Category Archives: civil rights

Malcom X…

…would be 91 today.

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Dr. Quentin Young 1923-2016

This is a tribute to Dr. Quentin Young, a resident of Hyde Park for most of his life, who was a dedicated advocate for single payer healthcare and a civil rights advocate. He died yesterday at 92. I met him … Continue reading

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15th Amendment

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870, the amendment securing the right of black males to vote, though the word black is not mentioned in the amendment itself. During Reconstruction, the period right after … Continue reading

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Four Young Girls

52 years ago today, Carol Denise McNair (age 11), Cynthia Wesley (age 14), Carole Robertson (age 14), and Addie Mae Collins (age 14) were killed in a bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four members of … Continue reading

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“The kids who die” by Langston Hughes

Michael Brown was shot and killed a year ago today in Ferguson, Missouri. This Langston Hughes poem, written in 1938 and read so powerfully by Danny Glover, is dedicated to Michael Brown and to oh too many others. This is … Continue reading

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Harper Lee

I’m not sure what possessed me to read these two books back to back— Between the World and Me and Go Set a Watchman. Because I read Go Set a Watchman first, all I could do while reading Go Set … Continue reading

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Newsome’s clarion call to activism

At 6am in the morning last Saturday, Bree Newsome removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol by climbing its flagpole. She was arrested with James Ian Tyson who helped her over the fence around … Continue reading

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