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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.

Ayọ (Photo via BK Reader)

A Conversation with Ayọ

African, Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Immigration September 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm

The singer and musician Ayọ will be performing at Weeksville Heritage Center on Sept. 24, a few days before the release of her eponymous album, reports BK Reader.

Somia Elrowmeim, Adult Education instructor at AAANY and founder of the Union of Arab Women. (Photo by Humera Afridi via Open City)

Empowering Arab Women in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Muslim, North African, Women September 21, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Two articles in Open City explore the work of the Union of Arab Women, a Bay Ridge women’s collective housed within the Arab American Association of New York offices.

Sharifa Hodges, founder of Seneca Village Montessori (Photo by Megan McGibney via BKLYNER)

Taking Pride in African Heritage at a Brooklyn School

African, Brooklyn, Culture, Education September 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Seneca Village Montessori, a school slated for a January 2018 opening, will encourage young children to embrace their African heritage and teach them that their story “does not begin with slavery,” reports BKLYNER.

HBCU Hub founder Nicole Barnwell (Photo via BK Reader)

NYC’s First HBCU Advocacy Group

Black, Brooklyn, Education September 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm

A Brooklyn native has started NYC’s first advocacy organization for historically Black colleges and universities to spread awareness among students, reports BK Reader.

City Council member Jumaane Williams (Photo by William Alatriste)

Jumaane Williams – Next Council Speaker?

Black, Brooklyn, Politics August 29, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Kings County Politics takes a look at Council member Jumaane Williams as he strives to become the next speaker of the City Council.

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.”

(Photo by Dante Bowen via BK Reader)

Activism at Afropunk

Black, Brooklyn, Culture August 28, 2017 at 12:17 pm

A BK Reader story explains how “Afropunk has never been your typical music festival.”

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.

City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr., here seen with Melrose constituents in May, will run in a Sept. 12 Democratic primary to hold onto his seat in the 17th Council District. (Photo via Mott Haven Herald)

Two-way Primary Race in 17th District

Black, Bronx, Elections 2017, Latino August 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Mott Haven Herald and Hunts Point Express profile the incumbent and his challenger, respectively, for the 17th district city council seat.

(Photo by Bob Mical, Creative commons license)

After Charlottesville: Avoiding the ‘Distraction’ of Trump

Black August 18, 2017 at 4:06 pm

The Amsterdam News and Our Time Press weigh in on what happens next, after Charlottesville.

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.