Magazine article The Crisis

Goodbye and Good Luck

Magazine article The Crisis

Goodbye and Good Luck

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How time flies. It's been six years since I was named editor of The Crisis. In the beginning we didn't have an office, so for nearly nine months, I worked out of my one-bedroom apartment. Nonetheless, from day one we hit the ground running, overhauling the focus and content of the magazine and reinventing its design. Our mission was to appeal not just to NAACP members, but to the greater civil rights and Black communities as well. We recruited veteran journalists and respected academics to contribute to the new vision of the magazine.

In my inaugural editor's note, I said we would examine social and economic issues relevant to the Black community, while also reporting on our history. Each year we published only six issues, but we managed to cover a lot of ground toward that end.

During my tenure, we have done a number of special issues, including ones on the state of Black children, African American health, crime and punishment, the 2004 presidential election, science and technology, housing, Black-Latino relations and race and sports. We have marked countless anniversaries - including Brown v. Board of Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, the L.A. uprising and the Million Man March. We revisited the work of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Bunche and Ralph Ellison, among others, and marked the passing of too many, including Rosa Parks, Gordon Parks and Coretta Scott King.

We examined countless pressing issues of the day, including education vouchers, Social Security reform, affirmative action, environmental injustice, gay marriage and immigration. We have reported numerous stories on AIDS, both in America and abroad, and a number on Sept. 11, 2001, the genocide in Sudan, Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing war in Iraq.

In an effort to fulfill W.E.B. Du Bois's mission - standing "for the rights of men, irrespective of color or race, for the highest ideals of American democracy" - a lot of our focus has been on voting, elections and politics. …

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