Today In Black History (our story)

  Alcorn State University founded Date: Sat, 1871-05-13 On this date we mark the founding of Alcorn State University in 1871. It is one of over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in America. Alcorn State University is a public coeducational institution of higher learning in Lorman, MS. It is a land-grant university consisting […]

After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi’z Capital Wrestlez With Hiz Economic Vision

  Mayor Chokwe Lumumba implemented only the first steps of his plan to address Jackson’s extreme income inequality, which most seriously affected black residents. Now the city faces a choice between vastly different approaches to economic development. by Laura Flanders The Caravan to Washington, which took place in 1992, is part of Mississippi’s legacy of […]

by Anthony Robinson Jr. “We will now criticize the unjust with the weapon.” – Comrade George Jackson Anthony Robinson Jr. I write this essay with a gripping ambivalence: Admittedly I am both haunted and inspired, desperate for solutions, yet hopeful. I am a new found political prisoner within the grips of one of CCA’s slave […]

On thiz day January 3,1966 Black History (our story)

    Samuel Younge, Jr. was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, on November 17, 1944. After leaving the Navy, he entered Tuskegee Institute where he became an active  organizer and student leader in the Southern Freedom Movement. He played a leading part in galvanizing and organizing the student body at Tuskegee Institute. Alongside Gwendolyn Patton, president of the student […]

To all the homies on lock and solitary

by Abdul Mujahid Khalil, aka Lester Smith In response to the story, “California can lead the movement to limit solitary confinement,” by Margaret Winter of the ACLU in the November Bay View, well, fellas, hot damn! It’s about time. That story is 100 percent genuine. Rodriques Dukes peers through the tray slot of his cell […]

Power to the People — Remembering the Black Panther Party

    By Michael Terron Forty-seven years ago this month the Black Panther Party for  Self-Defense was formed in Oakland, California. For almost 16 years the Party  represented one of the most influential radical, progressive organizations in  the history of the U.S. “This country is a nation of thieves. It stole everything it  has, beginning with […]

Judge Threatens Sikh Man With Jail For Not Removing ‘That Rag’ Off His Head

  Photo by David McNew/Getty Images by                            Julianne Hing, The U.S. Constitution guarantees religious freedom, and therefore bars law enforcement officers from discriminating against people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin or faith. But Mississippi traffic cops and Pike County Court Judge Aubrey Rimes apparently weren’t going to let that little old document deter them […]

Your very presence is a crime against the state–every glance of the eye is a threat!

  “Your very presence is a crime against the state, every glance of the eye is a threat.”–Richard Wright, Native Son     Novelist Richard Wright wrote those words for the defense attorney in the trial of the hero Bigger Thomas, who killed a white woman in fear. But we can say the words apply […]

This is Myrlie Evers consoling son Darryl after Medgar Evers was murdered in front of tha family home

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. After returning from overseas military service in World War II and completing his secondary education, he became active in the civil rights movement. He became a field […]

Arlington National Cemetery Event Honors Civil Rights Martyr Medgar Evers

by Zachary Lester Special to the AFRO Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, pauses after placing a wreath during the 50th anniversary remembrance ceremony of his death, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Medgar Evers served his country in the U.S. Army […]