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Send contributions to: ChickenBones: A Journal /  2005 Arabian Drive / Finksburg, MD 21048 -- I became aware of Rudy Lewis’ labor of love a few short months ago during a visit to Kalamu ya Salaam’s e-drum listserv. As soon as I saw the title of the journal I knew it was about Black folks, and the power of the written word.  A quick click took me into a journal that’s long on creativity, highlighting well-known, little known, and a little known writers, and commitment to the empowerment of Black folks. I contacted Rudy to ask if he’d consider publishing some of my work. His response was immediate, and a couple of days after I’d forwarded some poems to him—they were part of ChickenBones. What I didn’t know was that this journal has been surviving for the last five years with very little outside financial support. . .  If we want journals like this to “thrive” we need to support them with more than our website hits, praise, and submissions for publication consideration.

—Peace, Mary E. Weems (January 2007)          


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Remarks by the President to the UN General Assembly—United Nations Headquarters—25 September 2012—Here in the United States, countless publications provoke offense.  Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs.  As President of our country and Commander-in-Chief of our military, I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day—(laughter)—and I will always defend their right to do so. (Applause.) Americans have fought and died around the globe to protect the right of all people to express their views, even views that we profoundly disagree with.  We do not do so because we support hateful speech . . .  We do so because in a diverse society, efforts to restrict speech can quickly become a tool to silence critics and oppress minorities. We do so because given the power of faith in our lives, and the passion that religious differences can inflame, the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression; it is more speech—the voices of tolerance that rally against bigotry and blasphemy, and lift up the values of understanding and mutual respect. Now, I know that not all countries in this body share this particular understanding of the protection of free speech.  We recognize that.  But in 2012, at a time when anyone with a cell phone can spread offensive views around the world with the click of a button, the notion that we can control the flow of information is obsolete.  The question, then, is how do we respond? And on this we must agree:  There is no speech that justifies mindless violence.—whitehouse / Obama's U.N. Speech

Minority Births Are New Majority—In Demographic Watershed for U.S., Newborns among Non-Hispanic Whites Are Surpassed by Others—Conor Dougherty and Miriam Jordan—17 May 2012—For the first time in U.S. history, whites of European ancestry account for less than half of newborn children, marking a demographic tipping point that is already changing the nation's politics, economy and workforce. Among the roughly four million children born in the U.S. between July 2010 and July 2011, 50.4% belonged to a racial or ethnic group that in previous generations would have classified them as minorities, up from 48.6% in the same period two years earlier, the Census Bureau said Thursday. That was the first 12-month stretch in which non-Hispanic white children accounted for less than half the country's births. The 2008 election of Barack Obama as America's first black president was in some ways emblematic of the nation's changing face. But as the population evolves toward a more-varied mix that includes fast-growing Asian and Hispanic populations, the black/white divide that characterized the civil-rights movement has itself become a relic.

William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, says African-Americans are the largest minority among adults over 50. . . . Hispanics are the second-largest population group after whites of European

Michelle Alexander Speaks At Riverside Church /  part 2 of 4  / part 3 of 4  / part 4 of 4   /  /  Cynthia McKinney—US lawmakers forced to support Israel  / Slum Stories

A Review of The Bandana Republic

A Literary Anthology by Gang Members & Their Affiliates

Edited by Louis Reyes Rivera and Bruce George

By Amin Sharif

From Gangs of the Ghetto to Gangstas of the Inner City (Ted Wilson)  The First Time I Heard BillieEtta James: The Caged Bird Sings

Stand Up Against Police Brutality--In the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania from May 2008 until April 2009 there have been 36 unarmed African American men killed by the Philadelphia Police Department. The racist Fraternal Order of Police has also gone after a strong and courageous African American judge, Judge Craig Washington.  The reason for this vicious attack is because he refuses to turn his courtroom into a tool of propaganda for the Philadelphia Police Department. Bro. Robert - African American Freedom and Reconstruction League; Sister Debbie Moore and Bro. Harold Fisher, Attorney Leon A. Williams -- more information 215-474-3677  215-732-0180

The Black Arts Movement Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s  By James Edward Smethurst / ChickenBones Black Arts and Black Power Figures

Laying Down the Sword

Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses

By Philip Jenkins

Commands to kill, to commit ethnic cleansing, to institutionalize segregation, to hate and fear other races and religions—all are in the Bible, and all occur with a far greater frequency than in the Qur’an. But fanaticism is no more hard-wired in Christianity than it is in Islam. In Laying Down the Sword, “one of America’s best scholars of religion” (The Economist) explores how religions grow past their bloody origins, and delivers a fearless examination of the most violent verses of the Bible and an urgent call to read them anew in pursuit of a richer, more genuine faith. Christians cannot engage with neighbors and critics of other traditions—nor enjoy the deepest, most mature embodiment of their own faith—until they confront the texts of terror in their heritage. Philip Jenkins identifies the “holy amnesia” that, while allowing scriptural religions to grow and adapt, has demanded a nearly wholesale suppression of the Bible’s most aggressive passages, leaving them dangerously dormant for extremists to revive in times of conflict. Jenkins lays bare the whole Bible, without compromise or apology, and equips us with tools for reading even the most unsettling texts, from the slaughter of the Canaanites to the alarming rhetoric of the book of Revelation. Teaching Genocide

The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic (Chris Hedges)  /  Cornel West v Barack Obama (Melissa Harris-Perry )

Dr. Cornel West and Carl Dix Interview: On Obama  /  Cornel West: Obama is for big business not the jobless

Cornel West and the fight against injustice  /  Kam Williams Interviews Cornel West  /   Cornel West As Angry Black Man

Cornel West Calls Out Barack Obama  / Cornel West "Barack Obama Is the Black Mascot of The Wall Street Oligarchs"

Sister Citizen: Melissa Harris-Perry  (Kam Williams) / George Ayittey Defeating Dictators (Thor Halvorssen)

NAACP Takes Voting Rights ID Issue to United Nations

from the Files of the NAACP

The NAACP first brought a delegation before the United Nations Human Rights Council in 1947, when W. E. B. Du Bois delivered his famous speech “An Appeal to the World” warning the global body about threats to voting rights in the United States."

Martin Luther King’s Vision 

 I Have A Dream     

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Malcolm X:A Life of Reinvention

By Manning Marable

Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist. Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world. . . . Pulitzer Prize for History 2012 Winner—For a distinguished and appropriately documented book on the history of the United States, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Awarded to Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by the late Manning Marable (Viking), an exploration of the legendary life and provocative views of one of the most significant African-Americans in U.S. history, a work that separates fact from fiction and blends the heroic and tragic. (Moved by the Board from the Biography category.)—Pulitzer

Files on Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's Lonely Fight for Justice /  / Trans-Africa on Mugabe  /  Sanctions on Zimbabwe /  Land Expropriations Reporting Zimbabwe   

For Undocumented Workers, in Alabama / "Harvest of Shame" Revisited / Troy Johnson, President of    / Nina Simone—Ain't Got No, I Got Life      

Ghosts in Our Blood

With Malcolm X in Africa, England, and the Caribbean

By Jan R. Carew

Carew, an activist, scholar, and journalist, met Malcolm X during his last trip abroad only a few weeks before he was killed in 1965. It made such an impression on Carew that he felt compelled to search out Malcolm's family and friends in order to flesh out the family history. He interviewed Wilfred (Malcolm's older brother) and a Grenadian friend of Malcolm's mother named Tanta Bess. Comparing his family's experiences with that of Malcolm X, he gives the most complete picture yet of Malcolm's mother. Carew also offers a tantalizing glimpse of Malcolm X's transforming himself into El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, a man less blinded by his own racial prejudices yet as committed to the betterment of his race as ever. Just before his death, Malcolm X became convinced that a U.S. agency was involved with those trying to kill him, and Carew here reveals the evidence Malcolm X gave him to support these beliefs. The mystery of Malcolm's death remains unresolved, and we are once again filled with regret that he was cut down before he could fulfill the promise of his later days. While this book will not replace The Autobiography of Malcolm X (LJ 1/1/66), it is an important supplement. All libraries that own the autobiography should also purchase this one.—Library Journal

The Righteous Mind

Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

By Jonathan Haidt

Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding.  His starting point is moral intuition—the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right. He blends his own research findings with those of anthropologists, historians, and other psychologists to draw a map of the moral domain, and he explains why conservatives can navigate that map more skilfully than can liberals. He then examines the origins of morality, overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creatures. But rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic, he makes a more subtle claim—that we are fundamentally groupish.

Religion for Atheists

A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

By Alain De Botton

What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton’s inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false—but that it still has some very important things to teach the secular world. Religion for Atheists suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from it—because the world’s religions are packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies. Blending deep respect with total impiety, de Botton (a non-believer himself) proposes that we look to religion for insights into how to, among other concerns, build a sense of community, make our relationships last, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, inspire travel and reconnect with the natural world. For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing some peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last, in Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.

This is a Make or Break Moment for the Middle Class

Remarks by the President at the Associated Press Luncheon

Lunch Poems: Harryette Mullen  /  Left of Black—Episode 5, 10-18-10  /  Jimi Hendrix—All Along the Watchtower / Aminatta Forna discusses The Memory of Love

The Brilliant Disaster

JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs

By Jim Rasenberger

My telling of the Bay of Pigs thing will certainly not be the first. On the contrary, thousands of pages of official reports, journalism, memoir, and scholarship have been devoted to the invasion, including at least two exceptional books: Haynes Johnson’s emotionally charged account published in 1964 and Peter Wyden’s deeply reported account from 1979. This book owes a debt to both of those, and to many others, as well as to thousands of pages of once-classified documents that have become available over the past fifteen years, thanks in part to the efforts of the National Security Archives, an organization affiliated with George Washington University that seeks to declassify and publish government files.  . . . Starting with the publication of two important memoirs by senior Kennedy aides in the fall of 1965—Arthur M. Schlesinger’s A Thousand Days and Theodore Sorensen’s Kennedy—a steady stream of books championed the view that John Kennedy was a victim in the Bay of Pigs, and especially a victim of the CIA’s arrogance and malfeasance. Several recently published books that treat the Bay of Pigs suggest this view has won out and is now conventional wisdom. One recent bestseller, David Talbot’s Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years (2007), describes a defiant CIA driven by “cynical calculation” while engaged in an effort to “sandbag” President Kennedy with the Bay of Pigs.

Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption Edited By Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah, Sun Yung Shin

A Short Declaration of the Mystery of Iniquity

By Thomas Helwys and Edited by Richard Groves

Richard Groves, the hard-working pastor of the Wake Forest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, has rendered us magnificent service by making this classic available in readable twentieth century English. The Mystery was the earliest Baptist document calling for complete liberty of conscience for all people. Living in the second decade of the seventeenth century, Thomas Helwys (As in Smyth & Helwys Publishers), the author, a courageous Baptist layman, most likely died in jail because of it. He had the audacity not only to write and publish it, but to send a personal, autographed copy to King James 1. It probably cost him his life! This is a blood-stained document.

The Mystery is, as Groves says in his superb introduction, significant for many reasons. First, as stated above, it was the first document in English calling for complete freedom of conscience in matters of religion. John Smyth, often dubbed the first Baptist, never reached the fullness of the religious liberty theme manifested in Helwys’s Mystery. Smyth wanted freedom of conscience for all Christians. Helwys wanted it for everybody, Christian, Jew, Muslim, and all others.BaptistStudies

The Word of the Lord Is Upon Me

The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Jonathan Rieder

“You don’t know me,” Martin Luther King, Jr., once declared to those who criticized his denunciation of the Vietnam War, who wanted to confine him to the ghetto of “black” issues. Now, forty years after being felled by an assassin’s bullet, it is still difficult to take the measure of the man: apostle of peace or angry prophet; sublime exponent of a beloved community or fiery Moses leading his people up from bondage; black preacher or translator of blackness to the white world? This book explores the extraordinary performances through which King played with all of these possibilities, and others too, blending and gliding in and out of idioms and identities. A brilliant interpretive endeavor grounded in the sociology of culture, The Word of the Lord Is Upon Me delves into the intricacies of King’s sermons, speeches, storytelling, exhortations, jokes, jeremiads, taunts, repartee, eulogies, confessions, lamentation, and gallows humor, as well as the author’s interviews with members of King’s inner circle. The King who emerges is a distinctively modern figure who, in straddling the boundaries of diverse traditions, ultimately transcended them all. Beyond Vietnam  / Chronology

Articles On Haiti

Haiti Action.Net

Maxine Waters on Haiti Letter to Colin Powell on Thugs and Killers / Statement from Prison of Sò  Anne  Haitian folksinger and champion of the poor

Anne Auguste (Sò No)  Demand Immediate Release of Anne Auguste /  John Maxwell Table   The Black Joan of Arc


Another World Is Possible—Thoughts about a Fourth World

Introduction by M.P. Parameswaran

  Fourth World: Marxist, Gandhian, Environmentalist  /  Fourth World Programme  / Neo-Liberalism Dictatorship of the Market  / The Rise and Fall of the Socialist World 

Taj Mahal—Stagger Lee  /  The Neo-African Americans  / Judge Mathis Weighs in on the execution of Troy Davis  /  Fatoumata Diawara—Bissa  /  Origins of the Moonwalk

 Raising Cain

Campaigning to Retire the First Black President

Excerpts compiled by Rudolph Lewis

The Real Michael Steele

Interviewed by Kam Williams

Banishing Cain and Triple Nines (Lewis)

Pharoah SandersThe Gathering  /  Pharoah Sanders:Heart (Love) is a Melody of Time  / The President's House: Freedom and Slavery  /  Kenyan Somalis facing Xenophobia

Jerusalem: The Biography

By Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the “center of the world” and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem’s biography is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women—kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores—who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. As well as the many ordinary Jerusalemites who have left their mark on the city, its cast varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the ancient world of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the modern times of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Lincoln, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan.

Martin Luther King Jr. on Malcolm X  /  NGOs, an extension of US foreign policyBaby Doc Duvalier returns to Haiti  /  After Midnight—Coleman Hawkins

UC Davis to probe use of pepper-spray on students—Los AngelesReuters)—The University of California, Davis said on Saturday it would launch an investigation over video footage that appeared to show campus police using pepper spray against seated student protesters at close range. YouTube video footage of a policeman in riot gear using pepper spray on a group of roughly a dozen student protesters in the university’s quad area spread quickly over the Internet, sparking outrage among some university faculty members. “Yesterday was not a day that would make anyone on our campus proud,” UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi wrote in a public statement. “As indicated in various videos, the police used pepper spray against the students who were blocking the way,” she said. “The use of pepper spray as shown on the video is chilling to us all and raises many questions about how best to handle situations like this.” Student protesters at Davis had set up an encampment in the university’s quad area earlier this month as part of the nationwide Occupy movement against economic inequality and excesses of the financial system. Their demonstrations, which had been endorsed by a faculty association, included protests against tuition increases and what they viewed as police brutality on University of California campuses in response to recent protests The students had set up roughly 25 tents in a quad area, but they had been asked not to stay overnight and were told they would not be able to stay during the weekend, due to a lack of university resources, Katehi said. Some protesters took their tents down voluntarily while others stayed. —RawStory

Presidents on Black Unemployment Reagan Carter Obama—By Trymaine Lee—24 August 2011—President Obama has taken a lot of heat for not being more aggressive in addressing the country's double-digit unemployment rate among African Americans. Many have questioned why he has not come out with more strongly worded public pronouncements or a jobs agenda specifically to address the issue in the black community.Others have said that while black unemployment is indeed dire and in need of drastic action, Obama risks coming off as "tribal" (in the words of talkshow host Tavis Smiley) if he were to make such an overture. The president has largely shied away from specific rhetoric as it relates to the black workforce, maintaining instead that "a rising tide lifts all boats" and that as the economy rebounds, all Americans will benefit.

