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    Crowds of students stormed and occupied the office of a University of California, San Diego chancellor for six hours Friday after a noose was found hanging from a bookcase in the main library. The noose is only the latest in a string of incidents over the past few weeks. Protests were initially sparked by an off-campus party last month they called "Compton Cookout" that mocked Black History Month and denigrated African American...
    March 01, 2010 | Story
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    Actor, activist and TransAfrica Forum chair Danny Glover joins us just after returning from South Africa, where he met with the ousted former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Glover reports Aristide wants to come back to his country five years after his ouster in a US-backed coup, but the Obama administration hasn’t dropped the US stance of blocking Aristide’s return to the Western hemisphere. [includes rush transcript]
    February 10, 2010 | Story
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    Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. On December 4, 1969, Chicago police raided Fred Hampton’s apartment and shot and killed him in his bed. He was just 21 years old. Black Panther leader Mark Clark was also killed in the raid. While authorities claimed the Panthers had opened fire on the police who were there to serve a search warrant for weapons, evidence later emerged that told a very...
    December 04, 2009 | Story
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    Commemorations are being held in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland today to mark the 150th anniversary of abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry. We end today’s show with a reading of John Brown’s address to the court in Virginia that ordered his hanging. Actor Harris Yulin read his words as part of a larger reading of Howard Zinn’s classic work, A People’s History of the...
    October 16, 2009 | Story
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    Dr. Cornel West, the celebrated Princeton University professor of religion and African American studies, has just come out with his long-awaited memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. In it, he writes, "Until now, I’ve never taken the time to focus on the inner dynamics of my soul." In a wide-ranging conversation, we speak to Dr. West about his upbringing, public healthcare, post-election disappointment, the role of...
    September 30, 2009 | Story
  • One week after the NAACP’s 100th anniversary celebrations, we speak to Princeton University professor Cornel West and Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party about the current state of Black America. West is a professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University and the author of numerous books on race. Dix is a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party and was one of six GIs in 1970 who refused...
    July 22, 2009 | Story
  • On the last weekend of Black History Month, more than 6,000 people gathered in Los Angeles for the tenth annual State of the Black Union convention. We speak with founder and organizer Tavis Smiley. Smiley is host of Tavis Smiley on PBS and The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI. His latest book is Accountable: Making America as Good as its Promise. [includes rush transcript]
    March 02, 2009 | Story
  • Protests are continuing today outside the offices of the New York Post following the publication of a cartoon that critics say depicts President Obama as an executed chimpanzee. After a number of civil rights activists and organizations called for a boycott of the paper, the Post issued an apology of sorts last night. We hear some of the voices from Thursday’s protest, including the civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton. [includes rush...
    February 20, 2009 | Story
  • A series of protests are scheduled outside the New York Post today to condemn the publication of a cartoon that critics say depicts President Obama as an ape. We speak to New York State Senator Eric Adams and Institute for Policy Studies organizer and researcher, Dedrick Muhammad, the former national field director for Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. [includes rush transcript]
    February 19, 2009 | Story
  • At 12:04 p.m. on Tuesday, before a record crowd of over one million people, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in, becoming the nation’s first African American president. Obama laid his hand on the same Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his inauguration in 1861. [includes rush transcript]
    January 21, 2009 | Story