In 1852 Frederick Douglass was invited by the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society to give a speech commemorating the Fourth of July. On July 5, the crowds filling Corinthian Hall, Rochester, New York, did not get what they expected.
- June 23, 2020
In April 1967, at New York City’s Riverside Church, Dr. King delivered a sermon that offered a profound diagnosis of the illnesses afflicting the nation. King summoned the nation to “undergo a radical revolution of values” that would transform the United States “from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society.” Only through such a revolution, he declared, would we be able to overcome “the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism.”
- June 21, 2020After a clip from Rosedale: The Way It Is, a 1976 Bill Moyers film documenting racial tension in one New York City community, went viral on social media, New York Times reporters tracked down the young Black children — now grownups — who were terrorized by a mob of white children 45 years ago.
- June 18, 2020
Let us name the system: "racial capitalism."
- June 17, 2020America’s Other Independence Day
- June 7, 2020
In the past two weeks, everything has changed… and nothing has changed. Two weeks ago tonight, 46-year-old Minneapolis man George Floyd was alive, going through his Sunday night as any one of us do, unaware—as we all are—of what the next day would bring.
- May 28, 2020
Many economists believe that a recession is already underway. So do millions of Americans struggling with bills and job losses. While the world has certainly experienced its share of staggering jolts in the past, this cycle of events is likely to prove unparalleled.