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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Bush Acknowledges Racial Injusticebushandtemptations.jpg

At a Black History Month event, President Bush discussed the recent racial incidences occurring throughout the nation; "describing recent displays of nooses and jokes about lynching as ‘deeply offensive' in a speech to a largely African American audience invited to the White House" write Michael Abramowitz and Hamil R. Harris of the Washington Post.

"Responding to news coverage of such episodes since the ‘Jena Six' case in Louisiana last fall, Bush said: ‘These disturbing reports have resulted in heightened racial tensions in many communities. They have revealed that some Americans do not understand why the sight of a noose causes such a visceral reaction among so many people.'

 "The comments injected a note of sobriety into a largely festive gathering in the East Room to celebrate Black History Month that included a performance by the Motown group the Temptations.

"This is a very strong statement," said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was recognized by Bush. "I wish that he would add legislation to it, but I am glad that he has finally addressed this issue."

"During yesterday's ceremony, Bush honored four African Americans for their roles in combating racial injustice: Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.); former transportation secretary William T. Coleman Jr.; Ernest Green, the first black man to graduate from Little Rock Central High School; and Otis Williams, an original member of the Temptations."

8:54 am est 

Monday, February 11, 2008

Valle led the way for countrymen 

As a player in the United States-based Major League Baseball league, Puerto Rico's Hector Valle played in "[n]ine games, 13 at-bats, four singles and a .308 average," writes Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times.HectorValle.jpg

"If you had blinked, you might have missed Valle's ti
me in Los Angeles. But those nine games have provided him with a lifetime of memories.

" 'Getting to the major leagues was the ultimate,' he said 43 years later. 'What a great experience. It was beautiful.'

"As it turns out, it was historic as well because it made Valle the first Puerto Rican catcher to play in the majors. And the trail he blazed is one many of his countrymen have followed."

6:10 pm est 

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The Sound of My Footsteps:

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The Afro-Latin@ Reader focuses attention on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of Afro-Latin@s in the United States (and throughout the Americas) belies the notion that Blacks and Latin@s are two distinct categories or cultures. Afro-Latin@s are uniquely situated to bridge the widening social divide between Latin@s and African Americans. At the same time, their experiences reveal pervasive racism among Latin@s and ethnocentrism among African Americans. Offering insight into Afro-Latin@ life and new ways to understand culture, ethnicity, nation, identity, and antiracist politics, The Afro-Latin@ Reader presents a kaleidoscopic view of Black Latin@s in the United States. It addresses history, music, gender, class, and media representations in more than sixty selections, including scholarly essays, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, short stories, and interviews.

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African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events

 by Karen Juanita Carrillo

The proof of any group's importance to history is in the detail, a fact made plain by this informative book's day-by-day documentation of the impact of African Americans on life in the United States.  One of the easiest ways to grasp any aspect of history is to look at it as a continuum. African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events provides just such an opportunity.

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The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future 

by Karen Juanita Carrillo

 The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future is an introduction to the lives of Blacks in Colombia. Afro-Colombians live in a resource-rich yet remote region of Colombia. They only recently won recognition as one of that nation's distinct ethnic groups. But Colombia's on-going civil war has led many Afro-Colombians to reach even farther than their nation's borders for recognition: many have made their way to the United States as refugees and as political activists working for peace in their homeland. The View from Chocó introduces the lives and struggles of a too-long neglected community of Colombian Blacks. 

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