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From this press release: It is with deepest sadness that North Carolina Central University announces the passing of photojournalist Alex Rivera [Alexander M Rivera, Jr]. Rivera, a nationally renowned and prominent photojournalist, established the public relations office at North Carolina Central University, and served as the office’s first director. “This is a sad day for…

The author, human rights activist, folklorist, and environmentalist, Stetson Kennedy, is celebrating his 92nd birthday today in the company of friends and family near St. Augustine, Florida. His website, StetsonKennedy.com, used to have a guestbook but the webmaster, his grandson Sean, took it down after extensive spamming. So, please leave your birthday wishes in the…

When I went away to college after the summer when MTV was first launched, I had never heard of the term, “Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” But during the following summer while taking organic chemistry, I lived in a dorm with two visiting HBCU students who were doing internships at a local pharmaceutical company. The…

If you ever have been so bored as to scroll down the blogroll on the sidebar to the left, you’ll see a category of links for “Other Stuff I Care About.” The Southern Law Poverty Center (SPLCenter) is amongst that stuff and the renewal form sitting beside me here at the home office tells me…

Reflections on Jesse Helms

Well, I didn’t exactly plan to break my silence with a non-science post but a couple of you asked if I had any comments on the passing of Senator Helms. Frankly, I was already going into the US Independence Day weekend with a bit of melancholia, feeling very much like the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Chris Satullo…

Folks are probably wrapping it up in St. Augustine at this hour, but I just wanted to send out happy 91st birthday wishes to the Old Lion, Stetson Kennedy. Anastasia Books invites the community to a birthday celebration for Stetson Kennedy during the First Friday Art Walk. Kennedy, the 91-year-old civil rights activist, folklorist and…

Martin Luther King Day link to Mike

I couldn’t think of much to write today until I saw Mike The Mad Biologist post a speech from Dr King to striking Memphis sanitation workers in 1968. Economic justice is the general theme, but there is little more moving than the oratory of Dr King. Mike didn’t highlight this quote, but let me do…

Billy Bragg follow-up

Thanks, all, for sharing in my initial disappointment with missing Stetson Kennedy’s 90th b’day party and then the happy accident of being home to take the call from Billy Bragg yesterday afternoon. My response to the comments began to grow so lengthy that I felt it necessary to create a whole new blog post. Here…

So, Billy Bragg just rang…

I’m sitting here, miserably pissed off, because a US Airways snafu has kept me from attending the 90th birthday party of Stetson Kennedy, legendary Southern author, rebel, and soldier for human rights and social justice, in Fruit Cove, Florida. For readers who may recall my admiration of Mr. Kennedy and visit with him earlier this…

I applauded Keith Olbermann in this space two weeks ago. I finally got around tonight to reading his commentary presented Monday night at Ground Zero. Apologies to my readers who may be overwhelmed by all of the 9/11 attention this week but, as Olbermann said, “I belabor this to emphasize that, for me this was,…