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“Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall”: The Enduring Legacy of Leftist Social Movements

January 22, 2013


“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal—is the start that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, […]

Every Day Must Be Martin Luther King Day*

January 21, 2013


Originally published on MLK Day in 2010. I will publish my latest remarks later on today.  I thought I would repost my latest MLK Day piece with this robust conversation about King’s legacy and Glenn Beck’s demonstration occurring. More thoughts about all of this are possibly forthcoming… There is little doubt that Martin Luther King […]

The Task Ahead: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution”

January 15, 2013


From January 16, 2012: Yesterday President Obama and his family celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday at the historic Zion Baptist Church in Washington, DC. While there, the Obamas listened to the Deacon read passages from Dr. King’s seminal “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”[1] Yet, I wonder if the President was aware of the […]

“Unbought and Unbossed” at 40: Remembering Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 Presidential Campaign

September 28, 2012


Long before Jesse Jackson, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama, Chisholm launched a campaign for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, we rarely mention her efforts when we look at the history of U.S. presidential politics in the last forty years. It would seem easy to forget how Chisholm blazed the trail for the […]

“Fight for Your Right to Party?”: The Politics of Hip Hop’s “Funky Ass Jews”

August 17, 2012


*Originally posted on my Facebook page June 12, 2012 In some ways, the Beastie Boys’ impact on hip hop culture, and their place in the genre’s history, is rather obvious. One only needs to observe their names and look at their color of their skin. Adam Horowitz (Ad Rock), Mike Diamond (Mike D), and Adam […]