Off Next Week: Back to blogging soon with Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.
In the final chapter of his 2011 book, The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency, Randall Kennedy comments on several of Obama’s critics on the black left, including author and Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson, who, he says, went from vigorous support for Barack Obama the candidate to vocal […]
In this interview excerpt from the National Visionary leadership Project’s series of African American oral histories, David Graham Du Bois, the son of W.E.B. Du Bois’s second wife Shirley Graham, talks about his parents’ partnership and his stepfather’s commitment to socialism. He also discusses W.E.B. Du Bois’s views on racial progress and patriotism, his own […]
Take a tour of Beirut graffiti with Rayess Bek. via Our Man in Beirut
The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line. Du Bois coined the line for a speech he delivered in July 1900 at the first Pan-African Conference in London and it remains just as resonant today. Indeed, one might even say that the problem of the twenty-first century is the problem […]
I’ve previously introduced W.E.B. Du Bois on this blog as an opponent of Booker T. Washington’s, but he deserves significant mention in his own right as an influential and much-admired author, scholar, political organizer and, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “gifted discoverer of social truths.” A classic of early sociology and African […]
In Up from Slavery, Booker T. Washington makes reference to the “grape-vine” telegraph, the unofficial and effective, if not always entirely accurate, means by which Civil War-era slaves kept themselves informed as to the goings on of the nation. The term became even more popular when Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight and the Pips (above) […]
Image: Card from his niece (my mom)
The 2011 British remake of Wuthering Heights sets itself apart with casting that may be more faithful than creative, writes Steve Rose in the Guardian Meanwhile, across the channel, the Museum of the Great War opens in Meaux, France, and focuses “less on the battles than on evoking the atmosphere of the war and its […]
I stumbled upon this six-minute encapsulation of the “scholarly debate” between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. It seems to be a school project and nicely captures common perceptions as to the distinctions between the two men and their contributions to black history.