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Martin Luther King In The Eye Of The Arab Revolution

April 2, 2011
Martin Luther King In The Eye Of The Arab Revolution

Lost in the narrative of the uprising in North Africa and the Middle East is the model and inspiration Arabs are drawing from Martin Luther King and by extension the 1960 African American freedom struggle . Depicted as a comic-book action hero, Martin Luther King trumpets justice, advocates nonviolent struggle, and “dreams of a...
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The Promise and Problematic of Brown v Board of Education: Part Two

March 28, 2011

The problematic of Brown v Board of Education resulted in a disinvestment in black schools by black people. This along white working class resistance to busing and the goal of school integration has resulted in crisis in education among black youth that we see today and that is spelled out in A Call For...
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Black History Month: Books You Should Read

February 23, 2011
Black History Month: Books You Should Read

Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Struggle to End Segregation Author: Rawn James The Supreme Court 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education is widely considered one of the milestones of the civil rights movement. James Rawn explores the two men,  Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall, and the...
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Benjamin Mays: Schoolmaster of the 1960s Movement

February 22, 2011
Benjamin Mays: Schoolmaster of the 1960s Movement

Die young, die middle age, die old, but remember that the most useful life and most abundant life is the one in which one dreams that which will never completely come true, and chooses ideals that forever beckon buy forever elude. To seek a goal that is worthy, so all-embracing, so all-consuming, and so...
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The Man Behind the 1954 Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Board of Education: Charles Hamilton Houston

February 7, 2011
The Man Behind the 1954 Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Board of Education: Charles Hamilton Houston

The Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education is widely considered one of the milestones of the civil rights movement. It was to be sure, a decades-long legal campaign and struggle, brilliantly and relentlessly waged by two fiercely dedicated lawyers- Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall. Yet, there would not have been...
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Restoring Martin Luther King’s Image and Legacy

January 13, 2011

The King 2011 celebration will more than likely follow the template of the past, sanitizing his teaching, censoring his more radical speeches, de-contextualizing King from his works and critique of American society, and repackaging his image to make him a non controversial hero. To the contrary, Martin Luther King (MLK) was against the established...
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Three Songs Which Inspired and Informed the Black Freedom Struggle

June 7, 2010
Three Songs Which Inspired and Informed the Black Freedom Struggle

“To take part in the African revolution it is not enough to write a revolutionary song; you must fashion the revolution with the people. And if you fashion it with the people, the songs will come by themselves and of themselves.” Sekou Toure, President Guinea The 1960s freedom struggle was reaffirmation of Sekou Toure...
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Malcolm X and Martin Luther King: The Motive Force of Change in America

May 30, 2010
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King: The Motive Force of Change in America

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were the defining figures of the 1960s black freedom struggle. These two towering leaders influence and determine the scope and tone of the civil rights struggle and black power movement. Through their philosophy and leadership, they set the moral and social agenda for much of the second half...
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Malcolm X: Avatar of Black Power

May 19, 2010

While Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) is largely credited and associated with popularizing the call for Black Power, Malcolm X is truly the foundational figure for who gave voice and representation to concept and practice of Black Power.  Building on the philosophy of Marcus Garvey and teaching of the Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm outlined contours of...
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Malcolm X and the Radicalization of America

May 9, 2010
Malcolm X and the Radicalization of America

Here—at this final hour, in this quiet place—Harlem has come to bid farewell to one of its brightest hopes… Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever...
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