The Huffington Post decided to take a . . . look at the public statements of President Obama and compare them to what recent past presidents have said about black unemployment, in their statements that most directly targeted the community during times of high black unemployment.HuffingtonPost  / President Obama's Black Jobs Dilemma (Hutchinson)

Obama and Black America Unconditional, unrequited love?—By Kevin Alexander Gray—2 September 2011—For all Americans, the average life expectancy is 78 years and two months according to the Centers for Disease Control. But for black Americans life expectancy is 74 years and three months—for black women it’s 76.8 years, and black men 70.2 years. If Commission members had their way the retirement age for full benefits would be raised to 69 from 67 by 2075. Obviously, black males would be the biggest losers in such a setup, literally working till death. At the moment, one in five blacks has no health insurance, compared to 12 percent of whites. And insurance companies routinely reject covering former inmates with the claim that they come from an “at-risk population.” One in seven African Americans is out of work—the highest in nearly a quarter century. More than two out of ten African Americans—and three out of ten black children— live in poverty. For every dollar of wealth owned by the typical white family, the typical family of color owns only sixteen cents, according to a study published last March by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development entitled ”Lifting As We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth and America’s Future.” Nearly half of all single black and Hispanic women have zero or negative wealth, meaning their debts exceed all their assets. The median wealth for single black women is only $100, for single Hispanic women, $120. This compares to just over $41,000 for single white women. About a third of single Hispanic women and one-fourth of single black women have no checking or savings account. Overall, blacks continue to earn far less than whites. The median annual income for a black household in 2009, the most recent year statistics were available, was $33,463 while for whites it was $54,671.TheNewLiberator

Libya set up by NATO—Fake Libyan Rebels exposed / Russia criticizes France over arming Libyan rebels  / British brains, brawn and bombs bolster Libyan rebels


Capitalism and the Ideal State

Writings of Marcus Garvey

A Fictional Interview with President Barack Obama

By Marvin X

Open Letter to Obama (Moses) / Obama Women and Racist Exceptionalism  (MosesThe Reagan Doctrine of National Suicide (Moses)

Martin Luther King, Jr.:  Last speech / Prophetic Last speech  / Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam / On War / I'm Sorry Sir You Don't Know Me

 Martin Luther King: A Time to Break Silence  /  Proud to be maladjusted!  /  Afghanistan (HerStory)  /  1968 King Assassination Report (CBS News)

Hegel and the Third World
The Making of Eurocentrism in World History

By Teshale Tibebu

"This is a remarkable book. . . . a powerful cri de coeur that is based on a serious reading of Hegel. It may open up the debate because, unlike so many anti- Eurocentric presentations, it does not fall prey to a simple upside down reading of either modern philosophy or world history.—Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

Hegel, more than any other modern Western philosopher, produced the most systematic case for the superiority of Western white Protestant bourgeois modernity. He established a racially structured ladder of gradation of the peoples of the world, putting Germanic people at the top of the racial pyramid, people of Asia in the middle, and Africans and indigenous peoples of the Americas and Pacific Islands at the bottom. In Hegel and the Third World, Tibebu guides the reader through Hegel’s presentation on universalism and argues that such a classification flows in part from Hegel’s philosophy of the development of human consciousness. Hegel classified Africans as people arrested at the lowest and most immediate stage of consciousness, that of the senses; Asians as people with divided consciousness, that of the understanding; and Europeans as people of reason. Syracuse University Press, 2011

A Letter to Warren on the "Contours of Racial Identity" from Dr. Joyce E. King

Humility does not mean you think less of yourself—it means you think of yourself less. We are not here to earn God's love, we're here to spend it! The world is my country; to do good is my religion. No one shows a child the Supreme Being. Change how you see things, and the things you see will change.—Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu I

Valerie Hunter, the wife of Internal Revenue Service employee Vernon Hunter, filed a lawsuit in Travis County District Court accusing the wife of Andrew Joseph “Joe” Stack III of negligence. Hunter claims that Sheryl Stack knew that her husband planned to harm others but did not report it to authorities. Widow-of-South Carolina Man Killed-in-Austin-crash-sues-pilots-wife/


Joe Stack Hailed as Hero in American 'Patriot' ResurgenceJoe Stack is no hero for flying plane into IRS officeKen Hunter said. "My dad, Vernon, did tours of duty in Vietnam. My dad's a hero." He's right. Yet in the cockeyed view of some people, suicide pilot Joseph Stack is being hailed for striking a "courageous blow against the tyranny of the U.S. tax code."

Governor says everyone must leave New Orleans  / Eighteen Months After Katrina (Bill Quigley) Ending Poverty As We Know It: Guaranteeing a Right

Libya Getting It Right (Gerald A. Perreira)  / Gaddafi: A System of His Own  (Hakeem Babalola)


Sharpton and Jackson Endorse War on Terror—A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford—Jesse Jackson said that the killing of bin Laden was a “huge psychological victory.” By this he clearly meant a psychological victory for Barack Obama, who put the hit out on bin Laden,just as he has placed American citizens on assassination lists with no recourse to due process. President Obama badly needed that psychological victory, since unemployment went up last month and now looms as the rock on which his presidency might shatter. . . .  Jackson either needs to hand in his anti-war credentials right now, or find a good mouth doctor that will stop him from encouraging those who would increase the $1.2 trillion national security budget that is pushing human needs programs into the Valley of Death. Does Rev. Jackson think Obama deserves a “huge psychological boost” for having killed almost one thousand innocent civilian men, women and children in Pakistan last year with his drones, and is guaranteed to kill even more this year?

Rev. Al Sharpton shows that he is as crude and vulgar as his mentor Don King. Sharpton compliments Obama for being “cool under fire”—as if the world is attacking the White House, rather than the other way around. —BlackAgendaReport

Forged: Writing in the Name of God

Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

By Bart D. Ehrman

The evocative title tells it all and hints at the tone of sensationalism that pervades this book. Those familiar with the earlier work of Ehrman, a distinguished professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author of more than 20 books including Misquoting Jesus, will not be surprised at the content of this one. Written in a manner accessible to nonspecialists, Ehrman argues that many books of the New Testament are not simply written by people other than the ones to whom they are attributed, but that they are deliberate forgeries. The word itself connotes scandal and crime, and it appears on nearly every page. Indeed, this book takes on an idea widely accepted by biblical scholars: that writing in someone else's name was common practice and perfectly okay in ancient times. Ehrman argues that it was not even then considered acceptable—hence, a forgery. While many readers may wish for more evidence of the charge, Ehrman's introduction to the arguments and debates among different religious communities during the first few centuries and among the early Christians themselves, though not the book's main point, is especially valuable.—Publishers Weekly  / Forged Bart Ehrman’s New Salvo (Witherington)

Suheir Hammad: Poems of war, peace, women, power / YolanDa Brown performing Story Live  /  Christian Davenport—Rethinking Rwanda, 1994

Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era

Reviewing Houston A. Baker's Betrayal of Black Intellectuals

African  Fundamentalism  (The Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey)

Middle Passage ( Robert Hayden)

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804

Dessalines' Dream for Haiti  (Ezili Dantò)

Jayne Cortez: Artist on the Cutting Edge

Internet Copyright Settlement Alive (Louis Reyes Rivera)


Electric Purgatory: History of Black Rock

Miles Davis—In A Silent Way, New Blues  / New Orleans Jazz Funeral for tuba player Kerwin James / They danced atop his casket Jaran 'Julio' Green

Rev. Peter J. Gomes Harvard Minister Dies at 68—By Robert D. McFadden—Then, in 1991, he appeared before an angry crowd of students, faculty members and administrators protesting homophobic articles in a conservative campus magazine whose distribution had led to a spate of harassment and slurs against gay men and lesbians on campus. Mr. Gomes, putting his reputation and career on the line, announced that he was “a Christian who happens as well to be gay.” . . .  He was true to his word. His sermons and lectures, always well-attended, were packed in Cambridge and around the country as he embarked on a campaign to rebut literal and fundamentalist interpretations of the Bible. He also wrote extensively on intolerance. “Religious fundamentalism is dangerous because it cannot accept ambiguity and diversity and is therefore inherently intolerant,” he declared in an Op-Ed article for The New York Times in 1992. “Such intolerance, in the name of virtue, is ruthless and uses political power to destroy what it cannot convert.” In his 1996 best-seller, The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart, Mr. Gomes urged believers to grasp the spirit, not the letter, of scriptural passages that he said had been misused to defend racism, anti-Semitism and sexism and to attack homosexuality and abortion.NYTimes  /  Black Christians and Homosexuality  

Tracy Chapman: Baby Can I Hold You Tonight  /  Talkin bout a revolution  / Give me one reason  / Crossroad / New Beginning

American Uprising

The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt

By Daniel Rasmussen

In January 1811, a group of around 500 enslaved men, dressed in military uniforms and armed with guns, cane knives, and axes, rose up from the slave plantations around New Orleans and set out to conquer the city. They decided that they would die before they would work another day of back—breaking labor in the hot Louisiana sun. Ethnically diverse, politically astute, and highly organized, this slave army challenged not only the economic system of plantation agriculture but also American expansion. Their march represented the largest act of armed resistance against slavery in the history of the United States—and one of the defining moments in the history of New Orleans and the nation.

Colonization After Emancipation

Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement

By Phillip W. Magness and Sebastian N. Page

History has long acknowledged that President Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, had considered other approaches to rectifying the problem of slavery during his administration. Prior to Emancipation, Lincoln was a proponent of colonization: the idea of sending African American slaves to another land to live as free people. Lincoln supported resettlement schemes in Panama and Haiti early in his presidency and openly advocated the idea through the fall of 1862.

But the bigoted, flawed concept of colonization never became a permanent fixture of U.S. policy, and by the time Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, the word “colonization” had disappeared from his public lexicon. As such, history remembers Lincoln as having abandoned his support of colonization when he signed the proclamation. Documents exist, however, that tell another story.

Colonization after Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement explores the previously unknown truth about Lincoln’s attitude toward colonization.

Scholars Phillip W. Magness and Sebastian N. Page combed through extensive archival materials, finding evidence, particularly within British Colonial and Foreign Office documents, which exposes what history has neglected to reveal—that Lincoln continued to pursue colonization for close to a year after emancipation. Their research even shows that Lincoln may have been attempting to revive this policy at the time of his assassination.

Using long-forgotten records scattered across three continents—many of them untouched since the Civil War—the authors show that Lincoln continued his search for a freedmen’s colony much longer than previously thought. Colonization after Emancipation reveals Lincoln’s highly secretive negotiations with the British government to find suitable lands for colonization in the West Indies and depicts how the U.S. government worked with British agents and leaders in the free black community to recruit emigrants for the proposed colonies. The book shows that the scheme was never very popular within Lincoln’s administration and even became a subject of subversion when the president’s subordinates began battling for control over a lucrative “colonization fund” established by Congress.

Colonization after Emancipation reveals an unexplored chapter of the emancipation story. A valuable contribution to Lincoln studies and Civil War history, this book unearths the facts about an ill-fated project and illuminates just how complex, and even convoluted, Abraham Lincoln’s ideas about the end of slavery really were.—University of Missouri


Scott Sisters Released From Prison

Jan 08, 2011 Gladys and Jamie Scott were released from prison Friday morning after serving 16 years behind bars. They have maintained their innocence but it was a grassroots movement that helped them gain their freedom.

Free the Scott Sisters!!! Author of The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander   Applauds the Work of Gray-Haired Witnesses

Jimmy Carter's White House Diary

An Interview and Book Review by Kam Williams

Tea Party Nationalism: A Critical Examination of the Tea Party Movement

and the Size, Scope, and Focus of Its National Factions

By Devin Burghart, Leonard Zeskind, and Charles Tanner Jr.

Shirley Sherrod—Fox News Destroying an Innocent Woman to Attack Obama / Rachel Maddow: Black People Are Coming To Get You Part 1 /  Part 2

K'NAAN—T.I.A. (This Is Africa)Hugh Masekela—Coal Train LiveUnomathembaSoweto Freedom Song / Eric Dolphy—God Bless the Child


Bantu Stephen Biko

(December 18, 1946 - September 12, 1977)

Compiled by Mpotseng Jairus Kgokong

Lumumba: A Film by Raoul Peck

Reviewed By Marvin X

Parable of Jazz  / Lumumba A Biography   Independence Day Speech   Letter to Pauline

They’re Counting on Your Silence, on Amnesia (Speech by President Barack Obama Bowie State University / Bowie, Maryland

The History of White People ( Nell Irvin Painter)  / President Obama Announces Vote 2010 . Responses to Post-Midterm Elections

Smoke and Horrors—By Charles M. Blow—October 22, 2010The war on drugs in this country has become a war focused on marijuana, one being waged primarily against minorities. . . . This wave of [marijuana] arrests is partially financed, either directly or indirectly, by federal programs like the Byrne Formula Grant Program, which was established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 to rev up the war on drugs. Surprisingly, this program has become the pet project of Democrats, not Republicans. . . . Even candidate Obama promised that he would restore funding to the program. The 2009 stimulus package presented these Democrats with the opportunity, and they seized it. The legislation, designed by Democrats and signed by President Obama, included $2 billion for Byrne Grants to be awarded by the end of September 2010. That was nearly a 12-fold increase in financing. Whatever the merits of these programs, they are outweighed by the damage being done. Financing prevention is fine. Financing a race-based arrest epidemic is not.NYTimes   / Marijuna Policy Report   Threat Response 

Dominica/ Africa: Junot Diaz on Writing Dictators  /  Sierra Leone/ Nigeria: New Writing / Black Men’s Jail Time / Black Mens Jail Time Hits Entire Communities

I Studied My Own Self  / Black History Is American HistoryMonkeys and Stimulus BillsIsi-Ewu:  The Anatomy Of A National Delicacy



Africa and Afro-American Identity

Problems and Possibilities

By Everett E. Goodwin

The 10 Biggest Myths About Black History  The Black Experience in America is Unique  Folk Life in Black and White

What Is Life: Reclaiming the Black Blues Self (Kalamu ya Salaam)

Macy Gray—I Try  / Macy Gray—She Ain't Right For You  /  Macy Gray—When I See You  /  Macy Gray—Sweet Baby 

Women’s Role in Holocaust May Exceed Old Notions—In an anomalous twist on Christopher R. Browning’s groundbreaking 1992 book, Ordinary Men, it appears that thousands of German women went to the eastern territories to help Germanize them, and to provide services to the local ethnic German populations there.

They included nurses, teachers and welfare workers. Women ran the storehouses of belongings taken from Jews. Local Germans were recruited to work as interpreters. Then there were the wives of regional officials, and their secretaries, some from their staffs back home. For women from working-class families or farms in Germany, the occupied zones offered an attractive opportunity to advance themselves, Ms. Lower said.

There were up to 5,000 female guards in the concentration camps, making up about 10 percent of the personnel. Ms. Grese was hanged at the age of 21 for war crimes committed in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen; Ms. Koch was convicted of participating in murders at Buchenwald. NYTimes 

W.E.B. Du Bois More Man Than Meets the Eye  (Kalamu ya Salaam) / Charlie Rangel Begat Ed Towns (Kevin Powell)

Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye -- Will Obasanjo Explode Yar'Adua's Anti-Graft Balloon?  Who Cares If Kenya Bleeds To Death?

Obasanjo's Probe: Mr. Ribadu’s Redeeming Job  / In Nigeria, Yar’Adua Reigns, Obasanjo Rules  / Dinner From A Lagos Dustbin  Global News: Politics

A Remarkably-Revealing, Evocative, Fully Humanizing Opus

Kam Williams Interviews  Condi and Reviews

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

By Condoleezza Rice

The Top Seven Suppliers of Oil to the US—8 July 2010—The top seven countries on the following list account for more than $140 billion worth of oil every year—1. Canada 2. Mexico 3. Saudi Arabia  4. Venezuela  5. Nigeria 6. Angola 7. Iraq—Truth-Out

 Dr Asa Hilliard III speaks: Attack On Africans Writing Their Own History Part 1 of 7 Part 2 of 7  /  Part 3 of 7  / Part 4 of 7  / Part 5 of 7 / Part 6 of 7  /  Part 7 of 7


Bill Moyers and James Cone (Interview)  / A Conversation with James Cone

Mission of the Black Church (James Cone)  / Black Liberation Theology (Defined by James Cone)


Unedited video supports Sherrod’s claim she wasn't racistThe full, uncut video of a federal agricultural official's NAACP speech purporting racial scheming, told a different story than the barely-three-minute snippet that cost her her job. Despite admitting in the edited version of the taping that she once withheld help to the couple on the basis of race, Shirley Sherrod was defended Tuesday by the wife of a white Georgia farmer. Sherrod, "kept us out of bankruptcy," said Eloise Spooner, 82, of Iron City in southwest Georgia. Spooner, in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, added she considers Sherrod a "friend for life." She and her husband, Roger Spooner, approached Sherrod for help in 1986 when Sherrod worked for a nonprofit that assisted farmers. Sherrod, who is African-American, was asked to resign Monday night by a USDA official after videotaped comments she made in March at a local NAACP banquet surfaced on the Web Atlanta Journal / NAACP / Politico / Politico 2  / The Real Story of Racism at the USDA


African or American?

Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861

By Leslie Alexander

 Focusing on the meaning of African heritage, Black Nationalism, community, and African emigration in New York City during the antebellum period, Alexander provides a compelling argument for the emergence of African heritage and identity and charts the waxing and waning of its meaning in the black community."—Leslie M. Harris, author of In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863

“Alexander brilliantly examines this topic for black people in antebellum New York City. . . . An important contribution. Highly recommended.”—Choice

Alexander's . . . survey of black leadership is excellent, her sensitivity to local black politics is admirable, and her tracing of the varied black investment in emigrations is ... correct and adds to our understanding of antebellum reform and nationalism."—American Historical Review

African or American? breaks new ground in its sustained attention to principal but little-known black community organizations and leaders in New York City. The comprehensive, in-depth treatment of the Five Points district, Seneca Village's relationship to Central Park, the Negro's burial ground, and more make this book exceptional. It is the best discussion to date of being an American in relation to antebellum blacks that I have read."—Sterling Stuckey, author of Going through the Storm: The Influence of African American Art in History

The Autobiography of Medgar Evers

A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches 2006

By Myrlie Evers-Williams and Manning Marable

In an era filled with charismatic leaders, Evers (1925–1963) came to national attention primarily as the victim of "the first political assassination of a major leader of the modern Black Freedom Movement." As NAACP field secretary in Mississippi, Evers recruited NAACP members, desegregated schools, registered voters and organized boycotts. The work was usually undramatic, but always perilous. Evers's widow and historian Marable seek to redress Evers's relative absence from the historical record. But more than half of these 89 documents (from the years 1954–1963) are mundane monthly reports to or business correspondence with the NAACP. Ten Evers speeches are included along with eight newspaper articles, four press releases, a telegram to Eisenhower and one to Kennedy, an NAACP newsletter, a "text fragment," a posthumous Life interview. There's no clue to the principle of selection. . . . This monument is a tomb ready for excavation by historians of the Civil Rights movement, but it's not for the ordinary reader looking for an autobiography of Medgar Evers. It reveals the quotidian work rather than the indomitable man. Publisher's Weekly

Electric Purgatory: History of Black Rock  /  Hugh Masekla, Don't Go Lose It Baby   / Philip Freelon, Black Enterprise Business Report Interview

Kiini Ibura Salaam: The Dance of Love / There's No Racism Here? /  Reflections on Fiji  / Kiini Ibura Salaam Tells All from Mexico 

Guns, Butter, and ObamaWhile the "official" 2009 U.S. military budget is $516 billion, that figure bears little resemblance to what this country actually spends. According to CDI, if one pulls together all the various threads that make up the defense spending tapestry - including Home Security, secret "black budget" items, military-related programs outside of the Defense Department, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and such outlays as veterans' benefits - the figure is around $862 billion for the current fiscal year. Johnson says spending is closer to $1.1 trillion. Even these figures are misleading, since it does not project future costs. According to Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, when the economic and social costs of the Iraq War are finally added up—including decades of treatment for veterans disabled by traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder—the final bill could reach $5 trillion. . . . A recent study by a Pentagon advisory group, the Defense Business Board, says that current defense spending is "not sustainable" and recommends scaling back or eliminating some big-ticket weapon systems. . . . While Obama has pledged to stress diplomacy over warfare, he has also promised to "maintain the most powerful military on the planet" and to increase the armed forces by some 90,000 soldiers. According to the Congressional Budget Office, that will cost at least $50 billion over five years. CommonDreams


God calls: Who will answer?

Isaiah 6.1-13, 1 Corinthians 15.1-11, Psalm 138, Luke 5.1-11

A birthday sermon by Ralph Clingan

  An Annual Clingan Christmas Letter  Against Cheap Grace   A Lively Living Word

Miles Davis: Miles Ahead / Milestones / Kind of Blue Freddie Freeloader  /  All Blues  /  Walkin'  /  Miles Davis et John Coltrane - So what

Delivering Good News to the Oppressed

A Service of Repentance

By The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop and Primate / The Episcopal Church

Slavery by Another Name

The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

By Douglas A. Blackmun

Wall Street Journal bureau chief Blackmon gives a groundbreaking and disturbing account of a sordid chapter in American history—the lease (essentially the sale) of convicts to commercial interests between the end of the 19th century and well into the 20th. Usually, the criminal offense was loosely defined vagrancy or even changing employers without permission. The initial sentence was brutal enough; the actual penalty, reserved almost exclusively for black men, was a form of slavery in one of hundreds of forced labor camps operated by state and county governments, large corporations, small time entrepreneurs and provincial farmers. Into this history, Blackmon weaves the story of Green Cottenham, who was charged with riding a freight train without a ticket, in 1908 and was sentenced to three months of hard labor for Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad, a subsidiary of U.S. Steel. Cottenham's sentence was extended an additional three months and six days because he was unable to pay fines then leveraged on criminals. Blackmon's book reveals in devastating detail the legal and commercial forces that created this neoslavery along with deeply moving and totally appalling personal testimonies of survivors

My Holy Bible for African-American Children

King James Version. by Cheryl and Wade Hudson

Book Review by Kam Williams

Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel by Alice Walker Following visits to Rwanda in 2006 on behalf of Women for Women International, Walker was nearly overcome with the aftermath of the genocidal violence, particularly aimed at women and children. On behalf of the antiwar group Code Pink, she traveled to the Gaza Strip in 2009 to witness the suffering caused by the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. In this slim volume, she tells the stories of women and children brutalized by war. She recalls visiting villages reduced to rubble, listening to women mourn the death of their children, sharing modest meals, and sharing stories of her own struggles growing up in the South, the U.S. civil rights movement, and learning the importance of connections to friends and family. She links modern-day atrocities to older cruelties, including the Holocaust and the Trail of Tears. Finding resilience in the midst of atrocities, Walker uses her own voice, as poet and activist, to speak out against injustices in the world’s trouble spots

The Autobiography of Medgar Evers

A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches 2006

By Myrlie Evers-Williams and Manning Marable

In an era filled with charismatic leaders, Evers (1925–1963) came to national attention primarily as the victim of "the first political assassination of a major leader of the modern Black Freedom Movement." As NAACP field secretary in Mississippi, Evers recruited NAACP members, desegregated schools, registered voters and organized boycotts. The work was usually undramatic, but always perilous. Evers's widow and historian Marable seek to redress Evers's relative absence from the historical record. But more than half of these 89 documents (from the years 1954–1963) are mundane monthly reports to or business correspondence with the NAACP. Ten Evers speeches are included along with eight newspaper articles, four press releases, a telegram to Eisenhower and one to Kennedy, an NAACP newsletter, a "text fragment," a posthumous Life interview. There's no clue to the principle of selection. With the exception of two very brief notes to his family, there is no personal correspondence. This monument is a tomb ready for excavation by historians of the Civil Rights movement, but it's not for the ordinary reader looking for an autobiography of Medgar Evers. It reveals the quotidian work rather than the indomitable man. Publisher's Weekly

Single Payer Health Care and the Auto Industry

By Bruce Dixon

Single-Payer Health Care Would Stimulate Economy

End of the Road

 If the Auto Industry is Dead What does that Mean for Workers?

By Mark Brenner and Jane Slaughter

Black Votes, the Senate, and Voter Suppression Vote NO on Hans von Spakovsky's Confirmation By The Color Of Change Team

Towards a Black Aesthetic By Hoyt W. Fuller, Author of Journey to Africa

Langston Hughes and Africa

By Harold R. Isaacs

 Langston Hughes Table

The White Masters of the World

from The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

Africa and Afro-American Identity (Everett E. Goodwin)


The 10 Biggest Myths About Black History 

The Black Experience in America is Unique  / Folk Life in Black and White

Dealing with Radical Islam

In Defense of Our Democracy

A Discussion

Interview: Malcolm X / Rashaan Roland Kirk

So we say—we always say in the Black Panther Party that they can do anything they want to to us. We might not be back. I might be in jail. I might be anywhere. But when I leave, you’ll remember I said, with the last words on my lips, that I am a revolutionary. And you’re going to have to keep on saying that. You’re going to have to say that I am a proletariat, I am the people. A lot of people don’t understand the Black Panthers Party’s relationship with white mother country radicals. A lot of people don’t even understand the words that Eldridge uses a lot. But what we’re saying is that there are white people in the mother country that are for the same types of things that we are for stimulating revolution in the mother country. And we say that we will work with anybody and form a coalition with anybody that has revolution on their mind. We’re not a racist organization, because we understand that racism is an excuse used for capitalism, and we know that racism is just—it’s a byproduct of capitalism. Everything would be alright if everything was put back in the hands of the people, and we’re going to have to put it back in the hands of the people.  Fred Hampton


 Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972 (1995)

By Adam Fairclough

Hailed as one of the best treatments of the civil rights movement, Race and Democracy is also one of the most comprehensive and detailed studies of the movement at the state level. This far-reaching and dramatic narrative ranges in time from the founding of the New Orleans branch of the NAACP in 1915 to the beginning of Edwin Edwards's first term as governor in 1972. In his new preface Adam Fairclough brings the narrative up to date, demonstrating the persistence of racial inequalities and the continuing importance of race as a factor in politics. When Hurricane Katrina exposed the race issue in a new context, Fairclough argues, political leaders mishandled the disaster. A deep-seated culture of corruption, he concludes, compromises the ability of public officials to tackle intransigent problems of urban poverty and inadequate schools.

Film Review of American Violet by Kam Williams

Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez (Jean Damu)

Blame A-Rod, Spoil the Child (William Broussard)

White Dog (Amin Sharif)

Etta James: The Caged Bird Sings (Amin Sharif)

Is There a Need for a Black Agenda? (Ron Daniels)

The More Perfect Union or Reconstruction Blues?

Responses by E. Ethelbert Miller and Wilson J.  Moses

Obama Jeopardy Game

Stand Up Against Police Brutality--In the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania from May 2008 until April 2009 there have been 36 unarmed African American men killed by the Philadelphia Police Department. The racist Fraternal Order of Police has also gone after a strong and courageous African American judge, Judge Craig Washington.  The reason for this vicious attack is because he refuses to turn his courtroom into a tool of propaganda for the Philadelphia Police Department.Bro. Robert - African American Freedom and Reconstruction League; Sister Debbie Moore and Bro. Harold Fisher, Attorney Leon A. Williams -- more information 215-474-3677  215-732-0180

 Seven Last Words of Jesus  


 The Black Religious Crisis   A Theology of Obligation & Liberation  Howard Thurman 

Sermon on the Mount  The Second Time Around  The Black Religious Crisis   The Negro Church 

Howard Thurman   The Spiritual and the Blues   Pan-Africanism and the Black Church 

Devastating Earthquake in Haiti

Hundreds of thousands expected killed

The Caribbean nation of nine million is the poorest country in the Americas with an annual per-capita income of $560. It ranks 146th out of 177 countries on the UNDP Human Development Index. More than half the population lives on less than $1 a day and 78 per cent on less than $2. There is a high infant mortality rate and the prevalence of HIV among those between ages 15 and 49 is 2.2 per cent. Haiti's infrastructure is close to total collapse and severe deforestation has left only two per cent of forest cover.  About 9,000 UN police and troops are stationed in the country to maintain order

Latest updates on the Haiti earthquake / Why the Haiti earthquake was so devastating / Video: Haiti beset by natural disasters

Basil Davidson's  "Africa Series":  Different But Equal  /  Mastering A Continent  /  Caravans of Gold  / The King and the City / The Bible and The Gun

The Leader’s Manual

A structured guide and introduction to Kingian nonviolence

The philosophy and methodology

By Bernard LaFayette Jr. and David C. Jehnsen

This manual and its associated training give the behind-the-scenes essence of Dr. King's philosophy of living and of social action, which he called his philosophy of Nonviolence. Many folks think his work was primarily about public demonstrations and civil disobedience, but these projects were just the public component of his work; there were five other steps in his process for change of which the general public remains unaware. Many folks complain that he was not tough enough on racism, but perhaps the real question is: How effective was he as a single individual, as a team member, as a leader, in conquering racism? The Civil Rights Act, The Voting Rights Act, two Supreme Court Decisions, and the inspiration of ordinary folks of all colors and backgrounds to work together in a patriotic effort to refine the American Dream, . . . at these efforts his highly refined philosophy did succeed and has made a real difference for real people. The question today is: Is his philosophy still relevant for the problems of today? Only you can answer that question.



Africa and Afro-American Identity

Problems and Possibilities

By Everett E. Goodwin

The 10 Biggest Myths About Black History  The Black Experience in America is Unique  Folk Life in Black and White


Be  The One of the Ten

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked himand he was a Samaritan.   Jesus asked, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give thanks except this foreigner?" Then he said to him "Arise and go, your faith has made you well"  (Luke 17 v. 15-19).

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will (I Thessalonians 5, v. 18).

Black Prayer 1   Black Prayer 2     Black Prayer 3    A  Prayer by Martin Luther King  Baltimore Page 

Annual Founders Kwanzaa Message 1966—40th Anniversary—2006 Nguzo Saba: The Principles and Practice of Bringing Good into the World

The History of White People

By Nell Irvin Painter

Latin America: Still a Long Way to Go, for Black Women

At the age of 17, Meybelin Bernárdez is clear about the future: "When I finish my studies, I'll return to help my community get on its feet," the young Garifuna woman from Honduras, who is studying medicine in Cuba, says without hesitation. With her head held high, she adds: "I want to be an example for future generations of women. The conditions we live in are really bad, we have a lot to do for our people."Her mother, whose skin is as dark as hers, taught her that the most important thing in life is to study. "But a poor black girl like me couldn't even dream of being a doctor without this scholarship," she tells IPS. Bernárdez belongs to the Garifuna ethnic group, descendants of African slaves who survived the sinking of two Spanish galleons off the coast of the Caribbean island of St. Vincent in 1635, where they intermarried with members of the local Carib tribe. The Garifuna are estimated to number around 600,000 in Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States today. Bernárdez's words summed up the reality faced by the large majority of black women and girls in Latin America - although there are more and more who are actively rebelling against the role of victim of racial discrimination. IPSNews

Three victims of the horrific shootings

at the University of Alabama at Huntsville

Amy Bishop, a 42-year old, biology professor

Maria_Ragland_Davis was a 52-year-old associate professor of biology who specialized in plant pathology and biotechnology. She had been on the university’s faculty since 2002. Dr. Davis was a graduate of the University of Michigan. She held a master’s degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from North Carolina State University

Adriel D. Johnson, Sr. was an associate professor of biology and had been on the faculty at the university for more than 20 years. A longtime mentor of minority students, Dr. Johnson was director of the campus chapter of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Professor Johnson was a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. He held master’s degrees from Tennessee Technological University and the University of Alabama at Huntsville. He earned his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University.

Dr. G. K. Podila, Chair Department of Biological Sciences (September 14, 1957 – February 12, 2010) was an Indian American biologist, noted academician, and faculty member at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. . . . killed in a shooting allegedly by Amy Bishop at the university on February 12, 2010. [He had]. . . a particular interest in the ecology of Populus and their mycorrhizal symbionts. . . .G. K. Podila received a B.Sc. degree from Nagarjuna University in India. He obtained a Master's degree from Louisiana State University in 1983 and a PhD in molecular biology from Indiana State University in 1987.

