End the Nightmare

End the Nightmare


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



The National Rally, Workshops and Training’s will focus on current issues facing neighborhoods, the nation,

and the global community and how to apply King’s organizing and philosophical legacy to address them.

These include the Bush administration’s war in and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. policy in support

of Israel’s occupation of Palestine   . . . on peace and stability in Africa the Caribbean and Latin America 



End the NightmareBring Back the Dream!

Reclaiming thee MLK, Jr. Holiday

& the True Spirit of Dr. King

on Monday January 19, 2004

3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice and Peace National Workshop & Rally 

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Sonia Sanchez--renowned poet, author and activist–and Scott Ritter–former United Nations Weapons inspector, outspoken author and Bush administration critic–will help headline the rostrum of speakers at this year’s Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice and Peace National Workshop and Rally sponsored by Black Voices for Peace (BVFP), the UDC Department of Criminal Justice and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

The event’s activities will be held on the

National Martin Luther King Birthday Holiday

Monday, January 19 from 9:30 am until 6:30 pm

at University of the District of Columbia

 Van Ness Street and Connecticut Ave. NW in Washington, DC.

The two noted personalities will join BVFP co-chair and founder Damu Smith, BVFP co-chair and Spirit of Truth Center founder Rev. Dr. Carolyn Boyd, and Rev. Graylin Hagler, a national BVFP spokesperson and senior pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in Washington, DC., who along with other speakers will also address the hundreds of attendees expected at the event.

Last year nearly 3000 persons were in attendance from the District of Columbia and ten states.

The event will include workshops and a national rally.

The Afternoon National Rally 



and including a  Musical and Cultural Tribute

featuring Youth and Elders

 3:30 until 6:30 PM. in UDC’s Main Auditorium

Introductory  Session — 9:30 until 10:15 am

Morning Workshop — 10:30 am until 12:30 pm

Early Afternoon Workshop —1:15 until 3:15 pm.

Workshop leaders, trainers and speakers from around the nation will be a part of this event.

There will also be VOTER REGISTRATION and an INFORMATION MARKET PLACE featuring books and information on various issues.



Among the performers paying tribute to Dr. King’s legacy of love, justice, peace and racial equality will be youth and elder spoken word, gospel, spiritual, positive message and hip hop artists. These include Image Band (formerly New Birth), the McHenry Elementary School Step Team and Rainbow Warriors Band and Show; from South Africa, Bokamosa; and Shambhala.

The National Rally, Workshops and Training’s will focus on current issues facing neighborhoods, the nation, and the global community and how to apply King’s organizing and philosophical legacy to address them. These include the Bush administration’s war in and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan U.S. policy in support of Israel’s occupation of Palestine the impact of U.S. foreign policy on peace and stability in Africa the Caribbean and Latin America challenging racism and defending against the assault on civil liberties, civil rights and affirmative action  organizing for economic rights and essential human needs  in the face of massive cut backs in social spending and the steep rise in military expenditures  organizing for media accountability empowering youth for leadership and organizing in the face of violence and other challenges organizing for positive messages and images in popular culture to advance love, unity, justice and peace and organizing against police brutality and the prison industrial complex

Call the BVFP 24-Hour Hotline at 202-232-5690

for 90-second Prerecorded Updates

in Washington, DC Listen to WPFW 89.3 FM AND WOL 1450 AM

for Information about this event and other upcoming  MLK JR. Observances throughout the Nation

WPFW is also Broadcast at WWW.WPFW.ORG

(click on to “Listen to Broadcast”)

End the Nightmare; Bring Back the Dream!

In celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dedication to peace and justice, we invite you to join a vigil against war and violence. 

Participate in continuous readings of Dr. King’s speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence,” in front of the Oakland, California Federal Building from noon to sundown (5:14 p.m.) on Friday, January 16, 2004. Readers will include elected officials, community and labor leaders, students and other interested folks.

Sponsored by the Peoples NonViolent Response Coalition (PNVRC), this event is part of the nationwide United for Peace and Justice actions around the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

 Friday, January 16, 2004 from noon to 5:14 p.m.

Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay Street, near the 12th Street BART Station.

A flier (in PDF), and more information, are available at:

For more information call Jackie Cabasso: (510) 839-5877

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#1 – Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark #2 – Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree #3 – Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane #4 – Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper #5 – Stackin’ Paper 2 Genesis’ Payback by Joy King #6 – Thug Lovin’ (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark #7 – When I Get Where I’m Going by Cheryl Robinson #8 – Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby #9 – The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane

#10 – Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

#11 – Diary Of A Street Diva  by Ashley and JaQuavis

#12 – Don’t Ever Tell  by Brandon Massey

#13 – For colored girls who have considered suicide  by Ntozake Shange

#14 – For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree

#15 – Homemade Loves  by J. California Cooper

#16 – The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper

#17 – Player Haters by Carl Weber

#18 – Purple Panties: An Anthology by Sidney Molare

#19 – Stackin’ Paper by Joy King

#20 – Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey

#21 – The Upper Room by Mary Monroe

#22 – Thug Matrimony  by Wahida Clark

#23 – Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark

#24 – Married Men by Carl Weber

#25 – I Dreamt I Was in Heaven – The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter


#1 – Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable #2 – Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans #3 – Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane #4 – Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper #5 – Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant #6 – Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey #7 – The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight #8 – The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing #9 – The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

#10 – John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

#11 – Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

#12 –The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

#13 – The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

#14 – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#15 – Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can’t Commit  by RM Johnson

#16 – Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins

#17 – Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#18 – A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 – John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 – Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 – Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 – 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino #23 – Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul by Tom Lagana #24 – 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 – Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All

By Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock  market. True wealth has more to do with what’s in your heart than what’s in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America’s shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, “Happy can make you money, but money can’t make you happy.”

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama’s political success and Oprah Winfrey’s financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today… than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don’t know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as “the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field ‘cut their teeth’.”

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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update 20 December 2011




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