Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi; Pan-Africanism activist; and lawyer, has died. He was 66. Here, writer Herb Boyd fondly remembers the "young man with a keen political sense...ready to fight
for a number of local, national and international causes."
Last week, PBS aired the documentary, “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth,” as part of the American Masters series. Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar set out to write the story years ago after
realizing that the series, which celebrates
icons of American pop culture, featured few or no women. Released in 2013, the film touches on the highs and lows of Walker's life as an author and activist.
Late last year Authentic Brands Group, LLC (ABG) acquired Muhammad Ali
Enterprises from CORE Media Group. Under the deal, ABG will own and
manage, in partnership with the Ali family and Joel Weinshanker, chairman and founder of National Entertainment Collectibles Association
(NECA), all of the intellectual property associated with boxing great
One constant theme at several Dr. King birthday celebrations in Detroit on Monday was the focus on a mix of intergenerational activity.
Elders and the youth were in brilliant sync at the Charles H. Wright
Museum of African American History where the guest speaker Dr. Carlyle
Fielding Stewart III discussed the Biblical commonalities shared by Dr.
King and Mahatma Gandhi.
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.