Civil Rights chess set by Lisa Mathews

"Radical" side of board: Huey P Newton, Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Bobby Seal[e], W.E.B DuBois, Lena Horne, James Brown, Harriet Tubman, Cornel West, Stokley Carmichael, Muhammad Ali and Marcus Garvey.

"Nonviolence" side of board: Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott-King, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis, Frederick Douglas, Willie Mays, Thurgood Marshall, Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, Joseph Lowery, Maya Angelou and Booker T Washington.

…Deserve it, then. Study, do your work. Be honest, frank and fearless and get some grasp of the real values of life. You will meet, of course, curious little annoyances. People will wonder at your dear brown and the sweet crinkley hair. But that simply is of no importance and will soon be forgotten. Remember that most folk laugh at anything unusual, whether it is beautiful, fine or not. You, however, must not laugh at yourself. You must know that brown is as pretty as white or prettier…The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin—the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world. Don’t shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely…Enjoy what is, and not pine for what is not. Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.

W.E.B. Du Bois

In 1914, his soon-to-be 14-year-old daughter, Yolande, left the family home to study at Bedales School in England. He wrote her the [above, excerpted] letter of advice soon after her arrival…

One thing alone I charge you. As you live, believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life. The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long.
—  W.E.B. Dubois
I have loved my work, I have loved people and my play, but always I have been uplifted by the thought that what I have done well will live long and justify my life, that what I have done ill or never finished can now be handed on to others for endless days to be finished, perhaps better than I could have done.
—  W.E.B. Dubois

To mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Great War, The Atlantic has published a special commemorative edition featuring dispatches from soldiers at the front and articles by such major writers and historical figures as Winston Churchill, H.G. Wells, Gertrude Stein, W.E.B. Du Bois, H.L. Mencken, Walter Lippmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Bertrand Russell, Arnold J. Toynbee, Barbara Tuchmann, Christopher Hitchens, and many others, all drawn from the magazine’s archives.

Experience history as Atlantic writers and readers experienced it at the time, watching the slow build-up to war and then its sudden rippling explosions as combat broke out; the brutal, violent—and sometimes darkly humorous—reality of life in the trenches; the savage peace that followed war, along with the failed attempts at a League of Nations, the rise of Hitler, and the rumblings of the next World War.

A richly packed 144 pages of war reportage, vivid photography, and poetry, you can read it in digital format by downloading it for your iPad or iPhoneAndroid, or Kindle, order a print version here, or buy a copy at any newsstand.

The following table published by the Chicago Tribune January, 1892, is submitted for thoughtful consideration.

1882,52 [Negroes murdered by mobs]

1883,39 [Negroes murdered by mobs]

1884,53 [Negroes murdered by mobs]

1885,77 [Negroes murdered by mobs]

1886,73 [Negroes murdered by mobs]

1887,70 [Negroes murdered by mobs]

1888,72 [Negroes murdered by mobs]

1889,95 [Negroes murdered by mobs]

1890,100 [Negroes murdered by mobs]

1891,169 [Negroes murdered by mobs]

Of this number 269 were charged with rape.

253 [were charged with] murder.
44 [were charged with] robbery.
37 [were charged with] incendiarism
4 [were charged with] burglary.
27 [were charged with] race prejudice.
13 [were charged with] quarreling with white men.
10 [were charged with] making threats.
7 [were charged with] rioting.
5 [were charged with] miscegenation.
32 [were charged with] no reason given

Anténor Firmin, the first Haitian pioneer of the Négritude movement?

 ”Although Jean Price-Mars is usually credited with being the founder of “noirism,” and later Léopold Senghor hailed him as the “Father of Négritude” (Fouchard 1990), it is probable that Firmin and other illustrious members of Haiti’s nineteenth-century intellectual elite laid the primary foundation for what was to become the négritude movement. At least four of the twenty chapters of The Equality of the Human Races speak directly to the primary role played by the black race in world history and civilization, including “Egypt and Civilization,” “Intellectual Evolution of the Black Race in Haiti,” “Evolutionary Pace of the Black Race,” and “The Role of the Black Race in the History of Civilization.”A cursory reading not only of these chapters but of the entire tome re- veals Firmin to be “noirist” without arrogance or apology. Firmin attended the First Pan-African Congress in London in 1900 which W. E. B. DuBois also attended. Had he not been preoccupied with Haitian politics and a bid to become president as head of a Firminist movement, ending in his exile in St. Thomas by President Alexis Nord, Firmin might have continued this international involvement with the nascent Pan-Africanist movement.”

Read full article here.

Nas, Hip Hop, and Higher Education  Nas Honored As The “Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship” Is Established At Harvard University. Today, Harvard University and the Hip Hop Archive announced the ”Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship” program. The Fellowship will provide selected scholars and artists with an opportunity to show that “education is real power,” as it builds upon the achievements of those who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship and exceptional creative ability in the arts, in connection with hip-hop. The program also seeks to incorporate Hip Hop into higher education without “losing and compromising what Hip hop is and means to those who introduced it and to those who continue to develop and sustain Hiphop culture.” Read More
I am writing to ask if in the midst of your busy life you could find time to write us a word about the evil of race prejudice in the world.

When W.E.B. Du Bois, born on this day in 1868, corresponded with Einstein about race and racial justice

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