Following the fatal shooting of a black woman in her home by a white officer in Fort Worth, Texas, over the weekend, community members say they have little faith in the role of law enforcement in the city. Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was in her home in the early morning hours of Oct. 12 when officer…
Today, for many Americans, the word “ghetto” conjures images of run-down and crime-ridden African American segregated areas—“inner cities,” in a common euphemism. This connotation is relatively recent; it has only become mainstream in the past 70 years or so. Beforehand, the term was primarily associated with Jewish urban quarters, and its changing meaning illustrates the…
How Washingtonians have shaped and reshaped one neighborhood over more than five decades
September 9, 2018
Black Power activist Stokely Carmichael, (2nd from left), visiting Barry Farm Dwellings in 1967 with community organizers from the Southeast Neighborhood House, including Phil Perkins (far left). (Image courtesy Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution The story of Washington, D.C. is really a collection of story lines, each one focused on a different neighborhood. While
W. E. B. Du Bois Sociologist, Historian, Writer – Founding Father of the NAACP…
March 12, 2017
W. E. B. Du Bois (February 23, 1868 — August 27, 1963) Leading Theoretician of African American History William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was one of the vital influential figures in American civil rights historical past. He launched the activist Niagara Flow in 1905 after which cofounded the National Affiliation for the Development of Colored Individuals (NAACP) in
Innovative citizen initiatives open access to police data
May 5, 2016
As outrage mounts over fatal police shootings of unarmed civilians, a growing number of police departments nationwide are releasing data on officer-involved shootings, use of force, and traffic stops. In North Carolina, where Charlotte and Fayetteville are participating in the White House initiative, a related effort is underway to make accessible policing data statewide. The
Black Leaders on Leadership: Conversations with Julian Bond (Palgrave Studies in Oral History)
August 27, 2015
Black Leaders on Leadership: Conversations with Julian Bond (Palgrave Studies in Oral History) [P. Leffler] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Drawing on a wealth of oral interviews, Conversations on Black Leadership uses the lives of prominent African Americans to trace the contours of Black leadership in America. Included here are fascinating accounts from
Arrest Warrants Issued for 6 Police Officers in Death of Freddie Gray I cried today watching the press conference of Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby regarding the death of Freddie Gray. As someone who has been involved in the struggle for justice for decades, including helping to lead numerous demonstrations against police brutality and killing
Brown v. Board of Education – The Court Decision that Rocked America 60 years Ago
March 28, 2015
Brown v. Board of Education On May 17, 1954, the US Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education, a history altering decision, that, “in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place" [ic_google_news keyword="Brown v. Board of Education"] Brown v. Board of Education of
The Long Road to Brown, 1865-1954 Long before the 1954 brown v Board of Education, African Americans across the South fought against the Apartheid system of Jim Crow and for quality public education. Within the separate and unequal system African Americans built their own quality education system. The problem was not necessarily the separate system, but
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