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Stokely Carmichael's Life

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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, traces Carmichael’s life and what it says about the struggles for black power.

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The Takeaway

President Obama, Dr. King, and Coalition Politics

Monday, June 11, 2012

Since the turn of the century, as black leaders like W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington took the national stage, African-American politicians have wrestled over the best strategy for black communities to gain political power. Fredrick Harris argues that President Obama's coalition-style politics, similar to those of Martin Luther King, Jr., are doing little to help the black community.


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The New Black Politician

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark, and Post-racial America, Emory University associate professor of political science Andra Gillespie uses Newark as a case study to explain the breakdown of racial unity in black politics.

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