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Prophet of possibility Pt. I

Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman and the roots of black power in Detroit By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen Pt. I of III: Programming for power This month, the Shrines of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church (PAOCC) are celebrating the 97th birthday of the church’s founder, Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman, who was born Albert B. Cleage, Jr., at Indianapolis, Ind., on June 13, 1911. He made h ...

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Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: ‘A More Perfect Union’

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: 'A More Perfect UnionPhiladelphia, PA March 18, 2008 As Prepared for Delivery "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union." Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who ...

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Gangster-nationalist

The real and complex story of Bumpy Johnson By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan CitizenPT. 2: THE PROTECTOR The legacy of the real-life black Harlem gangster Ellsworth Raymond (Bumpy) Johnson is a complex one, but audiences won’t get any sense of this in the brief portrayal of him in the opening minutes of the current motion picture American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington as heroin kingpin Frank Lucas ...

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Gangster-nationalist

The real and complex story of Bumpy Johnson By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen With the much-anticipated release of American Gangster, the major motion picture starring Oscar winners Denzel Washington as little-known Harlem heroin kingpin Frank Lucas and Russell Crowe as the gumshoe and later prosecutor who brought him down, white-run Hollywood is again displaying its fascination with the subgenre ...

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Unseen unity

Three photos you never saw By Paul Lee Special to The Michigan Citizen Four months ago, on June 10, 2007, a stringer for the Associated Press (AP) shot a series of photographs during a speech by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega at Tehran University in the Islamic Republic of Iran that few people in this nation ever saw — but should have. Ignored Although they were made available through the AP’s worldwide ...

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’67 Rebellion journal

By Kristin Cleage Williams Following is an exceptionally vivid “composite” of entries on the Detroit Rebellion from the private journal of Kristin Cleage Williams, the eldest daughter of Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman (Rev. Albert B. Cleage, Jr.), who was a student at Wayne State University. She kept it during the epochal events from Sunday, July 23, the day that the most destructive uprising in U. S. history up to ...

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