Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself by writing a presumptuous summation
of the turmoil roiling the streets of suburban St. Louis. After all,
it’s been less than a fortnight since the fateful moment when a
Ferguson, Missouri, police officer shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old
Michael Brown. How can I be certain this event and its immediate
aftermath will yield historical significance? - Sam Fullwood III, Center for American Progress
Jackie Robinson broke color barriers as the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB). He started with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and was an integral part of the Dodgers' 1955 World Series championship. So, why do so few MLB players today look like him?
Walter Dean Myers was as prolific as he was passionate about children’s
literature, and few writers devoted as much time and skillful
contribution to the discipline. Many of his books were based on young people coming of age in Harlem and
the short stories he wrote and published in “145th Street” captured
both the rhythm and lifestyle that resonated so authentically in his
depictions. Myers, 76, made his transition on Tuesday, July 1.
Who could forget the charismatic Ruby Dee? She was an actress, civil rights activist, mother and grandmother, and wife of the late actor Ossie Davis. Last week, Dee passed away at the age of 91. In 2012, we spoke to her grandson, Muta 'Ali, about the documentary he was making about Dee's life. That documentary has finally come to fruition.