Category Archives: Civil Rights Mov.

Unpublished Black History

The Harlem of Don Hogan Charles “… Hundreds of stunning images from black history, drawn from old negatives, have long been buried in the musty envelopes and crowded bins of the New York Times archives. None of them was published … Continue reading

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Drive-in theater

“A drive-in theater or drive-in cinema is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stand, and a large parking area for automobiles. Within this enclosed area, customers can view movies … Continue reading

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During the 1971 Prosecution of Angela Davis, I Fought the Law — And I Won

February 1971 issue of Ramparts magazine: “It was 1971 and, being young, single, a political activist, and a New Yorker, I wasn’t home much at my third-floor walkup in Greenwich Village except to sleep. One night in March, my across-the-hall … Continue reading

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What Was J. Edgar Hoover Biggest Secret that Could Have Destroyed Him?

“John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was an American law enforcement administrator who served as the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States. He was appointed director of the Bureau of … Continue reading

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An introduction to the revolutionary black poets of the ’60s and ’70s

The Black Voices – On The Street In Watts (1969) “In the struggle for racial equality in the US, the mid 1960s were a turning point. The civil rights era, 1955 – 65, had produced legislation against segregation, but everyday … Continue reading

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The History of the “Riot” Report

Detroit, July 25, 1967. Thousands of U.S. troops were deployed to the city. “On February 14, 1965, back from a trip to Los Angeles, and a week before he was killed in New York, Malcolm X gave a speech in … Continue reading

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Blowin’ in the Wind: A Folk-Music Revolt – Jack Newfield (Jan. 14, 1965)

“On the frontier of every art form guerilla bands of prophets and crackpots are nourishing the orthodoxies and fashions of tomorrow. A decade ago the frontier outlaws were men like Miles Davis, Paul Goodman, and Norman Mailer. Bereft of followers, … Continue reading

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Malcolm X vs. Bayard Rustin: Black on Black (1962)

Bayard Rustin, left, and Malcolm X, center, talk at their Howard University debate in Washington on Oct. 30, 1961. Seated to the right is Michael Winston, the debate moderator. “I left Community Church some months ago with mixed feelings. The … Continue reading

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Debunking ’60s Myths and Catchphrases

Crossing street at Masonic and Haight, 1967. “… The system not only referred to capitalism or to economics. The system represented the constellation of forces that dominated and controlled all aspects of social life from sexual mores to the oppression … Continue reading

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Reflections on 1960, the Year of Africa

Senegal. “Tante Angélique,” 1961. “A little more than a year ago, the archival storytelling group came across a photo of a woman carrying on her back a baby holding a tiny Nigerian flag. The year was 1960. It was a … Continue reading

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