happy 60th birthday to the legendary michael jackson! words can't express his legacy as the lives he's impacted in a positive way are in the billions. he has made an immensely powerful contribution to humanity as has his wonderful family. he and his family were leaders at the very forefront of the civil rights movement and gave their all to bring light to the world for most of their lives. i've always been proud of my fellow virgo, a true light in this world. .
happy birthday to another fellow virgo, the lovely and talented ola ray! it was a great pleasure meeting her and incidentally she was close friends with michael jackson. you may recognize her as the lead actress in the music video for thriller, starring as his girlfriend. she was also in beverly hills cop ii and others. her actual birthday was on august 26th. .
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we are so proud of the work of vision & justice project at harvard! stay tuned for exciting news... #repost@visionandjustice ・・・
in may 1963, gordon parks, who was the only black photographer at life magazine at the time, published a photoessay on the nation of islam. this particular image from the series shows the political activist malcom x sitting in an airplane, his eyes shut tightly as he holds the nation of islam newspaper with the headline: “brothers of the killers selected to judge.” the headline refers to an incident of los angeles police brutality that resulted in the point-blank shooting of young korean war veteran and nation of islam member ronald stokes, as well as the wounding (and, in the case of victim william rogers, paralysis) of six other unarmed men, in april of the previous year.
••• @harvardhaa doctoral candidate patricia manos discusses the aftermath of the shooting as well as the intervention of parks’ photo essay “what their cry means to me: reflections of a negro” in her essay for the 2017 vision and justice installation: “though some contemporary observers have seen life's treatment of the nation of islam as derisive beneath its liberal veneer, parks' essay and photographs represented a passionate effort to show the black nationalist religious organization's popularity, not only among the african american urban poor, but also those ‘long isolated by their middle class possessions and aspirations,’ as growing out of a political context marked by the repeated failure of peaceful means for achieving basic rights for people of color. in the context of a conversation turning to the brutal police violence in response to the civil rights movement's recent birmingham campaign, parks asks elijah muhammad about his final goals for the nation of islam and muhammad answers ‘[u]niversal peace and brotherly love– two things that the white man will never be able to accept.’” #malcolmx#nationofislam#civilrights#policebrutality#visionandjustice
2 years ago today i started t. happy manniversary to me. 🤪
nyc was dope, but i got sick as fuck. can’t breathe, everything hurts, fever sweats gone, chills on blast, lost weight, and i s**t my pants on the plane. no, i’m serious!!! a first! 🏆😭👈🏽
i’m trying to get out of bed to eat food again, but it feels like an arduous, positively arctic endeavor. i live a 5 minute walk from the pharmacy, and i just can’t. it took me liiiike an hour to do this post and i find that comical. here’s a smile. ✨
I'm glad to be living in a time that this happened. i was so surprised & proud of australians a year ago. it was scary & confronting in the time leading upto this outcome w/ the hate campaigns. i didn't feel as safe being me, the 1st time in my life. a weight was lifted off our shoulders a year ago today! #yesiversary#equality#lgbt #lgbtq🌈 #pride🌈 #pride#lgbtpride#civilrights#humanity#loveislove #loveislove🌈 #australia
As a result of extensive traveling, hypertension and overwork, washington collapsed while in new york city. given only a few days to live by doctors, he immediately returned to the tuskegee institute, the school he had helped to found in 1881, first in a church and later on a former plantation. under washington’s direction, his students literally built their school: making bricks, constructing classrooms, barns and outbuildings; they had learned trades as well as academics in practice of the ideals that years later would be expanded upon with the “atlanta compromise.” washington died at tuskegee in the early morning hours of november 14, 1915 at the age of 59, and is buried there.
in 1968, stan lee wrote about bigotry while his country grappled with civil rights. here’s what he wrote....
“let's lay it right on the line. bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. but, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. the only way to destroy them is to expose them—to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. the bigot is an unreasoning hater—one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. if his hang-up is black men, he hates all black men. if a redhead once offended him, he hates all redheads. if some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on all foreigners. he hates people he’s never seen—people he’s never known—with equal intensity—with equal venom. now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. but, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race—to despise an entire nation—to vilify an entire religion. sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. for then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of god–a god who calls us all—his children.”
#civilrights and civil liberties make all our communities better places! here in #kakaako, we've helped fight for basic #dueprocess process and human decency in the city's treatment of those displaced and left behind by gentrification of industrial areas, and o'ahu's massive #affordablehousing crisis. the work goes on. #houseless#iiwi#ourkakaakotoo