In assembling the Dr. Nathan Hare and Dr. Julia Hare papers, we found Nathan's boxing robe. In background Archive Project's associate Rahim Ali. photo Marvin X
The article below begins with the lie that Robert Chrisman, RIP,founded Black Scholar, when in fact Dr. Nathan Hare was the founder.
Dr. Hare teaches us the Fictive theory, i.e., everything the white man and black man says is fiction, a lie, until proven to be a fact. Dr. Hare's contribution to the Black Scholar has been erased from history by revisionists and their sycophants. Thank Allah we have his archives to put the record straight. Be careful, next these muddle headed intellectuals will tell you Malcolm X founded the Nation of Islam.--Marvin X
The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research
The Two-Day Conference Featured:
- Charles P. Henry hosted a panel, "Barak Obama: the First Year." Prof. Henry is Chair, Dept. of African American Studies, UC Berkeley, and author of Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparations (New York University Press, 2007)
- Ernest Allen, Jr. Professor of African American History at the W. E. B. Du Bois Dept. of Afro-American Studieds, digital archivist and filmmaker, presented a feature-length documentary film, "Look Back in Wonder," on the formation of the Dept. at UMass. Amherst and its highly successful Ph.D. program.
- Melba Joyce Boyd, Chair, Dept. of Africana Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, offered a panel on the topic, "The progressive black artist — poetry, music, fiction and film."
- Special performance by the John Handy Quartet.
- Awards Luncheon
Vol. 38, No. 1: The Candidacy of Barack Obama
Guest Editor: Dr. Charles P. Henry, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
The campaign of Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States provides a rare crystallization of U.S. historical, political, and social movement. Issues of racism, gender, generation, and national identity are reticulated through the prism of Obama's candidacy. We have dedicated a special issue of The Black Scholar to this subject. Dr. Charles P. Henry, Professor and Chair of the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and a leading black political scientist, has served as Guest Editor and assembled major scholars for this effort.
As Charles Henry points out in his article, "Obama '08 -- Articulate and Clean," Obama's march to the Presidency has been on a road cleared by purposeful black political activity and leadership in modern times, commencing with the Voter Rights Act of 1965, the 1972 presidential candidacy of Cong. Shirley Chisholm and the l984 and 1988 campaigns of Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Ronald Walters seizes precisely upon the timing of Obama and the historical moment in his essay, "Obama's Edge: Understanding Nation Time," as the black candidacy moved from a flank movement into central command of U.S. consciousness in 2008. Walters notes the juxtaposition of Obamas' new vision with the degradation of the U.S. population, resources, and morale by George W. Bush's presidency. With the phrase, "our time has come," Obama tapped into the conscious and unconscious political will of alienated Americans.
The international aspects of Barack Obama's candidacy are treated in Clarence Lusane's "We Must Lead the World: The Obama Doctrine and the Re-branding of U.S. Hegemony," which assesses both the status quo postures of Obama foreign policy, as well as the prospects for change that his transparency and legacy of Black political vision offer.
Central to this candidacy has been the competition with Senator Hillary Clinton, herself an historical first. A leading feminist, Alice Walker's "Lest We Forget: an Open Letter to My Sisters," traces her own personal history anti finds in it the rational for black political movement and supporting Obama's candidacy,
We consider methodology as Diane Pinderhughes explores the complex intersection of gender, race, and class interest in "Intersectionality: Race and Gender in the 2008 Presidential Nomination Campaign." Ronald Williams' II article, "Barack Obama and the Complicated Boundaries of Blackness" offers a review of the literature. Williams explores the ambiguities of African American identities, with emphasis upon conditions and characteristics of indigenous and non-indigenous African Americans.
We are also pleased to publish a major text by Barack Obama, his address delivered in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008, "To Form a More Perfect Union," a forthright discussion of racism and its effects, as it impedes the full realization of American democracy. Obama reaffirms his belief in "the more perfect union of the Constitution," a belief which comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. ... (and which) also comes from my own American story." We hope you enjoy this issue. As always, feel free to send us a letter with your reactions.