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The Racist Roots of American Policing: from Slave Patrols to Traffic Stops

By | Commentaries/Opinions

But the persistence of racially biased policing means that unless American policing reckons with its racist roots, it is likely to keep repeating mistakes of the past. Connie Hassett-Walker, The Conversation — Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new. There are many precedents to the Ferguson,…

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Black Panther Division Tank Battalion WW2

The 75th Anniversary of the Normandie Invasion Honor ALL of Them

By | Commentaries/Opinions, News & Current Affairs

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Thursday June 6, 2019, marks the 75 anniversary of the Normandie invasion. The invasion along with Stalingrad, the battle of Moscow, the brutal struggles in Italy, and North Africa, was one of the turning points for the allied victory in the European Theater in World War II. I give full credit to Ike and the allied command staff in the the success of the massive…

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Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, 1968

The Language of the Unheard: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Social Democracy

By | Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Robert Greene II, The Nation — Gone was the optimism of 1963. It had been replaced by a sense of disillusionment, a sense of urgency that America was about to lose the last chance to have its soul.” This was how Jet magazine described the climax of the Poor People’s Campaign, which reached Washington, DC, in the tumultuous summer of 1968. For Jet and for many early civil-rights activists, the Poor People’s Campaign…

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Lonnie Bunch is director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

How Lonnie Bunch came to lead the Museum of African American History

By | News & Current Affairs

By Susannah Hutcheson, USA Today — Our series “How I became a …” digs into the stories of accomplished and influential people, finding out how they got to where they are in their careers. As the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., Lonnie Bunch spends his days helping Americans understand history that has both brought us together and divided us. The founding…

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Donald Trump and Frederick Douglass

Biographer explains the lessons of Frederick Douglass: ‘White supremacy does not die — it revives in new forms’

By | Commentaries/Opinions

Biographer David Blight on Douglass’ lessons for us: “White supremacy does not die … it revives in new forms.”   By Chauncey DeVega, Salon — Black History Month, which has just concluded, was first established as Negro History Week in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. February was chosen in particular because it contained two very important dates: Feb….

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WBAI Fund Drive Edition of Vantage Point Radio: Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis

By | Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio | No Comments

RECORDED 2/25/19 On this WBAI Fund Drive Edition of Talk Back – Vantage Point Radio we hear excerpts from this episode’s premium and commentary from the Professor Dr. Ron Daniels. The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 DVD “Addressing what might be thought of as standard historical and contemporary subjects with startlingly radical means. . . . Göran Hugo Olsson’s Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 is a collage of archival footage recorded in…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Four Hundred Years and We Still Ain’t Clear: Distortions of Black History

By | Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — According to some historians, Afrodescendents first entered these united states in 1619 off the coast of Virginia. If we believe that narrative, Afrodescendents have been in this country for 400 years. If the people who were kidnapped and brought here had to tell the story, would they tell the same one? Would they say that we came before Columbus? That some of us might have…

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Remembering and Re-Reading Woodson: Envisioning an Emancipatory Education

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Clearly, in this important month and historical moment of celebrating Black History thru reflective remembrance and recommitment to ever-deeper study and emancipatory practice, our minds easily turn to the writings and life work of the father of Black History Month, Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875–1950). For it is Dr. Woodson who framed and laid the foundation for our celebration of Black History Month, having given…

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Bashir Muhammad Akinyele

Newark Activist On Black History Month: Where Do We Go From Here?

By | Commentaries/Opinions

“When we really unify with one another, fight for self-determination, vote, and coalition build, our movements become much stronger.” By Bashir Muhammad Akinyele — With the tragic killings of Blackmen, Blackwomen, Black children, and Black youth going on in African America on a daily basis, we must force our people, and the world, to understand that neglected and failed American policies to eradicate racism, Black self-hatred, poverty, drugs, high incarceration…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Moments and Migrations

By | Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Every year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) choses a theme for Black History Month.  This year they have chosen, Black Migrations emphasizing “the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.”  Their theme is important, especially when we think of the “Great Migration”, the time after World War I when Black folk fled…

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