5 Things History Books Won’t Tell You About the Young Lords’ Activism

by Raquel Reichard Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords was a Chicago street gang-turned-national political and social action organization fighting for the liberation, self-determination and justice of Puerto Ricans, Latinxs and Third World people in the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. The members were largely the children of Puerto Rican migrants, a growing population […]

What is an Afrikan-Centered Consciousness? 

 “What then is an Afrikan centered consciousness?  An Afrikan-centered consciousness is one that is based on Afrikan-centered content, Afrikan-centered knowledge, Afrikan-centered values, Afrikan-centered consciousness.  To the degree that our consciousness is based on Afrikan-centered values and so forth, we are empowered as Afrikan people.  To the degree those values and consciousness are determined by other […]

Free the land! Commemorating 50 years of the Republic of New Afrika

If Black lives truly matter, then Afrikans deserve Reparations! by Baba Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at Greetings of IMANI (FAITH) Mighty G-o-ds, Co-conSPIRITors and Leaders, May our Divine Mother-Father Creator of and in All find you and (y)our extended family in healing Spirit and thriving. As always, WE honor our esteemed Ancestors from yesteryear and yesterday, including, […]

Why We Say “Nu Afrikan”

The term “New Afrika” designates us not just as a group or a collective but as a Nation. We claim nationhood and sovereignty at this time and in this place! because we aspire to independence, self determination and self sufficiency because our culture and interests are not just distinct but in opposition to that of the […]

Remembering Thomas Sankara on the 30th anniversary of his assassination

Switsalone by Amber Murrey Oct 19, 2017   Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (1949-1987) was assassinated 30 years ago, on 15 October 1987. He was one of the most confident and outspoken anti-imperialist leaders of the late 20th century. Sankara’s life and political praxis continue to be significant in shaping and inspiring anti-imperial and Pan-African youth activism and […]

Black Power in Papua New Guinea

by Quito Swan Chico Neblett and Bobby Seale (back) leading audience with a Black Power salute at the Black Community Survival Conference, March 30, 1972 (Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Stanford University Libraries) The Black Power Movement stretched across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific ocean worlds in both expected and surprising ways. Scholarship on Black Power in Oceania has largely […]

Original Black Panthers Of Milwaukee Aim to Improve the State of Black Milwaukee

The Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee say they are not a racist group, but one that aims to put African Americans on a better footing. LATOYA DENNIS Across the country, Black Panther Parties are once again becoming more active. The organization was founded in the 1960s and was known for its militant self-defense and community-based […]

Karen Spellman and the SNCC Legacy Project –Black Power Chronicle Part II

by BAR Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo From her vantage point in SNCC, Karen Spellman saw the birth of the modern Black Power Movement. She says “most Black people equated the concept of Black power with Black pride, Black consciousness, self-determination, controlling our own destinies and an end to repression.” Whites and conservative Blacks […]

Art imitates life: The Black Panther Party and the birth of a comic book seriez

A Special Collections exhibit organized by graduate students examines the famed Marvel Comics Black Panther series and its connections to black history, including the Black Panther Party By Peggy Townsend An exhibit organized by grad students crystal am nelson, Kiran Garcha, and Cathy Thomas (left to right) includes 45 Black Panther comics as well as […]

Fidel & Malcolm X Memoriez of a meeting

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION More than five decades have lapsed since September 1960, when African American Muslim leader Malcolm X welcomed Cuban President Fidel Castro to a midnight meeting at Harlem’s Black-owned Hotel Theresa. Castro and his delegation had come to New York to attend the UN General Assembly, but the management of the Manhattan hotel they […]