The Reverend Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The 76-year-old civil rights icon made the announcement in a statement on Friday.
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Comedian and civil rights pioneer Dick Gregory died of heart failure in Washington, DC on Saturday, August 19. He was 84.
Gregory was among the first comedians in the 1950s to incorporate racism and anti-war protests into his stand-up sets.
On a day when most of America celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s life and legacy, Atlantans are voicing outrage at President-elect Donald Trump for disrespecting their city and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.
World renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died at age 86.
Angelou, who recently battled health problems, was found by her caretaker at her home on Wednesday morning, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed.
Buro 24/7 website editor-in-chief Miroslava Duma sparked outrage by publishing an interview with Garage magazine editor-in-chief Zhukova Dasha. A photo accompanying the interview shows Zhokova posing on a ‘black woman chair’. Zuma, who posted the image on her Instagram and Facebook pages, defended the photo as a work of art. But some are calling it ‘racist art’.
Sensitive art critics bristled at the fact that Zuma posted the image during the celebration of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.
“Death is something inevitable.When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people&his country,he can rest in peace” #Madiba
— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) December 5, 2013
South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela passed away at his home today. He was 95. Tributes and condolences flooded social networking websites as world leaders, former presidents, celebrities and citizens of the world remembered the anti-apartheid civil rights leader.
President Obama spoke on Mandela’s passing from the White House about 45 minutes after the announcement that Mandela had died.
“He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages,” said Obama, borrowing the words of Edwin M. Stanton, who, as Abraham Lincoln lay on his deathbed, said “He now belongs to the ages.”
Comedian and philanthropist Bill Cosby says there are some serious issues affecting black America and he knows how to solve them.
In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Cosby, 76, said black women are the majority head of households, and he wants to see more black men taking responsibility for their sons.
“I think it has to come from the universities,” he said. “I think, women, strongly because when you see 70 percent, in research, that says they are the leaders of the household, what we need is for people to realize I want to raise my kid. I want to go back and get my three kids. I want to take on that responsibility. I want to love my children.”
Cosby also criticized “no-gross” who don’t provide solutions but are quick to blame him for focusing on the problems in the black community.