An Unbroken Bond: The Role of Africa in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Liberation Thought and Praxis

This essay recasts the development of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sociopolitical thought and activism in light of an African-centered reading of history.  The paper examines the role of Africa (diasporic and continental) in shaping MLK’s World House ecumenical theology and socio-ethical philosophy by first, relating his cultural and intellectual foundations to African diasporic cultural history.  Second,Continue reading “An Unbroken Bond: The Role of Africa in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Liberation Thought and Praxis”

Africana Studies and the Question of Reparations

At the heart of World history is a knot of complications threaded by strands of African Identity, Racist social contracts and the Black quest for Social Justice. Central to social pursuits is building a body of research that clarifies African diasporic social identity–its agency and the contexts that give it meaning. The formation of AfricanContinue reading “Africana Studies and the Question of Reparations”

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing will be an important recommended text in #AAS300, The Case for Reparations. Medaase paa, @ProfClaiborne for the recommendation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDB0y-dWDOE&feature=share

Malcolm Gladwell on Why Human Potential is Being Squandered. How do our institutions interfere with how well we maximize human potential? https://goo.gl/KhKUC4

Carlos is a brilliant student from South Los Angeles. He attends an exclusive private school on an academic scholarship. He is the kind of person the American meritocracy is supposed to reward. But in the hidden details of his life lies a cautionary tale about how hard it is to rise from the bottom toContinue reading “Malcolm Gladwell on Why Human Potential is Being Squandered. How do our institutions interfere with how well we maximize human potential? https://goo.gl/KhKUC4”

Trump-Sessions DOJ, USSC Affirm NFL Team’s use of Racial Slur

By Ian Shapira and Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post.   “Washington R*dsk!ns win trademark fight over the team’s name”  The Washington R*dsk!ns logo is seen on the field before the start of a football game in Landover, Md. A Native American group fighting the team over its trademark registrations dropped its years-long legal fight onContinue reading “Trump-Sessions DOJ, USSC Affirm NFL Team’s use of Racial Slur”

Blogger, BlackThen asks, ‘Was The First Slave Owner In America A Black Man?’ | Black Then

https://blackthen.com/was-the-first-slave-owner-in-america-was-a-black-man/   The answer is a clear, No.  This claim is just wrong and clearly propagandistic on many levels as respondents Vanguard and atwilliams8 indicated in reply to this ahistorical nugget. First, this is propaganda because it masks the racial development of early America. The man, John Punch, referred to by atwilliams8, lived at aContinue reading “Blogger, BlackThen asks, ‘Was The First Slave Owner In America A Black Man?’ | Black Then”