Meet the only white badass member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA) who fought for black power

Marilyn Buck…composite On November 5, 1981, it was reported that Marilyn Jean Buck, the only white member of the Black Liberation Army was charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery. Buck allegedly held the title of quartermaster – a person designated to store weaponry in safe houses for the BLA. Buck, Cynthia Boston; a member of the […]

The Urgency of a Third Reconstruction

Left to right: Radical Republican Thaddeus Stevens; an African-American soldier in the Union Army; abolitionist Frederick Douglass,   The ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment on July 9, 1868 was a turning point in United States history. Arriving at the height of Reconstruction, the amendment marked the first time the U.S. Constitution explicitly addressed the question […]

‘This is huge’: Black liberationist speaks out after her 40 years in prison

Exclusive: Debbie Sims Africa, the first freed member of a radical Philadelphia group many say were unjustly imprisoned, talks about reuniting with her son and defends the Move members still locked up: ‘We are peaceful people’  Debbie Sims Africa was 22 when she was sentenced. Her release is seen as a major breakthrough for those imprisoned […]

Malcolm X’s forgotten kindred soul

 BY DAVID BEITO AND LINDA ROYSTER BEITO   © YouTube Screen Capture The anniversary of Malcolm X’s birth brings to mind the parallels to another great African-American activist: T.R.M. Howard. The two came to know each other late in Malcolm’s life, often talking late into the night at Howard’s home. In 1965 Howard gave the […]

The Black Kennedy’s: How The Shakur Family Bridged Rap And Politics

“I just cried, as all mother’s cry, for the beautiful boy who said he and Mike Tyson would never be allowed to be free at the same time…” By: Xavier Handy-Hamilton, Contributing Writer (@fnr_zay)   On September 7, 1996, after a Tyson fight that ended so abruptly the crowd was convinced Bruce Sheldon took a […]

Mrs. Hamer Echoes (Encore)

  Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, spoke words that are all too relevant today. On this encore edition of Making Contact, you’ll hear archival recordings, and excerpts from a powerful new film featuring Fannie Lou Hamer’s contemporaries– themselves now elders. You’ll hear about the context of her life, and the lives of other sharecroppers […]

Black Panther Party poster by Emory Douglas

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How the Black Panthers’ Breakfast Program Both Inspired and Threatened the Government

BY ERIN BLAKEMORE A teacher and his at a Black Panther liberation school. (Credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images) In 1969, a group of children sat down to a free breakfast before school. On the menu: chocolate milk, eggs, meat, cereal and fresh oranges. The scene wouldn’t be out of place in a school cafeteria these days—but the […]

In 1968, Three Students Were Killed by Police. Today, Few Remember the Orangeburg Massacre

The shootings occurred two years before the deaths of students at Kent State University, but remain a little-known incident in the Civil Rights Movement Cleveland Sellers, center, stands with officers after his arrest in Orangeburg, S.C., where three were killed and 28 others wounded on Feb. 8, 1968. (AP Photo) By Lorraine Boissoneault SMITHSONIAN.COM  Recalling the event […]

New Exhibit “1968: Civil Rights at 50” Opens Today

Exhibit Tells the Story of Events That Shaped the Civil Rights Movement 50 Years Ago This Year NEWS PROVIDED BY Newseum  Jan 12, 2018, 15:50 ET WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Newseum opened “1968: Civil Rights at 50,” a new exhibit that explores the tumultuous events that shaped the civil rights movement in 1968, when movement leader the Rev. Martin […]