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Barack Obama: Race, Class, and Legacy

Barack Obama served as the 44th President of the United States, winning terms in 2008 and 2012. In my book Black Writing from Chicago, I included a passage from his best-selling autobiography Dreams from My Father.  That passage focused on … Continue reading

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Maya Angelou: “America’s Poet”

Yesterday morning brought the news that Maya Angelou had died at age 86.  The news coverage was befitting this American icon—long segments on virtually every national and local newscast, front page New York Times, plus a full page and half … Continue reading

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Frank Marshall Davis: Lyricism and Protest

For most of his life Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987) worked as a journalist for papers such as the Gary American, the Atlanta World, and the Chicago Star, a labor weekly he co-founded and served as executive editor.  Moving to Hawaii, … Continue reading

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