The New Crisis

Articles from Vol. 108, No. 2, March/April

African-American Women College Presidents
African-American women are not the rarity they once were in the professional groves of academe. In the last third of the 20th century, facilitated by affirmative action access ranging from students to faculty and executive appointments, black women professors...
All That Jazz
Ken Burns' PBS series brings the music to life The New Orleans music spreading fast across the country in the early 20th century had first been called "ratty music" and "gut-bucket music" and "hot music." But it gradually became known as "jass," "jasz,"...
Clifford's Blues
Clifford's Blues (Coffee House Press) is a small jewel; another John A. Williams novel about the complexities of human relationships under the most stark conditions. Williams contends that despite the reality of death being the prize, the games people...
Daisy Bates Education Summit
On May 17-19 the Fourth Biennial Daisy Bates Education Summit will be held in Alexandria, Va. at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. The summits are held in honor of former NAACP Arkansas State Conference President Daisy Bates, who advised the little...
Dr. Ruth J. Simmons: Precedent-Setting President
WONDERWORKING WOMEN "Ruth, Ruth, Ruth!... Ruth, Ruth, Ruth! . . ." The clamorous voices are Smith College students at their opening convocation in Northampton, Mass. They have just seen, marching at the end of the procession, their president, Dr. Ruth...
Flap over Confederate Flag Settled in Georgia
The 55-year reign of the Confederate flag in Georgia ended on Jan. 31 at 10:50 a.m. when the redesigned state flag was raised above the capitol in Atlanta. It replaced the version adopted in 1956 in which the Confederate battle flag occupied two-thirds...
Georgia on My Mind: The Atlanta NAACP
Founded just eight years after the NAACP itself, the Atlanta Branch boasts a membership of about 1,000. Under the leadership of Dr. R. L. White, now in his third term as branch president, the Atlanta NAACP aims to harness the substantial economic and...
Guess Who's Coming to the Table? the Oakland NAACP
Shannon Reeves, the 32-year-old president of the NAACP Oakland (Calif.) Branch also sits on the California Republican Party's board. His politics are simply an extension of his work with the Oakland NAACP, he told crisis. "My objective is to bring my...
Guiding Spirits of Art
Who elightens the visionaries? The revered painter Jacob Lawrence once stated that if it had not been for the influence and support of sculptor Augusta Savage, he might have become a postman instead of an artist. Indeed, it was within the art workshops...
Harvard Law School Celebrates a Rich Tradition of Black History
Law School Celebrates a rich tradition of black history On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that gave some measure of equality in educational opportunities for African Americans. The case was Brown v Board of Education, and...
Julian Bond Re-Elected as NAACP Board Chairman
Julian Bond, after being re-elected to his fourth term as chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, told a cheering audience that the NAACP had reclaimed its position as America's premier civil rights organization. He said the organization is poised...
Lani Guinier: Harvard's First Tenured Black Female Law Professor Continues to Make Her Voice Heard
Harvard's first tenured black female law professor continues to make her voice heard In 1998 Lani Guinier became part of Harvard Law School's black history when she was appointed to the school's faculty, becoming its first tenured black female professor....
NAACP National Prison Program Returns
The NAACP has a message for the 2 million African-American men, women, and youth in prison: in the United States incarceration doesn't have to mean giving up your civil rights. The new year brought the rebirth of the NAACP National Prison Program, which...
NAACP Remembers Darrell Evers
Darrell Kenyatta Evers, son of slain NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers and Myrlie Evers-Williams, Chairman-emeritus of the NAACP National Board of Directors, succumbed to colon cancer on Sunday, February 18, 2001. He was 47 years old. Evers was 9 years...
NAACP Sets Course for 2001
On February 17 approximately 1,000 NAACP members and friends met in Washington for the NAACP's annual meeting and tended to the business of the NAACP. Chairman of the Board Julian Bond was re-elected, for his fourth term. Under Bond's and President and...
Paule Marshall's People: Meeting the Relatives
With the publication of The Fisher King, her fifth novel, Paule Marshall reminded us that she is a national treasure. For more than 40 years this Brooklyn native has given us extraordinary stories by way of "ordinary" people. We have met Paule Marshall's...
Private Prisons Profiting at the Expense of Women of Color
Like any other business, the private prison industry is driven by economic incentives. The industry has benefited from the increased incarceration rates of the past two decades, and overcrowded prisons represent greater profit margins. Companies that...
Starry Nights: The 32nd NAACP Image Awards
He is taller in person than he looks on television. In the two months that have passed since he left the White House, he has lost weight and maybe friends. But on the night of March 3, 2001, it was clear that former President Bill Clinton still had a...
The Changing Face of Racism: New Strategies Needed for the New Century
"White supremacy is the unnamed political system that has made the world what it is today." ---Charles Mills, The Racial Contract Once upon a time, indeed throughout nearly all of our history, black people knew what they were fighting against-and for;...
The Lady and Her Music
Here in March, crossing the bridge from Black History Month to Women's, if ever there were a woman who has soared beyond the bounds of race and gender, it is Linda Twine. Even if you've never heard of her, I guarantee you've heard from her. On Broadway...
University of Idaho Stays on Beat with Lionel Hampton
This story of "firsts" began with the University of Idaho's Jazz Festival. The festival had been exposing and educating high school and college students to jazz since 1967. In 1984, Lionel Hampton made an appearance at the festival, as did Sarah Vaughn...