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Tribute to Dr. John Hope Franklin by Professor Trina Jones (Duke/UCI)

Posted on March 29, 2009
I remember the first time I met Dr. John Hope Franklin. He kissed the back of my hand, and oh I was so charmed. I knew of Dr. Franklin?s awe-inspiring intellect, of his ground-breaking publications and his prestigious awards, but I did not know of his elegance, his generosity, and his kindness until I met [...

ASK MOM Are We in a Post-Racial

Posted on March 27, 2009
ASK MOM Are We in a Post-Racial Society? Ali Mustafa Gonzales Washington, IV (fictional name, real person) asks Mom about a colleague who approached him the other day. The colleague, who is Euro-American, asked Ali (who is not), what he thought of Obama?s victory...

ASK MOM Are We in a Post-Racial

Posted on March 27, 2009
ASK MOM Are We in a Post-Racial Society? Ali Mustafa Gonzales Washington, IV (fictional name, real person) asks Mom about a colleague who approached him the other day. The colleague, who is Euro-American, asked Ali (who is not), what he thought of Obama?s victory...

John Hope Franklin ? In Memoriam

Posted on March 26, 2009
Yesterday’s news that John Hope Franklin, certainly the most accomplished black historian in American history, had died is one of those moments that we experience too often these days–the passing of an historic figure whose life stands at so many of America’s significant junctures...

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A New Day?: Attorney General Eric Holder?s Remarks at the Department of Justice Black History Month Program

Posted on February 19, 2009
Are Attorney General Eric Holder?s poignant and honest remarks at the DOJ Black History Month Program the beginning of a real racial conversation in the United States? Read his remarks below. Every year, in February, we attempt to recognize and to appreciate black history...

Right and Wrong

Posted on February 15, 2009
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Clark Atlanta University Has Laid Off 70 Faculty, Including Tenured Faculty.

Posted on February 09, 2009
Just when you thought that it could not get worse, it has. The economy is continuing, resulting in significant losses for educational institutions. Tenured as well as untenured faculty members at Clark Atlanta University have been laid off. The layoffs occurred despite other proposals for saving money by a group of faculty leaders, including one proposal [...

O.J. Simpson Sentencing

Posted on December 05, 2008
O.J. Simpson gets sentenced today for the bone headed act of leading a group of men, at least one of whom had a gun, into a hotel room to steal some sports memorabilia. His exposure ranges from six years to life imprisonment. Here?s hoping the judge does not throw the book at him...

National Book Award - Overdue

Posted on November 21, 2008
I was thrilled to learn this week that law professor Annette Gordon-Reed is the winner of the 2008 National Book Award for non-fiction for her work,The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/books/20awards...

Obama and Black Empowerment (Deja Vu?)

Posted on November 19, 2008
Cross posted at Blacksmythe. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Obama and Black Empowerment (Deja Vu?)", url: "http://www.blackprof.com/2008/11/obama-and-black-empowerment-deja-vu/" });

Obama and the Southern Strategy

Posted on November 16, 2008
Cross posted at blacksmythe. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Obama and the Southern Strategy", url: "http://www.blackprof.com/2008/11/obama-and-the-southern-strategy/" });

Diving for Dollars and the Fed Discount Window

Posted on November 15, 2008
The powerhouse credit card company, American Express has just joined the storied list of financial firms converting to bank holding companies. Like Merrill Lynch andSalomon Brothers, American Express is seeking shelter from the subprime storm by converting to the highly regulated Bank Holding Company form...

My November 4th

Posted on November 14, 2008
This reflection is personal. I voted this morning at my assigned precinct. Though having the option, I just could not bring myself to register to vote by mail. I wanted to make that walk. I wanted to create for myself a complete sense-memory of what I was doing today...

Transition Watch

Posted on November 13, 2008
Some of us are such junkies for all things political that even the transitionis, if not as exciting as the campaign, at least a source of intense fascination.So, as a politics addict, I am deep into a new obsession: what can the transition process tell us about President-elect Obama’s plans and priorities? It seems the [...

