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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

The Emancipation Proclamation: From 3/5 Human to Second Class Citizenship

By Commentaries/Opinions, Vantage Point Articles

When I first became active in the Civil Rights Movement as a teenager in Youngstown, Ohio, January 1st was always a very important day in the Black community — not because it was the first day of a new year, but it was Emancipation Day. Every year the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and the local Chapter of the NAACP would host a major program commemorating the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.  This was celebrated as a momentous occasion because with a stroke of a pen, President Lincoln freed enslaved Africans from bondage.  Certainly a just cause for celebration! What was never noted in the Emancipation Day Programs was that the Proclamation did not “free” all of the 4 million enslaved Africans.

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Let the Games Begin

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Most Americans have been enjoying the holiday haze since House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) folded and allowed the two-month extension of unemployment insurance and the Social Security tax cut, and other key matters.  Indeed, if the French take the month of August off by law, we almost do the same in the period between Christmas and New Year.  Except for retail establishments that support the great American pastime – shopping…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

The Nguzo Saba and Kwanzaa in a Time of Crisis

By Commentaries/Opinions, Vantage Point Articles

 One of the greatest triumphs of the Black Power, Black Nationalist and Black Consciousness movements  of the 60’s and 70’s was the widespread embrace of the Nguzo Saba,  The Seven Principles of the Black Value System,  and Kwanzaa, the African American holiday created by Dr. Maulana  Karenga.  As an authentic genius and master teacher, a fundamental tenet of Dr. Karenga’s thought is that “the key crisis in Black life is…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Robert Champion: Drum Major For Change

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Most parents of college students look forward to December, when their students come home for the holidays.  Some are so excited to see their offspring home that they actually come to their colleges to pick them up.  Others prepare special treats and goodies as an antidote to the oft complained about cafeteria food. Robert and Pam Champion won’t have that opportunity.   Their son, Robert, died on November 19.  His death…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Implanting a “Black Footprint” on an Economic Renaissance for Haiti

By Commentaries/Opinions, Vantage Point Articles

August is a momentous month in the history of the African world. August 17th marks the birthday of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, arguably the greatest mass organizer in the history of the Pan African movement. August 14th is the anniversary of Bwa Kayiman, the gathering in northern Haiti convened by the spiritual leader Boukman in 1791 which sparked the revolution that led to the creation of the first Black…

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