The Employee Free Choice Act—If we want to propel this economy forward [and] have a sound expansion, it has to be an expansion whose benefits are more broadly shared . . . [it] goes to the question of having a healthy and well-functioning trade union movement. . . . It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the way in which our labor laws have functioned, and have been enforced and been acted on over many years, have not been constructive from the point of view of having a healthy trade union movement. And an attempt to redress that balance seems to me something that is appropriate at such a time.—Lawrence H. Summers, the National Economic Council director, Brookings Institution, 13 March 2009  WashingtonPost

The Assassination of Fred Hampton

How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther

By Jeffrey Haas

It’s around 7:00 A.M. on December 4, 1969, and attorney Jeff Haas is in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton’s fiancée. She is describing how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed. She heard one officer say, “He’s still alive.” She then heard two shots. A second officer said, “He’s good and dead now.” She looks at Jeff and asks, “What can you do?”  The Assassination of Fred Hampton is Haas’s personal account of how he and People’s Law Office partner Flint Taylor pursued Hampton’s assassins, ultimately prevailing over unlimited government resources and FBI conspiracy. Not only a story of justice delivered, the book puts Hampton in a new light as a dynamic community leader and an inspiration in the fight against injustice. /  Also Toward Freedom

Tavis Smiley Questions Minister Louis Farrakhan on President Barack Obama:  Part 1 Part 2 / Part 3 / "The Black Agenda is the America Agenda."


Black Studies in the Age of Obama

By Dr. Muhammad Ahmad
 Conference Co- Convener,  Chairman, PCIAS Inc.

Harry Belafonte on Terrorism-from 2006 (video)

What credibility is there in Geneva's all-white boycott?What do the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy and Israel have in common? They are all either European or European-settler states. And they all decided to boycott this week's UN ­conference against racism in Geneva – even before Monday's incendiary speech by the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad which triggered a further white-flight walkout by representatives of another 23 European states. In international forums, it's almost unprecedented to have such an ­undiluted racial divide of whites-versus-the-rest. And for that to happen in a global meeting called to combat racial hatred doesn't exactly augur well for future international understanding at a time when the worst economic crisis since the war is ramping up racism and xenophobia across the world. . . .The dispute was mainly about Israel and western fears that the conference would be used, like its torrid predecessor in Durban at the height of the Palestinian intifada in 2001, to denounce the Jewish state and attack the west over colonialism and the slave trade. Guardian

Remembering Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) by Junious Ricardo Stanton

"I might point out here that colonialism or imperialism, as the slave system of the West is called, is not something that is just confined to England or France or the United States. The interests in this country are in cahoots with the interests in France and the interests in Britain. It's one huge complex or combine, and it creates what's known not as the American power structure or the French power structure, but an international power structure. This [racist western] international power structure is used to suppress the masses of dark-skinned people all over the world and exploit them of their natural resources."—Malcolm X

Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918

By Jeffrey B. Perry

This first full-length biography of Harrison offers a portrait of a man ahead of his time in synthesizing race and class struggles in the U.S. and a leading influence on better known activists from Marcus Garvey to A. Philip Randolph. Harrison emigrated from St. Croix in 1883 and went on to become a foremost organizer for the Socialist Party in New York, the editor of the Negro World, and founder and leader of the World War I–era New Negro movement. Harrison’s enormous political and intellectual appetites were channeled into his work as an orator, writer, political activist, and critic. He was an avid bibliophile, reportedly the first regular black book reviewer, who helped to develop the public library in Harlem into an international center for research on black culture. But Harrison was a freelancer so candid in his criticism of the establishment—black and white—that he had few allies or people interested in protecting his legacy. Historian Perry’s detailed research brings to life a transformative figure who has been little recognized for his contributions to progressive race and class politics.—Vanessa Bush

 "High Noon: Geithner vs. the American Oligarchs"?  (Simon Johnson interview) / The Quiet Coup by Simon Johnson

The Obamas and Washington DC Statehood (Jean Damu)  An Open Letter to President Obama (Lewis) 

Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal

This site is designed to help researchers and Yale students find primary sources related to slavery, abolition, and resistance within the university's many libraries and galleries. Across the top of the website, you will find the chance to view relevant collections in each Yale institution. You can view items across the different institutions by entering a keyword or phrase on the search page.

You can also sort items according to a particular period, place, or topic by selecting a category from the tag cloud. Under links, you will find a collection of electronic databases that provide access to digital resources with significant relevant content. Yale     My Archival Experience

Commentary on ChickenBonesI want to say that you have given a wonderful gift to humankind by establishing and maintaining ChickenBones.  In the history of African American journals of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, I rank your magazine with Negro Digest/Black World, which was "blessed" to have the financial backing of Johnson Publications. It is required reading for people who wish to be informed about the trajectories of thought in the contemporary world.  It is a dynamic, growing textbook that ought to be used in courses on African American literature and culture.  I am using it as an external link for the course I teach this semester on the Foundations of African American Literature.  My students need to know that academic journals do not tell us everything. So, thank you Rudy for your gift to black folks and everybody else. Peace and brotherhood, Jerry Ward, Jr. (24 August 2008)

 I Studied My Own Self Obama's Dreams from My Father Review by Rudolph Lewis

President Barack Obama has achieved a great victory over Republican opposition with his The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed in Denver, Colorado, Tuesday, 17 February. Mr. Obama sketched out his achievement in a speech. This stimulus package includes investments, aid to states, and tax cuts. How quickly the nearly $800 billion can be infused into the economy is uncertain. But that problem can be righted in months. In any case Mr. Obama should be greatly applauded for this extraordinary legislation. ChickenBones Editorial

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An $80 Billion Start—Wrapped inside the economic stimulus package is about $80 billion in spending, loan guarantees and tax incentives aimed at promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, higher-mileage cars and coal that is truly clean. As a stand-alone measure, these investments would amount to the biggest energy bill in history. NYTimes

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Obama Unveils $75 Billion Plan to Fight Home Foreclosures—President Obama announced a plan on Wednesday to help as many as nine million American homeowners refinance their mortgages or avert foreclosure, saying that it would shore up housing prices, stabilize neighborhoods and slow a downward spiral that was “unraveling homeownership, the middle class and the American Dream itself. NYTimes

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The Destructive Center—Paul KrugmanI blame President Obama’s belief that he can transcend the partisan divide — a belief that warped his economic strategy. After all, many people expected Mr. Obama to come out with a really strong stimulus plan, reflecting both the economy’s dire straits and his own electoral mandate.

Instead, however, he offered a plan that was clearly both too small and too heavily reliant on tax cuts. Why? Because he wanted the plan to have broad bipartisan support, and believed that it would. Not long ago administration strategists were talking about getting 80 or more votes in the Senate.  NYTimes (9 February 2009)

An Open Letter to President Obama (Lewis)

Big Little White Lies / Luqman Dawood Translation   / Religion and Society Contents

A Black Imam Breaks Ground in Mecca—Two years ago, Sheik Adil Kalbani dreamed that he had become an imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. 

Waking up, he dismissed the dream as a temptation to vanity. Although he is known for his fine voice, Sheik Adil is black, and the son of a poor immigrant from the Persian Gulf. Leading prayers at the Grand Mosque is an extraordinary honor, usually reserved for pure-blooded Arabs from the Saudi heartland.

So he was taken aback when the phone rang last September and a voice told him that King Abdullah had chosen him as the first black man to lead prayers in Mecca. Days later Sheik Adil’s unmistakably African features and his deep baritone voice, echoing musically through the Grand Mosque, were broadcast by satellite TV to hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world. NYTimes   Amin Sharif

Muslim Imam Warithdin Muhammad Makes Transition (Marvin X )

Tributes Obituaries Remembrances      Dope, Mamas, and Preachers     Love and Spirituality  /  Plato on Obama Drama 

Defining Religion: Religion is a search for meaning when you don't have it in this world. So, while they might have controlled the black people physically and politically and economically, they did not control their spirit. That's why the black churches are very powerful forces in the African American community and always has been. Because religion has been that one place where you have an imagination that no one can control. And so, as long as you know that you are a human being and nobody can take that away from you, then God is that reality in your life that enables you to know that. . . . : Even though you're living under the shadow of the lynching tree. Because religion is a spirit that is not defined by what people can do to your body. They can kill your body, but they can't kill your soul. We were always told that. There is a spirit deep in you that nobody can take away from you because it's a creation that God gave to you. Now, if you know you have a humanity that nobody can take away from you, they may lock you up. They may lynch you. But, they don't win. James Cone Bill Moyers Journal

A Lively, Living Word

By Ralph Garlin Clingan

 An Annual Clingan Christmas Letter  Against Cheap Grace 

Congressional Black Caucus Monitor Report Card, October 2008 by Leutisha Stills and the CBC Monitor Team

The Osu Caste Discrimination in Igboland (Victor Dike) / World Empire and the Balance of Power  (James Burnham)

The Ancestral Spirits Are Watching (Jeannette Drake

America's Crisis of Values  / Clinton and Obama Legislative Records 

   Plato on Obama Drama  (Marvin X)

The Cost of Lies -- America With Its Pants Down   Locked Up in Land of the Free 

A Lie Unravels the World 

Lies Truth and Unwaged Housework

 Change Has Come to America: The Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Trouble don' set  like rain: Economic Crises in Jamaica  John Maxwell 

Why South Sudan Want Obama to Lose White House Bid (Mulumba)  / Obama and the Israeli Lobby   (Uri Avnery)

New York Times Attempts to Define and Dictate Black Politics (Glen Ford)

Is Obama the End of Black Politics? Lord, No (Mel Reeves)

Forward Is Where We Have to Go (Amiri Baraka)

Philip Dray. Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen. Houghton Mifflin Company 2008 -- Philip Foner Review

In this grand and compelling new history of Reconstruction, Pulitzer Prize finalist Philip Dray shines a light on a little known group of men: the nation's first black members of Congress. These men played a critical role in pushing for much-needed reforms in the wake of a traumatic civil war, including public education for all children, equal rights, and protection from Klan violence. But they have been either neglected or maligned by most historians -- their "glorious failure" chalked up to corruption and "ill-preparedness."

In this beautifully written, magnificently researched book, Dray overturns that thinking. He draws on archival documents, newspaper coverage, and congressional records to show that men like P.B.S. Pinchback of Louisiana (who started out as a riverboat gambler), South Carolina's Robert Smalls (who hijacked a Confederate steamer and delivered it to Union troops), and Robert Brown Elliott (who bested the former vice president of the Confederacy in a stormy debate on the House floor) were eloquent, creative, and often quite effective -- they were simply overwhelmed by the brutal forces of reaction. Covering the fraught period between the Emancipation Proclamation and Jim Crow, Dray reclaims the reputations of men who, though flawed, led a valiant struggle for social justice.—Publisher's note

Presidential Violence!—Obama is clearly continuing the Clinton and Bush policies of militarizing Africa. This is obvious in the expansion of US military “interventions.” For example, US support to the Nigerian ruling elites efforts to eliminate the resistance movements in the Niger Delta. Consider also the expansion of the US International Military Education and Training (IMET) program as well as the increased US arms sales to African countries. . . . A “Black” US president is a deadly thing because dead and dying African (black) bodies are the grounds on which white power stands. White power in black-face also stands on those same dead African and other racialized peoples bodies. . . .  But of what value is hope predicated on African death and dying? To the extent that his achievements requires that we valorize capitalist imperialism, male supremacy, militarism, and white supremacy . . . we must question the value of a “Black” US president.  BlackAgendaReport

The Challenge of the Changing Face of America—

• The highest rates of poverty are among children, especially children of color. The poverty rate for white children is 10 percent, while it is 28 percent for Latino children, 27 percent for Native-American children, and 33 percent for African-American children.

• African Americans, Latino Americans, and Native Americans are about three times as likely to live in poverty as are whites. While the poverty rate for non-Hispanic whites is 8 percent, the rate for African Americans is 24.1 percent, for Hispanics, 21.8 percent, and for Native Americans, 23.2 percent.

• The most extreme poverty in the United States is concentrated in specific geographical areas such as the urban cores of major cities and Native American reservations. These areas of concentrated poverty are the result of decades of policies that confined the impoverished to these economically isolated areas.

• Finally, we also noted the stark racial disparity in the distribution of wealth in the United States. White families not only have on average 10 times the net worth of families of color, but also between 1998 and 2001, their wealth grew by 20 percent, while the net worth of African American households actually declined during that same period. CatholicCharitiesUSA

A national mood swing˜We can end a war.—We can save the planet.—We can change the world.'—All of a sudden, Democrats are on the offensive. 'Change' isn't just this year's most ubiquitous campaign slogan, it seems to be something that's already happening out there in the real world, in small towns, on college campuses and yes, even at Super Bowl parties. Who knows just what caused the shift in mood? Iraq? Katrina? Global warming? Rising income inequality? Disgust with Bush and Cheney? Whatever the causes, Americans seem eager to reclaim a spirit of idealism that many thought ended with the 1960s, to embrace a heritage that acknowledges conflict and struggle but also hope and progress. Obama's Super Bowl ad represented a gamble: a bet that the symbolism of past social movements is now more likely to give Americans a thrill than a chill. And the matter-of-factness with which his ad was greeted - and Obama's electoral success so far - suggest that his campaign correctly read the national mood. LATimes

Shirley Sherrod—Fox News Destroying an Innocent Woman to Attack Obama / Rachel Maddow: Black People Are Coming To Get You Part 1 /  Part 2

K'NAAN—T.I.A. (This Is Africa)Hugh Masekela—Coal Train LiveUnomathembaSoweto Freedom Song / Eric Dolphy—God Bless the Child

Rev. Jackson’s Not Down for the Count, Yet 

By Mel Reeves

"And while Austin and folks from her generation rush to condemn Jackson and call him a "Grandpa" who is "off his meds," they also owe him and others who fought  the good fight against racist discrimination a little bit of gratitude."

 Act Like We Know  The Parade of Anti Obama Rascals


Baraka Message: Taking Up Obama's Mantle—My line at Black Left meeting & Black Radical Congress is solidify a political line, with that admitted united front as broad leadership and then mobilize masses of Black and Progressive people to descend on Denver for Dem convention with demonstrations, signs, petitions, literature and strategy and tactics for influencing what is sure to be the attempt at the crookedest of all conventions. The people are already excited by the primaries and the crude tricks of the bourgeoisie. We shd take up Obama's mantle, both serving as his defense (the defense of democracy) and using this presence to make impact on the campaign. The Rev Wright "flap" was actually positive, now the race question is squarely in the campaigns and the bourgeoisie will push and push it, but it should serve to further inflame the masses, who have real ties with the Black church and know what Wright said is historically trueAmiri Baraka. I will raise this at a meeting in Harlem next week. 

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on AmericaThe f-word crops up in the most respectable quarters these days. Yet if the provocative title of this exposé by Hedges (War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning)—sounds an alarm, the former New York Times foreign correspondent takes care to employ his terms precisely and decisively. As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming given its lucidity. Citing the psychology and sociology of fascism and cults, including the work of German historian Fritz Stern, Hedges draws striking parallels between 20th-century totalitarian movements and the highly organized, well-funded "dominionist movement," an influential theocratic sect within the country's huge evangelical population.

