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I Tried to Be a Communist

Then political problems rose to plague me.  Ross, whose life I had tried to write, was charged by the Communist Party with “anti-leadership tendencies,” “class collaborationist attitudes,” and “ideological factionalism” — phrases so fanciful that I gaped when I heard them. Books by Richard Wright   Richard Wright: Early Works  /…

I Weep For My Country

 We flaunt our superpower status with arrogance. We treat UN Security Council members like ingrates who offend our princely dignity by lifting their heads from the carpet. Valuable alliances are split. Books by Robert C. Byrd Robert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coalfields / Losing America: Confronting A Reckless…

Sex at the Margins

Sex at the Margins Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry By Laura María Agustín This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them…

Martin Luther King Speaks in Baltimore 1958
    ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes     Home      www.nathanielturner.com I never will forget the experience that came to all of us on that night, that the old nation was to pass away and a new nation to come into being. I... Read more
Jesse Jackson Scourged in The Baltimore Times
    ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes     Home        www.nathanielturner.com What Jackson contributed to black life and culture is no small matter. When he joined Martin and SCLC in 1963, he organized Chicago’s black clergymen in support of King. In 1966, he... Read more
Inequities of Baltimore Black Youth
    ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes     Home       www.nathanielturner.com   We should not join the Right and the White Nationalists in their anti-black youth rhetoric. We should be looking for more and more ways we can support youth responses to their social... Read more
Down on All Four in Baltimore
    ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes     Home       www.nathanielturner.com Blackberry mysteries & aching secrets / bouncing ripe breasts eyed in honey lips  African hips rock healing rhythms / with flat bellies & global asses curving     ]]> Down on All... Read more
Community Unrest: The Rise of Baltimore Local 1199
    ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes     Home      www.nathanielturner.com My introduction to many of the issues confronting working people and their unions occurred in 1959 when my father, my neighbors, and my uncles went on strike against Bethlehem Steel. I learned that... Read more
A Christian Goon Squad in Black Baltimore
    ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes     Home        www.nathanielturner.com These wise guys—the “Goon Squad”—Negro college men (mostly) who could appreciate poetry and oratory, or a fine turn of phrase, were at the center and height of their political engagement of racism... Read more
Baltimore Black Churches
    ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes     Home     www.nathanielturner.com By 1860 the African American community thrived on the foundation of more than 16 churches and missions throughout Baltimore. By 1900, more than 12 African American churches resided in Old West Baltimore alone.... Read more
    ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes     Home       www.nathanielturner.com In Baltimore, class sizes are larger than in other counties. That reality is viewed as a factor  in lower test scores in Baltimore than in surrounding counties and other counties.  These lack... Read more
Baltimore City Council
    ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes     Home       www.nathanielturner.com Baltimore was one of the few cities in which Blacks held high public offices. This was because Maryland after the Civil War did not deny Blacks the right to vote as many... Read more
Baltimore Slave Markets
    ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes     Home       www.nathanielturner.com The end of the slave jails in Baltimore was on July 24, 1863 Colonel Birney . . . proceeded to Slatter’s jail . . . enlisted the male Negroes in the army... Read more