Maya Angelou, civil rights activist who inspired millions of Americans with her moving memoirs and works of fiction, is dead at 86. She had fought for equal right for Black people in the USA. Her books are world famous.
Her son Gary B. Johnson, her only child, issued a statement about the author’s death: ‘She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.’
President Barack Obama revealed that his sister had been named as a tribute to Maya Angelou. President Obama presented her with the Medal of Courage in 2010.
Late last month, Rattani and a group of Mipsterz (= Muslim hipsters) released a video to the tune of the Jay-Z song “Somewhere in America” .
The video shows diverse Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab, or head covering, and do so with individual style. The women are also seen doing quirky, random things like skateboarding, walking around a forest, and other hipster-esque escapades.
These women are lawyers, doctors, athletes, mothers, shoppers, but above all they are powerful Muslim American women… and they are hipsters!
The video has sparked huge amounts of commentary, both positive and negative.
46 years ago, on April 4th, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Although his life was cut short, his legacy of civil and human rights lives on. How will you Honor Martin Luther King today?
This project asks young black kids to impersonate somebody who can inspire them because of what they achieved as African Americans.
Ms. Gibson describes her videos: “It’s about empowering these kids and injecting this new wave of self-esteem and self-worth by understanding what’s already been done, what’s being done, and what can be done.”
There is an American football team which call themselves the “Redskins”. Many people think this is an offensive name for American Indians and they want this team to change their name. This ad was made to ask for a change to be made, but the NFL (American National Football League) refused to show it during the Superbowl.
The NRA (National Rifle Association, the American gun lobby) says guns save lives… But many Americans think guns have killed too many children and law MUST be changed ! President Obama wants to make restrictions on gun use, but he faces huge resistance form the powerful gun lobby.
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Trayon Christian, a Black teenager, went to a New York shop on Madison Avenue (Barney’s) to buy an expensive $350 belt. He had saved money from his part-time job for weeks to be able to afford it.
After buying the belt and leaving the store, the college student was grabbed by undercover officers and asked, “how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt,” and they handcuffed him.
The store clerk had called police, once Trayon Christian exited, claiming that the purchase must have been fraudulent.
The police officers allegedly asked Christian for his ID, telling the teenager that he could “not afford to make such expensive purchases”. After verifying that the card did in fact belong to Christian, they let him go.
Christian, who has no arrest record, said he would never shop at Barneys again and subsequently returned the belt out of disgust.
His lawyer told the New York Post that Christian was unlawfully targeted because of his skin color: “His only crime was being a young black man,” said.
Shirley Chisholm (1924 – 2005) was anAmerican politician, educator, and author. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrant parents. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. She fought for human rights and was an inspiration to many women.