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Day: <span>December 1, 2003</span>

The African Burial Ground: Legacy of Struggle

Dr. Warren R.  Perry Early Resistance The first African captives arrived in Dutch New Amsterdam in 1626 from West and Central Africa and later from Caribbean plantations. Due to constant conflicts with Native Americans, the Dutch created a buffer zone for themselves by granting Africans “half-freedoms” and small parcels of farmland outside the city walls […]readmore

… And Still We Rise

Herb Boyd In the early eighteenth century, when the African Burial Ground was still an active cemetery, only a dozen blacks were permitted in funeral processions of at graveside services.  On Saturday, October 4, 2003, some 300 years later, a countless number of African Americans and others assembled at the site to rebury these ancestors […]readmore

Ancestral Presence

The African Burial Ground Memorial Site at Duane and Elk Streets is the most important landmark in the history of the origins of Early America under Colonial rule.   The Memorial contains 419 coffins resting beneath approximately 600 square feet of ground.  And they, in turn, hold the remains of men, women and mostly children who […]readmore

Holiday Shopping in Brooklyn

A new Brooklyn resident remarked that Brooklyn does have a thriving black business community.  He says his previous home, The Bronx, does not have much in the way of “blacks going for themselves.”  That’s true: Brooklyn has black shop owners.  Considering the holidays are upon us, it behooves us to patronize our black businesses.    […]readmore

Arresting The Future

By Tom Hayden, AlterNet Editor’s Note: Tom Hayden is reporting for AlterNet from the Free Trade Area of  the Americas conference in Miami. MIAMI, Friday 8:21pm EST – The police force continued operating with the brains  and appetite of a carnivorous shark today as city officials kept demonstrating “the Miami model” of suppression even as […]readmore

“Nativity: A Life Story”

       Returning to thrill New York audiences for the ninth year, Nativity: A Life Story brings a bevy of extraordinary performers to upper Broadway for what has become a holiday classic. The magnificent United Palace Theater, at 175th Street and Broadway, will host the musical for a three-week run: Thursday, December 4 at 8:00p.m., Friday, […]readmore

Low Wages and Few Employee Benefits Result in Serious Economic

New York, NY-November 6, 2003 – Low wages, few basic employee benefits, as well as recent measures taken to close the city and state budget gaps, have compounded the struggle to make ends meet among low-income New Yorkers.  According to the second annual survey of New Yorkers conducted by the Community Service Society, nearly half […]readmore

The Negro Building and Exhibit at the Jamestown Exposition

By Helen A. Tucker       Charities and the Commons 18 (Sept. 21, 1907) No one could look at the product of Negro brain and hand in the Negro Building at the Jamestown Exposition without realizing what a remarkable showing has been made after forty year’s effort, not only indicative of accomplishment, but full of promise. […]readmore