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  • Arthur R. Thompson Sr., Chicago police officer, 1924-2014

     Arthur R. Thompson Sr., Chicago police officer, 1924-2014
    Arthur R. Thompson Sr. began a 32-year career with the Chicago Police Department as a patrol officer on the South Side, where one of his assignments was the security detail at the funeral of Emmett Till. The death of Till, the 14-year-old black...
  • Boy, 14, killed in drive-by: 'My baby is gone...my house will never be the same'

    Boy, 14, killed in drive-by: 'My baby is gone...my house will never be the same'
    Laveta Richardson never wanted to end up like those grief-stricken mothers on television who express sorrow and anger toward the loss of their children to Chicago’s gun violence. But on Thursday, relatives consoled the mother of three through...
  • Our critics make their picks for Black History Month

    Our critics make their picks for Black History Month
    For February, we asked the Tribune's arts critics for their best suggestions for entertainment for Black History Month. From the worlds of Chicago theater, music, dance and beyond — regardless of whether they are promoted as Black History Month...
  • Using images to change history

    The civil rights movement was full of dynamic and evocative images. Today, even many of us born after its iconic moments were captured on film can describe Martin Luther King Jr.'s outstretched arm pointing a sea of people toward a future decades beyond...
  • Getting Control Of Guns For All Americans

    "If The Civil Rights era has to be mentioned at all in the current gun debate, it's that the U.S. would be safer if blacks had stayed at the back of the bus — without access to firearms." — Email from reader taking issue with citing Emmett...
  • HoCoPoLitSo's writer-in-residence Derrick Weston Brown seeks to inspire the poet within us all

    HoCoPoLitSo's writer-in-residence Derrick Weston Brown seeks to inspire the poet within us all
    “Attention, attention … the mic is now open.” It is only fitting that Derrick Weston Brown begins his presentation at local high schools with an original poem beckoning “all poets and lovers of the word.” “Poetry...
  • Thousands from Baltimore expected to travel for March on Washington events

    Thousands from Baltimore expected to travel for March on Washington events
    Thousands of people are expected to descend on Washington this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington civil rights event. Several events are planned for the weekend and on Wednesday, Aug. 28, the anniversary of the day of...
  • Pulitzer finalist Wadada Leo Smith symbolizes Chicago jazz power

    Pulitzer finalist Wadada Leo Smith symbolizes Chicago jazz power
    Ever since the late 1990s, the forces behind the Pulitzer Prize in music have tried to push the award outside the narrow precincts of classical composition. On Monday, the Pulitzers made the next dramatic step in that evolution, with jazz musician...
  • Zimmerman verdict and double standards

    We are so programmed by our history with race in America that reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges of murdering Trayvon Martin depends largely upon one's individual, even group experience. If you are African-American, you might...
  • 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,...
  • Kanye West reveals June 18 as ... something

    Kanye West reveals June 18 as ... something
    Kanye West took to Twitter on Thursday morning for a major announcement: "June Eighteen." And that's it -- no context, no explanation, no additional clues as to what that date might bring. Is it the release date for his new album, which Pop & Hiss...