The New Crisis

Articles from Vol. 110, No. 1, January/February

According to Reports
CIVIL RIGHTS Study Finds Four-fold Increase in Workplace Noose Incidents Convinced that race doesn't matter in America? A new report proves otherwise, finding that over the past six years noose incidents in the workplace have increased 400 percent. The...
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AIDS: The Black Plague
NOURISHED BY IGNORANCE, POVERTY AND BIGOTRY, HIV/AIDS IS PLAGUING THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY - BOTH MEN, WOMEN, THE YOUNG AND EVEN THE OLD - AT INCREASINGLY ALARMING RATES. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta,...
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Appreciation: I Remember Jay
When I emigrated from Guyana to New York in the mid-'80s, Run-DMC was at the vanguard of the hip-hop form that would eventually fill my personal and professional lives. They were my cultural bridge, veritable heroes. I'd come to know the trio well in...
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A Troubled Literary Union
CrisisForum books Lyrics of Sunshine and hadow: The Tragic Courtship and Marriage of Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore By Eleanor Alexander New York University Press, $26.95) For those of us who grew up with the image of Paul Laurence Dunbar...
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Books in Brief
Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, collected and edited by Carla Kaplan (Doubleday, $40). The more than 500 letters Hurston wrote to Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, Carl Van Vechten, Carter Woodson, Walter White, Countee Cullen, Charles S. Johnson,...
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Bronx Native Has His Designs on Broadway
CRISIS FORUM DEXTER KING REFLECTS INSIDE PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR'S MARRIAGE DERRICK BELL ON ETHICS theater Emilio Sosa rushes around New York looking like a college student in fatigues or sweats and a worn backpack. One ordinarily busy day, yellow caution...
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Chasing Dreams in Cyberspace
books Hacker Cracker: A Journey from the Mean Streets of Brooklyn to the Frontiers of Cyberspace By Ejovi Nuwere with David Chanoff (William Morrow, $27) With fingers flying over the keyboard, security expert Ejovi Nuwere races to shut down the computer...
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Derrick Bell on Law and Literature
Crisis Forum books When Derrick Bell published a fascinating collection of allegorical narratives (part fiction. part legal analysis) entitled And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice in 1987, the civil rights lawyer and legal scholar...
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Donna Brazile on Partisan Politics
QUESTIONS Democratic insider Donna Brazile immersed herself in politics before she was old enough to vote. At the age of 9, she began knocking on doors in Kenner, La., urging people to get out and vote. She's been active ever since, serving as national...
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Environmental Justice for All
Issues & Views Almost every day the media discovers an African American community fighting some form of environmental threat from land fills, garbage dumps, incinerators. lead smelters, petrochemical plants, refineries, highways, bus depots, and...
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Finding Zora
Editor's Note About five years ago I bought a first edition copy of Zora Neale Hurston's Mules and Men. I found it while wandering around a Black memorabilia show in Maryland. The ceramic mammy cookie jars didn't appeal to me, so I started looking at...
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Hugh Price Steps Down as Head of the Urban League
For more than eight years, Hugh Price has traveled the country preaching the gospel of quality education, social service and economic empowerment as the president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League. But in November, the Yale-educated...
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Letters
Weighing In on J.C. Watts Having one's picture on the cover of The Crisis is an honor that should be reserved for individuals whose life work is an example of higher values and dedication toward helping racial minorities in this country. I was disappointed...
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Lives
Vinnette Carroll, 80, actress, playwright and the first Black woman to direct on Broadway, died Nov. 5 in Fort Lauderhill, Fla., of complications from diabetes and heart disease. She made history in 1972 directing the Broadway musical Don't Bother Me,...
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Living in the Shadow of a King
CrisisForum books Growing up Knig: An Intimate Memoir By Dexter Scott King with Ralph Wiley (Warner Books, $24.95) One day in the early 1990s, shortly after he turned 30, Dexter Scott King toured the former Lorraine Motel in Memphis, the site where his...
