The Crisis

The Crisis is the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Crisis publishes articles on current affairs, in addition to poetry, review, and essays on culture and history.

Articles from Vol. 113, No. 4, July/August

A Democratic Mandate for Victory
A political strategist offers her party some fundamental insight about the value of the Black vote and how to bring home a win in the fallDemocrats are excited. Democrats are nervous. Democrats are united. Democrats are divided over the war. Democrats...
Author Casts Black Sports Stars as Powerless Serfs
Author Casts Black Sports Stars as Powerless Serfs Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete By William C. Rhoden (Crown, $23.95)Two propositions.(1.) Athletes are athletes. They are yood at what they do, but they...
Because 'Hollywouldn't': The American Black Film Festival Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary
Jeff Friday, Byron Lewis and Warrington Hudlin were having dinner one evening in early 1997 when the conversation turned to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's latest call to action. Only one African American had received an Oscar nomination for a movie made in...
Dr. Ben Carson to Receive 91st Spingarn Medal
Growing up in inner-city Detroit, Ben Carson never imagined he would one day be a world-renowned pediatrie neurosurgeon. Even while sitting in his office at Johns Hopkins University Hospital talking about his medical accomplishments including performing...
Duke Rape Case Brings out Historical Stereotypes
Rape and racism are as historically akin in America as power and privilege, especially in the South, where a culture of oppression, often exacted in the form of human exploitation and violence has governed race relations for centuries.There was a time...
Ephren Taylor: Young CEO Develops Communities
When his friends longed for the riches of professional athlestes. Ephren Taylor Jr. called that "chump change.""I figured I probably wasn't going to go to the NFL," Taylor says. "I needed to find a way to own the team."That attitude helped make Taylor...
Fibroids: Women Seek Answers, Treatment
Since the late 1990s, Loveda Ford has suffered with uterine fibroids. For her, the suffering is not so much from the pain associated with the often non-cancerous tumors that form within a woman's uterine lining, but from not having answers to so many...
"Fire Sale" of Famous Art Works at Fisk University
NASHVILLE - A decade ago, Fisk University was putting the final touches on an ambitious plan to showcase its coveted collection of modern art by the masters - Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne, Diego Rivera, Georgia O'Keeffe and photographs...
Florida Closes Loophole to Allow Felons to Vote
James B. "Fela" Coleman, 35, is fighting for a fresh start in Jacksonville, FIa. After serving 12 years in prison for armed robbery, Coleman was released last July. Now determined to change his life, he is newly engaged to be married, hosts a community-oriented...
Former Felons Face Uphill Battle to Regain Voting Rights
Former Felons Face Uphill Battle to Regain Voting Rights The Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons by Elizabeth A. Hull (Temple University Press, $19.95 paperback)Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy by Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen...
Getting to Know the Nation's Central Bank
In April, Roger W. Ferguson stepped down as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Ferguson, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard, was originally appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997 to fill a term expiring in 2000, and...
Immigration
5 Black Leaders Lend Their Voices to the DebateImmigration has been a problem in America since the first European settiers arrived and disrupted the civilizations of the natives they encountered. Enslaved Africans followed shortly and, together with...
Katherine Dunham: Dancing Queen
APPRECIATIONThe first time I met Katherine Dunham, I was in college at Howard University. It was in 1969 or 1970, and she gave a lecture on one of her books. She was one of my greatest sources of inspiration. She was not just a dancer. She was an amazing...
Land of Opportunity
In mostly Democratic Maryland, have Republicans found a candidate who can win Black votes?The hearty buffet lunch settled on the conferees packed tight in a stuffy hotel ballroom in Columbia, Md., as the politicians took their turn at the podium during...
Museum Highlights Black Diaspora
While most "Black" museums strive to tell the story of African Americans in the United States - starting at slavery and ending at the Civil Rights Movement - San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) has a different goal. The museum represents...
NAACP Appoints Director of New Orleans Katrina Relief Center
Neither a law degree, nor a successful practice protected attorney Tracie L. Washington from the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. Like others, Washington and her family fled to Texas. And like so many others, she returned to very little.Instead...
