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City Councilmember Jumaane Williams in a “Resist From Day One” protest on January 20, the day Donald Trump was sworn in as president. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Gay City News)

The Speaker Race: Williams on Marriage Equality

African American, Brooklyn, Caribbean, LGBTQ, Politics November 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

City Council member Jumaane Williams explains to Gay City News how his views on marriage equality have evolved.

Period photos (Courtesy of Weeksville Heritage Center, via Bklyner)

African-American Culture, Past and Present, at Weeksville

African American, Brooklyn, History November 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Weeksville Heritage Center offers a window on African-American history in Brooklyn, as well as events related to current events, reports Bklyner.

City Council members taking a knee in front of City Hall. (Photo by Bernice Elizabeth Green via Our Time Press)

Taking a Knee on Sacred Ground

African American, New York October 2, 2017 at 5:20 pm

When the City Council took a knee in solidarity with football player Colin Kaepernick, they were doing so on sacred ground, writes Our Time Press, noting this week’s 10th anniversary of the dedication of the African Burial Ground National Monument.

Students and advocates held a rally outside education department headquarters last week to call for an end to school arrests and summonses. (Photo courtesy of the Center for Popular Democracy via Chalkbeat)

Black and Hispanic Students Most Likely to be Arrested in School

African American, Education, Latino, Youth September 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Black and Hispanic youth continue to account for the bulk of school arrests and summonses, even as the city has reduced the overall numbers in recent years, reports Chalkbeat.

(Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Local Vendors Featured at Whole Foods Harlem

African American, Business, Manhattan September 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Whole Foods Harlem, which opened in late July, features products from Harlem entrepreneurs, Manhattan Times reports.

Herbert Sweat receiving his citation at St. Philip’s Church (Photo by Cyrille Phipps via Our Time Press)

Remembering Bed-Stuy in Stories

African American, Black, Brooklyn, History September 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Our Time Press reports on the Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project and some of Bed-Stuy’s longtime residents who participated.

Martin Luther King Jr. gives his “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (Creative Commons photo)

The March on Washington, 54 Years Later

African American, History August 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

A piece in Amsterdam News looks at how, more than half a century after the March on Washington, “we’ve still got a ways to go.”

City Council member Mark Levine (at podium) with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at left and Congressman Adriano Espaillat at right. The statue of Sims is visible in the rear. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Urging Removal of a Symbol of Hate

African American, Black, History, Manhattan August 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm

New York leaders urged removal of a statue honoring a Southern physician who performed surgical experiments on Black women, Manhattan Times reports.

Rev. Khader El-Yateem at the rally outside Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. (Photo by Jonathan Sperling via Brooklyn Reporter)

El-Yateem Urges Street Renaming at Ft. Hamilton

African American, Brooklyn, Elections 2017, Middle Eastern August 15, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Khader El-Yateem, Arab-American candidate for City Council, and others rallied to urge the U.S. Army to rename two streets at Fort Hamilton named after Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, according to Brooklyn Reporter.

After Charlottesville

After Charlottesville

African American, Black, Jewish, New York August 14, 2017 at 6:14 pm

The Forward weighs in with coverage and opinion pieces in the aftermath of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA.

Brooklyn Museum

The ‘Legacy of Lynching’ on View

African American, Brooklyn, History July 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Kings County Politics reports on “The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America,” a new Brooklyn Museum multimedia exhibit that commemorates the African-American victims of lynching without using any explicit photographs.

Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid (Photo provided to Amsterdam News)

A Harlem Imam from the South Bronx

African American, Manhattan, Muslim June 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

In an interview with Amsterdam News, Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem describes how the “Autobiography of Malcolm X” and other texts led him to become a Muslim.

Grave of blues singer Mamie Smith in Frederick Douglass Memorial Park (Photo by Stephon Johnson via Amsterdam News)

On SI, an African-American Cemetery is Neglected

African American, History, Staten Island May 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm

A cemetery on Staten Island where African-American luminaries are buried is in disrepair, Amsterdam News reports.

June Jordan (Photo via Kings County Politics)

Remembering Poet June Jordan

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture, History April 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Black writer June Jordan was remembered and honored during National Poetry Month, Kings County Politics reports.

(Photo via Our Time Press)

A Storyteller in Brooklyn

African American, Brooklyn, Culture April 21, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Our Time Press profiles Cynthia Goodison Tompkins, a Brooklyn resident who after teaching for three decades, is focusing on storytelling.