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Vantage Point: COVID-19 and Institutional Racism Continued and Hip Hop Activist for Social Justice

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio July 27, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Leon McDougle and Paradise Gray Topics COVID-19 and Institutional Racism Continued Hip Hop Activists for Social Justice Guests Dr. Leon McDougle, President-Elect National Medical Association, Columbus, OH Paradise Gray, X-CLAN Founder, The Black Watch Movement, Pittsburgh, PA Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on…

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John R. Lewis, a civil rights titan and a formidable member of Congress for three decades, died at the age of 80 on July 17.

John Lewis, front-line civil rights leader and eminence of Capitol Hill, dies at 80

By News & Current Affairs

By Laurence I. Barrett, The Washington Post — John Lewis, a civil rights leader who preached nonviolence while enduring beatings and jailings during seminal front-line confrontations of the 1960s and later spent more than three decades in Congress defending the crucial gains he had helped achieve for people of color, has died. He was 80. His death was announced in statements from his family and from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

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Deante Campbell of Sanford joins student protesters during a demonstration June 4 against institutional racism at South Portland Police Station.

Teenagers lead the way in Black Lives Matter movement

By News & Current Affairs

Nationally and in Maine, young people of color are leading protests and asking their local leaders to address systemic racism. By Megan Gray, Press Herald — Mariam Beshir spent the days leading up to her graduation from Gorham High School organizing a Black Lives Matter march in her town. She wanted to celebrate. But she knew that Tamir Rice should have graduated from his own high school this year if…

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The Black Women Who Paved the Way for This Moment

The Black Women Who Paved the Way for This Moment

By Commentaries/Opinions

Today’s protests build on a long tradition of activism. By Keisha N. Blain. The Atlantic — In cities across the United States, black activists are denouncing state-sanctioned violence and demanding radical changes to American policing. Black women leaders occupy a central role in these movements. Utilizing public spaces—such as city parks and streets—they are advocating for equality and justice and giving voice to historical truths many Americans find uncomfortable. From…

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Saturday, May 30, 2020 - A rally and march by People’s Organization Progress is held to protest the police killing of George Floyd. The (now former) officer, Derek Michael Chauvinhas been charged with 3rd degree and manslaughter.

You’ve stormed the gate. What comes next?

By Commentaries/Opinions

If this wave of young people are organized, registered to vote and prepared to overwhelm the ballot box in November, showing their rage in a river of discontent through politics, then they will have found the stepping stones toward the new America they seek. And their work in the streets of America will achieve a different meaning, Junius Williams says. By Junius Williams, NJ.com — In the streets of America,…

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Vantage Point: COVID-19, Police Murders and the State of Black America

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio June 8, 2020 — On this pledge drive edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Marc Morial and Rev. Dr. Chales F. Boyer. Premium Calling on WBAI Buddies Topics COVID-19 Pandemic and Police Murders of Black People The State of Black America Now Guests Marc Morial President/CEO, National Urban League, New York, NY Rev. Dr. Chales F. Boyer Executive Director,…

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Teens Protest

Black Lives Matter Protests Bring Teen Activists Into the Streets

By News & Current Affairs

“My people are being killed.” By Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue — Veteran organizers, like Nupol Kiazolu, the 19-year-old president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, are familiar with the ebbs and flows of a protest. She stood nose-to-nose with Nazis in Charlottesville. She’s fled law enforcement with rifle sights set on her chest. She knows it means risking her life, even before the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the…

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Black Lives Matter Rally Photo by David Geitgey Sierralupe,

America has its knee on the necks of Black & Brown People

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Don Rojas — Today America is at a crossroads, a turning point…at an intersection of the old imperial order at home and abroad with the birthing of a new order, “a new normal” if you will. For millions of people in America, the unprecedented street uprisings of the past 10 days offer a glimmer of hope that after 350 years of oppression, meaningful change may actually be on the…

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Dr. Conrad Worrill

A Living Legend: Dr. Conrad Worrill

By Editors' Choice

By MG Media — Conrad Worrill (born August 15, 1941) is a writer, educator, activist, and former talk show host for the WVON call-in program On Target. Worrill’s activism has centered on the need for greater independence in African-American life and helping young people better understand the relationships between power and institutions. He’s still very active on the board of the Black United Fund of Illinois (BUFI) in which he’s a founder member. He has remained…

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Lorraine Hansberry at an NAACP rally in New York City, 1959.

Lorraine Hansberry’s Radical Imagination

By Commentaries/Opinions

For the playwright and activist, neither liberal reform nor countercultural art were enough. The very foundations of American democracy needed to be transformed. By Elias Rodriques, The Nation — In October of 1964, three months after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Lorraine Hansberry’s play The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window opened on Broadway. At the time, Hansberry was already famous for A Raisin in the Sun, but the intervening years had…

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