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  • At last week’s conference on the prison industrial complex at Columbia Law School in New York called Critical Resistance East, several former members of the Black Panther Party told their own stories of the party. The Panthers continually returned to the importance of self-defense in the face of police brutality, and called on the youth to take their place.
    March 19, 2001 | Story
  • The 28 days that America devotes to black history have come to an end, and women’s history month has begun. But beforewe shift our focus, today we are going to play a speech by Randall Robinson, in which he criticized the very idea ofdevoting a single month to the history of groups that have been white-washed out of official narratives thosenarratives that dominate classrooms, movie theaters, and the media for all twelve months of every...
    March 01, 2001 | Story
  • The Tulsa Race Riot Commission will present its final report next week, recommending that the state of Oklahoma makereparations to the survivors of one of the most brutal race riots in history. On May 31, 1921, a white lynch mobopened fire on a group of blacks who sought to protect a shoeshine man accused of assaulting a white woman. By thenext day, the mob had set fire to a dozen black churches, thousands of homes and turned a thriving black...
    February 23, 2001 | Story
  • As we move into Martin Luther King weekend, we look at a man who has never given up the fight. From his days inMississippi as a civil rights organizer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to his work today as ateacher based in Cambridge Massachusetts, Robert Moses has spoken out with a passionate and articulate voice.
    January 12, 2001 | Story
  • Most people are aware of the recent police beating of Thomas Jones here in Philadelphia, but fewer people remember the police beating of Delbert Africa in 1978 caught on videotape and broadcast worldwide. This incident prompted the Department of Justice to file the first ever lawsuit against a city for police brutality. In 1985, the police dropped C-4 plastique from a state helicopter on the MOVE house resulting in the death of eleven people...
    July 31, 2000 | Story
  • On June 15th, in Kokomo, Mississippi, a black teenager was found hanging from a tree in his front yard. Investigators tried to rule it a suicide. But community leaders suggest that 17-year-old Raynard Johnson was killed because he had dated two white girls. And some are comparing his death to the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till, who was murdered for whistling at a white woman. [includes rush transcript]
    July 07, 2000 | Story
  • Aetna, Inc., the nation’s largest health insurer, apologized Thursday for selling policies in the 1850s that reimbursed slave owners for financial losses when their slaves died. [includes rush transcript]
    March 14, 2000 | Story
  • Nearly 38 years after James Meredith struggled against racism to enter the University of Mississippi, students have elected the school’s first black student body president. Nick Lott beat his white opponent by more than 100 votes. [includes rush transcript]
    February 29, 2000 | Story
  • In a new book entitled

    ??The Debt, TransAfrica founder and president Randall Robinson argues that America still owes an enormous debt to Africans and African Americans for the incalculable damage that backs have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of nearly two hundred and fifty years of slavery and segregation. [includes rush transcript]

    February 08, 2000 | Story
  • Today, February 1st, is the first day of African American History Month, and it is also the day of the New Hampshire presidential primaries. The first primaries in the country take place in one of the whitest states, which for the first time this year celebrated the Martin Luther King holiday. [includes rush transcript]
    February 01, 2000 | Story