As we celebrate the monumental achievements of civil rights activist
Martin Luther King, Jr., check out Congressman John Lewis’s memoir, March. Lewis, a lifelong civil rights leader who marched with MLK, co-wrote the
book, which was published in August 2013 during the 50th Anniversary of
the March on Washington. In it, Lewis describes his first-hand, graphic account of the Jim Crow days and segregation.
Amiri Baraka, like his name, was a blessed prince, and he loomed like a
colossus over the Black arts movement, excelling in practically every
literary expression—as a poet, playwright, novelist, historian,
journalist, and essayist. One of the most versatile writers in America,
Baraka died Thursday afternoon in Newark, New Jersey, where he was born
and lived most of his life. He was 79.
Charleston, South Carolina, has big plans. The mayor of the city, Mayor
Joseph P. Riley Jr., recently announced new plans for a $75 million
International African-American Museum, which has been talked about for
the last decade. Now it seems things are moving ahead.
Yesterday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., President Barack
Obama led the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington celebrations
with a speech that commemorated the March on Washington in 1963.