The New Crisis

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 1, January/February

According to Reports
EDUCATION High-Poverty, Minority Schools Dispel Low Performance Myth The Education Trust reports that in 2000 more than "4,500 high-poverty and/or highminority schools nationwide scored in the top one-third of all schools in their states, often out-performing...
Adam's Mark Agrees to NAACP Demands
Dec. 3, NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume, joined by other organization officials, college students from Howard and Morgan State universities and attorneys, announced the NAACP had resolved its longstanding dispute with the Adam's Mark hotel chain....
A Decade with Lumumba
Patrice Lumumba was only 34 years old when he came to be prime minister of the newly independent Congo in 1960. The revolutionary nationalist managed to stay in office only two months before he was imprisoned, tortured and finally executed, less than...
Balm for Body and Soul: Black Churches Take Lead in AIDS Outreach
In the United States, African Americans account for 38 percent of all AIDS cases. Blacks make up 52 percent of all HIV infections in this country, while representingonly 12 percent of the population. Sub-Saharan Africa claims 71 percent of the world's...
Black Sci-Fi Offerings
With the recent publication of Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent World and Blue Light (1998), Walter Mosley is among a handful of African American science-fiction, fantasy and horror writers. SCI-FI FANTASY * Steven Barnes. A science fiction novelist,...
Black World Conference Connects Old and New Leaders
Twenty-nine years after the National Black Political Convention, held in Gary, Ind., which spurred a grassroots movement around the nation, organizers of the State of the Black World Conference (SOBWC) convened in Atlanta, seeking once again to spark...
College Prep Day Provides Students with Tools for Success
Like going to the prom and graduating, taking the SAT is a rite of passage for many college-bound high-school students. Despite recent questions concerning the future of the SAT as a prime component of the college application process, the test continues...
Deconstructing the N-Word
NIGGER: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word By Randall Kennedy (Pantheon, In his latest book, Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, Harvard University law professor Randall Kennedy is at his best when he writes as a lawyer. This usually...
Future Shock
WaIter Mosley has been reading and enjoying science fiction and fantasy since he was a child: Winnie the Pooh, Marvel Comics, Tom Swift and His Jetmarine, authors Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ray Bradbury. "Any book that offers an alternative account for...
Houston NAACP Gets out the Vote in Mayoral Race
In a hotly contested runoff election held Dec. 1, 2001, Houston's incumbent Democratic mayor, Lee P. Brown, won his third consecutive two-year term. Because of term limits, Brown, who was a law enforcement administrator in Atlanta and New York City before...
Langston Hughes Centennial, 1902-1967: Langston Hughes on Civil Rights
LANGSTON HUGHES CENTENNIAL "Author's Postscript Personal" From Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP (1962) I grew up with the NAACP, now in the second half-century of its existence as I am in mine. I learned to read with The Crisis on my grandmother's...
Langston Hughes Centennial, 1902-1967: Langston's Simple Genius
It was a hot night. Simple was sitting on his landlady's stoop reading a newspaper by streetlight. When he saw me coming, he threw the paper down. "Good evening, " I said. "Good evening nothing, " he answered. "It's too hot to be any good evening. Besides,...
Langston Hughes Centennial, 1902-1967: The Beat Goes On
LANGSTON HUGHES CENTENNIAL Langston Hughes' verse continues to resonate and influence "Hughes left us with a model of the perfect work of art" -Leopold Senghor Those of us engaged in this racial struggle in America are like knights on horseback - the...
Langston Hughes Centennial, 1902-1967: The Life & Times of Langston Hughes
100 years after his birth, remembering the prolific literary legend whose words captured the texture of Black life Langston Hughes loved nothing better, craved nothing more, than the love and approval of the masses of Black people in America and around...
Letters
DESPITE TERRORISM, SAME BLACK ISSUES PERSIST Thanks to The Crisis for articulating the unchanged struggles and contentions that continue to exist for Blacks in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Mr. Dyer's article, "For Some, Life Remains the Same" ("The Color...
