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Facts about Dr. Carlos E. Russell

TRAILBLAZERWhile serving as the Panamanian Ambassador for the United Nations, Dr. Russell, inspired by Douglas Turner Ward’s fictional play “Day of Absence” in which a small town in the South is suddenly devoid of its Black population and is crippled by their absence, established Black Solidarity Day (BSD) in 1969. BSD is held annually on […]Read More

What is Black August and how is it Different than

By Harmeet Kaur, CNN What is Black August and how is it different than Black History Month?Activists and social justice organizations are celebrating the history of Black resistance this month in what’s known as Black August.This year’s commemoration follows months of ongoing nationwide protests over systemic racism and the killings of Black people at the […]Read More

OTP Revisits A Scholar’s Reflections on Gun Violence and Black

Professor Amos Wilson The gun violence epidemic in African-American communities is made possible by the availability of guns and exacerbated by the health pandemic, increased poverty, stress and systems imbued with racism. But there is something else. Something the late social theorist and author, Dr. Amos Wilson, Professor of Psychology at the City University of […]Read More

Don’t Let Trump Count New York Out In the 2020

Jeffrey M. Wice,Adjunct Professor and SeniorFellow, New York Law School Even as New Yorkers fight the COVID pandemic, another battle looms—making sure that we’re treated fairly in the 2020 Census.What’s at stake? For starters, billions of dollars in federal aid for health, education, social services and more. The Census will also affect the power of […]Read More

Myrlie Evers Speaks Out On Reappointment Of Rudy Crew To

The following letter, shared to BK Reader, July 27, was reportedly written by Myrlie Evers-Williams, an American civil rights activist and journalist who worked for more than three decades to seek justice for the 1963 murder of her husband and civil rights activist Medgar Evers. The letter to the CUNY Board of Trustees concerns the […]Read More

John Lewis… A Remembrance

David CohenPolitico John Lewis, who went from being the youngest leader of the 1963 March on Washington to a long-serving congressman from Georgia and icon of the civil rights movement, has died. He was 80.In December 2019, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.As a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was a committed […]Read More

Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian… A Remembrance

The Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, a beloved civil rights veteran who marched alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died at his home in Atlanta, Friday. He was 95. Vivian’s daughter, Denise Morse, confirmed her dad’s passing and told Atlanta’s NBC affiliate WXIA that he was “one of the most wonderful men who ever walked the […]Read More