Lately it feels like ancestors are talking to me all the time.
On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X – former inmate, fierce civil rights warrior, “one of the greatest leaders this country has ever seen” and for what he proudly deemed Afro-Americans “our own … Continue reading →
Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.
Martin Luther King Jr knew he was risking his life. The US civil rights leader, who would be assassinated in 1968 while campaigning for equality, realised that his safety, and … Continue reading →
Terrance Hayes discusses his poetry collection, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin at Politics and Prose in Washington DC on 7/16/18. Written during the first two hundred days … Continue reading →
If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you … Continue reading →
I try to imagine you on a night when the moon is full. When the woman you are with did not have to leave the house before you. When the … Continue reading →
I am gravely ill. Medical tests indicate that my blood and many of my internal organs now fail to perform necessary functions. My body, enervated, starving, looks and feels terrible. … Continue reading →
We are the nation Malcolm knew us to be. Human beings can be redeemed. Empires cannot. Malcolm X, unlike Martin Luther King Jr., did not believe America had a conscience. … Continue reading →
American Experience: PBS Documentary on the Life & death of the Hon. Malcolm X. (1994). “Here – at this final hour, in this quiet place – Harlem has come to … Continue reading →
I was in my early teens when I met, for the first time, a book that didn’t like me. I’d read by this point plenty of books that I didn’t … Continue reading →