June 15, 2013
Marcus Book Store, at 1712 Fillmore St., San Francisco, is packed with knowledge it has purveyed since 1960, for 53 years. Now the oldest Black book store in the country has been ordered out. After strong turnouts Sunday at St. Nicholas Church, where the Sweises are deacon and subdeacon, and at the meeting today, the decision is that Marcus Books will not be moved, not now anyway. Come to the press conference at the store Saturday, June 22, 12-3 p.m. Spread the word! “When folks begin to attack our cultural institutions, they attack our very existence,” says Ed Donaldson. This is “an assault on this community,” says Rev. Arnold Townsend.
June 11, 2013
The literary work of Robert Beck, aka Iceberg Slim, has captivated the imaginations of ghetto-dwellers for decades. Much different from the writings of Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and Richard Wright, who all hold up a piece of the American pantheon of legendary Black writers, the work of Iceberg Slim was a chronicle into what was going on in the underbelly of capitalism, America’s ghettos.
February 19, 2009
We need to confront our racial past – and our racial present. In things racial, we have always been and continue to be essentially a nation of cowards. This Department of Justice, as long as I am here, must – and will – lead the nation to the “new birth of freedom.”