The New Crisis

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 2, March/April

According to Reports
CIVIL RIGHTS Employment Discrimination Charges Increase The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that discrimination claims filed against private sector employers and state and local governments have increased one percent. The...
After the Fire
L.A.'S ROUGH ROAD TO RECOVERY Lawrence Tolli"ers barbershop in South Central Los Angeles is the kind of old school place where men come as much to talk as to get a haircut. Pictures of civil rights leaders bracket the mirrors in front of the swivel chairs,...
Allentown Branch Fosters Racial Harmony
Allentown, Pa., stretches along a strip of the East Coast dominated by such powerhouse cities as New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Thanks to its NAACP branch, however, Allentown is standing up for its minority residents and standing...
All Hype, No Action
Issues & View Why Black-owned TV Networks Can't Seem To Get Off The Ground Isn't it ironic that the Hallmark Channel (part of Crown Media holdings) was the network that cashed in on the most famous Black dramatic series ever to air on television,...
A Memorial to the Family Business
The funeral home in Louisville held both our fascination and our fear. After all, my sisters and I were only visiting; but our kentucky cousins were, quite literally, at home in the upstairs residence of the family funeral home. For them, living stairsteps...
Black America's White Knight
books Bill Clinton and Black America By DeWayne Wickham One World/Ballantine, $24) Former President Bill Clinton's close relationship with the Black communityhas become almost folklore in some circles.. Talk to the Black elite among the Washington D.C.,...
Blackout: African American Coaches Remain on the Sidelines
When former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis was hired in the same capacity with the Washington Redskins in January, much was made about the 43-year-old's three-year deal and $850,000 annual salary - it's comparable to what some National...
Books in Brief
From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore, edited by Daryl Cumber Dance (W.W. Norton, $35). Zora Neale Hurston once summed up folklore as "the boiled-down juice of human living." The raw juice" of the African American souls and culture is...
Boradway, Her Way
Historically, the writing ranks of the Great White Way" were just that -- very white and decidedly male. Over time some inroads have been made, but few careers have been sustained. In recent years, however, the tide has begun to turn. Productions of...
Buffalo Branch Focuses on Health, Economic Issues
Buffalo NAACP President Frank Mesiah, now in his fifth year leading the chapter and his 25th of involvement with the organization, says keeping the fires of racial awareness burning is as crucial now as it was in the 1960s. "The problems facing African...
Desegregation Plan to Focus on Income Rather Than Race
The public school system in Cambridge, Mass., in a controversial effort to ensure its public schools stay integrated - and to raise test scores and quality of education - voted to assign students to schools based not on race, but on their parents' income...
Diverse Group of Enron Corp. Employees Go to Washington
When Dorothy Ricketts was growing up in St. Joseph, La., in the 1960s, she remembers going to a segregated laundromat, but her family generally shielded her from the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. And even though Ricketts only read about how...
Down in the Delta
In 1964, nearly 100 "quiet but persistent women" left the developing racial sensitivities of their northern communities and traveled to the deep end of southern racism. Their journey with a program called WEDNESDAYS IN MISSISSIPPI was short, but the...
Economic Sanctions Still on in South Carolina
The NAACP TODAY After more than 50,000 protesters marched in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 17, 2000, demanding that the Confederate Battle Flag cease flying from the Capitol dome, and economic sanctions initiated by the NAACP in January 2000 caused the state...
King Tribute Turns into Monumental Controversy
When the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. decided 19 years ago to build a lasting monument to their fallen brother, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., they thought creating a national memorial would be the perfect tribute But what started...
Letters
LOVE TO LANGSTON I could not stop reading the centennial tribute to Langston Hughes in your February 2002 issue. It painted an informative and historically correct picture of this man for all seasons. You made him a living part of history that I so enjoy....
Lives
Andrew Cooper, 74, a civil rights advocate and publisher of The City Sun, a defunct Black weekly in New York, died on Jan. 28 in Brooklyn. He had a stroke. In 1984 Cooper founded The City Sun, which was published until 1996. Two former Harlem Globetrotters...
Lobbying for Sept. 11 Recovery Funds for Women
As the work continues in the cleanup of the World Trade Center in New York City after the terrorist attacks, so, too, is the effort to channel some of the recovery funds to women who work in nontraditional fields. The rebuilding effort will require a...
Milestones
Former Surgeon General Headed to Morehouse School of Medicine David Satcher, M.D., who stepped down as U.S. Surgeon General in February, has accepted the director's post at the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta....
NAACP 93rd Annual Meeting Held in New York City
Although the nation is at war and is still healing after the terrorist attacks, now is not the time to back down from fighting injustice and protecting civil rights, the NAACP's Kweisi Mfume and Julian Bond emphasized during separate addresses at the...
NAACP Announces Special Image Awards Recipients
NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume and Chairman Julian Bond added more sparkle to the field of Image Awards nominees by naming the recipients of three special honors. At this year's 33rd Image Awards, which aired on Fox on March 1, National Security...
NAACP Calls for Equality in Education
On Nov. 15, 2001, the NAACP issued "A Call for Action," a 40-page document citing racial disparities in education across the nation. John Jackson, director of the NAACP Education Department, with the help of the Harvard Civil Rights Project, pulled together...
NAACP Opposes Pickering for Court Appointment
Judge Charles Pickering Sr. (left), President Bush's nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (which includes Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas), has met with blistering opposition from civil rights and women's groups. "Pickering is just...
Novel Genius
The Everyman narrator in Ralph Ellison invisible Man wonders, "What on earth was hiding behind the face of things? His unique dilemma - like ours - is the formidable task of freeing himself from the blinding social illusions that render races and individuals...
On Second Thought: A Black Conservative Reconsiders
On Second Thought: A Black Conservative Reconsiders The Anatomy of Racial Inequality By Glenn Loury (Harvard University Press, $22.95) Conventional wisdom holds that modern Black conservatism has its roots in the economic agenda set by Booker T. Washington...
Paid in Full
We should always honor the many accomplishments and contributions of women -- particularly Black women - to our communities, this nation and the world. Harriet Tubman, Madame C.J. Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, Constance Baker Motley and Mae Jemison come...
Publish or Perish
175 years ago, Freedom's Journal, the first Black newspaper was founded The response to adversity often contains the first step toward new possibilities. Such a phenomenon gave two freemen in New York City, during slavery, the audacity to do what no...
Questions: The NAACP on Black Women's Health
In January Willarda V. Edwards, M.D., was named the national director of health advocacy of the NAACP. Dr. Edwards, who has served as chief of the Internal Medicine Department in the U.S. Navy, brings more than two decades of medical experience in the...
Trio Offers a Change of Tenor
music In the long history of opera little has changed. After 400 years, the tenor still rules.While opera's leading ladies of the last decades - Maria Callas, Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, et al,- were known to incite diva worship just...
Where Are They Now?
A look back at the key figures in the 1992 Los Angeles uprising The beating victim: Rodney King is spending a year in a Pomona, Calif., drug treatment center after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence of PCP and...
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