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  • 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]
    January 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]
    January 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.
    July 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.
    July 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.
    February 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.
    October 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.
    February 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...
    February 12, 1997 | Story
  • Today seven African American World War II veterans will be honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony. Despite the fact that more than 1.2 million African Americans fought in World War II, not one black World War II veteran has ever received the nation’s highest military honor.
    January 13, 1997 | Story
  • In recent years, the culture wars have raged in the sphere of public education: from school prayer to school curricula, issues in public education are fertile ground for political battles in state and local races this fall. One of the most controversial elements of this debate is multicultural education. Some predominantly African American urban schools have begun to incorporate what’s called Afrocentricity into their curricula in...
    October 04, 1996 | Story