Sun Ra: Not my type of being, to be limited.

A lot of people have tried to contain me or to limit me. But you see, that is not my type of being, to be limited. You might call me a catalyst. A catalyst changes everything, but it remains unchanged. I’ve been called that. The Baroness Rothschild (Baroness Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter) says that … More Sun Ra: Not my type of being, to be limited.

Melaninology: The study of melanin.

Melanin has been studied for centuries. Oddly, Black people, melanin people, African people, in general, know very little about the substance which causes their physical appearance. For us to truly know ourselves, and accurately perceive the world around us, the study of melanin must be paramount. We need to become experts in melaninology, which we … More Melaninology: The study of melanin.

On Being White and other Lies by James Baldwin

THE CRISIS OF LEADERSHIP in the white community is remarkable-and-terrifying-because there is, in fact, no white community. This may seem an enormous statement-and it is. I’m willing to be challenged. I’m also willing to attempt to spell it out. My frame of reference is, of course, America, or that portion of the North American continent … More On Being White and other Lies by James Baldwin

The Race Problem by FREDERICK DOUGLASS.

The Race Problem. GREAT SPEECH OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, DELIVERED BEFORE THE BETHEL LITERARY AND HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, IN THE METROPOLITAN A. M. E. CHURCH, Washington, D.C. OCTOBER 21, 1890. Originally sourced from The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress

THE POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT By AMY JACQUES GARVEY

“Outsiders will never understand the psychology of those they called Garveyites. We doubt if we who are thus nicknamed understand it ourselves. The binding spell, the indefinable charm which Mr Garvey exercises over us beggars description. But we find reason for it in our conviction that no man has spoken to us like this man, inculcating pride and nobility of race, and clearly pointing out the Star of Hope to a discouraged and down trodden people.” thus wrote Archbishop George Alexander McGuire, in “The Negro Churchman”, Sept 1923. … More THE POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT By AMY JACQUES GARVEY

The Truth of American Society

If Black people are not what White people said we were, then white America is not what it claims to be. What we have to deal with here therefore is a contradiction at the level of reality. We are engaged in a struggle over meaning, a struggle over truth. And it is my argument here … More The Truth of American Society

Memo from Dr. Carter G. Woodson Re: The Miseducation of the Negro

From “The Miseducation of the Negro” by Carter G. Woodson, founder of “Negro History Week” which has become Black History Month/African American History Month: The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History is projected on the fact that there is nothing in the past of the Negro more shameful than what is found … More Memo from Dr. Carter G. Woodson Re: The Miseducation of the Negro