In a recent survey conducted by Northern Trust, half of wealthy Black Americans say the U.S. is better off
today than it was five years ago, compared to 18 percent of the general
population surveyed who believe similarly. As for personal finances, 62
percent of wealthy Black Americans feel better off now than they did
five years ago, more than double the 29 percent of overall survey
respondents who share this sentiment.
Enshrined in the memories of many music lovers and fans of Richie Havens
is his performance at Woodstock in 1969 when, drenched in sweat, he
strummed his open-stringed guitar and improvised on “Sometimes I Feel
Like a Motherless Child” that morphed into his later signature song,
“Freedom.” To some degree that quest for freedom, at least from the
tyrannies of this plain, arrived Monday when he joined the ancestors at
Lynching is a horrific part of American history. The Tuskegee
Institute has recorded 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites were lynched
between 1882 and 1968–and these estimates are most likely conservative.
Well, Indianapolis artist LaShawnda Crowe Storm doesn´t want this
history to be erased. She has created quilts that depict this chapter of American history—The
Lynch Quilt Project, part of which has been on display at galleries
across the country.