A Raised Voice

How Nina Simone turned the movement into music. By Claudia Roth Pierpont Simone with James Baldwin in the early sixties. Her intelligence and restless force attracted African-American culture’s finest minds. Courtesy New York Public Library. “My skin is black,” the first woman’s story begins, “my arms are long.” And, to a slow and steady beat, “my […]

Watani Stiner: Tending to historical wounds

by Watani Stiner My life began in the Jim Crow South, in Houston, Texas. I remember the segregated world I was born into …  the separate water fountains, the back of the bus, the going around to the back door of Mr. Fontnoe’s grocery store to buy milk for my mother and grandmother. I recall […]

Civil Rights Legislation did not end Structural Racism

BY HAKEEM MUHAMMAD     The civil rights movement is often romanticized as having been victorious; the mainstream public discourse purports that racism, as a factor impeding black social mobility, is increasingly on the decline. It is claimed that America is coming closer to achieving Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream with each passing day. Such a dangerous […]

On the Importance of Class Analysis: Lessons from Huey Newton

Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party were about much more than guns. On the Importance of Class Analysis: Lessons from Huey Newton by BAR contributor Danny Haiphong “Theory and organization guided by a class analysis is the difference between becoming the vanguard of history or simply a victim of it.” Black August has come […]

FREE SPEECH THE OLDEST, WHITEST MAGIC TRICK

In the name of free speech, let’s get real. The ACLU defended the civil rights of Nazis in 1934 and their argument remains the same: The basic right to free speech must be defended even if the words spoken (and the speaker) are despicable. When the ACLU finally decided that they wouldn’t represent armed hate groups, it felt […]

Champion of the Black Community Is Given Her Rightful Due in Richmond

Maggie L. Walker fought segregation her whole life in the former capital of the Confederacy. Now her statue towers over the Virginia city The daughter of an enslaved woman, Maggie L. Walker led the fight for civil rights and women’s rights in Richmond, Virginia. (National Museum of American History) By Ben Panko In Richmond, Virginia, a city full […]

Revolutionary Black Artists of the Civil Rights Era Get Exhibition in the UK

Emory Douglas, “We shall survive without a doubt” (Emory Douglas) “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” features iconic works alongside pieces that have long been overlooked by the mainstream by  Jason Daley Civil Rights. Black Power. Black Arts. These movements helped power the 1960s and 1970s as a defining era of political and cultural shifts. […]

The forgotten riot that sparked Boston’s racial unrest

At the start of June 1967, a riot erupted in the Grove Hall neighborhood. At left, a man is arrested. At right, police stood in the street on June 1 as tensions mounted. Photos by Bob Dean/Globe Staff/File Fifty years ago today, riots convulsed Roxbury, as the civil rights tumult of the ‘60s finally reached […]

Neutralize their activities: The footprints of COINTELPRO from the Black Panther Party to the MOVE Organization and beyond

by Uhuru Baraka Rowe In the spirit of the MOVE conference held May 5-7 in Philadelphia to educate the public about the MOVE organization, I will like to expound on the U.S. government sanctioned attacks on MOVE within the larger context of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) campaign of harassment, murder, frame-ups and imprisonment […]

Do Black Activists Have An Obligation To Tone Down Their Rhetoric ?

  Whenever the oppressed in general, and Black people in particular, raise strong — even militant — objections to their treatment, there are always those who say “Tone it down.”  Many people — both Black and White — are uncomfortable when forced to confront the issues of race and racism: Many Whites don’t want to […]