Sunday, August 31, 2014

#Ferguson . Images from Antonio French

Alderman Antonio French a vibrant young man, active in community issues, has been keeping folks abreast of events. I've never had the pleasure of meeting him but the fact that he cares greatly for his constituency is reflected in his actions. We can follow him on Twitter, Vine and if you look, maybe you can find him on other social media as well as just googling the name Antonio French.

Mary Ann McGivern on Antonio French
“Antonio and I ran together on a school board slate eight years ago. He's 32 now, and I have enormous respect for him. But he's flying by the seat of his pants, trying to create a safe and respectful space for the voice of protest.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

R.I.P. William Greaves

William Greaves (October 8, 1926 – August 25, 2014)[1] is a documentary filmmaker and one of the pioneers of African-American filmmaking. He has produced over two hundred documentary films, having written and directed more than half of them. Greaves has garnered many accolades for his work, including four Emmy nominations. (Wikipedia)

Fighter for Freedom: The Frederick Douglass Story (1984)
Produced and Directed by William Greaves
Written by Lou Potter and William Greaves

The Face of US Racism - Emmet Till

August 28, 1955

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman.

Christopher Benson is an Associate Professor of African American Studies, and Journalism at the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign.