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Black Folk, Know Your Place In Jena, Louisiana

by mclcbooks Black Folk, Know Your Place In Jena, LouisianaIt was the spring of 1931. A freight train bound for Memphis carried a group...

Black Woman Gets Attention For Allegedly Rescuing Officer From Attack

AFRICANGLOBE - A Louisiana woman is being hailed a hero after she helped fight off an attack on a police officer by jumping on the assailant’s back, authorities say. Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, was in her car early Sunday morning when she saw a man violently beating an officer during a traffic stop, according to Baton Rouge police. Suspect Thomas Bennett, 28, allegedly managed to seize the officer’s baton and beat him over the head with it, police said.

How The Bail Money Scam Is Funding Louisiana Courts

AFRICANGLOBE - The commercial bail industry is a powerful institution in Louisiana, thanks to the state’s unique arrangement in which every part of the criminal justice system uses bail to fund itself. “Louisiana is an example of one of the crowning achievements of the bail industry and their control over local and state politics,” said Alec Karakatsanis, founder of the legal nonprofit Civil Rights Corps.

Louisiana Man Charged With Hate Crime After Using N-Word And Hitting...

AFRICANGLOBE -A Louisiana man could spend up to six months in jail after he was charged with attacking a 12-year-old Black child over the weekend. The 12-year-old boy’s mother told WAFB that she sent her son into the Good To Go convenience store in Clinton on Saturday to pay for gas when 54-year-old Ronnie Barnes targeted him because of his dreadlocks.

How Louisiana Tortured Albert Woodfox For 40 Years

AFRICANGLOBE - A federal judge in Baton Rouge has called for the unconditional release of Albert Woodfox, the only remaining imprisoned member of the Angola 3. Woodfox, 68, was placed solitary confinement at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and other state facilities for more than 40 years for reasons related to the 1972 murder of prison guard Brent Miller.

Louisiana Puts Innocent Man On Death Row For 30 Years, Admits...

AFRICANGLOBE - Three decades after he was falsely imprisoned Glenn Ford was released following a 2003 DNA test confirming his innocence. But with only a few months to live because of lung cancer he developed in prison (which went undiagnosed until his release), Ford may as well have been sent to the gallows. Glenn Ford, who only wanted to leave his family with something after he's gone, will likely not get a cent from the state of Louisiana.

Planned Parenthood Is Targeting Black America. Sen. Mary Landrieu Is Helping...

AFRICANGLOBE - For years, abortion and racism have gone hand-in-hand. Disgraced President Richard Nixon favored aborting mixed race children, stating that an abortion was needed “when you have a Black and a White.” Nixon also pointed to abortion as a means “to control the negro bastards.” That may have been why federal funding of Planned Parenthood began under his administration, a move that the group’s CEO praised Nixon for in 2012.

14-Year-Old Black Teen Fatally Shot By Louisiana Police Officer

AFRICANGLOBE - On Tuesday night, an African-American teenager was shot and killed by a Louisiana police officer. Two officers were investigating an abandoned Houma, Louisiana, house after receiving a 911 emergency call of armed men breaking in and robbing the home. The town lies about 50 miles outside of New Orleans.

Louisiana Man Released From Prison After 30 Years On Death Row...

AFRICANGLONBE - Glenn Ford, a Louisiana man who spent nearly three decades on Louisiana’s death row has been finally freed after a court vacated his conviction in the 1983 murder case of Shreveport businessman Isadore Rozeman.

’12 Years a Slave’ Highlights America’s Shocking Record of Female Subjugation

AFRICANGLOBE - Women did not exist at the dawn of colonial America. That is to say, from a legal perspective, they had no existence apart from their husband's. They mostly couldn’t own property. They couldn’t inherit. Their babies did not belong to them, and neither did their bodies. They were chattel, much like a cow or a utensil.

Take the Impossible “Literacy Test” Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the...

This week’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder overturned Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which mandated federal oversight of changes in voting procedure in jurisdictions that have a history of using a “test or device” to impede enfranchisement. Here is one example of such a test, used in Louisiana in 1964.

Louisiana Woman Set on Fire, Car Spray-Painted With ‘KKK’

A 20-year-old Black woman said she was set on fire by three men who wrote the initials KKK and a racial slur on her...

Black Voters’ Influence Waning

Black Louisiana lawmakers say engaging the white Republican majority is the best way to overcome the marginalization that they feel in this state’s legislature, and that has now been charted in a national report.
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