Library of Congress Gets Jackie Robinson Papers
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson began his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African American to play major league baseball in the 20th century. Now, 54 years after Robinson broke the color has, his papers have become part of the...
Lives
Actor Otis Young, 69, the first Black actor to co-star in a television westem, died after having a stroke in Los Angeles on Oct. 12. Young, who also was a minister and community college professor, starred in The Outcasts, which aired on ABC in 1968 and...
Longing to Be Safe Again
Backstory When I was a child whenever I had a bad dream or was afraid of something lurking beneath my bed or in my closet, I could wander into my parents' room and my mother would hold me until I stopped crying. Then she'd take my hand. lead me back...
Mark Your Ballots, It's Showtime
Were you first In line to see Ali when it opened Christmas Day? Do you never miss an episode of The Steve Harvey Show? Have you memorized all the words to the songs on Alicia Keys' album? Do you have a soft spot for Bill Cosby? These and other nominees...
Milestones
U.S. Postage Stamp to Feature Langston Hughes The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the centennial of the birth of Langston Hughes by honoring the poet with a postage stamp. On Feb. 1 the postal service will issue its 2002 Black History Month stamp...
Mississippi Branch Continues to Fight Injustice
Organized in the 1960s, the result of field work by NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers, the Moss Point-Jackson County, Miss., NAACP branch has a history of political action. "The branch was formed to make sure that justice was served, especially in the...
Questions: TransAfrica on Its New Agenda
TransAfrica Forum is beginning the year with new leadership at its helm. At the end of last year, TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson stepped down as president and Edward Lewis ended his tenure as chair of the board of directors. Both will remain members...
Revisiting Roots after 25 Years
Many Americans remember exactly where they were when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. And certainly most will never forget what they were doing when the terrorist attacks occurred on Sept. 11. While the significance of a television broadcast...
Say It Loud
TILL VICTORY IS WON: Famous Black Quotations From the NAACP By Janet Cheatham Bell (Washington Square Press, $14 paperback) There's nothing like a declaration from a brave civil rights activist or a line from a former president to resuscitate our own...
Some Soul to Keep
Crisis Forum music TOKYO, JAPAN - It is a cloudy afternoon in lidabashi, a crowded neighborhood of narrow streets and tall buildings in central Tokyo. In the back halls of the nearby Edmont Hotel, entertainer Alexander Easley rehearses his music and...
Stockton NAACP: Cooperation Fosters Community Progress
After 30 years with the NAACP of Stockton, Calif., the Rev. Willie A. Douglas knows that it takes a special person and a strong spirit to make the organization's commitment to racial justice one's own. "This business is not for everyone," says Douglas,...
The Bard of Black America
I am honored to have edited this special issue marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Langston Hughes, a tribute to his life and many wonderful works of literature. Over the years Hughes has been revered as the people's poet and the Negro poet...
The Color Line
National Security Concerns Must Not Trample Our Constitutional Rights Since Sept. 11, Americans have learned to cherish our sense of security, which was forever marred by the events of that day. We are acutely aware that the responsibilities of our political...
The Killing Season
A History of Lynching in/America The lynching records at Tuskegee University date from 1882, a year after Booker T. Washington establish the school in the town of Tuskegee, Alabama. Several generations of Tuskegee librarians and students, guided by the...
The Verdict on Justice Thomas
Crisis Forum books CLARENCE THOMAS: A Biography By Andrew Peyton Thomas (Encounter Books, $29.95) Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once described the then-Soviet Union as an "enigma wrapped in a mystery." For man Americans that description...
What Black People Should Do Now
Crisis Forum books THE RECKONING: What Blacks Owe Each Other By Randall Robinson (Dutton, $24.95) "We've gone far enough into this morass of fear, war, hate, lying and crime. We face a crisis and our first duty is here and now...." -W.E.B. Du Bois, "Let's...