Rooted in a radical Calvinism, and wrapping its apocalyptic, vehemently militant, sexist and homophobic vision in patriotic and religious rhetoric, dominionism seeks absolute power in a Christian state. Hedges's reportage profiles both former members and true believers, evoking the particular characteristics of this American variant of fascism. His argument against what he sees as a democratic society's suicidal tolerance for intolerant movements has its own paradoxes. But this urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society.—Publishers Weekly

Gook: John McCain’s Racism and Why It Matters

By Irwin A. Tang

Book Review by Kam Williams

Jesse Jackson on Obama and the Paulson Plan

Kam Williams Interviews Reverend Sharpton

Murder in Black and White (New Television Show)

Premiering Sunday, October 5th

17 Poets Reading Series (October 2008 Schedule)


Spike Lee and Miracle at St. Anna

New Film Interview by Kam Williams  

Voting is not enough—If voting was that effective, to quote the activist Philip Berrigan, it would be illegal. And voting in an age when elections are stolen by rigged ballot machines and a stacked Supreme Court willing to overturn all legal precedent to make George Bush president, will not work. I am not saying do not vote. We should all vote. But that has to be the starting point if we want to reclaim America. We must lobby, organize, and advocate for the dissolution of the World Trade Organization and NAFTA. The WTO and NAFTA have handcuffed workers and consumers and stymied our efforts to create clean environments. These agreements are beyond the control of our courts and have crippled our weakened regulatory agencies. . . . If these pension funds, worth trillions of dollars, were in the hands of workers, the working class would own a third of the New York Stock Exchange. America's Democratic Collapse  








Setting the Record Straight

Letter from Reverend Jeremiah Wright

Obama 2008 Table  / Interview with Jeremiah Wright  / Jeremiah Wright with Bill Moyers

 Speeches & Sermons:   -- The American Dream is Under Siege at Home (Bill Clinton) / Time to Take Back the Country We Love (Hillary Clinton)

The America George Bush Has Left Us (Joe Biden) / We Must Listen and Lead by Example (John Kerry)  / Seize this Opportunity for Change (Al Gore)

Snapshots of life in Baghdad— Dutch photographer Geert van Kesteren, who collected 388 pages of photographs for his book Baghdad Calling, wanted to catalogue the tragedy of the tens of thousands of Iraqis who are the largely ignored victims of our demented 2003 invasion and occupation. . . . The refugee statistics are so appalling that they have become almost mundane. Four million of Iraq's 23 million people have fled their homes—until recently, at the rate of 60,000 a month—allegedly more than 1.2 million to Syria (a figure now challenged by at least one prominent NGO), 500,000 to Jordan, 200,000 to the Gulf, 70,000 to Egypt, 57,000 to Iran, up to 40,000 to Lebanon, 10,000 to Turkey. Sweden has accepted 9,000, Germany fewer – where an outrageous political debate has suggested that Christian refugees should have preference over Muslim Iraqis. With its usual magnanimity – especially for a country that set off this hell-disaster by its illegal invasion – George Bush's America has, of course, accepted slightly more than 500. Independent News

   With the Lost Boys in Southern Sudan

  Nuba-Darfur-South Sudan Table  Obama 2008 Table

It's too little and too late to overcome the bursting housing bubble—Research has estimated that the next recession could increase unemployment by 3.2 million to 5.8 million people, and poverty by 4.7 million to 10.4 million, with at least 4.2 million also losing health insurance. . . . Hard times ahead highlight the need for structural changes such as universal health care and labor law reform. These and a bigger, "green" fiscal stimulus that would reduce carbon emissions should be pushed to the top of the political agenda.Charlotte Observer

Hallmark of a totalitarian state—Before they seize power and establish a world according to their doctrines, totalitarian movements conjure up a lying world of consistency which is more adequate to the needs of the human mind than reality itself; in which, through sheer imagination, uprooted masses can feel at home and are spared the never-ending shocks which real life and real experiences deal to human beings and their expectations. The force possessed by totalitarian propaganda—before the movements have the power to drop iron curtains to prevent anyone's disturbing, by the slightest reality, the gruesome quiet of an entirely imaginary world—lies in its ability to shut the masses off from the real worldHannah Arendt

History in the Making Barack Obama's Speech at First AME Church of Los Angeles (Tananarive Due)







Our Sad State of Democracy  A Portrait of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm  By Scott Kurashige 

Mildred Loving of Loving vs Virginia Dies

By Norman Faria

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to tear down more than 4,600 public housing units in four complexes across the city -- while replacing them with private, mixed-income developments that will set aside only 744 apartments for low-income people. The decision to demolish these public complexes, which suffered only relatively minor damage during Hurricane Katrina, comes as rents across the city have doubled since the storm -- as has the homeless population. The activists are asking concerned citizens across the country to join the actions in New Orleans or to take action at home. According to a statement from Kali Akuno, director of the Stop the Demolition Coalition: What is at stake with the demolition of public housing in New Orleans is more than just the loss of housing units: it destroys any possibility for affordable housing in New Orleans for the foreseeable future. Without access to affordable housing, thousands of working class New Orleanians will be denied their human right to return. Southern Studies  /  Bill Moyers and James Cone (Interview)

Congressional Black Caucus

Grades Plummet on War, "Terror" and Trade Bills

By Leutisha Stills, CBC Monitor

Cancer in the Congressional Black Caucus    /  When NOT to Vote Black (at least in Memphis  ( Glen Ford )  / Reverend Yearwood on YouTube

The Wages of Peace—There is no longer any doubt that the Iraq War is a moral and strategic disaster for the United States. But what has not yet been fully recognized is that it has also been an economic disaster. To date, the government has spent more than $522 billion on the war, with another $70 billion already allocated for 2008. With just the amount of the Iraq budget of 2007, $138 billion, the government could instead have provided Medicaid-level health insurance for all 45 million Americans who are uninsured. What's more, we could have added 30,000 elementary and secondary schoolteachers and built 400 schools in which they could teach. And we could have provided basic home weatherization for about 1.6 million existing homes, reducing energy consumption in these homes by 30 percent. But the economic consequences of Iraq run even deeper than the squandered opportunities for vital public investments. Spending on Iraq is also a job killer. Every $1 billion spent on a combination of education, healthcare, energy conservation and infrastructure investments creates between 50 and 100 percent more jobs than the same money going to Iraq. Taking the 2007 Iraq budget of $138 billion, this means that upward of 1 million jobs were lost because the Bush Administration chose the Iraq sinkhole over public investment. The Nation

Gambia Government's position on the tragedy in Cote D'Ivoire or Ivory Coast

The events in Ivory Coast have vindicated us on our earlier assertion that Western neo- colonialist sponsored agents in Africa that owe allegiance only to themselves and their Western masters are ready to walk on thousands of dead bodies to the Presidency. This is what is happening in Ivory Coast. Africans should not only wake up, but should stand up to the new attempts to re-colonise Africa through so called elections that are organized just to fool the people since the true verdict of the people would not be respected if it does not go in favour of the Western Backed Candidates as has happened in Cote D'Ivoire and elsewhere in Africa. What is really sinister and dangerous about the neo colonialist threat is that they are ready to use brute force, or carry out outrageous massacres to neutralize any form of resistance to the Western selected President as has happened in Cote D'Ivoire. In Ivory Coast, we know the role played by the former Colonial power who, outside of the UN Mandate, first Bombarded the Presidential Palace for Days and eventually stormed it through a tunnel that links the Presidential Palace to one of the residences of their diplomatic representative. . . .Yahya Jammeh 

King Archive at Morehouse—After years at the Sotheby's auction house in New York, a collection of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s papers has come home to Atlanta. The papers had been scheduled for sale last year when an anonymous group ponied up a reported $32 million to buy the roughly 10,000 documents and books. The documents have been entrusted to the library at King's alma mater, Morehouse College. . . The collection features 7,000 papers written by King, including drafts of his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech and his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance address. They also include a 1946 college examination on the Bible, his earliest surviving theological writing, and papers he was working on just before he was killed in 1968. CNN MLK Papers


Martin Luther King Jr. vs The New World Order

By Junious Ricardo Stanton

Obama Wins Super Tuesday: Wins Most States, Wins Most DelegatesObama won majority of delegates (908 to 884,  Time Delegate Count) and majority of states (Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, North Dakota, and Utah), and tied in New Mexico. "It's a choice between going into this election with Republicans and independents already united against us, or going against their nominee with a campaign that has united Americans of all parties, from all backgrounds, from all races, from all religions, around a common purpose," he said. "It's a choice between having a debate with the other party about who has the most experience in Washington, or having one about who is most likely to change Washington, because that's a debate that we can win." WashingtonPost  

Barack Obama Speaks at Dr. King's Church

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: The Great Need of the Hour

Atlanta, GA | January 20, 2008

The Fierce Urgency of Now Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration 2008  (Grace Lee Boggs)

Luis Alvarez. The Power of the Zoot: Youth Culture and Resistance during World War II. (2008).  -- Flamboyant zoot suit culture, with its ties to fashion, jazz and swing music, jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing, unique patterns of speech, and even risqué experimentation with gender and sexuality, captivated the country's youth in the 1940s. The Power of the Zoot is the first book to give national consideration to this famous phenomenon. Providing a new history of youth culture based on rare, in-depth interviews with former zoot-suiters, Luis Alvarez explores race, region, and the politics of culture in urban America during World War II. He argues that Mexican American and African American youths, along with many nisei and white youths, used popular culture to oppose accepted modes of youthful behavior, the dominance of white middle-class norms, and expectations from within their own communities.

"Luis Alvarez has quite simply crafted a magnificent first book--one that tells a national story from African American and Mexican American youth in New York and Los Angeles to Nisei, Filipino, and Euro-American zooters and the wartime race-based violence that erupted in Detroit, Beaumont, and Mobile."--Vicki L. Ruiz, author of From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America

Obama Defeats Clinton in 3-State SweepSenator Barack Obama won the primary in Louisiana (53 % to 39 %) and the caucuses in Nebraska (68% to 32%) and Washington (68% to 31%) on Saturday, defeating his rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as the two scrambled for delegates in their fiercely contested battle for the Democratic nomination. "We won in Louisiana, we won in Nebraska, we won in Washington State," he said. "We won north, we won south, we won in between, and I believe we can win Virginia on Tuesday if you're ready to stand for change." Before today, Clinton held a slight edge over Obama in the delegate count—1,055 to 998—with 2,025 delegates needed to claim the Democratic nomination. . . . Obama stood to pick up as many as 170 delegates tonight. Washington Post


The Big End of the American Economy?

By Richard Lawson

Mortgage Crisis Lesson: Ostentatious Display Ain't Black Power

Obama Close Second in New HampshireWith 91 percent of the electoral precincts reporting, Mrs. Clinton had 39 percent of the vote, Mr. Obama 36 percent, and John Edwards 17 percent. On the Republican side, Mr. McCain had 37 percent, Mr. Romney 32 percent and Mike Huckabee 11 percent. NYTimes

President Robert G. Mugabe's UN Speech

62nd Session New York, 26 September, 2007

Defining Religion: Religion is a search for meaning when you don't have it in this world. So, while they might have controlled the black people physically and politically and economically, they did not control their spirit. That's why the black churches are very powerful forces in the African American community and always has been. Because religion has been that one place where you have an imagination that no one can control. And so, as long as you know that you are a human being and nobody can take that away from you, then God is that reality in your life that enables you to know that. . . . : Even though you're living under the shadow of the lynching tree. Because religion is a spirit that is not defined by what people can do to your body. They can kill your body, but they can't kill your soul. We were always told that. There is a spirit deep in you that nobody can take away from you because it's a creation that God gave to you. Now, if you know you have a humanity that nobody can take away from you, they may lock you up. They may lynch you. But, they don't win. James Cone Bill Moyers Journal

Immigrants of African Descent Should Remember

the Shoulders We Stand On

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

By Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Grace Boggs: Crime Among Our People  Conversation about Religion   Give Detroit Schools a Fresh Start   Organizing Comes Before Mobilizing

Jesse Helms, White Racist –In 1984, when Helms faced his toughest opponent in Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt, the late Bill Peterson, one of the most evenhanded reporters I have ever known, summed up what "some said was the meanest Senate campaign in history." "Racial epithets and standing in school doors are no longer fashionable," Peterson wrote, "but 1984 proved that the ugly politics of race are alive and well. Helms is their master." A year before the election, when public polls showed Helms trailing by 20 points, he launched a Senate filibuster against the bill making the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. a national holiday. Thurmond and the Senate majority were on the other side, but the next poll showed Helms had halved his deficit. All year, Peterson reported, "Helms campaign literature sounded a drumbeat of warnings about black voter-registration drives. . . . On election eve, he accused Hunt of being supported by 'homosexuals, the labor union bosses and the crooks' and said he feared a large 'bloc vote.' What did he mean? 'The black vote,' Helms said." He won, 52 percent to 48 percent. In 1990, locked in a tight race with an African American Democrat, former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, Helms aired a final-week TV ad that showed a pair of white hands crumpling a rejection letter, while an announcer said, "You needed that job and you were the best qualified. But they had to give it to a minority because of a racial quota." Once again, he pulled through. That is not a history to be sanitized. WashingtonPost

   The Dropout Challenge     Food Future Past   Organizing Comes Before Mobilizing   Boggs Center: Going  Beyond Black and White  /

Protesters Pepper Sprayed, Tasered, Arrested

New Orleans Resisting Demolition

By Carl Dix

Destroying Homes for the Holidays in New Orleans

  New Orleans City Council Shuts Down Public Housing Debate (video)  The TRUTH About Christmas (video)

Bill Quigley:

Leaving the Poor Behind Again   New Orleans a Ghost Town  

A Message from New Orleans  Eighteen Months After

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa (12/26 to 1/1)

 (The Nguzo Saba)

Umoja (Unity) / Kujichagulia (Self Determination) / Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) / Ujamma (Cooperative Economics) / Nia (Purpose)

 Kuumba (Creativity) / Imani (Faith)

Obama Wins Iowa --A record outpouring of Democratic voters gave Obama a victory last night with 38 percent support, while John Edwards, with 29.8 percent, barely edged out Clinton, who finished third at 29.5 percent.  Obama's Iowa Win Bolsters Bid for New Hampshire





Harold Washington Remembered—When Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor, died on Nov. 25, 1987, many of us understood that his death marked the passing of a great man. But while we lamented the negative impact of his loss, few of us had any inkling of the vast political vacuum he would leave behind. As time passes, the vacuum expands. Back then, it seemed likely that Washington’s powerful presence could propel the formation of progressive alliances across the country. However, as we grope around in the political darkness he once illuminated, it seems clear that his unique personality was a major reason for his success. . . . Washington’s initial election occurred in 1983, when progressive forces were mired in the gloom of the Reagan administration. He found mayoral success using a formula that was part campaign and part crusade. But Washington was no political neophyte, full of naïve idealism. He had already served many years as a state legislator and a member of Congress, and was well versed in the nuts and bolts of pragmatic politics. Salim Muwakkil

Appeal to African Heads of State   Malcolm X Videos    Another Look at Israel Table   African American Faiths






Books by W.E.B. Du Bois   WEB Du Bois Table

The Suppression of the African Slave Trade  (1896)  / The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (1899) 


The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches (1903)   /  John Brown (1909)  / The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911) 


  Darkwater: Voices Within the Veil (1920)  Gift of Black Folk: The Negroes in the Making of America (1924) 


 Dark Princess: A Romance (1928)  / Black Reconstruction in America (1935) / Black Folk, Then and Now (1939)

Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace (1945)  / The World and Africa: An Inquiry (1947)  / In Battle for Peace (1952)


A Trilogy: The Ordeal of Monsart (1957) Monsart Builds a School (1959) nd Worlds of Color (1961)


An ABC of Color: Selections (1963) / The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois:(1968)

The whole truth about Barack ObamaBarack Obama has repeatedly made it crystal clear that he is pro Zionist, pro the interests of big business corporations over common people, pro widening the US military/industrial complex through increasing the US military and its budget, and last but certainly not least—he is not opposed to using unilateral US military force to insure what he refers to as "US interests" in other parts of the world. . . . Barack Obama's being biologically an African American is absolutely no legitimate reason to discard honest and in-depth coverage of where he really stands and has stood on life and death economic and military matters affecting this nation and the entire world. Blindly supporting the candidacy of Barack Obama is in fact inverse white racism, and there is nothing in the least bit progressive about that. Barack Obama and those who support him need to be asked the hard and tough questions, not "coddled". . . . Putting a biologically Black face on imperialism and empire as if that changes or ameliorates its horrible affects is entirely unacceptable. As a member of the human family, a Black person, and a US citizen, I am deeply disappointed with Democracy Now, but sadly, not surprised.Larry Pinkney

Congressman John Lewis Stands Up Against Iraq War

 "I cannot in good conscience vote for another dollar or another dime to support this war."


