Carolyn McKinstry was fourteen when the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four girls, her friends, died in the destruction. She had been with […]
Please enjoy this article from my local paper. Roseville woman pens memoir about registering blacks to vote
My friend Earl just sent me a fascinating e-mail. I have a copy of the 1949 edition of The Negro Motorist Green Book. It is part of the Henry Ford Collection. The purpose: “Since 1936 it has been our idea to give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments and to make his trips more enjoyable….There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States. It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication for then we can go wherever we please, and without embarrassment. But until that time comes we shall continue to publish this information for your convenience each year.”
You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You is number one on the Sacramento Bee’s “Readings for Black History Month”.
Ah ha, so much for a post-racial world. This happened in Boston, not the deep South. See more.
The ashes had washed away and the wreckage had weathered for two years, but it was still the remains of a gutted church my parents witnessed when they visited Pineville, South Carolina in 1967. They wanted to see the sites and meet the people I’d told them so much about. This church arson was part of their tour.
After 30 years of barring black students from running for class president, a Mississippi public middle school, reversed a Jim Crow era policy today and announced students of all races […]
In March I spoke at the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement in San Francisco. The story I told is now online. Check it out. That’s four stories from my […]
I wasn’t born yet! (And I don’t say that often anymore.) So, although my parents were baseball nuts, I don’t remember the names of the 1919 White Sox, called the Black Sox, because they threw the World Series. But I do remember the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner’s character hears a voice in his cornfield demanding, “If you build it, he will come.” Passionate for the first time in his life, Costner builds a baseball field and waits. His reward is the arrival of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, a member of the Black Sox, back from the dead ready to play ball. Joe Jackson is joined by Eddie Cicotte, Buck Weaver, Arnold “Chick” Gandil, “Swede” Risberg and other once great players whose names no one knows. Costner’s sense of awe and his appreciation for the skill of the early players grows with the arrival of each one of them. (My awe as to how they arrived from the dead was not part of the movie.)
Book signing by the contributing authors of the Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul.