January 19, 2005 |
Michael Henry Adams' epiphany came in the quiet stillness of the Akron Public Library. Hanging on the wall were photographs of the Harlem Renaissance era by James Van Der Zee. "There were images of blacks who were every bit as polished and elegant as Clark Gable or Cary Grant," Adams says. "That was a revelation for me, and also a justification. Before that, I would have felt that to identify with the style of Fred Astaire would have not been something that reflected blackness."
June 21, 2011 |
Young black and Latino men lag behind their contemporaries in nearly every measure of educational attainment, with many failing to attend college or earn degrees and large numbers facing the prospect of unemployment or incarceration. The findings are included in two reports released at a briefing Monday by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center. It was hosted by Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research in Cambridge, Mass. The reports cull census data, academic research and in-depth interviews to paint a bleak picture of the educational experiences of young men across four racial and ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Latinos and Native Americans.
January 2, 2014 |
The first day of the year is also the day when published works enter the public domain after their copyrights expire. Unfortunately, Public Domain Day 2014 is not a happy one, according to the book mavens at Duke University . “Not a single published work” is entering the public domain in 2014, Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain said on its website. “Once again, we will have nothing to celebrate this January 1st....In fact, in the United States, no publication will enter the public domain until 2019.” In Canada, by contrast, works by Robert Frost, W.E.B.
March 14, 2002 |
The White House's stately East Room seemed more like an intimate salon Wednesday as First Lady Laura Bush played host to a lively discussion of the literary and cultural legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. Surrounded by massive chandeliers, formal portraits of former White House occupants and ornate draperies, about 150 scholars, teachers, students and other literature lovers were treated to a three-hour retrospective on the prolific, Harlem-based black arts movement of the 1920s and '30s. Mrs.
April 17, 1986 |
The Democratic Party said Wednesday that it hopes to raise $1 million for a special fund to be used to increase black voter registration and encourage candidacies among blacks. Anyone can contribute to the Bethune-Du Bois Fund, but C. Delores Tucker, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Black Caucus, said potential black contributors will be sought out.
May 17, 1999 |
If Walter Robinson's new gospel musical, "Look What a Wonder," teaches its audience anything at this point, it should be the power of persistence. The artist-in-residence at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard, Robinson has been toiling over this score for the last nine years and his efforts are finally bearing some fruit this spring.
February 2, 1996 |
Why a figure like civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph recedes into obscurity is one of those puzzles historians love to mull over, but Dante J. James' new biographical film for PBS presses for an answer. Tracking the course of this activist's life over 90 minutes, "A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom" suggests that in the pantheon of black leaders--W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X--Randolph's name has been strangely forgotten.
April 9, 1995
The current generation of black intellectuals has produced a prodigious number of books and articles. What follows is a sample of the most notable: * "Afrocentricity" (1987), Moleffi Assante: the bible of the Afrocentric movement which attempts to prove that the source of civilization is Africa. * "Faces at the Bottom of the Well" (1993), Derrick Bell: a New York University law professor and social critic argues that racism is a permanent fixture in American life.
July 11, 1996
In the article about her new book, "Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became An Excuse to Teach Myth as History," Wellesley professor Mary Lefkowitz pours scorn on the views of Afrocentrists, suggesting that she is the high-minded scholar while they are pseudoscientific charlatans. This is a blatant distortion of Afrocentrism ("A Case of Eurocentrism or Reason Over Passion?" July 3). Ken Ringle writes that "few academic scholars until recently considered [Afrocentric theories] based on enough evidence to warrant serious discussion."
September 24, 2009 |
Conceived by Tavis Smiley, a sweeping historical and cultural survey of the black American experience called "America I Am: The African American Imprint" will arrive in L.A. on Oct. 30 for a 5 1/2 -month run at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, it was announced Wednesday. Smiley, who hosts talk shows on public radio and television, said the idea took hold early in 2007 after he took part in events surrounding the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony, the first permanent British outpost in America -- and the arrival point for its first African slaves.