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Basic Black Live: New Protests, New Leadership

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on January 13, 2012)

As we head towards the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we look back at the past year of protest at home and abroad. In the era of the civil rights movement, much of the attention focused on the leadership; but in this new era of protests, the focus has shifted to the masses. Have leaders become obsolete? Our conversation this week on Basic Black looks at the new role of leadership in grassroots movements, from the Tea Party to the Arab Spring to Occupy.


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Rev. Jonathan Walton on civil rights and social justice

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

by Talia Whyte

Dr. Jonathan L. Walton was the keynote speaker at the 43th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on January 21.  The holiday celebrating the life of the slain civil rights leader also just so happened to fall on the same day as the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.  Walton was quick to point out this coincidence as well.  However, he mentioned to the crowd that while Obama’s reelection demonstrates the racial progress made in America, he said there are still many other social and economic inequalities that need the same amount of attention.

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"We Saved A Community"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

by Talia Whyte

State Rep. Byron Rushing joined local community activists at Hibernian Hall Oct. 19 to discuss the history of the 45-year-old Madison Park Development Corporation, as well as highlight the roots of black activism in Boston.
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Keith Morris Washington on Iraq

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

In 2005, landscape painter Keith Morris Washington was inspired to paint flowers in a war zone as a metaphor for peace.

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Black on Campus at Boston College

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Afua Laast of Boston College organized a 'Blackout' in solidarity with the students protesting the University of Missouri campus culture. she reflects on why campuses like Boston College need to show support to other colleges and universities struggling with race on campus.

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Power is... a college education - 1969

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