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aberjhani's picture
Aug.06.2013
Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.(Reuters photo by Larry Downing)  “He captured the spotlight of history precisely at the right time, and responded with a blueprint for what America could become if it trusted its democratic legacy… He was murdered. But his dream still excites our...
aberjhani's picture
Dec.16.2011
Cover of Harry Belafonte's autobiography, My Song.   Human and civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X (Malik El-Shabazz) have become so indelibly symbolic of 1960s African America that students of the era sometimes forget that not all of the important leaders from the...
gayle-brandeis's picture
Aug.30.2011
Like most Americans, I am thrilled about Chicago’s new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. I have been reading eagerly about its design, its landscaping, its emotional and cultural impact. As I look at the official website, though, I find myself disappointed that the Chicago Freedom Movement...
jewelle-gomez's picture
May.09.2011
When I was a little girl, we sometimes found ourselves one person short when we tried to jump rope. One of us had to swing the end of the rope and the other was meant to jump -- but who was to swing the other end? Sometimes we'd make do by tying the rope onto a fence. Black feminists are like that...
steven-robert-travers's picture
Nov.26.2010
  "Take up the White Man's burden- Send forth the best ye breed- Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need; To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild- Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child."   - Rudyard Kipling, 1899   Rudyard Kipling wrote...
tim-wise's picture
Nov.23.2010
Thanksgiving has always been among my least favorite holidays. Not merely because of the mendacity of the traditional narrative regarding its origins -- you know, the whole "Indians and Pilgrims living in harmony" nonsense that conveniently ignores the genocide being planned even then...
aberjhani's picture
Mar.16.2010
Many modern audiences first became familiar with the name Nina Simone in 2005 after Canadian singer Michael Buble' recorded her 1965 hit song, "Feeling Good," and which finalists on the popular American Idol television show sang before world audiences in 2007. However, long before Buble'...
sangay-glass's picture
Feb.22.2010
1962, Christmastime in the city, specifically, Newark, New Jersey. My mom and grandfather are arguing in front of Bamburger's department store. The topics of discussion are, one, that my mom return to home to Boston, and two, that they immediately find someone to take care of her problem. I...
gayle-brandeis's picture
Feb.17.2010
As much as I love precise language, I am a fan of typos. Not all typos, certainly--not ones that feel lazy or make me lament the state of the current educational system; just ones that end up being unintentionally hilarious. I find them often in my students' work; homonyms are to blame more often...
andrew-b-lewis's picture
Jan.31.2010
A great new civil rights museum opens in Greensboro on Feb. 1--the anniversary of the sit-ins. Its built on the site of the original Woolworth's and features the lunch counter where it all began.  Check out the museum's info at http://www.sitinmovement.org/ its called the International Civil Rights...