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BANNED: The Bluest Eye| PBS

FROM THE COLLECTION: THE LIBRARY, PBS The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s first novel, was published in 1970. Set in Lorain, Ohio — where Morrison herself was born — the book tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, an eleven-year-old African American girl who is convinced that she is ugly, and yearns to have lighter skin and blue eyes. This, she believes, could change her lot in life. Pecola lives in a violent household. Her parents consistently fight, and Pecola herself becomes pregnant after being raped by her alcoholic father, Cholly. Since its publication, the book has consistently landed on the American […]

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Dr. Saint Elmo Brady, 1st African American to Earn Ph.D. in Chemistry, Honored With a National Historic Chemical Landmark | JBHE – The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

JBHE Staff, JBHE – The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1939: African American Evicted sharecropper, New Madrid County, Missouri (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images). Featured Image Elmo Brady, the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry, has been honored by the American Chemical Society with a National Historical Chemical Landmark dedicated to him on the University of Illinois campus, where Brady earned his Ph.D. in 1916. Additionally, plaques in his honor will be mounted on the campuses of four HBCUs where he served on the faculty: Fisk University, Tuskegee University, Howard University, and Tougaloo College. […]

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Cornel West to Teach Intro to African American Studies After 18-Year Break | The Crimson

Sophia S. Armenakas, The Crimson Cornel R. West ’74 spoke with Danielle S. Allen, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, as a part of the center’s Diversity, Justice, and Democracy lecture series in 2016. Photo: Sidni M. Frederick. Featured Image of the Practice of Public Philosophy Cornel R. West ’74 will return to teaching African and African American Studies 10: “Introduction to African American Studies” this semester after 18 years away from the course. West, who returned to Harvard in 2017 after a nearly 14-year break spent teaching at Princeton University, last taught the course in 2000. […]

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[VIDEO] New Voices Foundation Acquires Madam C.J. Walker’s Estate To Create Think Tank For Black Women Entrepreneurs | Essence The Villa Lewaro estate will be used as a "learning institute, or think tank, to foster entrepreneurship for present and future generations," according to New Voices Foundation's Richelieu Dennis.

The Villa Lewaro estate will be used as a “learning institute, or think tank, to foster entrepreneurship for present and future generations,” according to New Voices Foundation’s Richelieu Dennis.

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James Baldwin: How To Cool It | Esquire Read the landmark 1968 Q&A on race in America.

In Esquire’s July 1968 issue, published just after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the magazine talked to James Baldwin about the state of race relations in the country. On what would be the author’s 93rd birthday, we’ve republished the interview in full—and his words are incredibly relevant today.

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Harry Belafonte: To realize Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, white America needs to change course | PBS And I was just absolutely struck with the way in which he presented his case to the black community, condemning them for being not more engaged in the social destiny of black people.

And I was just absolutely struck with the way in which he presented his case to the black community, condemning them for being not more engaged in the social destiny of black people.

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