We've made progress, to be sure. Americans have elected an African-American president not once, but twice. Yet stereotypes remain and we have cold, hard data -- on incarceration, poverty and educational attainment, among so many other things -- that prove the point.
There will be children reciting famous lines from "I Have A Dream," high school students writing about George Washington Carver and his peanuts and probably some game shows questions on African-American inventors. If this is all that happens, then the month has been for naught.
Pullman porter, waiter, valet -- these don't sound like breakthrough parts, but for an African-American actor who was accustomed to producers casting white men in the roles of black people (these were the days of Amos and Andy), these parts offered a major opportunity.
A youth choir that was founded during the Civil Rights movement continues to lift every voice and bridge cultural barriers around the world as an 'ambassador' of its community.
The fact that Dr. King's work was evolving is seldom mentioned. At the end of his life Dr. King was fighting more for economic issues. At the end of his life, Dr. King was moving out in protest to the Vietnam war because he said he could not promote non-violence in this country and promote violence in other parts of the world.
Elegba Folklore Society is one of eight Richmond, Virginia art and cultural organizations taking part in a collaboration involving their respective ex...
The influence of reading him became the influence of knowing him. Baraka, the poet, playwright, essayist, and activist who died last week at the age of 79, embodied one of the most important periods in the evolution of American literature: Civil Rights.
The obligation to propel Dr. King's message of social equity into the modern day rests on the shoulders of this generation.
In 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire.
What gives, Illinois State Historical Society? Doesn't history matter -- at least over the hackneyed phrases of the Big Coal lobby, even if they provided most of the funds for the historical marker?
Once test-driven "reform" is consigned to the ash pile of history, I want to see education resume its role in helping to bend the arc of history to justice.
"You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being." -- James B...
As Black History Month draws to a close, I am reminiscing about the celebration of African American culture. I am also challenged even more as a therapist in the area of mental health within the African American community.
At its core, racial profiling is about racism and stereotypes and assuming the worst of people based on a biased perception of reality that is then projected and multiplied, affecting and endangering everyone of that same race, ethnicity, nationality or religion.
As Black History Month comes to a close, I thought I would share some resources for talking to kids about racism, in terms of both the historical context of our country and the present-day issues of prejudice.
Black women want to lead. Whether it's in their homes, their communities, their churches or in the business world, modern women want their shot at the big chair, and it's time we give it to them.