Mary Alice Miller

Dr. Joy DeGruy: An Intimate Conversation at MEC

By Mary Alice Miller An overflow crowd gathered at Medgar Evers College to welcome Dr. Joy DeGruy back to Brooklyn. They came to hear an update of her internationally acclaimed cultural theories of healing intergenerational trauma among African-Americans. Dr. DeGruy did not disappoint. Audience laughter and applause punctuated Dr. DeGruy’s journey through her ground-breaking research […]Read More

Tawana Brawley Hosted At United African Movement

By Mary Alice Miller During the weekend of Thanksgiving in 1987, Tawana Brawley, a 15-year-old high school student, got off a bus in Wappingers Falls and began walking home. She says she was forced into a car and over the course of four days she was raped and physically abused. Tawana was found naked and […]Read More

Shop-And-Frisk Prompts State Legislation

By Mary Alice Miller A middle-aged foster mom is the latest victim of the city’s retail shop-and-frisk policy. While shopping in Macy’s in the Bronx the woman was detained as she made a phone call at the entrance of the store. She was apprehended by on-site personnel, dragged down to the holding cell, kept there […]Read More

Pressure Grows To Release 1971 Attica Rebellion Report

By Mary Alice Miller They were standing in the prison courtyard among hundreds of other green-clad inmates and guards when the shots rang out. Tyrone Larkins, age 23 at the time, was shot 3 times. Albert Victory, then 27, was shot twice, and later beaten, thrown down stairs and threatened in an attempt to get […]Read More

Center For Nu-Leadership Confronts Re-Entry Challenges

By Mary Alice Miller One recent evening clergy, elected officials and concerned community activists flocked to Brownsville. Their mission: brainstorm ways to decrease gun violence and crime and heal the community. The event was hosted by the Jericho Task Force, the faith-based arm of the Center for NuLeadership. Rev. Dr. Divine Pryor, executive director of […]Read More

New Yorkers Vote For New Progressive Era

By Mary Alice Miller In the end, it was a bigger blowout than the 40% poll projections predicted: Bill de Blasio was elected the next Mayor of New York City with 73% of the combined Democratic/Working Families vote, 50 points above Joe Lhota’s 23.9%. “My fellow New Yorkers: today, you spoke out loudly and clearly for a […]Read More

African-Americans Break New Barriers

Letitia James elected Public Advocate, Eric Adams elected Borough President, Ken Thompson elected District Attorney By Stephen Witt In a landslide victory with enough coattails to keep a Democratic fabric manufacturer in business another four years, Bill de Blasio was elected as the city’s 109th Mayor and will officially take office in January. The victory, […]Read More