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Smartphone Witnessing Becomes Synonymous With Black Patriotism After George Floyd's Death

Written by Allissa V. Richardson, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism____A flashbulb emits a high-pitched hum. A photograph of the legendary 19th-century abolitionist and newspaperman Frederick Douglass fades in on-screen.We hear the “Hamilton” alumnus actor Daveed Diggs before we see him.“What, to my people, is the...

Landlord-Leaning Eviction Courts Are About To Make The Coronavirus Housing Crisis A Lot Worse

Katy Ramsey Mason, University of Memphis____The United States is on the verge of a potentially devastating eviction crisis right in the middle of a deadly pandemic.Federal, state and local eviction moratoriums had put most of the pending cases on hold. But as the moratoriums expire and eviction hearings resume, millions of people are at risk of losing their homes.That’s because...

John Lewis Traded The Typical College Experience For Activism, Arrests And Jail Cells

Written by Jelani M. Favors, Clayton State University____As an 18-year-old student attending a training session for activists at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee, John Lewis stuttered and struggled to read. A visiting professor mocked his stammered speech and “poor reading skills” and dismissed Lewis’ potential as a “suitable leader”...