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Unshackled Together: Dialogue With My Straight Brothers

Unshackled Together: Dialogue With My Straight Brothers

Aundaray Guess  01. 1.2013
We can even flash forward to another famous speech when it was declared that 'all men are created equal' and ask ourselves: Does this include...
To Our Ancestors With Gratitude

To Our Ancestors With Gratitude

Rep. Karen Bass  01. 1.2013
I believe there is so much we can learn from you -- mainly the evils of complacency. What will future generations say about us at the 300th...
To Our Ancestors

To Our Ancestors

Charles Cole III  01. 1.2013
The truth is, things are not perfect for black folks today, but we have so much potential. I believe in our people so much. I believe...
Looking Forward to the Past

Looking Forward to the Past

Rev. James Ellis, III  01. 1.2013
Never having known someone who it wouldn't attempt to destroy, evil is colorblind. I fear that we suffer from historical post-traumatic...
The Wind at Our Backs: A Legacy Pushing Us Forward

The Wind at Our Backs: A Legacy Pushing Us Forward

Rep. Andre Carson  01. 1.2013
Along the way, there have been many challenges, but you have been the wind at our backs. You have been the constant reminder that ours...
With Deepest Regret: A Letter to the Ancestors

With Deepest Regret: A Letter to the Ancestors

Michael W. Waters  01. 1.2013
Our people have risen from chains and cotton fields to the pinnacles of industry, as well as to seats of power all over the world. Yet,...
My Ancestors' Talking-book

My Ancestors' Talking-book

Irene Monroe  01. 1.2013
With the use of the Bible my ancestors also expanded not only the understanding of what it meant to be human, but also the parameters of...
Re-education of the Negro

Re-education of the Negro

Kirsten West Savali  01. 1.2013
Though discrimination is rampant, the blueprint you all left behind has raised generations of Black people for whom forced genuflection...
Hope (and Change) That the Present Has Brought Us

Hope (and Change) That the Present Has Brought Us

Edward Wyckoff Williams  01. 1.2013
Dead are the days when Blacks had no voice. Race is no longer a defining limitation in how we choose to love, marry or serve our country....
A Letter to Our Ancestors: To Those Who Came Before Us

A Letter to Our Ancestors: To Those Who Came Before Us

Rep. John Conyers  01. 1.2013
Even today, after gaining the franchise and electing an African-American president, we must take care to protect these hard-won rights...
A Letter to Frederick Douglass on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary Of The Emancipation Proclamation

A Letter to Frederick Douglass on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary Of The Emancipation Proclamation

Darnell L. Moore  01. 1.2013
Today, 120 years after you offered testimony about black progress and an acute prognosis of America's condition, I wonder: Are the advancements...
A Letter To My Ancestor: To Tinko

A Letter To My Ancestor: To Tinko

Rev. Otis Moss III  01. 1.2013
I write this letter with a sense of joy and a degree of cynicism within my spirit. You are the only ancestor of my family who is documented...
A Letter to Fannie Lou Hamer on Emancipation Day

A Letter to Fannie Lou Hamer on Emancipation Day

Judith Browne Dianis  01. 1.2013
My dear ancestors, you might have trouble recognizing our nation today. The country has made great strides toward the promise of racial...
A Letter to My Ancestor: Frederick Douglass

A Letter to My Ancestor: Frederick Douglass

Rep. Hank Johnson  01. 1.2013
It has required tremendous sacrifice, but today our people have reached the pinnacle in all facets of American society. There is no level...