The Black Presence in the Bible: A Selected Bibliography

 Compiled by Runoko Rashidi


Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

Maryland Group Looks to Bolster Black Support of Gay Marriage— Maryland Black Family Alliance, an organization unveiled today at Morgan State University in Baltimore that consists primarily of heterosexual African-American leaders who are pledging their support for marriage for same-sex couples. . . . [Elbridge] James, a former political action chairman for the Maryland National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told the Baltimore Examiner in another interview, “We are here to say, ‘No, the black community is not homophobic. Civil rights belong to everyone. We are saying no to those who want to bigot us, divide us.” The group’s organizers hope not only to change the minds of African-Americans in general, but African-American elected officials in particular. "Our voice is very important to this movement,” founding member Lea Gilmore told the Baltimore Sun. “African-Americans, perhaps more than another other group in the U.S., understand discrimination. So we are natural allies in this movement." James said he understands it will be a tough pill for some politicians to swallow at first.  GayWired

In Defence of Humanity—we take a stand against the unrestrained and undemocratic power, which the mainstream media wield with total impunity, as they try to impose their viewpoints and values. These oligopolies only serve to defend the political and economic interests of shareholders, financiers and advertisers. . . . In the words of President Hugo Chávez, we are not fighting against freedom of the press, rather we are re-establishing it. In Defence of Humanity, as a network of networks, underscores the right to information and communication as a fundamental human right. To that end, the illegitimacy of the current system within which media are only serving the powerful must be emphasized. We point out that this has resulted in an incredible, anti-democratic media concentration overwhelmingly controlled by financial capital. The media allies and enemies of the people need to be identified. We denounce all intellectual mercenaries who have sold out their ideas to transnational corporations. We also denounce communication groups and institutions that in the name of a distorted idea of the freedom of expression are serving economic and imperialist structures, such as Reporters Without Borders and the Inter-American Press Association. The Declaration of Cochabamba - In Defence of Humanity—5th Conference of Intellectuals and Artists in Defence of Humanity—May 22nd & 23rd, 2007 in Cochabamba, Bolivia latinlasnet                                                                                            Kwanzaa Candles by Chuck Siler>>>>>

Cynthia McKinney Confronts Corporate Media Malice in Court 

By Glen Ford, BAR executive editor

Rev. T.D. Jakes’ and Mega Churches—Churches are building apartment buildings and a wide range of other businesses. An investigative report last month in the Buffalo News concluded that Black churches in that city “are utilizing resources from government and non-profits to create economic engines.” The Business Journal of Milwaukee headlined this past Friday that African American churches in that area were undergoing “a construction boom.” And the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD) concluded a July conference in Atlanta suggesting “Black churches are an increasing source for partners …in the [hotel] business and cause for progress.” The Black church revenue estimate is based on a 1998 study reported by the Interdenominational Theological Center which found 70,000 Black churches in America with median yearly revenue of $200,000. Assuming only a modest growth in the number of churches and contributions which have at least kept pace with inflation, Black churches at the end of 2006 would have stood at $17.1 billion. The revenue estimate may be an under statement because at the time of the 1998 study, the growth of so-called Black Mega Churches (congregations of 5,000 to 30,000) was just beginning. FreeWebs

A White Person's Meditation on the Jena 6 StudentsI would ask that white people who may be “doubters” on the issue of dropping all the charges, study the situation more, and reflect more on the racism surrounding the issue. I feel strongly that the only proper role for white people in this situation is to either join the demand for all the charges to be dropped, or stand aside while others struggle to do.Of course, as with any injustice labeled as “racism”, someone is going to proclaim that it is not truly based on racism. Race is a hard word to swallow, especially for white people, who unlike most black people in America, can sometimes go for whole days, weeks, months or even years, without having to acknowledge racism. Racism is scary to admit to. And, often hard to prove. Since the Jena 6 students did do something wrong, and since that something included violence, it is easy for white peace activists and progressives to believe that the system is just running its course. It is easy to want to believe that there was no racism, because this time, it might appear the black young men involved actually “deserve” the punishment they are receiving from the criminal justice system.—Kimberly Wilder                                                                                                                    Graphic left (Chuck Siler, "American Necktie")

Bring the Troops Home: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." A Time to Break Silence by Rev. Martin Luther King  4 April 1967 / Securing my homeland (JS)


Rudy I want to know.... 

A Post-Imus Discussion

on Race, Gender, & Corporate Power in America

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mackie Blanton

Books by and About C.L.R James

Minty Allen (a novel, 1936) /  World Revolution, 1917-1936: The Rise and Fall of the Communist International (1937)  / A History of Negro Revolt (1938)

   The Black Jacobins: A Study of Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (1938; 1963)

Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways: Herman Melville and the World We Live In (1953), Party Politics in the West Indies (1962)

 Beyond a Boundary (1963)  / A History of Pan-African Revolt (1995)  / Facing-Reality  (2006)  /  C.L.R. James on the Negro Question  (1996)  /

Marxism-Our-Times-Revolutionary-Organization   (1999)  /  State Capitalism & World Revolution   (1986)  /   Nkrumah and the Ghana Revolution  (1978)

 A Majestic Innings: Writings on Cricket  (2006)  / C.L.R.James: A Life (2001)  /  Beyond Boundaries: C.L.R. James: Theory and Practice (2006)  /

The Letters of C. L. R. James to Constance Webb, 1939-1948  (2007)  / Rethinking Race, Politics and Poetics: C.L.R. James' Critique of Modernity (2007)

Death of the American Republic—In years to come, historians may look back on U.S. press coverage of George W. Bush’s presidency and wonder why there was not a single front-page story announcing one of the most monumental events of mankind’s modern era – the death of the American Republic and the elimination of the “unalienable rights” pledged to “posterity” by the Founders. The historians will, of course, find stories about elements of this extraordinary event—Bush’s denial of habeas corpus rights to a fair trial, his secret prisons, his tolerance of torture, his violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches, his “signing statements” overriding laws, the erosion of constitutional checks and balances. But the historians will scroll through front pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post and every other major newspaper – as well as scan the national network news and the 24-hour cable channels – and find not a single story connecting the dots, explaining the larger picture: the end of a remarkable democratic experiment which started in 1776 and which was phased out sometime in the early 21st century. Robert Parry, Bush's Mafia Whacks the Republic  (

The Tavis Smiley Presidential Forum

 "Showtime At The Apollo!"

By Leutisha Stills, senior correspondent, CBC Monitor

Do Mercenaries Determine War & Peace?: Since the launch of the “global war on terror,” the administration has systematically funneled billions of dollars in public money to corporations like Blackwater USA , DynCorp, Triple Canopy, Erinys and ArmorGroup. They have in turn used their lucrative government pay-outs to build up the infrastructure and reach of private armies so powerful that they rival or outgun some nation’s militaries. “I think it’s extraordinarily dangerous when a nation begins to outsource its monopoly on the use of force and the use of violence in support of its foreign policy or national security objectives,” says veteran U.S. Diplomat Joe Wilson, who served as the last U.S. ambassador to Iraq before the 1991 Gulf War. The billions of dollars being doled out to these companies, Wilson argues, “makes of them a very powerful interest group within the American body politic and an interest group that is in fact armed. And the question will arise at some time: to whom do they owe their loyalty?” Precise data on the extent of U.S. spending on mercenary services is nearly impossible to obtain — by both journalists and elected officials—but some in Congress estimate that up to 40 cents of every tax dollar spent on the war goes to corporate war contractors. At present, the United States spends about $2 billion a week on its Iraq operations. Jeremy Scahill The Mercenary Revolution



 Indelible Images of People of Color Crying Out from Rooftops


Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

Heroes and Hypocrites -- More than two-thirds of the Congressional Black Caucus signed on as members of the Out of Iraq Caucus, but when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic corporate cohorts turned up the fire, all but four melted into the mass of hypocrisy that joined the U.S. war machine while pretending to resist it. The heroes are mostly heroines: Reps. Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Diane Watson, and the only man in the bunch, John Lewis. The collapse of the CBC is not a morality play, but the story of a power play. The lesson: the CBC will not stand up to Power, and is a politically spent force as presently constituted. The same must be said of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, only four of whose non-Black members stuck by their guns. Black Caucus Shattered on Iraq BlackAgendaReport

Freedom's Journal

The First African-American Newspaper

By Jacqueline Bacon

Book Review by Kam Williams

We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party (Mumia Abu-Jamal)

What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation  (South End Press Collective)

Jackson Incident Revives Some Blacks' Concerns About ObamaAndrea, Why Obama decided to tackle in a middle-class church, that which should have been avoided, I do not know. It was not so much "airing dirty laundry." Everybody knows that poverty and incarceration create instability in black households. One does not need to be reminded by a presidential candidate of such internal problems unless there are real solutions in his programs. Moreover, Obama's statements were gender divisive—black women are heroic and black men irresponsible—from a person who claims to be a "unifer." Though I am not a father, my enthusiasm for Obama eroded quickly. His "story" became rather old hat for me. The racist jibes FOX are making on him, I will not come to his defense. Obama thought he had the black vote in his pocket and thus could say anything about blacks and they would enthusiastically continue to support him. Well, he does not know black folk. His advisers miscalculated the backlash from many black men and from many progressives. The win at any cost strategy is a sore spot with me. That he's more concerned with appeasing the gun lobby and hunters in Montana to the neglect of black male sensibilities and the black hardships of those on the margins in urban centers and rural areas troubles me.—Rudy

Luqman -- In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful / The Name of Allah Be Round About UsSeven Last Words of Jesus / Sermon on the Mount

Obama's Community Roots—After a transient youth and an earnest search for identity, Obama also found a home—a community with which he continued relationships, a church and a political identity. He honed his talent for listening, learned pragmatic strategy, practiced bringing varied people together and developed a faith in ordinary citizens that still influences his campaign message. He discovered the importance of personal storytelling in politics (and wrote short stories that refined his style). Later, as a politician, he worked closely with community groups (though not as ardently as another community organizer turned politician, the late Senator Paul Wellstone). As a presidential candidate, he frequently refers to his community organizing, asking supporters to treat his campaign as a social movement in which he is just "an imperfect vessel of your hopes and dreams." David Moberg The Nation

Speeches of Al Sharpton and Barack Obama Wow Democratic National Convention (2004)

Seven-Year-Old Black Child Arrested, Cuffed, Fingerprinted

in Baltimore, a City with a Black Mayor, Sheila Dixon

After the Mayor apologizes for the arrest of Gerard Mungo Jr., City Police arrest Gerard's mom

“If they want war, they’ll have war,” said Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, president of the NAACP Baltimore Chapter outside Central Booking

Gregory Kane, "It's a crime that police arrested dirt-bike kid."  / Black leader calls for Baltimore boycott /

Angry questions confront mayor, police

A Note To Yvonne

Malcolm X Is Dead

Malcolm X Letter to Elijah Muhammad

Harry Belafonte (at 80) on Clinton & Obama Selma Campaign"We are hearing platitudes, not platforms. What do they plan to do for people of color, Mexicans, for people who are imprisoned, black youth? What are their plans for the Katrinas of America?" Seattle PI

Obama on the Moses & Joshua Generations -- Getting his church groove on, Obama dubbed the elders of the civil rights movement - the heroes and heroines of Edmund Pettus Bridge and other struggles - the "Moses Generation" that led the people to the borders the Promised Land. Obama's generation was personified by Joshua, who the Old Testament says picked up the leadership reigns from Moses and conquered Canaan by repeatedly marching his troops around Jericho while commanding the priests to blow their horns. The walls of the city "came tumbling down." Getting those walls to tumble is Black folks' unfinished business, with Obama playing Joshua. But Obama has never blown a bugle or commanded troops or outlined a strategy for victory. It is true that Selma is "home" to every African American, part of the collective legacy. But Obama gained national fame declaring at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, "There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America." Apparently, home is wherever Obama hangs his campaign hat on a given day. Glen Ford , "The Barack and Hillary Show Plays Selma" Black Agenda Report

Books by Eldridge Cleaver: Soul on Ice Post-Prison Writings and Speeches  / Target Zero; A Life in Writing  / Conversation with Eldridge Cleaver

Being Black / Education and Revolution / Eldridge Cleaver  / Eldridge Cleaver Is Free  /

Related files: Cleaver Bio   Retrospective on Soul on Ice By Sharif   Cleaver Speaks to Skip Gates   Tearing the Goats Flesh  /  Ishmael Reed's Preface Maxwell Geismar's "Introduction"  /  Black Panther Platform & Program  /  Daniel Berrigan on Cleaver


Democratic presidential candidates crave the Latino and black vote, but ignore the Drug War’s unfair toll on people of color.—According to a 2006 report by the American Civil Liberties Union, African Americans make up an estimated 15% of drug users, but they account for 37% of those arrested on drug charges, 59% of those convicted and 74% of all drug offenders sentenced to prison. Or consider this: The U.S. has 260,000 people in state prisons on nonviolent drug charges; 183,200 (more than 70%) of them are black or Latino. . . . Unfortunately, a quick search of the top Democratic hopefuls’ websites reveals that not one of them — not Hillary Clinton, not Barack Obama, not John Edwards, not Joe Biden, not Chris Dodd, not Bill Richardson — even mentions the drug war, let alone offers any solutions. . . . Obama has written eloquently about his own struggle with drugs but has not addressed the tragic effect the war on drugs is having on African American communities. As for Clinton . . .she has ignored the suffering of poor, black women right in her own backyard. Arianna Huffington Common Dreams

Black Power "America, We Have Found You Out"     A Tribute to Kwame Toure/Stokely Carmichael

Black Power, A Critique of the System 

Of International White Supremacy & International Capitalism

By Stokely Carmichael

Black America's leadership structures are in disarray. Such was evident and, in various ways, widely acknowledged at media entrepreneur Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Union event, held this past weekend at Hampton University, in Virginia. The forum has evolved into an annual substitute for genuine politics in a Black polity that is bereft of institutions of accountability. By default, Tavis fills the void with his road shows and media exhibitions. But Mr. Smiley is not the problem: he is simply a businessman, who sees a hole in the market where a movement used to be. . . .

Tavis Smiley's fortunes have risen in direct proportion to the decline of Black leadership, which today is largely a gaggle of media-dependent personalities and elected officials contemptuous of their own constituents. No amount of showmanship can conceal the vast, empty space that separates the people and those who claim to speak for them. The entire Black leadership class must be made to apply for renewal of their lapsed credentials. We are tired of "Black Faces in High Places."  A Black Leader should be a Black Leader, and not just "Leading Blacks" to their doom Leutisha Stills, Black Leaders...or Leading Blacks?"  Black Agenda Report

President Robert G. Mugabe's UN Speech

62nd Session New York, 26 September, 2007

 Will George Bush Be Impeached   / Just Another Dead Nigger!  / Cynthia McKinney Confronts Corporate Media  / Time To Impeach Bush 

The Origin of Violence in Virginia: A Brief History  /  Staying Alive for the New Struggle  / Killens and the Black Man's Burden

Juneteenth and the Emancipation of Whom: Niggers or Enslaved Africans?  / Psychology of Black Oppression /  Market for Ni$$as

Political Essays -- Past & Present

Communism as Russian Imperialism  /  Responsibility of a Pan-African Socialist Control, Conflict, and Change   /  Nonwhite Manhood in America 

From Parks to Marxism: A Political Evolution The Political Thought of James Forman   / Need  for a 21st Century American Philosophy

Climbing Malcolm's Ladder  /  Violence, Truth and Black History  / Kwame Nkrumah, Kenyatta, and the Old Order  /  Osagyefo on African Renaissance

The Fourth World and the Marxists /  Letters from Young Activists  /  Lessons from France  / Paris Is Burning   /"The Pyres of Autumn"  / Responses to Jean Baudrillard  

The Fourth World: In the Belly of the Beast  /   Black Middle Class &  Political Party of the Poor   / New Orleans: The American Nightmare

 The Fourth World: A New Political Perspective Sharif Table 

The Fourth World: In the Belly of the Beast   /  Big Easy Blues  / New Orleans: The American Nightmare  

Black Middle Class and a Party for the Poor  / The Fourth World and the Marxists  / The Day the Devil Has Won    

  Afro-America and The Fourth World  / Dark Child of the Fourth World  

 On the Fourth World: Black Power, Black Panthers, and White Allies

George Bush, Big Oil, Andy Young, and the Pentagon The Pentagon does not admit that a ring of permanent US military bases is operating or under construction throughout Africa.  But nobody doubts the American military buildup on the African continent is well underway.  From oil rich northern Angola up to Nigeria, from the Gulf of Guinea to Morocco and Algeria, from the Horn of Africa down to Kenya and Uganda, and over the pipeline routes from Chad to Cameroon in the west, and from Sudan to the Red Sea in the east, US admirals and generals have been landing and taking off, meeting with local officials.  They've conducted feasibility studies, concluded secret agreements, and spent billions from their secret budgets.  Their new bases are not bases at all, according to US military officials.  They are instead "forward staging depots", and "seaborne truck stops" for the equipment which American land forces need to operate on the African continent.  They are "protected anchorages" and offshore "lily pads"  from which they intend to fight the next round of oil and resource wars, and lock down Africa's oil and mineral wealth for decades to come. Bruce Dixon, "Africa: Where the Next US Oil Wars Will Be." Black Agenda Report

Funerals & Preaching -- Passed On   Press Release    Other Reviews    Memorial to Family Business   Response to Questions    Funeral Sermon, Virginia Style

Playing Policy, One Sumptuous Meal  //  Passed On: African American Mourning Stories



Commonwealth of Virginia Expresses  Profound Regret

for Slavery and Other Historic Wrongs

Rooted in Racial and Cultural Bias and Misunderstanding

Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

Lessons from France  Tram Nguyen Interviews Brima Conteh /  Tram Nguyen, We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant America

Bush and Cheney got their oily cake -- On Monday, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's cabinet in Baghdad approved the draft of the new Iraqi oil law. The government regards it as "a major national project". The key point of the law is that Iraq's immense oil wealth (115 billion barrels of proven reserves, third in the world after Saudi Arabia and Iran) will be under the iron rule of a fuzzy "Federal Oil and Gas Council" boasting "a panel of oil experts from inside and outside Iraq". That is, nothing less than predominantly US Big Oil executives.

