STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS: Historic 1955 Photo of Read's Sit-in
On Jan. 20, 1955, an earth-shattering protest took place in Baltimore at the now-historic Read's counter. Read in Full >>
COMMENTARY: The Goon Squad (Take:1) by Wendell Phillips
The “Goons” were problem solvers. There is a “tendency to romanticize what we did”, says Bascom, “but it wasn’t rocket science”. They assessed the hurts and pains of the community, they evaluated how or if elements within the realm of their chosen profession – read “calling” – helped exacerbate those hurts and if so, they set out to right wrongs then and there. In some cases their calling afforded them the opportunity to reach large populations at once and mobilize them.
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The Glover Report: What Would Dr. King Say Today? I Think He'd Tell Black Folks to Stand Up for Our Rights!
And while the Republican presidential candidates vet their platforms for the party’s nomination, they really and truly know that it’s all for naught. How quickly they have forgotten that the President’s first term was filled with cleaning up debacle after debacle that was primarily concocted by the previous presidential administration.
Be that as it may, black America is still in a world of trouble. Educationally, health wise, spiritually – I fear the masses of black folks in this country have become increasingly more disconnected than ever from the beautiful, bountiful and majestic history that inextricably binds our pasts – and a history that can also powerfully forge our future, if properly utilized.
Having a black president alone is never going to change black America. Black America has to change itself – for the better – so as to better control its destiny. This means the church, for one. And the masjid. It also means the black politician must be reconciled with the tradition of those who stood for something more than a paycheck. Read in Full >>
Justice for All: Civil Rights Group Celebrates Freedom for Chicago's Englewood 5
A Cook County Judge vacated the convictions of men, known as the Englewood 5, who were falsely arrested and harshly prosecuted for crimes they didn't commit last Wednesday (11.16.11). This decision combined with the Nov. 3 exoneration of the Dixmoor 5 shows that evidence, hope, and tireless legal and community advocacy can overcome long-standing injustices. Read in Full >>
Attorney Eddie Smith on J. Wyndal Gordon's Installation, Pt. 3: The Racists
"We must show this to the public." We want to be resolute about the rights of black people .... What's going on right now is just not right ... We must confront these bigots...We have to clean house ... You know them by what they do, not by what they say" Read in Full >>
TGR: King Memorial Dedication to take Place on 16th Anniversary of the MMM
According to GazetteExtra.com,"The OFFICIAL program will start at 9 am with the DEDICATION scheduled for 11 am.
The Washington Post alerted readers about the MLK, Jr. Monument Dedication last Tuesday, Oct. 11 in its article, “King Memorial dedication Sunday to feature Gwen Ifill, Jesse Jackson, Aretha Franklin.”
That article was updated with additional information and additional participants yesterday (Fri., 10/14), “More stars join King Memorial dedication ceremony.” Read in Full >>
Michael Blake, Pres. Obama's Point-man for African American Outreach, Honored by COMTO and USBC
Blake praised, honored for his efforts by the U.S. Black Chamber and The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials, Washington, D.C., 9.22.11 Read in Full >>
Guest Editorial: Civil Rights?
As the two supposed premier civil rights groups gather this week and next for their annual conventions (the N.A.A.C.P and the National Urban League, respectively), I want to challenge their agendas and then pose a few questions for them to answer.
When civil rights are discussed in the media, you never have the reporter define what civil rights are? When you see Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton described as civil rights leaders, what does that really mean? Who made them leaders and what is their leadership based on?
How did civil rights come to mean protections and rights based on sexual preference, gender identity, and illegal status in a country? Read in Full >>
A Word from the NAACP's Todd Jealous
The 102nd NAACP Convention takes place from July 23rd to 28th in Los Angeles -- so you can be assured it will be a star-studded event. Read in Full >>
Guest Commentary: Open Letter from Catalina Byrd
I’ve been following the developments in the case of the Baltimore City branch of the NAACP. Choosing to first observe and refrain from commenting, believing at first, that having been a member of the ballot being headed by C.D. Witherspoon – and would be viewed as bitter. However, as this continues and comments of some type have been made by all parties involved to some degree – I can not help but speak up and add my perspective. Read in Full >>
Freedom Forum in Baltimore: Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, 4.2.11
Youthful voices address the issues facing the citizens of Baltimore City: "People are suffering!" Read in Full >>
The NAACP’s Come to Jesus Meeting Over Race Controversies
This week, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held an emergency meeting on their involvement in the recent national controversies on race. The Civil Rights organization called-in retired board chair and Civil Rights activist Julian Bond for the Wednesday evening session of senior staff and the organization’s Executive Board. Sources contend NAACP President Ben Jealous was taken to the woodshed for his recent involvement in the current race-based national news stories. Sources also confirm Rosalind Brock, the new NAACP Board Chairperson, is now the point person on the current controversies. Read in Full >>
Editorial: The Problem with 'Black in America': Making It All Good!
Whether you believe it or not, the few existing black TV networks were supposedly birthed with dreams of telling the black sojourn the way it should be told. Who better to tell the black story than black people? However, the black TV networks have had difficulty surviving this because, although we moan about it, we continue to watch and glorify people who walk around with “Big Ass Chains.” When the black TV networks aired specials, for instance, like the Civil Rights series, Murder in Black & White,
or the Tavis Smiley-produced documentary Stand,
the ratings were as slim as a Hollywood actress with an eating disorder. Read in Full >>
NAACP's Roslyn Brock Discusses NAACP's Centennial Celebration featuring Pres. Barack Obama
Vice-Chair of the National Board of the NAACP, Brock encourages all to participate in 100th anniversary of the nation's oldest Civil Rights organization this summer in NY Read in Full >>