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  • Forgetting Black History

     
    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...
  • A year later, Trayvon Martin case murkier than ever

     
    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......
  • Hero's blood spilled in Vietnam still heals today

    Hero's blood spilled in Vietnam still heals today
    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,...
  • 'American Night' at Yale Rep Offers Revisionist Historical Hilarity

    'American Night' at Yale Rep Offers Revisionist Historical Hilarity
    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...
  • Local reverend defends Obama on same-sex marriage

    Local reverend defends Obama on same-sex marriage
    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...
  • 'Family' connections: How Phylicia Rashad found Stovall and his play set in Hyde Park

    'Family' connections:  How Phylicia Rashad found Stovall and his play set in Hyde Park
    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...
  • Trice: Chicago had its own black renaissance

    Trice: Chicago had its own black renaissance
    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. "I...
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: On the death of a hapless icon and his question that had to be asked

    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....
  • Anne Frank and Emmett Till meet in AAPACT play

    Anne Frank and Emmett Till meet in AAPACT play
    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,...
  • Wasn't Sandy Hook enough?

    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...
  • Culture clash: New history of Chicago taps into our malaise

    Culture clash: New history of Chicago taps into our malaise
    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...
  • Cool Classics! hits close to home with schoolchildren

    Cool Classics! hits close to home with schoolchildren
    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...