The law represents no less than institutionalized raping and pillaging of Iraq's oil wealth. It represents the death knell of nationalized (from 1972 to 1975) Iraqi resources, now replaced by production sharing agreements (PSAs) - which translate into savage privatization and monster profit rates of up to 75% for (basically US) Big Oil. Sixty-five of Iraq's roughly 80 oilfields already known will be offered for Big Oil to exploit. As if this were not enough, the law reduces in practice the role of Baghdad to a minimum. Oil wealth, in theory, will be distributed directly to Kurds in the north, Shi'ites in the south and Sunnis in the center. For all practical purposes, Iraq will be partitioned into three statelets. Most of the country's reserves are in the Shi'ite-dominated south, while the Kurdish north holds the best prospects for future drilling.
-- Pepe Escobar "US's Iraq oil grab is a done deal."  Asia Times

 The Achievements of Elijah Muhammad

 Message to the Blackman in America (1997)  /  How to Eat to Live, Book 1 (1997)  / How to Eat to Live, Book 2 (1997)

Yakub: The Father of Mankind  (2002)  / The True history of Master Fard  Muhammad  (1997)

The History of Jesus' Bith, Death and What It Means to You and Me (1996) / The Secrets of Freemasonry  (1997)

The Theology of Time (The Secrets of Time) (2004) / The Mother Plane  (1996)

  Black Christ    The Black Nazarene     Black Christ in Flesh    Black Christ Poem     The Black Christ by Don L. Lee    The Black Christ Theology 

Black Christ in Flesh  Black Christ Worship   Black Jesus Has Nothing But Affection   Seven Last Words of Jesus


Give Me This Mountain

 C. L. Franklin, Life History and Selected Sermons

Edited by Jeff Todd Titon

Sermonic Closings  Doubting Thomas  Funeralizing Mahalia 

Race in Cuba—Despite the grim visuals, in other words, some crucial things worked for them. It struck me that in the U.S., blacks often have great visuals - a nice car, clothes - but the crucial things are still missing. Cuba struggles, but with a payoff and with a sense that everyone struggles together. In the U.S., for all our talk of diversity, we struggle apart. And blacks struggle apart most of all. Yet color does matter here; a common history of slavery assures that. Digna Castañeda, a diminutive, decidedly black woman who teaches history at the University of Havana, said both countries have the infamous one-drop rule, though it is differently applied. "In the U.S., one drop of black blood makes you black," she explained. "But here in Cuba, it's the reverse - one drop of white blood makes you white." Which is to say, people with any bit of black ancestry like to identify themselves as white or mulatto, not black. This color aversion is awfully familiar to me. But Cuba's law is that there is no institutional racism. It is officially and culturally a mestizo nation. Erin Aubry Kaplan, A Black American in Cuba

Books on -- A Theology of Obligation: The Poor & Oppressed in the Pentateuch

Option for the Poor: Challenge to the Rich Countries (1986) / The Preferential Option for the Poor (1988)   /   Salvation and Liberation (1984)

Good News to the Poor: The Challenge of the Poor in History of the Church (1979) /

 Towards a Church of the Poor: The Work of an Ecumenical Group on the Church and the Poor (1981)

Champions of the Poor: The Economic Consequences of Judeo-Christian Values (1998)

The Social Vision of the Hebrew Bible: A Theological Introduction  (2001)  Bible of the Oppressed (1982)


Kil Ja Kim:  The Image of the Black Criminal    Asian America’s Response to Shaquille O’Neal  Bought Colored Kids To White Women Who Think  Black Immigrants Deported  White Anti Racists Open Letter

Arizona gov. signs bill targeting ethnic studiesThe measure signed Tuesday prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group.The Tucson Unified School District program offers specialized courses in African-American, Mexican-American and Native-American studies that focus on history and literature and include information about the influence of a particular ethnic group. For example, in the Mexican-American Studies program, an American history course explores the role of Hispanics in the Vietnam War, and a literature course emphasizes Latino authors. Horne, a Republican running for attorney general, said the program promotes "ethnic chauvinism" and racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race. He's been trying to restrict it ever since he learned that Hispanic civil rights activist Dolores Huerta told students in 2006 that "Republicans hate Latinos."YahooNews

"Recognizing Israel" or any other state is a formal legal and diplomatic act by one state with respect to another state. It is inappropriate – indeed, nonsensical – to talk about a political party or movement extending diplomatic recognition to a state. To talk of Hamas "recognizing Israel" is simply to use sloppy, confusing, and deceptive shorthand for the real demand being made of the Palestinians.  .  .  . What Israel, within what borders, is involved? Is it the 55 percent of historical Palestine recommended for a Jewish state by the UN General Assembly in 1947? The 78 percent of historical Palestine occupied by the Zionist movement in 1948 and now viewed by most of the world as "Israel" or "Israel proper"? The 100 percent of historical Palestine occupied by Israel since June 1967 and shown as "Israel" (without any "Green Line") on maps in Israeli schoolbooks? Israel has never defined its own borders, since doing so would necessarily place limits on them. Still, if this were all that was being demanded of Hamas, it might be possible for the ruling political party to acknowledge, as a fact of life, that a state of Israel exists today within some specified borders. Indeed, Hamas leadership has effectively done so in recent weeks.  John V. Whitbeck. "What 'Israel's right to exist' means to Palestinians." CS Monitor

Why Black Radical Politics Has Failed

Stirrings in the Jug

 Black Politics in the Post-Segregation Era

By Adolph Reed Jr.

Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

Black America's Real Issue with Barack Obama --Both Barack Obama's Republican opponents and the centrist Democrats who support his presidential candidacy agree on one thing. They all agree that black opinion on the senator is both uninformed and irrelevant. To hear the mainstream media, black dissatisfaction with Senator Obama is all about his black African father, his white American mother, his light complexion and his Columbia and Harvard Law degrees. The day after Rush Limbaugh called the senator a "half-frican" on the air, the term was in the mouths of ignorant black talk show hosts in multiple cities. Black America was then admonished and chided by white Republicans and Democrats of all colors for not embracing Senator Obama based on some foolish standard of black authenticity. This is a racist calumny and slur of the first magnitude against all of black America. Our people have never rejected leading figures because of light complexions, immigrant parents or advanced degrees. Bruce Dixon Black Agenda Report

Funeral Sermon, Virginia Style  Karla FC Holloway: Passed On   Press Release    Other Reviews    Memorial to Family Business   Response to Questions 


Prayer Tradition of Black People

By Harold A. Carter

 Black Prayer 1 Black Prayer 2   Black Prayer 3  A  Prayer by Martin Luther King

Howard Zinn on The Uses of History and the War on Terrorism "Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war? But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy. The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. All you have to do is tell them they're being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism. It works the same way in any country." Hermann Göring, second in command to Adolf Hitler


Blackout 2 November 2007

Don't Spend ANY money Show a sign of solidarity

The road to justice in Jena Or Jena, Take Those Nooses DownLetter from Color Of Change

50 Shots & Michael Richards: Racism Was The Vitriol Lurking Under The Surface -- If only we were less concerned with being labeled 'a racist', and more concerned about the systemic and institutional damage inflicted on people of color on a daily basis. Maybe then we could transform our outrage and indignation of overt bigotry and violence into something meaningful. Perhaps even something that would prevent innocent young men from dying at the hands of those sworn to protect usALL of us. Molly Secours, The Black Commentator, November 30, 2006

Greg Palast Interviews

Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela


Global News: PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

Chavez related  files: Hugo Chávez Interview  Speech by President Chávez     The Venezuela Connection  Black and Indian Power  The Venezuelan Revolution


Atlanta Exposition Address

By Booker T. Washington

On 18 September 1895, 111 years ago, Booker T. Washington, a Negro spokesman supported by both Northern and Southern white leaders, spoke before a predominantly white audience at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta. For Houston Baker, this ten-minute speech inaugurated "Afro-American modernism." --Houston A. Baker, Jr., Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance (1987), pp. 8-9; 15.

Post-Katrina Political Discussions: Revolutionary Suicide   Defection of Eldridge Cleaver  Political Movements, White Issues  Corporate Colony, Civic Virtue       Empowerment Temples & Ideological Orchestrators  Conversations with Miriam and Wilson   The Acklyn Model Not Sufficient    Egalitarian Slaveowners    

Love Should Deflect Contentment 

Lebanese Sunnis and Shiites are increasingly afraid of each other: The Bush Administration is allocating $220 million to provide training and equipment—including small arms, ammunition and Humvees—to the Lebanese Army. . . . Most troubling to Shiites is that the United States has set aside another $60 million to fund the Internal Security Force, a branch whose size has been nearly doubled to 24,000 troops by Siniora's government since it came to power. The ISF has been filled with several thousand Sunni recruits, raising concerns among Shiites that it is intended as a counterweight to Hezbollah. . . . This funding is being perceived as a US effort to arm Sunnis against Shiites. In recent weeks, Hezbollah's TV station, Al Manar, has frequently aired footage of US military planes at Beirut airport. The announcer asks, in an ominous tone, "What are these planes doing in Beirut?" He then notes that airport and government officials refused to comment. "The ISF has been filled with Hariri's people. It has become a militia of sorts," says Saad-Ghorayeb. "It's dangerous for the US to be seen as arming one faction against another." 

Mohamad Bazzi. “Blowback in Lebanon.”The Nation  /  Muhammad's Sword By Uri Avnery / The Pope Weighs-In on Islam

Remembering Malcolm


Appeal to African Heads of State

Speech by Malcolm X

Chairman, Organization of Afro-American Unity

Feb. 21, 2006--Malcolm X was gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem  / Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

 The 10 Biggest Myths About Black History                               The Propaganda of History (Du Bois)

Du Bois Chronology         Jacob and Esau         DuBois' Credo or Affirmation of Faith

 Black Power & the Black Church

 Is God a White Racist Assessing Black Theology  Contextual Theology  Dialogue on Black Theology  The Black Religious Crisis  Interview with Howard Thurman

 Howard Thurman   The Black Christ    Pan-Africanism and the Black Church  Negro Spirituals and American Culture  Negro Spirituals and American Culture 

The Spiritual and the Blues     Mahalia Jackson     The Second Time Around     God of the Oppressed   Du Bois Negro Church  Turner-Cone Theology Index  

 Religion & Politics   Fifty Influential Figures   Sermon on the Mount   Seven Last Words of Jesus 

The Negro Church by Dietrich Bonhoeffer


The 10 Biggest Myths About Black History  (Bennett)  The Propaganda of History (Du Bois)

Why Most Black Men Don't Go To Church -- The average US worship service draws an adult crowd that's 61 percent female and 39 percent male. (This compares to 53-47 percent in 1952). About 90 percent of the boys who are raised in church abandon it during their teens and twenties. . . . This Sunday in America, six million married women will worship without their husbands. That's one out of five. Most churchgoing guys are "lifers" who grew up in church. Men are the hardest group to reach. Less than 10 percent of churches can maintain a thriving men's ministry. More than 90 percent of American men believe in God, and five out of six call themselves Christians. But only two out of six attend church on a given Sunday. The average man accepts the reality of Jesus Christ, but fails to see any value in going to church. . . . churches around the world are short on men. No other major religion suffers such a large, chronic shortage of males.  In the Islamic world men are publicly and unashamedly religious-often more so than women. Of the world's great religions, only Christianity has a consistent, nagging shortage of male practitioners. Other have added: belief that many are pimps in the pulpit. Christianity is a white man's religion and the feminization of Christianity. Church for Men


 Editorial Correspondence

 Demythologizing Huey Newton

By Cornish Rogers

Conversations with Kind Friend  Revolutionary Suicide: The Way of Liberation  The Defection of Eldridge Cleaver

The Black Experience in America is Unique  /   The Fact of Blackness (1952) By Frantz Fanon  / Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

Out of the Shadows by Edwidge Danticat  / The Dew Breaker (Interview)

Thinking for Ourselves: Just because a government claims that its actions are justified and  legal does not absolve  each of us from the responsibility of deciding for ourselves if these policies are right.  Even if a government  justifies war, torture, death, attacks on civilians and the destruction of human rights, everyone of us has  the responsibility to either accept or reject these actions based on our  own moral and ethical convictions.  “Lessons from WWII” by Shea Howell. Michigan Citizen, Sep. 10-16, 2006


New Work by Imamu Amiri Baraka

(Black World, May 1973)

Fanon and the Concept of Colonial Violence

By Robert C. Smith

 the visibility trigger/a poem for kwame nkrumah by Edward Brathwaite

America's Crisis of Values   A Call for Transformation By Marian Wright Edelman  / Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

May 20 March  Mobilize for Immigrant Rights

Latino Immigrants, Jobs, and Civil Rights

Amy Goodman Interviews Sheila Jackson Lee

Old Civil Rights Groups Missing-in-Action by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Gulf Coast Evacuees Have the Right to Return and the Right to an Open, Free and Fair Election

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bill Cosby, Bishop Paul Morton, former Louisiana AFL-CIO President Sibal Holt, State Senator Cleo Fields, and scores of political, religious, and labor leaders, entertainers, and thousands of citizens will march and rally in New Orleans on Saturday April 1st to demand the right to return and rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region, and the right to an open, free and fair election on April 22 where all have equal access to the ballot.


New Orleanian Henry Austan 

Recalls Bogalusa's Deacons for Defense & Justice

By Jonathan Tilove

"We must do the right thing and not  worry about success - because if we do not do the right thing we will be part of the problem, not part of the solution" - EF Schumacher

Racist Extremists in U.S. Military--Under pressure to meet wartime manpower goals, U.S. military officials have relaxed standards designed to weed out racist extremists, with the result that large numbers of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads and other white supremacists are now learning the art of warfare in the armed forces . . . A military investigator is quoted in the report as saying, "We've got Aryan Nations graffiti in Baghdad. That's a problem." Southern Poverty Law Center 

Archdiocese Stuns Oldest African-American Parish with Closure

Archbishop Removes Beloved Black Priest Rev. Jerome LeDoux, DWM

from St. Augustine Parish, New Orleans Black Catholic Church

Remembering Coretta Scott King  (27 April 1927-30 January 2006) &  Coretta, Coretta   by Rudolph Lewis

Bush 2001 Tax Cuts Have Failed Job Quality & Security Have Declined

 Fair Economy       And Now the South Rules the North        People of Color Less Likely to Own Cars 

Response to the President's Speech--America is acting like a colonial power in Iraq. But the age of colonialism is over. Waging a colonial war in the post-colonial age is self-defeating. That is the fatal flaw of Bush's policy. Zbigniew Brzezinski. “Five Flaws in the President's Plan.” Washington Post (2006)


Rules for Radicals

A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals

By Saul D. Alinsky

White Nationalism, Black Interests

White Privilege Shapes the U.S.

Myths of Low-Wage Workers -- 30 million Voters 

Black Students at Howard Protest Laura Bush 

Hampton U Students Protest  Against American Policies At Home & Abroad HU Administration Threatens Expulsion

Corporate Plantation: Political Repression and the Hampton Model

War Hawk John Murtha Receives ChickenBones -- Courage Medal of the Month

The war in Iraq is not going as advertised.  It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion.  The American public is way ahead of us.   The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction.  Our military is suffering.  The future of our country is at risk.  We cannot continue on the present course.   It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interest of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf Region. 

