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Meet Jim Crow! Print E-mail
Written by Lee Chavous   
Monday, 09 December 2019 20:21

Land of the Free

33rd President Harry S. Truman became the first president to speak directly with the NAACP.. He was also the first president to speak of the equality of Black Americans and denounce discrimination and violence against them.  His actions helped increase awareness among White Americans of the harm caused by racial discrimination.

After World War II ended in 1945, there was an increase in civil rights activities in the Black community with a sharp focus on removing the Jim Crow obstacles that made voting difficult for them.  President Truman urged Congress to abolish the poll tax and enforce fair voting and hiring practices.

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One Arm But Not Unarmed: Book Review Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Saturday, 16 November 2019 01:43

 

Suzan Nguyen, the baby of her family, had a tragic car accident at the tender age of 22 more specifically on January 13, 2001.  She ended up without her right arm (her dominant one), which had been cut off above the elbow. She had a lot of pain and morphine needed to be administrated.  She was in the hospital for several months.  Her world shattered after the accident.  Suzan Nguyen had to learn how to write again, dress, comb her hair, etc.  Every single task that most of us take for granted was a tribulation for her.  She did not even know if she would stay alive after the accident which affected her entire family.  The authoress is not afraid to share her vulnerabilities in the book, the mask is off with no sugar coating and it makes the autobiography unique.

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The Truths We Hold: Book Review Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

We've seen... [the Trump] administration align itself with white supremacists at home and cozy up to dictators abroad; rip babies from their mothers' arms in grotesque violation of their human rights; give corporations and the wealthy huge tax cuts; derail our fight against climate change; sabotage health care and imperil a woman's right to control her own body; all while lashing out at... the very idea of a free and independent press...

Americans know we're better than this... But we're going to have to fight for it... This book grows out of that call to action, and out of my belief that our fight must begin and end with speaking [the] truth... that racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and anti-Semitism are real in this country, and we need to confront those forces.”

Excerpted from the Preface (pages xiv-xv)

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Black Pain: A Book Review Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Friday, 11 May 2018 00:00

 

"How much does suffering from and living with addiction, incarceration, dirty neighborhoods, HIV, hypertension, violence, racism, and class discrimination make us vulnerable to depression in the Black community? How many of us are suffering from it and not able or willing to acknowledge it? Who is talking about it? What is our response? The silence is deafening.

Depression is a fact of Black life, but it doesn't have to be a curse. And we don't have to be ashamed to admit it. This book will speak openly about my own depression and share the experiences of other people, from celebrities to regular working folk, so that we can think in different ways about this condition and about our options as Black people for dealing with it. More than anything, I want to open a dialogue. I want to give a voice to our pain and name it so we can make a space for our healing."

--Excerpted from the Introduction (pages xxvi-xxvii)

African-American females are generally undervalued by this society, despite all the selfless sacrifices they routinely make at home, at work and in the community. Besides being overworked, they're expected to behave like ever-available, accommodating sex machines or else risk being dismissed as undesirable and unfeminine.

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Invisible Ink: A Book Review Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Monday, 22 January 2018 00:00

 
“It has always been a struggle for the relatively few African-Americans in corporate America who do exist, and it is made all the more difficult because we tend to operate in isolation. We are nearly always alone, with no one to fall back on... as we deal daily with an unending stream of slights real and imagined.
 
Even those who do care don't really understand. This is all played out in an environment where we are subjected to a debilitating undercurrent of bias that too many, on both sides of the divide, pretend does not exist...
 
The point of this book is not that the world is an awful place where things never go right but that institutional racism is a virus that is alive and well and needs to be eradicated if fundamental fairness is to be achieved. Black lives matter, and we must take issue and demand change, whether these lives are literally snuffed out in the blink of an eye or figuratively snuffed out in the polite confines of corporate America.”
 
-- Excerpted from the Prologue (page xiii) and Epilogue (page 199)
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