While African Americans have fought in every American war from the Revolutionary War on, their advancement to the top ranks of the military has stalled. “Some 43 percent of the 1.3 million men and women on active duty in the United States military are people of color. But the people making crucial decisions, such as how to respond to the coronavirus crisis and how many troops to send to Afghanistan or Syria, are almost entirely white and male.” In her New York Times article, Helen Cooper specifies the absence of multi-generational family tradition of military service and lack of mentors, the low numbers of African American students in military academies, being steered to logistics and transportation rather than combat arms specialties, and the rise of racism as causes of the discrepancy. To read the complete article, click here.
The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, established by Ibram X. Kendi. Together, gathering the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States. It advocates for, collects, publishes, and analyzes racial data on the pandemic across the United States. It’s a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Antiracist Research & Policy Center (ARPC). The site presents the data at the state and county level and provides links to media stories. Click here to see the website.
Recognizing the vital role of voting rights in the Civil Rights Movement, the Living Legacy Project would like to invite you to a series of six virtual programs focused on voting rights, past, present, and future.
These programs, held on the last Tuesday of every month between May 26, 2020, and Election Day, are free and open to everyone.
At the first of the six, on Tuesday, May 26, we’ll host a conversation with Ms. Flonzie Brown Wright, the first African American woman to hold a position as elected commissioner in Mississippi and Larry Rubin, a SNCC organizer in Southwest Georgia and Northern Mississippi. This program will be moderated by Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, and the Rev. Carlton E. Smith.
Follow this link for everything you need to know to register. REGISTER TODAY
All programs will begin at 7:30 pm Eastern, 6:30 pm Central, 5:30 pm Mountain, 4:30 pm Pacific, and will be 60 minutes long followed by an informal discussion time. Programs are free—donations will be accepted.
Note: For online safety and security reasons, you must pre-register to attend.