Political Perspectives on 08/28/13
Paul Roland and Mic Crenshaw talk with Jared Ball from Baltimore, Md. and Rosa Clemente from Amherst, Massachusetts. The program offers a critical perspective on the commemorations of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." Dr. Ball said recently, "neither King's false heirs nor the presidency of false hopes would exist at all without first the assassination of King and then the perennial abuse of his history and image. These replacement events and leaders are fraudulaent stand-ins for a movement so well represented by King's focused stances against the intransigence of white supremacy, the vilence of capitalism at home and the imperialism it fosters abroad." Join us for a lively conversation!
Mic Crenshaw is a Portland hip-hop artist and community activist. He is involved with Housing Is For Everyone, a local housing rights movement organization. For information on his recordings, videos, biography and contact information, go to miccrenshow.com. Housing Is For Everyone can be reached at 971-266-4311 or firstname.lastname@example.org. their website, housingisforeveryone.org, will be up and running in September.
Dr. Jared Ball teaches communication at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, hosts a program on WPFW, part of the Pacifica radio network in Washington, D.C. and is the author of "I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto." He also co-edited "A Lie of Invention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X."
You can find out more about him at www.voxunion.com
Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist. She was the vice-presidential running mate of Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 elections. She's also the founder of Know Thy Self Productions. Currently, she's a doctoral student in the WEB DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass-Amherst.
Her website is www.rosaclemente.com.
More perspectives on the March on Washington commemorations and Dr. King's legacy can be found at blackagendareport.com. Glen Ford, the Esecutive Editor of Black Agenda Report, was also invited to be on the show, but was unable to appear. He wrote an article for the Report called "The Black Mis-Leaders Love-Fest with Power on the Mall."
Ahjamu Baraka was also invited, but was travelling back to Colombia, where he lives. His article, "Obama Should Not Be Welcomed at the March on Washington Commemoration" appeared on www.counterpunch.org August 19. He also wrote "The Assassination of Martin Luther King and the Peace Movement" for Counterpunch on April 4.