Blacks And The Party Of The One Percent

  Recently a presidential preference poll leading up to the 2016 elections determined that the candidate representing the party of Lincoln only received 1% support from African-Americans. It’s not always been that way. There was a time early in black enfranchisement when blacks preferred candidates of Lincoln’s newly formed anti-slavery progressive political party. That party left blacks before blacks left that party.  Now the only blacks left, 160 years since the beginnings of Lincoln’s political party are …

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Celebrate King’s Day

The hallmark of change was non-violent change.  Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. championed a movement that became a world wide model for civil change. Those that disagree with the direction the United States has taken in respect to rights note both the spirit and letter of the law,  have often resorted to violence. Brandishing weapons, taking hostages, even threatening federal agents has become a familiar tactic.  Especially among right-wing zealots. Who would …

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Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal: ‘I wasn’t identifying as black to upset people. I was being me’ Anyone looking for clues to the real Rachel Dolezal would do well to begin with her birth certificate. In the bottom right-hand corner, under the names of the parents who brought her world crashing down by outing her as a white woman masquerading as black, is a box for the identity of the medic who delivered her as a baby.

The Sounds of Protest

Songs set the tone. Lyrics and beats set the mood. The Sound of the Times have been used to express opinions and feelings in difficult times. Protest songs have been important to Blacks since our struggle began. No matter if it was slavery, human rights, civil rights, wars, lynching or police brutality, we have expressed feelings in songs. June is when we commemorate Black Music Appreciation Month (the decree first issued by President Carter in 1979), one cannot …

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Brown v. Board of Ed.

The United States Constitution guarantees its inhabitants liberty and equal opportunity. Historically, however, these fundamental rights have not always been provided as pledged. The American system of education is one such example. From the earliest times in American history, the U.S. educational system mandated separate schools for children based solely on race. In many instances, the schools for African American children were substandard facilities with out-of-date textbooks and insufficient supplies. Court cases against segregated schools …

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Zelma Henderson & the Board of Ed

At 12:52 p.m. on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, commonly known as Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka. The opinion stated that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” and that the separate but equal doctrine, which allowed states to maintain racially segregated schools, had “no place” in public education. The team of lawyers included Chief Legal Counsel for the NAACP, …

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Roger B. Taney – Obstruction to Freedom

The Dred Scott decision (Dred Scott v. Sanford; March 6, 1857) of the United States Supreme Court, set back human and civil rights for African-Americans by nearly a decade (considering the end of the Civil War; 1865 or the new Constitution Amendments; 13, 14, & 15th). One of the primary obstacles to the “set back” was the Chief Justice of the court, Roger B. Taney. When you think of Roger B. Taney (March 17, 1777 …

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