The Honorable John P. Murtha, War in Iraq. 11/17/05 


A Review of Brian Johnson’s  Du Bois on Reform (2005)

Du Bois & Civil Religion

Social Role of Black Journalism

By Rudolph Lewis

DuBois' Credo or Affirmation of Faith

Du Bois Chronology

Jacob and Esau 

Books on Religion

Katherine Clay Bassard, Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, gender, and community in Early African American Writings (Review)

Brian K. Blount, Cultural Interpretations: Reorienting New Testament Criticism  ( Review)

Brian K. Blount, Then the Whisper Put on Flesh: New Testament Ethics an African American Context (Review)

Freddie C. Colston, ed.,  Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Speaks: Representative Speeches of a Great American Orator (Review) (Contents )

James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation (Review) / James H. Cone, God of the Oppressed (Review)  

James H. Cone, The Spiritual and the Blues: An Interpretation (Review)

Miguel A. De La Torre, The Quest for the Cuban Christ: A Historical Sketch  (ReviewTable of Contents  Foreword  Ajiaco Christianity

Miguel A. De La Torre, Santeria: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Review

Charles R. Foster & Fred Smith, Black Religious Experience: Conversations on Double Consciousness and the Work of Grant Shockle (Review)  Shockley Vita

Justo L. Gonzalez, Manana: Christian Theology from a Hispanic Perspective  (Review)

Robert E. Hood, Begrimed and Black: Color Prejudice and the Religious Roots of Racism (Review) Biblio for B and B Intro Contents of B and B   Daedalus Contents  Daedalus Preface  Daedalus Contributors

Stephen Haynes, Noah's Curse The Biblical Justification for Slavery in America   (Review)

Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Soul Pearls: Worship Resources for the Black Church (ReviewContents

Anthony B. Pinn,  Fortress Introduction to Black Church History (Review)

Anthony B. Pinn, By These Hands: A Documentary History of African American Humanism  (Review)

Anthony B. Pinn, Moral Evil and Redemption Suffering: A History of Theodicy in African-American Religious Thought  (Review)


Stories from the Folk 

A Funeral Sermon Virginia-Style

Playing Policy, One Sumptuous Meal

More on Darfur:  What Can We Learn from Darfur?   Blood, Ink, and Oil  / President Omar al-Beshir Counter-Insurgency on the Cheap  /  Eric Reeves on Sudan

Threatened With Arrest

Black Students Protest Laura Bush 

Howard University Protesters Refuse to Back Down

The national tragedy unfolding in the Gulf Coastespecially New Orleansmust be addressed as an indicator of the systemic degradation of democracy and justice that is at the root of educational inequity. Dr. Joyce King, ed. Black Education (2005)

Report on New Orleans (3 October 2006): Going through the Lower 9 was just devastating. My family migrated to California from Louisiana via Texas and Oklahoma. The community was a transplanted community of working people—with skills even if they also worked the fields—with the skills needed for that kind of work. They built houses like those that the poorest folks lived in in the Lower 9—not brick homes—which still stand—somewhat, but wooden structures with a cement front porch. That was the house I grew up in—my grandmother's house.

These are the houses that washed away—blocks and blocks—no house, just a porch or crumbs of a foundation. No sidewalks—like the neighborhood of my youth. It was like having my own childhood—all the people, all the memories—all the heritage—just washed away. As if we are supposed to just forget that we were ever there, here. Yet in Gentilly, and off Canal, one at least hears the sound of rebuilding, hammers, saws, and movement.  In the Lower 9 everything is still—dead. Not even dogs walking. Yet every home had a life, people, families, history and a future. That was then. Dr. Joyce King Black Education (2005) 

Paris Is Burning

Or Repression of the "Fourth World"

Commentary by Blogger Rachel Sullivan

Duke Ellington and John Coltrane—In a Sentimental Mood / John Coltrane—My One and Only Love

Lynching in America—Crucifixion and lynchings are symbols. They are symbols of the power of domination. They are symbols of the destruction of people's humanity. With black people being 12 percent of the US population and nearly 50 percent of the prison population, that's lynching. It's a legal lynching. So, there are a lot of ways to lynch a people than just hanging 'em on the tree. A lynching is trying to control the population. It is striking terror in the population so as to control it. That's what the ghetto does. It crams people into living spaces where they will self destruct, kill each other, fight each other, shoot each other because they have no place to breathe, no place for recreation, no place for an articulation and expression of their humanity. So, it becomes a way, a metaphor for lynching, if lynching is understood and as one group forcing a kind of inhumanity upon another group. James Cone   Bill Moyers Interviews James Cone  /  Eric Dyson on Bill Cosby (video)

America Is on Fire and Crumbling

By Bill Goodin

Bill Goodwin, an impasssioned activist, poet, and author speaks out against corruption in the government and religious institutions. He sounds the alarm for church leaders, politicians, prisoners and racists, warning of America's crumbling in the blazes of sin. Goodin has written this powerful warning to the world and its people. he is author of the books, It Is Now Time, Breaking the Politics Chains, and Before I Die.

Politics of the Mass or Politics of the Wealthy: [W]e must recognize that there is a 21st century struggle underway to define the direction of Black America and the character of Black politics. This struggle is particularly fueled by which class within Black America gets the chance to set the direction. Will it be the wealthy who were among the main beneficiaries of the Black Freedom struggle, many of who now seem to believe that the door is wide open to accumulating more and more wealth, or will it be the Black worker who has been disproportionately hurt by the economic restructuring, war, and cut backs that the Republicans-and in many cases centrist Democrats-have championed? There will be no room for observers in this fight. Bill Fletcher, Jr. “Reconsidering ‘Black Politics’" Black Commentator


     Sitting ducks at the superdome    It Ain't About Race

Poems by Claire Carew


    Katrina New Orleans Flood Index 

Sonia Sanchez and Ten Grandmothers Acquitted of 'Defiant Trespassing'  by Jamie Walker

Cecil Elementary's Black History Month

Rosa Parks

2/4/1913 -10/24/2005

 ~A civilized society distinguishes itself by how fairly it treats its constituents~ -mb

What Consolation Is Christ to Suffering?   / The Transfiguration of the Holy Spirit /   A Eucharist: Blood on the Corn


The King And His Mighty Libido

By Uche Nworah

Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

Cataclysmic Katrina (M. Quinn)

  Katrina New Orleans Flood Index 


Parameters of a Black Political Party

PACs for the Poor -- Government Preserves Inequality

Socialism, Youth & Lack of Political Activism

Conversation with Sharif, Yvonne, Louis, Miriam, Wilson, Floyd, John, Ben

The Eternal Linkage of Literature and Society  Conversations with Kind Friends

Defining Religion, Describing Religious Practice A Conversation with Wilson and Jeannette

 Death of the Black Church  Conversations with Kind Friends  Feel-Good Giving & Capital

Control, Conflict, and Change

The Underlying Concepts of the Black Manifesto

By James Forman, Chairman, United Black Appeal

Reparations as a Tactic of Black Liberation

Or Loosening the Social Controls on Blacks

The Political Thought of James Forman    /  Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

   Climbing Malcolm's Ladder  / Communism as Russian Imperialism  /  Judgment Day and Nobody Cares by Njai Kamau

The Fire Now  Field Nigger Power takes over the black movement by Eldridge Cleaver 

A reassessment of national black leadership has been in order since the assassination of Malcolm X. -- Eldridge Cleaver

Political Movements, White Issues We Must Say No to Electoral Politics

Or the Need for a Black Independent Political Party Conversations with Rodney, Miriam, Brisbane, Jeannette, Ben

Katrina New Orleans Flood Index  Corporate Colony, Civic Virtue  / Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

I Have A Dream By Martin Luther King

Commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington by Lil Joe

George H. White & Ida B. Wells Lynching Index 

The First Waco Horror - The Lynching of Jesse Washington   The Lynching Resolution



The Paradoxes of Liberation

Toussaint’s Isle of Hispaniola

By J. Brown, M.D.

NATO or the UN Supporting the Interests of Capital by Connie White


Imam Khomeini, Poet as Legislator

The Sea of Non-Existence   The Ravishing of Lovers

The Invalid Opens His Eyes  The Assembly of the Libertines

Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

MAAT: Our New Social Policy  by Ata Omom / The Family of Cow Tom

Our Shared and Incomparable Sorrow

The Holocaust, Slavery and Future Relations between  the African-American  and Jewish Community

By G David Schwartz

Black and Indian Power The Meaning of Hugo Chávez by William Loren Katz

Speech by President Hugo Chávez  / Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

Articles by Amin Sharif


Black Man Descending: On Mike Tyson

On J. A. Rogers' "Hitler and the Negro"     In Praise of Langston Hughes  

Resurrection in Mississippi (poem for Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner)


Of Men, Beast, Ancestors, and Nature by Marvin X              Tsunami Poem by Jeannette Drake 

Report on Tsunami Relief by Pastor Pilli Ravindra Babu 

Marvin X Table   P Ravimdra Babu    Give Peace a Chance  by Jeannette Drake  / Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

The Fight for Freedom Still Needs Freedom Fighters by Marvin L. ‘Doc’ Cheatham, Sr. 7th President NAACP Baltimore City Branch

Boof Speaks About Sudan on Israeli Radio  Boof Banned in Anacostia

  A Hymn to Kola Boof  The African World  Nkrumah-Lumumba-Nyerere Index


A Seminarian’s Religious Journey to Ghana

Identity & Difference in Christian Perspectives

By Jennifer McGill

Give God the Glory   Making It Through Your Wilderness    Vashti Murphy McKenzie

WWMLKD  What Would Martin Luther King Do? by Mara Voukydis

The State of the Dream  Press Release from United for a Fair Economy  / Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts


From Parks to Marxism

 A Political Evolution

By Amiri Baraka

The Christianity-base movement cut no ice with urban northerners like Baraka.

Ron Artest Ain’t the Problem! A Revolutionary Take on “Fight Night in the NBA”  by Carl Dix   Another Stolen Election? 

No Marriage Between Black  Ministers and Queer Community by Irene Monroe

Santeria: The Beliefs and Rituals 

of a Growing Religion in America

by Miguel A. De La Torre

Joe Williams III:    American Politics: The Big Lie!    Haiti, America, and the World  / Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

The Annual Founder's Kwanzaa Message 2004  

Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles  Creating and Practicing Good in the World

Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of Kwanzaa


The Adventures of 

the Black Girl in Her Search for God


Tending One’s Own Garden  /  Global News:PoliticsLiterature & the Arts

Presidential Election Commentary   Connecting the Dots: Michael Moore  by Kenyon Farrow and Kil Ja Kim

Payback for Bush by J.B. Borders  --  Another Stolen Election?  by Carl Dix

Bush was Being Honest by Kil Ja Kim --   River Come Down!  by John Maxwell


Al Sharpton and Barack Obama Wow Democratic National Convention

Two Scholars Discuss Afrocentrism as A Racial Ideology: History & Ethics

Wilson Jeremiah Moses & Cane Hope Felder



George H. White & Ida B. Wells

Lynching Index

The First Waco Horror - The Lynching of Jesse Washington

" Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall" Psalm 55:22

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson on Jena—Thus far Republicans have been campaigning as if all America was a white suburb. . . . .  But the Democratic nominees should not simply assume that they can inherit minority votes. They have to earn them. Standing up for justice and against this kind of hatred is an essential measure of leadership. . . . Jena is a biopsy of the cancer of the criminal justice system. . . . The right-wing backlash is taking away our rights, our votes – and making a profit. . . . Jena is not just Jena; there is a Jena everywhere. . . .  This is not the start of a new civil rights movement – it is an extension of it. The battle with Jena is not over. Jena must inspire us to go back home and fight the criminal justice system.   Nuking, Westerns, and White Manliness


On the Courthouse Lawn

Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twentieth-First Century

By Sherrilyn A. Hill

  Sherrilyn A. Hill,  On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twentieth-First Century  (Review)

" Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall" Psalm 55:22


Why Fascism When They Have White Supremacy?

By Jonathan Scott


American Fascism

Tracy Chapman: Baby Can I Hold You Tonight  /  Talkin bout a revolution  / Give me one reason  / Crossroad / New Beginning

Strange Fruit Anniversary of a Lynching

August 7, 1930

Eighty years ago, two young African-American men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, were lynched in the town center of Marion, Indiana. . . .  Local photographer Lawrence Beitler took what would become the most iconic photograph of lynching in America. The photograph shows two bodies hanging from a tree surrounded by a crowd of ordinary citizens, including women and children. Thousands of copies were made and sold. The photograph helped inspire the poem and song Strange Fruit written by Abel Meeropol—and performed around the world by Billie Holiday.

But there was a third person, 16-year-old James Cameron, who narrowly survived the lynching

"After 15 or 20 minutes of having their pictures taken and everything, they came back to get me. . .  And I looked over to the faces of the people as they were beating me along the way to the tree. I was pleading for some kind of mercy, looking for a kind face. But I could find none. . . . And that's when I prayed to God. I said, 'Lord have mercy, forgive me my sins.' I was ready to die." NPR    NPR Transcript


Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery

Frustration with being regarded as "a marginal voice" often encourages clergy to embrace the language of the modern state. Preachers begin to talk like politicians, and while gaining some credibility as political power brokers, in the process they tend to lose the prophetic edge that they could and should bring to the political debate and to the process of imagining a better society.

This is a temptation to which Dr. King never yielded. He consistently employed theological concepts and language to challenge the modern state to be more just and inclusive. He opined on practical and concrete political matters, but only insofar as they were outgrowths of the theological and ethical principles he espoused.

It is humbling, hopeful, and empowering to consider that preachers, church women, and Sunday school children led a revolution in our lifetime. They marched, prayed, voted, and challenged the nation to, in the words of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., "conform America's political reality to her political rhetoric." They have passed the baton to us.  -- Robert M. Franklin, "Awesome Music, Great Preaching, and Revolutionary Action: The Mind of Martin Luther King, Jr.," The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, XXIII (2), 2003.


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    Asian America’s Response to Shaquille O’Neal

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     Connecting the Dots: Michael Moore

     Image of the Black Criminal

     On Political Struggle   

     Question From the Inside Does Asian American + POC = Anti-Black?

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     Addendum: An Apologia


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Lil Joe  Lil Joe Bio  Lil Joe Index


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The Second Time Around

By Elisabeth Evans

Black Jesus of the garbage cans,

Memphis Moor swinging from a tree,

Come down and cut the cards for me.

Play it straight!

Show your hands!


Black Jesus of the motorbus,

Knee-deep in Alabama clay,

Come back and chase the rain away.

Throw the sun!

Make a fuss! (More)

  Sermon on the Mount

DuBois' Credo or Affirmation of Faith

New York -- October 6, 1904

I believe in the Prince of Peace. I believe that War is Murder. I believe that armies and navies are at bottom the tinsel and braggadocio of oppression and wrong; and I believe that the wicked conquest of weaker and darker nations by nations white and stronger but foreshadows the death of that strength.

-- W.E.B. Du Bois


              By Lorraine Hansberry

I can hear Rosalee
See the eyes of Willie McGee
My mother told me about
My mother told me about
The dark nights
And dirt roads
And torch lights
And lynch robes

faces of men
Laughing white
Faces of men
Dead in the night
sorrow night
and a
sorrow night


Source: AmericanLynching

Writer Lorraine Hansberry's sober eulogy of the death of Willie McGee weighed heavy on the hearts and minds of the American Left. On May 8, 1951, a crowd of five hundred lingered outside the courthouse of Laurel, Mississippi, to witness the execution of yet another black man convicted for allegedly raping a white woman. His 1945 lightning trial resulted in a guilty conviction delivered in less than two and a half minutes by an all-white, male jury, setting off a heated five-year legal struggle that drew national headlines. Despite an aggressive appeals defense team who attempted every legal maneuver in the book, the US Supreme Court ultimately chose not to intervene. With the legal lynching of the Martinsville Seven in February, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg's conviction in March, followed by the execution of McGee in May, 1951 was a bad year for Left-leaning lawyers (Parrish 1979; Rise 1995). Most discouraging, national news sources like the New York Times and Life magazine red-baited the "Save Willie McGee" campaign and—as Life reported—its "imported" lawyers (Popham 1951a; Life 1951). Few felt McGee's passing with as heavy a heart as his chief counsel, thirty-one-year-old Bella Abzug.

Before Abzug became a representative in Congress and a leader in the peace and women's movements, she confronted the Southern political and legal system at the height of the early Cold War. Retained in 1948 by the Civil Rights Congress (CRC)—a New York-headquartered Popular Front legal defense organization—the novice labor lawyer honed her civil rights . . . Source: https://Litigation-Essentials.LexisNexis

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 -- The Founding of Haiti 

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