Black History Month
The Eight-Day Week
When Clarence B. Jones took the stage at the crowded Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem earlier this month, his presence seemed to fill the room. His enormity was fitting; among civil rights leaders, he is a figurative giant.
Dr. Jones was at the church to receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award, presented by the Jewish Read More
Head on over to Fort Greene for BAM’s 28th annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—Come Share the Dream. Renowned activist Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address.
The Eight-Day Week
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave an unusually animated speech in front of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network this morning, at one point borrowing a phrase from the once controversial civil rights leader.
“The reverend used a new term … ‘agitation freaks.’ I love that one, I love that. Albany has a lot of agitation freaks,” the governor told the audience at the House of Justice in Harlem, using the term Mr. Sharpton had coined to describe people who are angry all the time just for the sake of being angry.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day isn’t just a national holiday; it’s a time for celebrating the life and accomplishments of the civil rights leader. This evening, take a respite from the daily grind and go relax to some tunes at the Upper West Side’s Symphony Space, where performers like Grammy Award-winning Catherine Russell & Her Band, Liberty City’s April Yvette Thompson, pianist/composer Anthony Coleman, Anthony Russell and klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd will be honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a night full of music. We can’t wait to see how that klezmer clarinet fits into the program.
Though poet Maya Angelou has argued that an inscription on the side of the recently unveiled, poorly reviewed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., makes the civil-rights leader “look like an arrogant twit,” the monument’s architect has told The Washington Post that the controversial quotation will stay. Read More
Step Aside, MLK
MLK: Where were you when he died? [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
2012: “[T]hree of the last seven presidential elections swung by third-party candidates who were in the race mainly as acts of self-flattery.” [Gregg Easerbrook]
KSM: Not being tried in NY. [New York Post]
KSM: Bloomberg Read More
Nearly half a century ago, Martin Luther King used the pulpit to issue a far-reaching call for social justice. Clergy and public officials laid claim to this legacy at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church last night, where they enjoined the city council to pass a bill guaranteeing a living wage for employees of development projects Read More
Watching the mass impulse toward democracy in Iran over the past week has been alternately inspiring and terrifying. The power and clumsiness of the state never fails to scare me and the courage and intensity of the public in the street continues to inspire. Something is different about political participation in these early years of Read More
Michael Bloomberg has been posting footage from his public events on his new YouTube channel, including this one today, which, if I’m not mistaken, is slightly edited.
The video is from a January 19 breakfast in Harlem that Bloomberg hosted in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
At the event, Bloomberg spoke Read More
Former mayor David Dinkins, like almost everyone other political figure in New York, endorsed Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama during the presidential primary.
But at a breakfast in Harlem this morning honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dinkins praised Obama.
“I think it is important to recognize that unfortunately we do Read More