Many of the Democrats in Congress may not have needed a reason to boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration, but his sharp retort to Rep. John Lewis has given them the cover they need.
Recently, while browsing in a Barnes and Noble bookstore in Cary, N.C., I bumped into a book lover who recognized me and asked me if I had ever heard of Clara Brown.
Practically every aspect of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—his dignity, optimism, determination, ministry, courage, sermons, admonitions, guidance, dedication, hope and even his literary prowess—was invoked by a number of elected officials and activists Monday at the National Action Network.
There’s a photo of Wayne State University’s College of Medicine graduating class in Detroit in 1959. Of the 66 graduates, there are two Black men, one white woman, and one Black woman—Phyllis Harrison.
Somewhere between the differing polarities of Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, two of America’s most engaging and controversial Black public intellectuals, is the truth of President Barack Obama’s legacy, the gist of his eight years in the Oval Office.
When Black film pioneers are discussed, invariably Oscar Micheaux is mentioned. I’ve featured Micheaux in this column in the past, but one early actor and director who is rarely discussed is Spencer Williams Jr.
There is the imminent convergence of two very interesting dates: Jan. 15, the nation celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and five days later Donald Trump is inaugurated as America’s 45th president.
Each year, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the nation’s capital, and on Jan. 14, the holiday celebration will be joined by thousands assembling there to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump.
More than 100,000 are expected to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration.
In his nearly hour-long farewell address Tuesday evening in Chicago at McCormick Place, President Barack Obama recounted his eight years in office with his customary grace and dignity. While he mentioned President-elect Donald Trump only once by name, the massive audience was attuned to his nuances and the subtleties that alluded to the incoming president.
When Roy Ennis, a native of the Virgin Islands, first emerged on the political scene as a member of Congress of Racial Equality, he was a steadfast opponent of racism and discrimination and a loyalist in the ranks of civil rights activists.
When you have a resourceful corps of colleagues and comrades, you can keep up with current events, stay abreast of breaking news and be in touch with your history and culture.
As if to shore up his legacy, President Obama, over the remaining days of his tenure, has made some memorable moves, many of which could have come earlier according to some of his supporters.
Since he was tried, convicted and sentenced to prison in 1925, Marcus Garvey has maintained an iconic presence in U.S. and world history.
Addressing a standing room only crowd Dec. 28, at the National Action Network in Harlem, the Rev. Al Sharpton, president and founder of the organization, drew rounds of applause, and his words had particular resonance when he introduced the guest speaker, Maulana Karenga, and his concept of Kwanzaa and nguzo saba, the seven principles.
Alain Leroy Locke is perhaps best known as the editor of “The New Negro,” an anthology that is widely viewed as the touchstone of the Harlem Renaissance. In many biographies, Locke is considered the “dean” of this historic era.
Simply defined, fascism is “a system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship, forcible suppression of opposition, private economic enterprise under centralized governmental control, belligerent nationalism, racism and militarism.”
It seems each week brings a new wrinkle of rancor during the presidential transition.
It was wonderful to see Audre Lorde included in a photo collage on the cover of last week’s Village Voice.
The Electoral College, a vestige of America’s ignominious past, remains a troubling element and was decisive Monday when the electors voted Donald Trump as president.
While protesters around the nation assembled at state capitals hoping to pressure members of the Electoral College to dump Trump, a more radical contingent gathered at Cooper Union Monday to voice their objection to the incoming Trump administration.While protesters around the nation assembled at state capitals hoping to pressure members of the Electoral College to dump Trump, a more radical contingent gathered at Cooper Union Monday to voice their objection to the incoming Trump administration.
Whenever family and friends gather to commemorate and memorialize, it’s an occasion of memory and reflection, and these elements abounded Tuesday evening at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, where the lives of Michael Griffith and Cedric Sandiford were recollected.
Herb Hardesty may be best remembered for his half-century of performing in the studio and in concert with Fats Domino, but many music lovers first heard his melodic tones on Lloyd Price’s “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.” It was clearly a rhythm and blues song, but you could hear shades of jazz in Hardesty’s brief solo.
Tuesday was a good news day for Donald Trump in his desire to reach out to the African-American community.