NAACP Files Lawsuit against New Georgia Voter ID Law
In 1996, voters in Georgia were not required to present any form of identification as a condition of voting. By 1997, the Georgia Voting ID Law required that voters present one of 17 different types of identification (including birth certificates and...
NAACP Gears Up for 97th Annual National Convention
AS the NAACP opens its 97th national convention in Washington, D.C., on July 15, the spotlight will shine on the lifeblood of American democracy: voting rights.This year's convention theme, "Voting Our Values, Valuing Our Vote," responds not only to...
NAACP Helps Seniors with New Medicare Plan
The new Medicare Part D plan is complicated and has even those in the medical field baffled. Just think how seniors felt when given the May 15 deadline to enroll in Medicare Part D - which allows them to be eligible for prescription drug coverage without...
NAACP Member Sends $1 a Day to Headquarters
In his nearly two decades as a member of the NAACP, Lee Snider Sr. has given the slow and steady way: with a dollar bill and change, an occasional letter, all sealed in an envelope and mailed every single day."I know no one would want to steal a dollar,"...
NAACP Prison Branch Teaches Inmates about Financial Literacy
After spending seven years in prison, Michael D. Anderson left Richland Correctional Institution in Mansfield, Ohio, to begin a new chapter of his life: entrepreneurship."Ever since the first day I got out of prison, I was working. I didn't waste any...
NAACP Responds to the Crisis in the Sudan
For those unfamiliar with what has been going on in Darfur, a three-region portion of western Sudan, NAACP Director of International Affairs Crispian Kirk gets straight to the point. It's a genocide, he says, and it needs to stop. In order for that to...
NAACP Sues Omaha Public Schools over Segregation Plan
Fifty-two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional in the historic Brown v. Board of Education case, the Nebraska State Legislature approved a bill to divide Omaha Public Schools (OPS) into racially identifiable...
New Freedom Schools in New Orleans Help Katrina Youth
Nearly 10 months after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans, the youngest victims of the storm still are suffering, says Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF).The city remains largely in ruins, and the public school system...
Next CBC Chair Faces an Uphill Battle
Two congressional representatives well known for their outspokenness and staunch positions on issues concerning African Americans are looking to take over the top spot in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) during the 110th Congress.CBC vice chair Carolyn...
Opportunity Cost?
Three years ago when the U.S. Census Bureau released its findings of 2002 population estimates, the figures showed that for the first time the Hispanie population (an ethnic classification that includes some people who identify racially as Black) outnumbered...
Q&A: A New Beginning for Newark
Four years ago, Cory Booker lost the mayoral race in Newark, N.J., to longtime incumbent Sharpe James, who had led the city for two decades. It was one of the bloodiest battles in political history. But it was just the beginning, however, for the Ivy...
Reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act
While Congress considers legislation to reauthorize sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) that expire next year, we must insist that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to enforce the act as it now exists. In Louisiana and Georgia,...
Regional Update
NAACP branches around the nation have been working diligently in their communities. They are addressing employment and education issues, youth empowerment and criminal justice. Here are some highlights:Region I Japan, Korea, Alaska, Arizona, California,...
Terror Doesn't Discriminate
In the hallway leading to the CBS News newsroom in New York hang color photos of CBS News cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan. Between their photos is a picture of the British flag.Many of us in the newsroom touch the display every time...
The Life and Times of Blanche K. Bruce
The Life and Times of Blanche K. Bruce The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America's First Black Dynasty By Lawrence Otis Graham (HarperCollins, $26.95)"Dynasty" conjures images of the Roosevelts, the Rockefellers and the Kcnnedys. Great...
Where Are the Black Voices in the Sudan Crisis?
Just before the Save Darfur rally in Washington, D.C., in April, Rev. Gloria WhiteHanunond hoped 10,000 African Americans would find their way to the nation's Capital to protest the horrific genocide in Sudan.An estimated 15,000 people attended the Save...
Where Do We Go from Here?
The popularity of mega-churches, many preaching a prosperity gospel, has created a schism among religious leaders over the direction of the Black churchWhen Roddric Bell was growing up in Greenville, Miss., in the 1970s and 1980s, the Baptist church...