Columns Written by Notable Black Journalists

 

from Maynard Forum

Oakland Voices Community Forum on Affordable Housing

At the Oakland Voices community forum on affordable housing earlier this month, expert panelists offered an unusually optimistic view of ways to secure affordable housing in Oakland, in spite of the city’s housing crisis. Strategies ranged from constructing housing for teachers, securing impact fees from developers to fund affordable housing and linking livable wages to issues of housing. The panel made it clear that the city has many tools to accommodate its working class families and residents.

 
  

Dorothy Butler Gilliam Honored With The Anne O'Hare McCormick Trailblazer Award


Maynard Institute board member was honored last week by the directors of Anne O'Hare McCormick Memorial Fund with the group's first trailblazer award. Following are excerpts from Gilliam's remarks on accepting the award:


I was privileged to be a part of, to have an eye on the struggle – and to survive – some of the events that resulted in the transformation of this country, of my America — from separate and brutally unequal to an African-American president in the white house.

I grew up in the south.   In 1941, when I was five years old, my family moved from Memphis to Louisville.  My father, a minister in the African methodist episcopal church, was assigned to build a new  church – which he did.

In Louisville, I lived segregation.  My neighbors were black.  We lived in the segregated neighborhood south of downtown Louisville known as St. Catherine.  My classmates were black.  I attended the segregated neighborhood school for the colored.  Yes, before we were black, before we were african-americans. The colored.  That is what we were called before we were negroes.

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from Grapevine

Three Lost Souls: Stories about race, class and loneliness

Book CoverWoody Lewis, essayist and former web architect for the Maynard Institute, has just published "Three Lost Souls: Stories about race, class and loneliness," as a Kindle Ebook.

 
  

from Dori Maynard

How Sherman 'Rant' Could Help Change Coverage of Black Men

On a friend’s Facebook page, a commenter contended that the Richard Sherman controversy was just a sideshow. More important, she wrote, we should be focusing on the push to roll back civil rights.

Yes, a football player talking trash after a game should be a sideshow. And, according to Deadspin, when white athletes such as Brett Favre act up, it is exactly that.

In Sherman’s case, though, an argument can be made that it is the main show, with very familiar themes.