The New Crisis

Articles from Vol. 106, No. 5, September/October

1909-1999: 90 Years of Making Democracy Work!
When the National Negro Conference Union met in New York City in 1909, the gathering was notable for the fiery and high-powered leaders in attendance. They included Ida B. Wells-Barnett, William Lloyd Garrison, William Hays Ward, Jane Adams and W.E.B....
ACT-SO in Honor of Percy Lavon Julian
(1899-1975) Profession: Chemist Preparation of cortisone Julian's notable discoveries were the synthesis of cortisone, used in the treatment of arthritis, Acrofoam, used to suffocate gasoline and oil fires, and the synthesis of physostigmine, a treatment...
African Fractals Linked to Computer Graphics, Biology, Geology and Other Natural Sciences
In everything from braided hairstyles to the design of housing settlements, the geometric structures known as fractals permeate African culture. In a new book, an Ohio State University scholar examines the unlikely pairing of this mathematical concept...
Against the NAACP's Boycott
TO. NationalAssociation for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Others FROM Robert Ford, South Carolina State Senator JULY, 1999 In 1967, 1 staged the first protest against the Confederate flag as a seventeenyear-old student staff member of...
Artist Allan Rohan Crite: Elder Statesmen of African American Art
The alert and prolific artist moves slowly but defiberately up the four flights of stairs that lead to his studio. His purpose, as it has always been, is to create art that captures the everyday world of African Americans and to chronicle their heritage....
Babel: Freedom's Legacy
I never knew Charles Houston or Thurgood Marshall, but I was (mis?)educated at public schools on par with or exceeding that of my white peers because of events they set in motion. I don't know Johnnie Cochran, but I'm a little comforted when I think...
Black People Resisted
They resisted the practice of slavery and the trade in slaves from its inception in the United States in the early 1600s to it end in the middie 1800s. They resisted it on the ships from Africa. They resisted it in the fields and in the big house; they...
Books
Academic and/or university presses, while lacking the large advertising budgets of trade presses and the compulsion to print books appealing to popular or sometimes vulgar tastes, frequently issue books that reflect sharp insights into black life, history,...
Celebrating 100 Years of "The Duke"
Miles Davis once observed: I think that all the musicians in jazz should get together on one certain day and get down on their knees to thank Duke (Effington)." An exhaustive thought at that time, Davis' statement, as we observe the 100th anniversary...
Charles Houston's Raiders
Lawyers for the 21st Century Charles Hamilton Houston believed that the law could be used for social engineering, a theory that outraged many but which became one of the linchpins of efforts to defeat Jim Crow laws and usher in an era of civil rights...
Educator: Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune's Legacy
Sometimes I ask myself if I have any legacy to leave My worldly possessions are few Yet, my experiences have been rich. From them I have distilled principles and policies in which I firmly believe. Perhaps, in them there is something of value So, as...
George W. Bush: A New High (or Low) in the Purchasing of the Presidency
George W. Bush, governor of Texas, is attempting the biggest deal of his life: the buying of the Presidency of the United States. Today, it seems a done deal. At this writing Governor Bush has raised more than $50 million. Polls show that he is ahead...
Go Back to Africa!
The Rev. Samuel R.E. Dixon and his wife, Mary, natives of liberia, pace the floor of their small Brooklyn, N.Y, apartment anxiously, fearful that they soon will be deported to liberia. "What would I go back to?" the Rev. Dixon asks. "My land and house...
How the South's Fight to Uphold Segregation Was Funded Up North
Jackson, Miss. - On the afternoon of Sept. 12, 1963, a vice president of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. sent a telegram to the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, the agency created by local politicians to fight the civil-rights movement and preserve...
In Support of the NAACP's Boycott
After a 26 year struggle to remove the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House, my friend, State Senator Robert Ford has written that he now supports flying the Confederate flag and opposes the NAACP's boycott. Among his reasons for...
John Audubon: Roots in Haiti
How often do we question the legacies of great historical figures? How much do we truly know about the lives of our leaders and intellectuals? Much attention has focused recently on the family trees of some of America's most notable people. For example,...
Kweisi Mfume: Leading the NAACP Back to the Future
In 1995, Kweisi Mfume left his position as a five-term congressman and popular chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus to lead the then-troubled National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Mfume accepted the NAACP challenge, in earnest,...
Letters
The Crisis welcomes reader reactions and encourages expressions of opinion. Letters should include writer's full name and address. Write to The Crisis, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, Maryland, 21215. "I only read two magazines regularly and Crisis is...
Life as a Slave
The Story of Mrs. Julia King of Toledo, Ohio Although the records of the :family were destroyed .by a fire years ago, Mrs. King places her age at about eighty years. Her husband, Albert ring, was the first Negro policeman employed on the Toledo police...
Milestones
James Farmer, 79, former NAACP staff member and cofounder of the Congress of Racial Equality, died July 9 in Virginia at the Mary Washington Hospital. Farmer was the last surviving contemporary of a quintet of 1960s civil rights giants: the NAACP's Roy...
NAACP Regional Roundup
Region I & VI (I) Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Japan, Korea, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and (VI) Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas. Go East, Young Man, Go East Region I Director Frank Berry contacted NAACP...
Revisited: The Black Panther Party
Salim Muwakkil went straight to the Black Panther Party office in Jersey City, NJ., after his discharge from the U.S. Air Force in late 1969. Frustrated by the pacifism of civil rights leaders and embittered by his own experiences with police brutality,...
The Louisville Western Branch Library: The First African American Public Library
Today, libraries serve us all-the rich, poor, young and old. They show us where, collectively, we have been; as well as point the way to what we may become, Yet, there was a time in America when these doors of knowledge, culture, self-improvement and...
Willie Lynch's Speech on Slave Control
This speech was delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712. Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. He was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to teach his methods to slave owners there....