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Making Education a Civil Right
Guaranteeing the right to a highquality education for all citizens has been a historic struggle. Just as it has been in most struggles for civil rights, the NAACP has been a leading force on the education battlefield, from Charles Hamilton Houston's...
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Milestones
Postal Service Honors Thurgood Marshall Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), the first Black U.S. Supreme Court justice, has been honored with a commemorative U.S. postage stamp. The postal service released the 37-cent stamp bearing his likeness in early January....
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Minority Students Desire to Achieve
The yawning achievement gap separating Black and Latino students and their White and Asian counterparts has been one of the most vexing problems facing American educators for decades. The gap has existed since the earliest days of standardized testing....
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Morris Brown Struggles to Hold onto Accreditation
UpFront GORDON PARKS AT 90 | DONNA BRAZILE ON POLITICS | FREE SPEECH AT HARVARD | CHANGE AT URBAN LEAGUE Morris Brown Struggles to Hold Onto Accreditation It was devastating news in the world of historically Black colleges and universites. The Southern...
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Mr. NAACP: The Politics of Walter White
MR NAACP March 21, 1955, Walter White's last, began much like any other day for the executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and one of black America's best known faces. He awoke after a restless night, owing...
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N. San Diego County: A Sunny Enclave with Major Minority Clout
The North San Diego County Branch of the NAACP is located in Oceanside, Calif., 35 miles north of San Diego. Oceanside is a workingclass beachfront community. Its education system is a good one, rivaled only by the area's excellent climate. The city...
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Prescription for the Nation
Former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher is continuing his efforts to improve the public's health On a tiny farm in Anniston, Ala., David Satcher lay near death from whooping cough and pneumonia. His parents, Wilmer and Anna, summoned Dr. Fred Jackson,...
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Race-Based Politics Send GOP Election Victory South
Issues & Views The Democrats were unable to counter President Bush's campaign performance with a charismatic leader or group of leaders. Nor did they communicate a coherent message based on a core set of principles. In the waning hours of Nov. 5,...
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Racial Harassment Sparks Free Speech Debate at Harvard Law
As Cornel West's departure from Harvard University's Afro-- American Studies department grabbed headlines last spring, another controversy was brewing on the Cambridge, Mass., campus, at Harvard Law School. Between March and April, several minority students...
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Raleigh County NAACP Branch Stays the Course
Sitting in the hills of southern West Virginia, Beckley is a community in transition. Once a center for the coal industry, the town is now known as a medical center and has several large hospitals and four longterm care facilities. Robust young men once...
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Strengthening Ties Do Cuba
Like long-separated friends, NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume and Cuban President Fidel Castro warmly greeted each other with an embrace at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana last November. It was the beginning of a four-hour meeting between...
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The 34th NAACP Image Awards Celebration and "Image-a-Nation"
Entertainment history was made on March 24, 2002, when Denzel Washington and Halle Berry became the first African Americans to walk away with Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars on the same night. Berry was the first African American ever to win an Academy...
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The Color Line: Arthur Ashe, Still Waiting on Black Athletes to Heed His Call to Glory
On Feb. 6, 1993, Arthur Ashe's heroic battle with AIDS came to an end. The tennis legend died in New York at the age of 49, five months shy of his 50the birthday. Arthur was both a friend and a mentor. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of his death,...
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The Other Side of Zora
Backstory My introduction to Zora Neale Hurston came as a 19-year-old college student taking an African American literature course. Hurston's classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God - along with Charles Chesnutt's Marrow of Tradition and William Wells...
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Zora & Me: Writing the Life of a Literary Legend
Writing the life of a literary legend In Fort Pierce, Fla., two stocky evergreens guard the grave of Zora Neale Hurston. As a warm January breeze blows across the nearly barren burial ground, the trees gallantly bow to greet me. I have come to this cemetery...
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