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01.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
When he arrived in Washington in 1945 as the Member of House of Representatives for Harlem, Adam Clayton Powell was denied service at most of the capital�s lunch counters and bars. He left office a quarter-century later under clouds of controversy after symbolizing the struggle for black power in American politics. The Oscar-nominated documentary Adam Clayton Powell (out now on DVD) is a ...
04.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Civilization was built on the backs of slaves. As the documentary �Prince Among Slaves� rightly points out, slavery, serfdom and other forms of involuntary servitude were common the world over, but the slave system established in the New World by European colonizers was among the worst. Conditions were especially brutal and racism allowed owners to dehumanize the men and women they owned to an e...
01.29.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is perhaps the foremost historian of the African-American experience, both as a scholar and public intellectual. His latest endeavor under the latter heading is to host �African American Lives 2,� premiering 8 p.m., Feb. 6 on MPTV-10. Using family trees of the famous and the less known as a starting point, Gates investigates black life in America over four episodes....