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Evil in the Delta: Elaine, Arkansas, 1919

Michael Honey Portside
group of African-American men from 1910 ...on the night of September 30, one hundred years ago, ...about 100 African Americans met to organize the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America, a union of land owners, tenants, and sharecroppers.

Friday Nite Videos | September 13, 2019

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Edward Snowden in Exile: ‘You Have to Be Ready to Stand for Something.’ Musicians Love Making Fun of Bob Dylan. Beto O'Rourke: 'We're going to take away your AR-15.' John Oliver: Filibuster. How Black Americans Were Robbed of Their Land.

How Black Americans Were Robbed of Their Land

Over the course of the 20th century, black Americans have lost approximately 12 million acres of land. This mass land dispossession—a war waged by deed of title, which has affected 98 percent of black farmers—can only be called theft, says Atlantic writer Vann R. Newkirk II in a new documentary.

The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619

Ibram X. Kendi The Atlantic
I know hope is essential to African Americans surviving racism another 400 years. In order to bring about change, we have to believe change is possible. Cynicism is the kryptonite of change.

books

The Missing Malcolm X

Garrett Felber Boston Review
Our understanding of Malcolm X is inextricably linked to his autobiography, but newly discovered materials force us to reexamine his legacy.

Mystery and History: A Winning Combination

Ruth Needleman Portside
front cover of the novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky When one of my favorite political and historical analysts, Bill Fletcher Jr., announced the publication of a mystery, I could not wait to get my hands on the book. Bill Fletcher Jr, The Man Who Fell from the Sky, Hardball Press, Brooklyn NY, 2018
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