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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

We are all Trayvon Martin

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

I have two nephews that I love with an amazing passion. Anyi, 28, is a Los Angeles based comedian, who kinda looks like me and acts like me. He is my absolute escort of choice when I am in Southern California. Armand, 25, is an Oakland-based aspiring writer, and a 2008 graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz. Both of these young men are well over 6’3″, but neither carries any extra weight. Both of them wear hoodies.

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

What Happened to Audacity?

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Forty years ago this month, ten thousand African Americans thronged to Gary, Indiana for the first National Black Political Convention.  They gathered to develop a black agenda, and to influence 1972 presidential politics.  One of the things on the agenda was the development of an independent black political party and to explore the notion of independent black politics.

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

It’s Nation Time: The 40th Anniversary of the Gary National Black Political Convention

By Commentaries/Opinions, Vantage Point Articles, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

March 10-12, 1972, an estimated 10,000 Black people converged on a small steel town in Indiana for one of the greatest gatherings in the history of Africans in America – the Gary National Black Political Convention.  As I reflect on more than a half century on the frontlines of the Black Freedom Struggle,  anyone who is intimately familiar with my work is aware that the Gary Black Political Convention  was one of the defining moments for an emerging social/political activist from Youngstown, Ohio.

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If you have to shoot me

By Commentaries/Opinions

The senseless killing of young Trayvon Martin has reminded conscious Black men everywhere in this country of their tenuous existence. The “freedom” of George Zimmerman, Trayvon’s killer, reminds us of the imbalance of justice and the degree to which the “law” is slow to recognize our humanity.

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Is there any Love for Black Boys?

By Commentaries/Opinions

The killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has understandably sparked outrage across the nation. Considering how the Black youth was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain as he innocently walked down a street has left people numb, bewildered and angry. It is a chilling example of the vulnerability of young Black men in this nation and the degree to which their lives are discounted in a society that has made being Black a criminal offense

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Cry Justice: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin

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By Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

Trayvon Martin, 17, was visiting his father, in Sanford, Florida, from Miami. Over fifty years ago, Emmett Till, 14, was visiting his grand-father in Money, Mississippi, from Chicago. Emmett Till was abducted in the night, by Whites, tortured and killed. It was 1955. Much has changed. Too much remains the same.

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