Stokely Carmichael was a controversial figure in black rights, straddling both the non-violent and Black Panther movements. In his new biography, Stokely: A Life, Peniel Joseph, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University and contributing editor at theroot.com, traces Carmichael’s life and what it says about the struggles for black power.
Where were you fifty years ago today? How did you change after the assassination of John F. Kennedy? How did you see our country change?
Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands gathered on the Mall in Washington, DC to call for increased civil rights for African-Americans. Peniel Joseph, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, and author of Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, reflects upon the March on Washington and Dr Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. day, highlights from yesterday's event at the Brooklyn Museum, co-hosted by Farai Chidaya. Featuring:
On this Martin Luther King Day, highlights from yesterday's event at the Brooklyn Museum hosted by Brian Lehrer, Princeton professor Melissa Harris-Perry, and WQXR's Terrance McKnight and featuring panelists Roy Innis, Obery Hendricks, Christine Yvette Lewis, Jeanne Theoharis, Peniel Joseph, and Natalia Aristizabal-Betancur.
Susan Faludi, author of The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America, talks about why she thinks Barack Obama versus John McCain has the makings of an epic American gender showdown.
Read Susan Faludi's New York Times op-ed piece, Second-Place Citizens.