Category Archives: African American

Earl Varner’s Mother

The tragic death of Trayvon Martin has triggered memories of a similar incident that occurred about twenty-five years ago. Mary Robinson, an African American social activist born in 1943, and I were working on a book about her home community … Continue reading

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Separate and Unequal

In 1981, the African American midwife described one of her most heartbreaking deliveries. As we talked we sat under a big pecan tree in the front yard of a remodeled farm house near Americus, Georgia, she explained that she had … Continue reading

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I sat next to Mary’s Robinson, a retired African American, textile union organizer from Alabama. I tape recorded her story as she described union power in the past. “In 1979 we also went up to Washington D.C., to this big … Continue reading

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“The New Jim Crow”

  I first saw the title six months ago. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (1210). Could it be that the author was comparing our current prison system to the notorious system … Continue reading

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