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Jack O’Dell, an unflinching foe of oppression, dead at 96

Almost a year ago to the day, I featured Jack O’Dell in the classroom column, which was a rare entry since the focus is usually on the deceased.

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Bill Pickett, rodeo star of bulldogging fame

Two weeks ago I featured Sarah Jane Woodson Early in this column, a profile prompted by the arrival of Williams Loren Katz’s “The Black West,” the sixth edition of the classic.

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In Memoriam: Dr. William Loren Katz

It was about two weeks after I had cited Dr. William Loren Katz in my column in this paper that I learned of his death.

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In memoriam: Queen Mother Sybil Claire Williams-Clarke

As a companion, colleague and wife, Sybil Williams-Clarke often stood loyally and lovingly in the shadow of her esteemed husband, Dr. John Henrik Clarke.

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Josephine Silone Yates, teacher, activist, clubwoman

Prolific and talented author Tonya Bolden has published another marvelous addition to her growing trove of books on African American history.

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Impeachment noose tightens on Trump

If things go as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised, by Thursday a vote will be taken to determine if the impeachment inquiry against Trump goes forward.

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Former Michigan Rep. John Conyers, political icon, dies at 40

Former U.S. Congressman John Conyers, whose 15-year fight to pass legislation that would make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday, has died. He was 90.

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John Mercer Langston, congressman and college president

Last week at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, it was my pleasure and privilege to be in conversation with two of the leading authorities on the life and legacy of John Brown.

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‘Trump/Pence Must Go!’ echoed on the streets of Manhattan

Hundreds of protesters assembled at Union Square Saturday, Oct. 19, and then marched peacefully to Trump Tower under banners emblazoned with “Trump/Pence Out Now.”

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Sarah Jane Woodson Early, notable teacher and member of the WCTU

My friendship and collegiality with Dr. William Loren Katz is almost as extensive and rewarding as the research he has done on Native Americans and Black Americans, and there is no better testament of his enduring scholarship than the recently revised edition of “The Black West” (Fulcrum, 2019).

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