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A ‘Wary Faith’ in the Courts

Eric Foner New York Review
A groundbreaking new book demonstrates that even during the days of slavery, African Americans knew a lot more about legal principles than has been imagined.

The Perfectionist Tradition

William P. Jones Dissent
The African American perfectionists offered “faith” instead of “hope”—emphasizing the struggle to realize a vision of justice rather than passive assurance that it would prevail.


Bob Moses: Gardener of Minds

C Liegh McInnis Valley Voices: A Literary Review
The poet C. Liegh McInnis pays homage to the great African American activist, Robert Moses who led the campaign for civil rights in 1960s Mississippi and later the Algebra Project committed to education equality.

King Dream Rooted in Labor’s Rising

Bob Hennelly InsiderNJ
This Martin Luther King Day comes just weeks after a year that’s been dubbed ‘the year of the strike’ because in 2023 there were well over 300 such work stoppages involving 450,000 union workers willing to take the risk of walking out . . .

Martin Luther King – a Video Selection 1954 – 1968

Martin Luther King's speeches from 1954's Montgomery Bus Boycott to the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike. Compiled by Abdul Alkalimat, Prof Emeritus Dept of African American Studies and School of Information Sciences, Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

How Much Can Trump 2.0 Get Away With?

Thomas B. Edsall New York Times
I am your warrior, I am your justice, Donald Trump told the crowd. And for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution. The first Trump term was deeply alarming, a second Trump one will be far more alarming, with many fewer errors


Rustin the Liberal Biopic Versus Rustin the Labor Activist

Netflix’s new feel-good Bayard Rustin biopic, Rustin, claims the civil rights hero has been forgotten because of his sexuality. But it was his fiery and provocative class politics that makes him both controversial and prophetic today.
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