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Vantage Point

Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniel

Dedicated to the Memory of Malcolm

The “Declining Significance” of Black History

In the middle of this year’s Black History Month I was momentarily overcome by a weird feeling. There was a kind of ho hum, mundane, routine, business as usual atmosphere about this year’s commemoration with little passion or intensity.  Maybe it was just me, but I had a sense that Black History Month was/is straying from Carter G. Woodson’s original mission of uti

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Not since Eugene Sawyer succeeded the late Harold Washington has there been an African American Mayor of Chicago.  The announcement by Mayor Richard M. Daly that he will not seek re-election after two decades in office would seem to open the doors for a well-positioned Black candidate to recapture the keys to City Hall. Though Rahm Emanuel, former Chief-of -Staff for President Obama, is seen as the front-runner, it would appear that an Afri

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Statement by Dr. Ron Daniels,
President, Institute of the Black World 21
Century, Founder, Haiti Support Project

October 7-11, the Haiti Support Project (HSP) will lead its third Delegation to Haiti since the disastrous earthquake. This reflects our ongoing commitment to stand with our Haitian sisters and brothers in this
hour of grave national crisis. Indeed, HSP is no stranger to the Haitian people. 2010 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of HSP. Over the years we have organi

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Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

In my last article I posed the question of whether Black voters should rescue the Democrats again in the critical mid-term elections on November 2nd. It is clear that the Democrats are in serious danger of losing control of the House and Senate. Therefore, once again the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is frantically reaching out to Black voters to ride to the rescue. I complained about the fact that the Democrats need the Black vote but h

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The Spirit of Fela Kuti Lives!

by Dr. Ron Daniels: One of the most exhilarating and fulfilling experiences I have had recently was attending the Broadway Musical Fela, which depicts the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the flamboyant, defiant, multitalented, artistic phenom who challenged corruption and dictatorial rule in his native Nigeria and Africa. In a word, the Play is Phenomenal! I first learned about Fela Kuti from Sandino Thompson, the son of Wayne Thompson, my long time friend and partner in struggle, now deceased.
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Vantage Point Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels There is a rebellion against Washington brewing across the land, and that’s bad news for President Obama and the Democrats. Unemployment is 10.2% and climbing. According to a recent poll, some 30% of American families are feeling the pain of the dramatic downturn in the economy, which has produced the highest level of joblessness in decades. Never mind that the devastating economic collapse was inherited by President Obama; what people care a
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Dr. Ron Daniels: As it became increasingly clear that Barack Obama was poised to make history as the first African American President of the United States, it was also clear that this was potentially a big moment for the progressive movement – a time to articulate a vision for a new America and to organize to advance an agenda for reform and fundamental change. As the Obama presidency unfolds, the question is whether the progressive movement is prepared to seize the opportunity presented by thi
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Making the American Flag “Our Flag”

Vantage Point Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels Making the American Flag “Our Flag” February 9, 2009 On Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C., there was a veritable sea of Red, White and Blue as some two million proud Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Black people, furiously waved their American Flags on the National Mall. This overt expression of affection for the American Flag was somewhat out of character for Blacks, who have been understandably ambivalent about America’s sa
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