to go abroad.   Read more

United States Insights
KOA Campsite

What to do about Racism and Bigotry as Travelers of Conscience and Culture

By Ian Fitzpatrick

With everything taking place in the world from the coronavirus pandemic, global recession, and America’s racial reckoning, even a brief escape from these problems can be an elixir for the body, mind, spirit, and soul.   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping Insights Social Responsibility
Road Trip Cherohala Skydrive Tennessee

Back to my Roots: A Road Trip Brings Restoration and Hope

By Terri Marshall

As 2020 dawned, my travel calendar filled with big plans. The St. Olav Festival in Norway, gorilla trekking in Uganda, and truffle hunting in Croatia were among the adventures scheduled for the coming months. Sadly, those plans came to an abrupt halt thanks to COVID-19.   Read more

United States Family Travel
African Black Oystercatcher with Rainbow in Plettenberg Bay

A letter to my favourite country: We need to talk

By Kellie Paxian

South Africa is not the safest country in which I’ve travelled. It’s not the least corrupt. Or the most open-minded. But it is my favourite.   Read more

Africa Social Responsibility
Interviewing Gip Gipson. He had some great stories to share.

Viewing Today’s World Through Journalistic Eyes: Can Travel Heal The Divide?

By Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick

As travel journalists who happen to be people of color, we celebrate the cultures of the world.   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility
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TODAY IN HISTORY: Juneteenth (June 19, 1865)

Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has it roots in Galveston, Texas.  On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.  Surprisingly … Read more   Read more

United States History