| Feb 10, 2013
| 4:33 PM
With Black History Month moving into full swing, photos of the same five black activists are plastered on the news, posters and flyers. The same line from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” is repeated over and over...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Friday's print column The simple story — cops yawn when burly white vigilante stalks and kills unarmed African-American child for the "crime" of walking while black — shocked the conscience of much of the nation a year ago and touched......
| Nov 28, 2012
Chinta Strausberg was visiting a relative's South Side business in January 1993 when — out of the blue — an elderly uncle telephoned her at the automotive parts shop.
"First I was surprised that he knew I was there, but he kept saying,...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 12:40 PM
American Night — The Ballad of Juan José
Through October 13 at the Yale University Theater, 222 York St., New Haven. Presented by the Yale Repertory Theatre, (203) 432-1234, yalerep.org.
American Night is a nightmare that turns into a hopeful...
| May 17, 2012
| 3:24 PM
The leader of President Barack Obama’s former church in Chicago has come out against statements by other African-American clergy who condemned the president’s endorsement last week of same-sex marriage.
The Rev. Otis Moss III, the senior...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 1:47 PM
When Phylicia Rashad was cast as a replacement Violet Weston in Anna D. Shapiro's Broadway production of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," the Broadway gossip boards were abuzz with the notion of casting an African-American actress, best known for...
| Aug 27, 2012
In 1997, Darlene Clark Hine came across an essay in which Harlem Renaissance writer Arna Bontemps argued that black Chicago had its own, little-known renaissance that began in the 1930s and rivaled the famous one that occurred in 1920s New York.
| Jun 20, 2012
| 9:45 PM
There was always something hapless about Rodney King.
He entered the nation's consciousness -- and its conscience -- as a shambling drunk, an unemployed black construction worker who tried to outrun L.A. police rather than be arrested for drunk driving....
| Apr 19, 2013
| 11:40 AM
She was not thinking of writing a play about Anne Frank and Emmett Till.
Janet Langhart Cohen was just enjoying her life in Washington D.C.’s social whirl as the wife of former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator William S. Cohen.
But she did,...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Is a modern day Emmett Till necessary to upend America's state of denial about gun violence?
For those who go looking, there are detailed verbal accounts of the carnage that happened behind the walls of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Of the gore created...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 10:22 AM
Thomas Dyja looked at me with abject horror, then humor, then, as his face crumbled in defeat, resignation. A face that said, "See? This is why I wrote a 412-page cultural history of Chicago at midcentury that — as much as it pulls together...
| Apr 15, 2013
Mara Tapp was driving through the North Kenwood neighborhood on Jan. 29 when she saw a swarm of police cars. She knew something was wrong but continued to the after-school class she teaches at nearby Reavis Elementary.
She would later learn that the...