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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.

Promoting Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Brooklyn

Promoting Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Brooklyn

African American, Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Health, Video April 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm

In Brooklyn, there’s a new effort at Interfaith Medical Center to get members of the community screened.

A current exhibit at the Schomburg (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

The Schomburg at 90+

African American, Black, Culture, History, Manhattan March 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Manhattan Times profiles the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, recently designated a National Landmark.

Construction site in Manhattan (Photo by Jazz Guy, Creative Commons)

Could an Apprenticeship Bill Affect Workers of Color?

African American, Labor, Latino, New York January 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Proposed legislation would mandate apprenticeships for construction workers but one group says the requirement would reduce employment of African-American and Hispanic workers, reports Kings County Politics.

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

African American, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Opinion, Politics, Women January 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

In an opinion piece in Colorlines, Jamilah Lemieux describes her feelings about an “absence of sisterhood” with white women that is keeping her away from the Women’s March on Washington.

Tracey Dixon-Neverson demonstrates the Suzuki technique with her daughter in her home studio. (Photo by Joy Notoma for Voices of NY)

Classical Musician Confronts Cultural Norms in East Flatbush

A Jamaican-American classical strings instructor, Tracey Dixon-Neverson, is offering private instruction through a new studio based in her home.

Children from the District 20 pre-K hold signs quoting Dr. King at the peace march. (Photo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

How Some Brooklynites Marked MLK Day

African American, Brooklyn, Immigration, Youth January 17, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Across Brooklyn, MLK Day was marked by rallies for peace and against hate.