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  • 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]

    Feb 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]
    Feb 01, 2000 | Story
  • Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and as people across the United States commemorate the life of the great civil rights leader, many here still languish in poverty and remain disenfranchised as a result of racism–a legacy of slavery. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 17, 2000 | Story
  • The battle in South Carolina over the Confederate flag continues. This week, a coalition of state Republican lawmakers said they won’t consider removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol until the NAACP ends its economic boycott of the Palmetto State. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 14, 2000 | Story
  • Today is a national holiday, commemorating the Fourth of July, when American colonies declared their independence from England in 1776. While many in America hang flags, attend parades and watch fireworks, Independence Day is not a cause of celebration for all. For Native Americans, it is a bitter reminder of colonialism, which brought disease, violence, genocide and the destruction of their culture and way of life.
    Jul 05, 1999 | Story
  • This weekend the nation commemorates the 4th of July, the day American colonies declared their Independence from England in 1776. While many Americans will hang flags, participate in parades, and watch fireworks, Independence Day is not a cause for celebration to all.
    Jul 03, 1998 | Story
  • February is African-American History month. It begins with the birthday of the great American poet, Langston Hughes, born February 1, 1902. Hughes’s career spanned the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s to the Black Arts Movement of the 1960’s. Langston Hughes was the most prolific Black poet of his era.
    Feb 02, 1998 | Story
  • Under the watchwords of Yari Yari — or the future of the future — hundreds of people gathered this weekend in New York City to focus attention on the experience of women writers of the African Diaspora. The three day Yari Yari conference was the first major international gathering devoted to the evaluation and celebration of literature by women of African descent.
    Oct 22, 1997 | Story
  • A continuation of the celebration of Black History Month with historian,
    singer and founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Bernice Johnson Reagon.
    Feb 14, 1997 | Story
  • As part of Black History Month, and to commemorate the birthday of
    President Abraham Lincoln who issued the Emancipation Proclamation
    on January 1st, 1863, today on Democracy Now a special look at the
    transatlantic slave trade. We’ll examine many of the historical and
    political questions raised by the largest forced migration in human
    history with voices as varied as Martin Luther King, Cornel West,
    Molefe Asante and Nkeichi Taifa of today’s...
    Feb 12, 1997 | Story