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AFRICANGLOBE - Noticeable is the large absence of the radical Black experience from the Black History Month celebration. Where are the Black Panthers? Where is Stokely Carmichael? Where is Malcolm X? Where is the prophet tradition calling out America’s racism, poverty, colonialism, and sexism?
AFRICANGLOBE - The history of Black people in America is intimately linked with surveillance by the federal government in the name of "national security." Indeed, the history of surveillance in the African-American community plays an important role in the debate around spying today and in the calls for a congressional investigation into that surveillance.
At the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington pay very close attention to what is said and even closer attention to what is not. You can rest assured that today Dr. King would be in opposition to America’s backing of the assassination of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, drone attacks, indefinite detention at Guantanamo, NSA wiretapping, mass incarceration, and the Obama administration’s failure to speak forcefully about poverty in America.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Dream Defenders are an inspiring and organized student movement going into week four of their sit-in and occupation of the Florida governor’s office. They are demanding changes in Florida laws that criminalize young Black people.
AFRICANGLOBE - President Obama on Sunday told the graduating class at Morehouse College, the country's pre-eminent historically Black college, there is "no time for excuses" for this generation of African-American men and that it was time for their generation to step up professionally and in their personal lives.
AFRICANGLOBE - Yes, February is the shortest month of the year. However, Kwanzaa runs from December 26 to January 1, and no sooner is it over, than we begin to think of Martin Luther King whose birthday is celebrated on the second Monday in January. And right after the King holiday, we begin to prepare for Black History Month. Therefore, the 64 days between December 26 and February 28, are, in reality, Black History Season.
AFRICANGLOBE - In his last Sunday sermon at Washington National Cathedral, Dr. Martin Luther King retold the parable of the rich man, Dives, who ignored the poor and sick man, Lazarus, who came every day seeking crumbs from Dives’ table. Dives went to hell, Dr. King said, not because he was rich but because he did not realize his wealth was his opportunity to bridge the gulf separating him from his brother
AFRICANGLOBE - Many people see the swearing in of President Obama as the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King's famous dream and the ultimate reward of a long African American struggle. But not so fast: Never confuse a down payment with the balance being paid in full. The “Dream” was never about electing an African-American president. The Dream was about freedom, justice and equality for the least of us so that the true meaning of the American creed could be enjoyed by all of us.
Today is the 46th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in North Oakland, CA.It...
Stephon Tull was looking through dusty old boxes in his father's attic in Chattanooga a few months ago when he stumbled onto something startling:...
If Africa's greatest deficit is its dearth of moral leadership for social transformation, it is fitting to ask how such an enormous challenge might...