The Shirley Chisholm Project hopes that everyone reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy of struggle, sacrifice and commitment to social justice. Let’s not turn him into a sanitized icon, but learn from the tremendous obstacles he and his sister and brother South Africans faced in their long and bitterly contested endeavors to end apartheid and attempt to build a more just society.
The Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism from 1945-Present is pleased to invite you to Shirley Chisholm Day 2013! The event will take place on Tuesday, November 19th at Brooklyn College in the Woody Tanger Auditorium with keynote speaker Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teacher’s Union and a true catalyst for change, speaking at 11AM and again at 4PM. We hope to see you there as we remember and celebrate the life and legacy of Shirley Chisholm.
As we approach the 5oth Anniversary of the March on Washington this month (August 28th, 1963) there are many organizations making way to our nation’s capital. The Shirley Chisholm Project would like to share one option for making your voice heard on that historic day. We have recently posted information through the Project’s Facebook account about another group and you can visit here for Labor Fightback Network’s information.
We shall overcome!
Leith Mullings, president of American Anthropological Association, writes:
“Those of us who research race, racism and inequality must continue to name racism without sugarcoating it; to analyze the ways in which racism is maintained and produced inside and outside of our discipline without overtly targeting its victims; and to use the tools of anthropology to identify the underlying social relationships and informal workings of racist projects. Most important, we need to interrogate the new hidden forms of structural racism and deconstruct, in the best sense of the word, the ways in which racism expresses itself in the age of “post-racial color blindness.”
To read this article in full please visit here.
150years ago, July 18, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first official African American units for the US armed forces commissioned after the Emancipation Proclamation spearheaded to assault on Ft. Wagner, in the Charleston, S.C. Harbor. 272 of the 600 men were killed,mounded or captured. The heroism of the 54th regiment has made famous by the Academy Award winning movie Glory.
Image of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial, Boston, Massachusetts.
On July 17, 2013, former Secretary of the State Hilary Clinton addressed Shirley Chisholm’s sorority Delta Sigma Theta in at their 51st Annual Convention in Washington D.C. Clinton spoke on her disappointment for the recent Supreme Court decision to end the Voting Rights Act and also made heartfelt mention about the recent verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder case. Here is an excerpt of her address:
“My prayers are with the Martin family and with every family who loves someone who is lost to violence. No mother, no father, should ever have to fear for their child walking down a street in the United States of America … Yesterday I know you heard from the attorney general about the next steps from the Justice Department and the need for a national dialogue. As we move forward as we must, I hope this sisterhood will continue to be a force for justice and understanding.”
For more on her speech visit here.
The Chisholm Project would like two share to emotionally moving articles about the verdict in the murder case of Trayvon Martin. Robin D.G. Kelley, author and Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA, wrote a blog post making the point that the U.S. justice system is set up to fail in racially and politically charged cases such as that of George Zimmerman. Award winning journalist, Gary Younge’s article asks out right if it is now open season on young black males in America as the “Stand Your Ground” law seems to suggest since it was the basis for the jury’s not guilty verdict. While we continue to hear from political pundits and those directly connected to the court proceedings, it important keep in mind the facts from the night of February 26, 2012 – a 17 year old boy was simply walking home with a can of iced tea and a bag of candy.
Image Credit: David Goldman/Associated Press
Abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ “Fourth of July Speech, 1852″ will always be a moving message addressed to the citizens of The United States. Sadly, it is too relevant to our nation’s current predicament. To read the speech in it’s entirety please visit here and to watch a moving reading from actor Danny Glover please visit the Zinn Education Project’s site.
The Chisholm Project would like to share this image as we approach the 50th anniversary of the 1964 lynching of civil rights activists James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner. Rockwell’s paintings are generally known as depicting slices of Americana for The Saturday Evening Post. In truth, Rockwell was interested in telling our nation’s whole story which sadly includes a past steeped in racism and a struggle for equality. In the painting Murder in Mississippi he re-tells the horrific events on the night and early morning of June 21-22 when the KuKluxKlan brutally murdered Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner. This image helps to keep the memory of the three young men as well as their fight for civil justice alive, which is even more meaningful in 2013 USA than ever.
Eleanor Bader’s article in The Brooklyn Rail highlights the plight of under paid fast food workers as they organize for better wages. Originating in NYC, the grass roots movement, Fast Food Forward is leading this fight which includes a call to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace. Bader’s article points out how this movement and others are emerging in NYC and across the country. To help support their cause take a moment to visit the FFF site and sign a petition telling fast food mega corperations their employees deserve better pay.