The 2013 March, the “Tranquilizing Drug of Gradualism”

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:53

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

The 1963 and 2013 marches on Washington shared many of the same issues, but took place in very different political contexts. Fifty years ago, a deep and broad movement pressured Congress and presidents to accede to Black demands. President Obama’s speech at last week’s gathering “did not propose any substantive legislative initiatives to address the suffering of today.”

“When Other Folks Give Up Theirs…” Black Freedom and the Gun Control Debate

Submitted by Akinyele Umoja on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:30

Akinyele Umoja

Contrary to Congressman John Lewis’ revision of history, “the notion that the Civil Rights movement was exclusively nonviolent is a popular mythology.” In fact, “Some members of Lewis’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee picked up weapons and worked with community people to defend their lives against white terrorists.”

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