Barack Wins - The Work Continues

Posted on November 12, 2008
So much to reflect on the last week. I wept like many others last Tuesday night, wrote a piece for a Canadian news service http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/11/04/f-vp-ifill.htmland woke-up Wednesday feeling like I was in a dream. Then I hit downtown Baltimore City and, well, like War sang decades ago, ?The World is a Ghetto...

The Obama Election and its Symbolic Consequences

Posted on November 11, 2008
Crossposted at Blacksmythe. References: Does your subconscious tell you that Obama is foreign? Proposition 8 Exit Poll SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "The Obama Election and its Symbolic Consequences", url: "http://www.blackprof.com/2008/11/the-obama-election-and-its-symbolic-consequences/" });

Perhaps, The Third Time Is The Charm . . . .

Posted on November 10, 2008
This post appeared in the Des Moines Register on Saturday, November 8, 2009: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008811080326. My children woke up on Tuesday excited about the future. My 6-year old daughter, Bethany, asked, ?Is today the day when Barack Obama will become president?? I looked at her and the glow in her eyes...

President-elect Obama?s Legacy of Quality Education for our Children

Posted on November 06, 2008
President-elect Barack Hussein Obama?s mark on history is clear and undeniable. For the last 20 months, I have watched and listened to so many people, particularly Black Americans, who just could not believe that in their lifetime a Black man would be elected as our Nation?s leader...

HOPE - with a sprinkling of concern

Posted on November 05, 2008
And so it is. It really is. It has really happened. For the first time in so long, I feel something new flow through me, finally springing eternal - I feel HOPE. For many of us democratic cynics, despair over the fate of politics and the constant worry that things never change have been part [...

Yes, we can, but will we?

Posted on November 05, 2008
After the euphoria, will legal academics who supported President-elect Obama’s candidacy now help him govern? Will we exchange the thrill of involvement in a world-changing movement for the relatively mundane challenges of working in and with the the executive and legislative branches of government? Will we use the Obama presidency to validate the importance of [...

President-Elect Barack Obama on Election Night

Posted on November 05, 2008
In case you missed it, here is the full version of the speech President-Elect Obama delivered last night. An interesting mix of celebration and sober reflection on the many tasks that lay ahead. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "President-Elect Barack Obama on Election Night", url: "http://www...

The Moment When History is Made

Posted on November 04, 2008
Its about 11:10 pm EST, and CNN projects that Barack Obama wins the US presidency. The story is here. Just think about it. Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009. UPDATE: 11:28 pm EST — John McCain just finished his concession speech in Arizona...

Got Inspiration?

Posted on November 04, 2008
As we wait for the results to pour in, I wanted to post this picture to keep Obama supporters inspired. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Got Inspiration?", url: "http://www.blackprof.com/?p=2172" });

Waiting for Election Results and Looking Back: 2008

Posted on November 04, 2008
As we go about our daily business, anxiously anticipating the results of this election, let?s take a moment to look back on this historical campaign. I am going to point to three key events that will set the tone for how we deal with racial divisions after this election is over...

More Guest Contributors For Election Week

Posted on November 04, 2008
We?ve added two more bloggers this week to discuss the elections. Please welcome Bryan Adamson and Aya Gruber. Bryan Adamson is a Professor at Seattle University School of Law where he researches public education, race, and civil rights, and teaches clinical courses in civil practice...

Voter Experience Thread

Posted on November 04, 2008
I thought I?d start a thread for folks to discuss voter experiences on this historic election day. No matter the outcome, history will be made. If Obama wins, we get the first African American president. If McCain prevails, we will have elected the oldest president in history along with the first female vice president...

Election Week ? Guest Bloggers

Posted on November 03, 2008
This is an historic week in American history, and BlackProf has invited a handful of scholars to join us in blogging this election week. Please welcome guest bloggers Sheryll Cashin, Slyvia Lazos, Kimberly Norwood, Lester Spence, and Muriel Morisey Spence (no relation)...

Lewis Hamilton Wins Formula One Driver Championship

Posted on November 03, 2008
Some of you may recall a post I wrote last year about a young British racing driver named Lewis Hamilton. Handpicked by Mercedes McLaren team principal Ron Dennis, Hamilton was a rookie in perhaps the most technologically advanced and competitive racing series on the planet ? Formula One...

A New Entitlement for the 21st Century

Posted on October 31, 2008
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