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Revisiting the November 1963 Grassroots Leadership Conference

This week is the 50th anniversary of the Grassroots Leadership Conference (GRLC), which most people associate with Malcolm X’s speech at the closing rally. In his speech, Malcolm projected his own ideology for the Black revolution, which, he explained, is based on a struggle over land and on a class distinction between field Negroes and house Negroes, and is therefore very different from a Negro revolution. ...

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Focus on food — a foundation for a disease free health

The American Heritage Dictionary defines “foundation” as the basis on which a thing stands, is founded or is supported. The growth and development of human life is dependent on the soundness and quality of that which makes up its foundation. Let’s be clear, when it comes to human health, first foods feed the foundation for future health. This raises the question: What foundation is being laid for future gen ...

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Democracy in disarray

Election Day 2013 highlights the emptiness of what passes for democracy in Detroit. Neither candidate for mayor sparked much enthusiasm. Both shared similar priorities and each had their questionable practices and pasts. Even the prospect of replacing Black political leadership with a white man from the suburbs could not overcome the widespread feeling it really doesn’t matter who is mayor this time around. ...

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