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Slave Labor at the White House: Clarence Lusane Responds

One of the memorable things to happen so far at the 2016 Democratic National Convention was First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech mentioning slave labor at the White House in her speech. Here was the exact quote: “That is the story … Continue reading

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Clarence Lusane Responds to A Birthday Cake for George Washington

A Birthday Cake for George Washington, a children’s book by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, was withdrawn from publication by Scholastic in January 2016. The book’s publication was halted over its visual depiction of our first president’s … Continue reading

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New from City Lights Publishers: Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings by Mumia Abu-Jamal presents a selection of over 100 previously unpublished essays spanning the entire period of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s incarceration that crystallize his essential perspectives on community, politics, protest, history, social change and … Continue reading

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Excerpts from In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now

Parisian-born author and documentary film maker Benjamin Hedin‘s In Search of the Movement: The Struggle For Civil Rights Then And Now declares to “look for the [Civil Rights] movement” specifically within it’s American origins in the Deep South. Though it … Continue reading

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Clarence Lusane’s The Black History of the White House

In 2010 the Arizona legislature enacted HB 2281, which bans the teaching of courses in public schools that, among other things, treat people as “a group, rather than as individuals.” The intended effect of the law was clear immediately to … Continue reading

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Flashback: Bayard Rustin Awarded Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States, in which the White House honors those who have made a major contribution to the security and interest of the U.S. In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded … Continue reading

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City Lights Author Nathaniel Mackey Wins Bollingen Prize

This week Yale University awarded Nathaniel Mackey its prestigious Bollingen Prize in American Poetry in recognition of both his most recent volume, Outer Pradesh (Anomalous Press, 2014), and an ongoing body of work that Mackey has been developing for nearly forty years. … Continue reading

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New from City Lights Publishers: Woman With Guitar, Memphis Minnie’s Blues by Paul and Beth Garon

She is an icon of the blues. Her songs have been covered and recorded by Bob Wills, Muddy Waters, Mance Lipscomb, and Clifton Chenier. Musicians such as Eddie Boyd, Calvin Frazier, J. B. Hutto, and Chuck Berry have listed her … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Huey Newton & Angela Davis

Each Thursday we feature an older title from our 60-year history of book publishing, and in doing so hope to bring attention back to a specific book or author as it relates to today’s world, or give an unsung book … Continue reading

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