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Free Em All: 50 Years Later, Black Panthers Are Still Fighting for Freedom

(142) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 7:00 AM

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...At its best the river of our struggle has moved consistently toward the ocean of humankind's most courageous hopes for freedom and integrity, forever seeking what Black people in South Carolina said they sought in 1865: The right to develop our whole being. Vincent...
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The Youngest Victims of the Drug War at Home and Abroad

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:45 PM

Perhaps the terrible truth of drug war violence will finally be addressed as all of America bore witness this summer to the horror of some 52,000 unaccompanied children who were fleeing devastating violence that had erupted in Central America. Alone, they had braved the treacherous crossing of the border that...

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Why We All Should Care About the Mayoral Race in Jackson, Mississippi

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 5:39 PM

For those of us living far from the south, discussions of Mississippi may make us recall the Civil Rights Movement, some period in time we now think more likely relevant in a history book. But believing that couldn't be more wrong. On April 8 there will be a special mayoral...

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Defining Black Cool: Author and Activist Rebecca Walker on Her New Edited Volume Black Cool.

(21) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 6:17 PM

It almost seems antithetical that Blackness and Coolness are as interwoven as they are given the short shrift Black life has always been given in this nation. Who wanted to be us -- we the less than human. We the mules. We the wild-eyed crazies, the whores. These are among...

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Protecting our Girls

(43) Comments | Posted October 17, 2006 | 1:24 PM

Three weeks ago a little boy in my daughter Nisa's first grade class threatened to shoot her. Nisa did not report this to me, despite me asking her about every detail of her day. Later, when I found out and asked her why she didn't tell me, she said she...

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