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 […]

Film Review: ‘This Bitter Earth:’ The Rape of Recy Taylor

By Kelisha B. Graves   Alma Daniels, Recy Taylor’s younger sister, hums out a pithy ultimatum at the onset of the film: “What they did to her? They didn’t need to live.” Nancy Buirski’s documentary, ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor,’ is equal parts wrenching and relevant. The documentary unfurls gingerly and casually against the beat […]

How to Fight White Backlash

by Robert Greene  Harold Cruse, Stokely Carmichael, and Martin Luther King, Jr. all offered acute diagnoses of the backlash to civil rights legislation The problem of white backlash in American politics isn’t new. Every instance of black political advancement—Reconstruction, the civil rights movement, or Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency—has provoked it. Backlash politics define moments […]

How a Psychologist’s Work on Race Identity Helped Overturn School Segregation in 1950s Amerika

Mamie Phipps Clark came up with the oft-cited “doll test” and provided expert testimony in Brown v. Board of Education In July 1955, black children wait to register for school in Lawrence County, Arkansas, as schools desegregate in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. (Gordon Tenney / Smithsonian National Museum of African American History […]

We must affect the bottom line

Part III: Campaign to Redistribute the Pain 2018 by Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, formerly known as Melvin Ray, Free Alabama Movement While the Montgomery (Ala.) Bus Boycott is the most well-known of the economic direct action campaigns of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, in actuality, these boycott campaigns were far more widespread throughout the […]

Detroit’ Is One Of The Most Irresponsible And Dangerous Movies Of the Year

The film is egregious, both in what it includes and what it omits.   By Mary Phillips Assistant Professor, Lehman College, CUNY   The church was packed. “Watch accurate justice administered by citizens of the community,” a flier announced. “Review and watch the evidence for yourself.” Nearly two thousand black people and a smattering of whites […]

A History of the Omaha Black Panthers

On July 28, 1966, the Omaha World-Herald published a report about a a “200 member gang known as the Black Panthers” that “planned much of the systematic firebombing, sniping and looting in Cleveland’s slum riots.” From the outset, Omaha’s media portrayed the Black Panther Party as violent hoodlums, and in the next several years they wouldn’t stop. […]

If Whites Want to Segregate, Dammit Let’em

They constantly, decade after decade, century after century, threaten to separate from Blacks or pass laws to oppress us as if we are suppose to shiver in fear or they are hurting our feelings. The only feelings of Black folks they are hurting are the Black folks who love massa. Most Blacks do not give […]

After 47 years as an Alabama political prisoner and 3 years free, Sekou Kambui makes his transition

Our dear brother and Black Panther comrade Sekou Kambui (s/n William Turk) made his transition May 9, 2017. The struggle for freedom defined him in so many ways. After 47 years as a political prisoner in Alabama prisons, and his release in 2014, he can now rest in peace. Farewell, my dear friend. – Audri […]

The Dashiki: The History of a Radical Garment

by DAMOLA DUROSOMO DIASPORA—The dashiki is clothing as politics. It might not exactly seem that way in its present state—a revived, streetwear trend largely associated with the intricate and highly recognizable ‘Angelina print,’ but its story is one of African innovation and Black resistance. The word “dashiki” comes from the Yoruba word danshiki, used to refer […]