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.
The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is almost here and the
commemorative events have already begun. Throughout
Washington, D.C., there will be ceremonies, speeches, round-table
discussions and festivals all in remembrance of the rally that took
place on August 28, 1963, a big day in civil rights history.
The Paul Laurence Dunbar High in Washington, D.C., was built in 1870 and
is billed as the nation’s first Black public high school. In her new book,
First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High
School, author Alison Stewart tells of the school’s rich history and how it ended up in its current state of
lower-than-average graduation rates and a decrepit infrastructure.