| Jan 19, 2015
| 8:43 AM
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was surrounded by heavy security when he arrived in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 1965, to give a series of speeches pushing for voting rights legislation.
It was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement, coming three days...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 5:28 PM
When he first heard that a white police officer had fatally shot a young black man near St. Louis last summer, the Rev. Jamal Bryant got a sick feeling in his stomach.
Then a friend sent video.
"Seeing Michael Brown's body on the ground, covered in...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 7:08 AM
Of the words most frequently used to describe the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. today, "radical" is not high on the list. With his insistence on nonviolence, his Southern humility, his Christian bearing, and his soaring yet measured oratory, King never cast...
| Jan 17, 2015
On Feb. 25, 1964 in Miami Beach, Cassius Clay won the heavyweight boxing title in the seventh round — a technical knockout — defying the conventional wisdom that Sonny Liston would easily prevail in the ring.
Clay did not go out on the town...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 11:47 AM
The shooting death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, by police officer Darren Wilson last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, is thought by some to have ignited a new civil rights movement.
If true, from my perspective the new age movement is far and away from...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 6:00 AM
In Leimert Park, neighborhood boosters dream of new markets, cafés and galleries springing up when a Metro station opens there in five years, drawing riders from across Los Angeles to this center of African American culture.
The nearby blocks already...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 8:26 PM
Forty-eight hours later, Derrick Rose finished his thought.
It was worth the wait to hear Rose finally say something that made Chicago well up in pride instead of wince, to see evidence of Rose's maturity our city has become quick to...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 4:00 AM
I have tried to determine whether there is anything insidious in Syfy turning "Ascension," originally described as a six-part miniseries, into a "three-night event" and setting it afloat in the relatively dead waters of mid-December.
But I have no idea,...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 2:58 PM
In May 2013, on the 40th anniversary of her arrest, Assata Shakur was suddenly and inexplicably named to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list, with an award of up to $2 million for her capture. She was the first woman ever put on that list, but she...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 6:49 AM
At 5 years old, Gabriel Hubert picked up the trumpet. Then his parents bought him a cornet. He was happy. "My first few weeks I was amazed and astonished," he recalls.
The feeling didn't last. His father, Chicago avant-garde jazz trumpeter Kelan Phil...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 9:00 AM
The photographs of young black men are startling in their contrasts: a slave in chains, a professor in a suit; a body dangling from a lynch mob's rope, a musician with a violin. The images illuminate a nation's racial divide and how African Americans...