Angela Davis speaks to a full house at Urban Issues Breakfast Forum

Line outside the California African American Museum

Line outside the California African American Museum

Standing in line, some speculated that Friday April 19 attracted the largest Urban Issues Breakfast Forum crowd they had ever seen. Three lines wrapped around the California African American Museum: one for VIPs, another for reservations, and a last line filled with hopefuls crossing their fingers for the chance to hear Angela Davis speak.

“We want an end to all wars of oppression,” Davis said to a cheering crowd. “We want freedom for all black and oppressed people now held in U.S. federal and state prison and jails.”

Davis, prominent black scholar, activist and feminist, referred to the prison-industrial complex, the idea that the prison system thrives due to its profitability. This was the topic of her talk as well as a central theme in her newest book, “The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues.” [Read more…]

@DrMLKingJr.: I Have a Dream

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Imagine how different history could have been if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had had access to Twitter.

The Los Angeles Press Club held its first ever panel discussion on just such a subject: how the legend may have used the social network to spread his message of equality and civil rights.

Entitled “What if Dr. King Tweeted the Movement?”, the discussion hosted by the prestigious press club on Thursday, January 12, 2012 was organized by the club’s newly-elected and first Black board member Gloria Zurveen, and moderated by author and professor Anthony Asadullah Samad.

Panelists included (L to R) Pastor William D. Smart, Chair of SCLC and labor organizer, Reverend Lewis E. Logan, community organizer, Jasmyne Cannick, political communications consultant and journalist, retired Congresswoman Diane E. Watson, former Councilmember and Freedom Rider Robert Farrell, Sister Charlene Muhammad, West Coast Editor of the Final Call.