From slavery to today's struggles against structural racism and for democracy for all, the African-American people continue to play a strategic role.
Today would have been the 144th birthday of WEB Du Bois, the great scholar, civil rights and peace activist.
She was a leader in the fight for African American equality, women's equality and their rights in education, and for African Americans' and women's right to vote.
The Midwest is awash in flags and bumper stickers boasting support for the troops and the good ol' red, white and blue. But, lately we have seen more and more "Come home!" messages.
"I AM A MAN," the signs proclaimed in large, bold letters. They were held high, proudly and defiantly, by African-American men marching through the streets of Memphis.