“The Fire This Time” ed. Jesmyn Ward

There’s a cartoon by Ben Sargent, called “Still Two Americas,” that achieved internet fame a couple of years ago. It has two panels. Both depict boys at their front door, and both boys are are saying, “I’m goin’ out, Mom.” One of the boys is white and the other is black. The white boy’s mother…

“Hatred and Pity”: James Baldwin in “I Am Not Your Negro”

Anyone interested in race and civil rights needs to see this film. It’s based on thirty pages of notes┬ácompiled by James Baldwin for a book about the most famous of the slain martyrs of the Civil Rights movement: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers. The book was never written. “I Am Not Your…

Black History in the Smithsonian

This month’s Smithsonian magazine is dedicated to African American history. It’s a special issue to celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington. The museum took 101 years to come to fruition. That’s not a typo. It was first suggested by African American Civil War veterans in 1915….