Once SCOTUS took the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act, GOP legislatures in the South devised new election districts to thwart Black representation.
Roger House is an associate professor of American studies at Emerson College in Boston. His commentary on Africana politics and cultural history have been published in leading venues. He is the author of Blue Smoke: The Recorded Journey of Big Bill Broonzy, a finalist for Excellence in Historical Writing by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections. His current book is South End Shout: Boston's Forgotten Music Scene in the Jazz Age, under contract with Michigan Publishing.
With so much GOP election corruption, Biden must prioritize supporting efforts to protect the Black vote at the local level.
While colonial forces stopped Rev. John Chilembwe’s uprising, they were unable to crush the spirit of the New African Christians.
Black thinkers may want to weigh the merits of establishing a majority-minority state as a political base while still demanding the rights of citizenship across the land.
The administration now has $1.2 trillion to spend. The Congressional Black Caucus needs to ensure that money flows into ghettos hollowed out by generations of disinvestment.
NOI members took steps to let us know that our lives mattered without the slogans and protest marches. Older men reached out to boys to discuss history, current affairs, and life.
For this generation to avoid the mistakes and pitfalls of previous ones, they have to start with an urgent agenda of economic development.