Slavery By Another Name: The Convict Lease System

by Devon Douglas-Bowers After the Civil War, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Constitutional amendments were passed with the intention of establishing equality under the law for newly freed slaves, or so the story goes. The fact of the matter is that slavery was – and still is – completely legal in the United States, only […]

A Brief History of Slavery and the Originz of Amerikan Policing

Written by Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D. The birth and development of the American police can be traced to a multitude of historical, legal and political-economic conditions. The institution of slavery and the control of minorities, however, were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing. Slave patrols and Night Watches, […]

Learning from the Wattz Rebellion, 50 Years Later

Police arrest a man during the Watts riots, 1965. Photo: World-Telegram / Ed Palumbo / Library of Congress by Sekou Franklin August 31, 2015 A week after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement, the Watts rebellion broke out in Los Angeles. The riots began on August […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

“History teaches us no race, no people, no nation has ever been freed through cowardice, through cringing, through bowing and scraping, but all that has been achieved to the glory of mankind, to the glory and honour of races and nations was through the manly determination and effort of those who lead and those who […]

7 Wayz to Turn Your Anger Over Sandra Bland Into Action In Support of Incarcerated (and Formerly Incarcerated) Black Women

by Desiree Stevens The funneling of black children through the school-to-prison pipeline is a dangerous trend that pervades society. As a result, black people make up a disproportionately high percentage of the prison population. For young black girls, the reality is that we make the largest growing demographic of incarcerated people in the U.S. With […]

‘A Taste of Power’: The Woman Who Led The Black Panther Party (BPP)

Elaine Brown was the first and only woman to lead the male-dominated Black Panther Party. She looks back on Jean Seberg, COINTELPRO, and internal divisions within the organization. Photo: Platon Elaine Brown | A Taste of Power, Pantheon | 1992 | 30 minutes (7,440 words) Elaine Brown is an American prison activist, writer, lecturer and singer. In 1968, she joined the […]

Remembering Dr. Carter G. Woodson | Black History Puzzle Bookz

Thanks to the pioneering advocacy of educator and scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the annual public acknowledgement of the contributions of people of African descent to society has evolved from what began in February 1926 as “Negro History Week”, into a month long tribute that we now refer to as Black History Month.  Aside from the […]