“FRAMED” Chapter 3 by Michael Richardson

Adam’s Note: This is Chapter 3 in a series for NorthOmahaHistory.com called Framed: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO and the Omaha Two Story. It was written by  Michael Richardson. Learn more here. “What were we but strangers to the land where we were born…” —Mondo we Langa, “From the Ancestor’s House”   David Lewis Andrew Rice was born in Omaha, […]

How Paul Robeson Found His Politikal Voice in the Welsh Valleys

Paul Robeson – African American singer, movie star, Broadway actor, freedom fighter and socialist -built his singing career in the teeth of racism in the early 1900s. But his radicalism was spurred on in Britain – by a chance meeting with a group of Welsh miners. by  Jeff Sparrow Paul Robeson singing with a choir […]

SENEGALESE PHOTOGRAPHER OMAR VICTOR DIOP REIMAGINES HISTORICAL MOMENTS OF BLACK PROTEST IN NEW PHOTO SERIES

  Senegalese fine arts and fashion photographer Omar Victor Diop describes his latest series, “Liberty,” as “a reinvented narrative of the history of the black people.” The powerful portraits tastefully showcase international moments of Black resistance spanning generations, including Bloody Sunday and the death of Trayvon Martin. “Liberty” will be exhibited at the Festival of […]

THIZ COUPLE WAZ ASSASINATED IN 1951 FOR FIGHTING FOR BLACK PEOPLE’Z RIGHTZ

Harriette V. Moore                                                             Harry T. Moore Before Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, a great black man by the name of Harry T. Moore […]

Hugo Pinell by Jaan Laaman

Death and Life of Hugo Pinell      It was with true sadness that, on August 13th, I received the news that legendary California prison activist Hugo Pinell was killed in a California prison.  This is Jaan Laaman, your political prisoner voice and let me share a few thoughts about the life and death of […]

The revolutionary legacy of Malcolm X

by Barry Sheppard February was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of the Black liberation movement of the 1960s. Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin once wrote: “During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the […]

Why we shouldn’t ask “…what would Malcolm X have done had he lived?”

  “Malcolm’s trajectory could have taken any number of directions.  Yes, there are some directions that are probably more likely, all things being equal.  Yet all things are never equal and there are factors that can emerge that can change an entire equation.” In connection with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X […]

Barry Sheppard: Recovering the revolutionary legacy of Malcolm X

  By Barry Sheppard March 5, 2015 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — February 21 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of the 1960s Black liberation movement in the United States. Lenin once wrote: During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly […]

Women’z Leadership and the Black Liberation Struggle

Far too often the Black Freedom Movement of the 1950s and 1960s is reduced to a single individual — Martin Luther King, Jr. — or at most a few other men. But the movement was based on the involvement, dedication and sacrifice of thousands of people. Beyond the “Great Men” version of history, there were […]