This month I have spent more time than usual reflecting on my life in a segregated society. Seeing the movie Selma and events leading up to the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama and looking at the movie Court Martial of Jackie Robinson made me remember my own experiences during segregation. On Aug. 7, 1943, I was born at Pinkston Clinic in North Dallas, a hospital that provided medical services to Negroes. Negro doctors were not allowed to practice at White hospitals in Dallas.
As if we needed any more evidence, President Obama’s recent meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus revealed a deep-seated hostility toward the plight of struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Harvard-trained historian who brilliantly birthed the idea that led to the celebration of Black History Month, believed that all people regardless of their race, color or national origin should study and embrace the history of Black people in the United States. His belief led him to establish “Negro History Week” in 1926.
In observance of Black History Month, I believe it is important to highlight some of those long-lasting institutions and entities that have continued to serve the empowerment interests of Black America for over the past 200 years. Too often some of us forget too quickly about the historical groups and social bridges that have helped to bring Black America across troubled and perilous waters during the last two centuries.
While recalling those commercials, featuring Andre Agassi (pro tennis player) saying, “Image is everything” and Billy Crystal’s “Saturday Night Live” character, Fernando, who always said, “You look marvelous! It is better to look good than to feel good,” I also thought of the NAACP Image Awards and the fact that the NAACP’s image is taking a huge hit, especially among some of its members.
They say that “sport mirrors life.” The latest example is the sick twist on the death of Eric Garner after the deaths of NYPD officers Ralph Ramos and Wenjian Liu. One of the headlines read “NYPD Cops Assassinated, and the killings prompted police supporters to proudly sport hoodies with the words ‘I Can Breathe.’” In a clash with protestors, police supporters chanted “Don’t Resist Arrest” in response to “I Can’t Breathe.”
Completing his final semester, Quentin Neroes spends most of his free time in Emmett J. Conrad High School’s Go Center, a college resource room for upperclassmen. It’s in the Go Center where he applies to the colleges of his choice. Shortly before the winter break began, he received an early Christmas gift in the form of an email.
Preserving African American art history is imperative to The Black Academy of Arts and Letters. The mission of the organization is to create and enhance awareness and understanding of artistic, cultural and aesthetic differences utilizing the framework of African Americans in dance, theatre, music, literary, fine and visual arts.
A very public conflict between the Bridge Crossing Jubilee Inc., the local group that has been commemorating the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March for more than four decades, and the largely White-run The Faith & Politics Institute, a Washington-based group that had organized competing marches in Selma and Montgomery on the weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” has been resolved with both groups agreeing to participate in a single march in Selma, a coalition of organizations has announced.
Simone Oliver had always been called, as they say in the religious community. She was active in the Baptist church throughout her youth, playing piano for the youth choir and even ghostwriting sermons for several pastors as a teen. She loved Scripture, loved preaching and loved God. For her, church was Heaven-on-earth.
Proposed bills could reform education, police/community interactions
With the 84th Texas legislative session in full swing, lawmakers in Texas are working around the clock to pass bills that would help their constituents. One lawmaker, Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, is trying to make a difference in education and police interactions with the public.
No fashion this month. We can do that next time. This month it’s food for the soul.
Saturday I attended An Evening with Joanne Bland at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has finally admitted that he had incorrectly asserted that a helicopter he traveled aboard in 2002 while reporting on the Iraq War in 2003 was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, forcing an emergency landing.
Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony, better known as the Oscars, will either best be remembered for the uproar incited by this year’s homogenous nominations, or as a seminal moment for change in the Academy’s long, non-inclusive history.
This country was established on the simple facts that people were being mistreated, they were tired of it, and they were not going to take it anymore. One cannot help but admire people who come to the end of their rope, defiantly proclaim the truth about their condition, and then do something about it.
At age 36, superstar Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, is apparently at the end of his rope. On his final professional contract, a two-year $48 million deal to make sure he retires as a Laker,
Whether it is in an inner-city neighborhood across America, the Caribbean, in Europe or in a sprawling mass of people in an African or Brazilian urban area, millions of Black youth throughout the world are crying out for a better quality of life.
A website saved her life.
For nearly 20 years, Eddie Branch of Granite City, Illinois has endured a chronic health problem.