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In 1997, Darlene Clark Hine came across an essay in which Harlem Renaissance writer Arna Bontemps argued that black Chicago had its own, little-known renaissance that began in the 1930s and rivaled the famous one that occurred in 1920s New York. "I...
Beulah Hinson beams as she holds up a copy of the Afro-American newspaper, the young girl's expression a sharp contrast to the headlines from this particular edition — "205 Die in Dance Hall Fire," "Hubby Made Store Love Nest." The message behind...
Tags: Ceremonies, NAACP, Artscape, Museums, Kweisi Mfume
There was always something hapless about Rodney King. He entered the nation's consciousness - and its conscience - as a shambling drunk, an unemployed black construction worker who tried to outrun L.A. police rather than be arrested for drunk driving....
When Jim Smoote II completed his quilt, called "Obama 44," in time for an exhibition that opened in Washington for the 2009 presidential inauguration, he expected that the exhibit — like others he'd been involved in — would travel widely to...
Tribune reporterThe leader of President Barack Obama’s former church in Chicago has come out against statements by other African-American clergy who condemned the president’s endorsement last week of same-sex marriage. The Rev. Otis Moss III, the senior...
Today marks one month since Trayvon Martin's death, and thousands of people are expected to descend on the small Florida city where the youth was slain by a neighborhood watch volunteer, including an NFL star and a prominent church leader from Baltimore....
When 17-year-old John Edwards was shot in the head on Edmondson Avenue this month, no one marched on City Hall. There were no comparisons to Emmett Till, no columns in national newspapers about the anxieties of growing up black and male in a country...
Nearly a month after an unarmed black teenager was shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain, police in Sanford, Fla., have yet to make an arrest. Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was returning from a convenience store near the house of his father'...
Tags: Crime, Law and Justice, Justice System, Shootings, Racism, Laws
On Sept. 23, 1955, Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam fired up stogies and smooched their wives. About an hour earlier, a Mississippi jury had mulled their fates. The men had stood trial for abducting a 14-year-old black boy. They pounded his face into ground...
KIAHIf you've never heard of Emmet Till, you should. Back in 1955, the 14-year-old from Chicago was visiting family in Mississippi. He stops at a store in a small town and allegedly flirts with the white woman behind the counter. Five days later his body...
Tribune NewspapersWhen I first heard that former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin had said it was "too easy" to criticize the White House for inviting rapper Common to an event, I thought, "Of all the rappers proudly repping the most negative aspects of their backgrounds,...
The TV Guy - Orlando SentinelOn NBC's "Meet the Press," presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said Trayvon could be this generation's Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy who was lynched in 1955 in Mississippi. Emmett's killing "sparked the civil rights movement," Goodwin...
Aug 27, 2012 |Column| Chicago Tribune
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