In the wake of the recent presidential election, an outcome largely determined by voters seeking a change from the previous Democratic administration and—let’s be real—a Black family in the White House, we have increased instances of white nationalism.
Raynoma Gordy’s voice is hardly distinguishable as a background singer on Marv Johnson’s “Come to Me,” an early recording that helped launch the Motown sound.
“It is with deep sorrow that I come before you to inform our people, and friends of our America, that today, Nov. 25, at 10:29 p.m., Comandante en Jefe of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz has died,” stated Raul Castro, Cuba’s president and Fidel’s brother, in an announcement in Granma, the official voice of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee.
Setting aside division and finding common ground are not solely matters facing those mourning and not mourning the death of Fidel Castro.
A number of dignitaries and elected officials joined members of the Motley family for a ceremony last Saturday for the co-naming of a lane in honor of Judge Constance Baker Motley, the first Black female federal judge in the nation.
In her memoir “Pressure Makes Diamonds—Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be,” Valerie Graves has spun an appealing narrative with a protagonist who reads like an African-American female counterpart of Horatio Alger.
Folks might think that I conferred with the Harlem Cultural Archives in shaping my syllabus this semester on the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
Whether within governmental circles or on the alt-right or the extreme right, danger lurks, particularly for America’s Black and Brown citizens.
Blues diva Sharon Jones, whose powerful voice could soar over her band’s thunderous beat, will now have to be experienced on her records and a passion-filled documentary.
After the pollsters, pundits, the media and other predictors erred deplorably on the presidential election outcome, now they are trying to figure out how they flubbed the call.
Gwen Ifill, a pioneering Black journalist with an unshakable reserve of integrity and grit, died Monday, Nov. 14, at a hospice center in Washington, D.C. She was 61.
There was a collective gasp in the academic community, particularly among her associates, when Dr. Barbara Christian died at 56 in the summer of 2000.
Donald Trump’s stunning presidential victory became evident around midnight Tuesday for the Hillary Clinton supporters assembled at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.
Usually when mention is made of an African-American with a commanding bass baritone voice, Paul Robeson comes to mind. If Robeson was the ultimate performer in this vocal level, then William Warfield was not far behind.
Voter turnout in the current election by African-Americans and criminal justice and policing were key issues in a recent poll by the African American Research Collaborative. The AARC, hosted by State Voices, is a unique collaborative consisting of pollsters, scholars, researchers and commentators.
If Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election, there are rumors afloat that it will spur a torrid reaction, some of which may have a portent of mayhem and violence.
Voter turnout in the current election by African-Americans and criminal justice and policing were key issues in a recent poll by the African American Research Collaborative.
In April, 2015, when Hillary Clinton announced her second bid for the presidency, she chose only to allude to the fact that she was a woman. “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” she said, referring to her defeat by Barack Obama and the proverbial barrier blocking women from the highest office.
There is no need for generations to unfold to recognize the remarkable career of Dr. Benjamin F. Payton. No need to wait for the years to enshrine a man who made his transition on Sept. 28 in Estero, Fla. He was 83, and what a productive 83 years.
With less than one month before the nation’s electorate flexes its muscles to determine its choice of commander in chief, the forecast is looking more and more like Hillary Clinton is on her way to victory over Donald Trump.
As expected, there’s a lot of debate gathering among scholars and writers about Bob Dylan getting the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Like the pioneering teacher Charlotte Forten (1837-1914), Charlotte Hawkins Brown was educated in Massachusetts and then devoted a good part of her life to dispensing that knowledge to students in the South.
Dr. John (Satchmo) Mannan’s book, “Mubassa’s Dream—And 18 Legends from the Land of Nod” (Aladdin’s Books International, 2016), in many ways mirrors the diverse interests and passions of the writer.
Folks are flocking from Donald Trump like he has the plague, and many of those in flight believe he is a contagious miscreant who is unfit to lead the nation.
It isn’t often that we devote the editorial page to the passing of one of our heroes, but there are times when more space should be set aside for such occasions.
One of my loyal readers, after reading a Classroom profile on the famed architect Vertner Tandy, noted I had cited Dr. Cornelius Nathaniel Dorsette, his wife’s father, as the first African-American to pass the Alabama medical examination.