In "One Night in Miami," which gets its East Coast premiere at Center Stage, playwright Kemp Powers imagines what happened when Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown celebrated after the 1964 Clay-Liston bout.
I have recently had several spirited conversations with an old friend from high school over the Israel and Hamas conflict and the larger questions surrounding Israeli settlements, the Palestinian Intifadas and a dual state solution. My friend, a self-proclaimed Zionist and American Israel Public Affairs Committee member, often lamented that Israel was misunderstood and could not figure out why more African Americans were not vocal supporters of it.
Through her autobiographies, poems, essays, lectures and work in front and behind the camera, as well as on stage, Angelou touched generations. Her poignant writings about her own pains, challenges and triumphs; and issues involving civil rights, poverty and racial and social injustices, were brutally honest and on point. But they were done with a finesse that pulled the reader or listener in and left them, if not with a sense of hope for the future, with at least something to think about..
Ralph Dawson Matthews Jr., a former managing editor of the Baltimore Afro-American who worked closely with Malcolm X in the early 1960s and once shared a house with a young Miles Davis, died April 3 at the Adelphi House
The first-ever memorial to the "civil rights foot soldiers" who attended the 1963 March on Washington will be unveiled in Annapolis on Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of the march and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Half a century ago this Wednesday, as a bright sun climbed the sky above downtown Washington, Douglas B. Sands, then 29, stood a few hundred feet from the Lincoln Memorial and looked out over the National Mall in wonder.