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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
August 7, 2013 |
Historian and Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. can still remember how moved and inspired he was as a high school senior watching a documentary about black American history narrated by Bill Cosby. The film was a key in launching his elite career as an educator and filmmaker. But Gates, who is also the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, said the comprehensive story of African Americans dating from before the arrival of slaves to the present day has rarely been told, particularly in schools.
January 25, 1987 |
In 1882, while only a sophomore at Great Barrington High School, William E. B. Du Bois purchased Thomas Macaulay's "History of England." Although the cost of this five-volume set was, as Du Bois recalls, "far beyond my ability to pay," he "wanted it fiercely." The owner of Great Barrington's only bookstore (there were not many in this part of Massachusetts) arranged for the young Du Bois to purchase the books on installments.
August 21, 2012 |
Are hip-hop artists such as Flavor Flav and Lil Wayne the new generation of black minstrels -- the African American jesters who used to entertain audiences with cartoonish, racially stereotypical shtick before the collapse of the Jim Crow South? According to a just-published book, "Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy From Slavery to Hip-Hop," the answer may well be yes. And that's not necessarily an entirely bad thing, according to authors Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen, both Chicago journalists.