- Following the Cherokee Nation's decision to revoke the tribal membership of approximately 2800 descendants of people the Cherokee once owned as slaves, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation convened a panel yesterday to "examine the historical, legal, and current status of the Cherokee Freedmen Indians."
- In the wake of the Don Imus controversy earlier in the year, a Congressional hearing (" From Imus to Industry: The Business of Steretypes and Degrading Images") heard testimony in defence of hip hop's right to free expression from Mississippi rapper David Banner.
- More developments in the ongoing case of the Jena 6, six black Louisiana high school students charged with beating a white student in the wake of racist attacks: following last week's protest march on Jena, Mychal Bell has been released on bail posted by a benevolent stranger.
Saturday 29 September 2007
Thursday 27 September 2007
"During my time at Redlands, it snowed for the first time in 10 years. Many of my friends had never seen snow before and we all went out in our pyjamas (as it was early in the morning!) and made snow balls."
"This photo was taken whilst driving along the Pacific Coast Highway to Orange County from Santa Barbara. Just after I took it I saw two dolphins swimming in the sea which was pretty amazing!"
Tuesday 25 September 2007
For weeks the pro-segregationist governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, had defied the law by ordering the state's National Guard to surround the school and prevent any black students from entering.
Finally the long stand-off was ended when President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock. On 25th September the nine students were escorted under armed guard past jeering white mobs and into the school.
In defiance of powerful southern segregationists the President threw the weight of the federal government behind the legal rights of the black students, thus helping to energize the emerging Civil Rights Movement. Occurring under the glare of national and international media publicity, the Little Rock crisis became an iconic and defining moment in modern American history.
Monday 24 September 2007
Wednesday 19 September 2007
The full story can be followed in the Gainesville Sun; comment can be found in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Today, University of Florida students have been staging marches and sit-ins in protest. Meyer's plea to police, "Don't tase me, bro," has become a rallying cry.
Friday 14 September 2007
Friday 7 September 2007
Thursday 6 September 2007
- Brown University has launched a commission "to consider how best to publicly acknowledge Brown's ties to the transatlantic slave trade and the history of slavery in Rhode Island"
- Historian J. R. Kerr-Ritchie asks, "Whatever Happened to August First?" - the traditional celebration of the British abolition of colonial slavery
- London mayor Ken Livingstone apologised for Britain's role in the slave trade at the first Annual Slavery Memorial Day ceremony last week, and called for the event to become UK wide next year