Difficult Choices

Basketball great Charles Barkley’s recent interview with Brooke Baldwin of CNN has raised eyebrows.  Barkley called the looters in Ferguson “scumbags”. During protests,  following the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, people took advantage of the chaos and stole goods from convenient stores. His interview and demonizing the poor who decided to take their chances in breaking the law and being video taped by law enforcement or news reporters, sparked memories of a public …

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The Torch has Been Passed

The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in recent years, tempered by an unjust and unbalanced legal system, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights and civil rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and we are committed today. Those words paraphrase the inaugural address of president John F. Kennedy in 1961. …

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Black History In Any Language

Now with the help of a web app from Google, any visitor to the blackhistory -101.com web site can view our content in any language. Just notice the “Translate” link at the top of the page on the right just below your browser. Once you’ve clicked that, then notice the language choice button directly to the left on the top. Since our debut in June of 2014 we have received web site traffic from all …

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The C-Word

Treyvon Martin was on his cell phone as he walked back to his Dad’s home just minutes before his confrontation with George Zimmerman and his death. Treyvon’s death and the murder trial of Zimmerman was laced with racial overtones. Was the singling out of a young African-American different than if a young white teenager was on his way home from the store? Would the jury believe the only other person on the scene if the …

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First Nations

The struggle for civil rights and economic opportunity is a frequent subject in political debates. However, being recognized as a legitimate member of society or even a citizen of the country that governs you and the land you live on, is still a current fight for many native peoples. First Nations is a term used in Canada to refer to the indigenous Aboriginal people. Recognizing the many native peoples, their governments, traditions and full participation …

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Voting in the Old Confederacy

Voter suppression Southern style is a success. Right wing candidates “closed the deal” on November 4, 2014. By instituting several voting law changes, the heavily Republican state legislature (as a result of the 2010 election and redistricting) successfully created a formula where the majority of the people were disenfranchised and the minority seized power. All of this in the guise of “voting integrity”. By shortening the period of early voting by 7 days in North …

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Always On His Feet

The 1960’s were difficult times in American history. African-American’s weathered a storm of tragic events. The assassinations of both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (April) and the presumed Democratic Presidential nominee, Robert F. Kennedy (June), was more than many could bear. The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The most “real” famous person you could ever meet, released, “Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”  in August.  Black Power as a movement had gained …

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Everyone Could Have Gotten Paid

Assault weapons aimed at peaceful protesters is not uncommon. Ferguson, Missouri marchers or the television viewing public can feign outrage today, but treating unarmed black protesters as if they had already committed a crime or are a threat is not unusual at all. One instance is recounted here. February 25, 1995. Greene County Georgia. About halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia.  The call went out to civil rights leaders and groups. Nearly 300 marchers gathered …

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One in a Million

It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago. Americans have frequently gathered on the Mall in Washington, DC to commemorate, celebrate and to express community concerns. Through speeches, and song black men met to express and re-dedicate to self-help, self-defense, family and community. Called for by Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam and organized by The National African American Leadership Summit a collaboration of civil rights groups, the Million Man March …

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Protest vs. Riot

Just maybe the remnants of pain and loss linger in St. Louis. The worst race riots in our country’s history took place in southern Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. The loss of life and property isn’t easy to forget. The New York Times’ chilling headline, “Race Rioters Fire East St. Louis and Shoot or Hang Many Negroes”.  According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the violence stemmed from the hiring of black …

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