All Articles Tagged "African-American activist"
(Black America Web) — Ron Walters was a man on a mission. Whether working on a book about President Barack Obama, granting interviews about TV personality Glenn Beck’s rally at the Lincoln Memorial or schooling reporters about the exacting details of interpreting polls and the real intention behind political machinations, the dedicated and highly respected scholar, strategist and teacher worked almost constantly to educate as many people as he could about the importance and practical consequences of public policy in the African-American community.
(Newsweek) — If the Rev. Al Sharpton didn’t exist, he would have had to be invented. In fact, the novelist Tom Wolfe has claimed he did invent him, in the character of the Reverend Bacon, a supporting figure in The Bonfire of the Vanities. Each generation of black America gives birth to its own incarnation of the charismatic preacher-activist who confronts the white power structure in the streets and talks circles around it on Meet the Press. Just a few months after the fictional Bacon made his appearance in 1987, the real Sharpton burst onto the national stage as the fiery advocate for Tawana Brawley, a New York teenager who claimed to have been raped by a gang of white men, including a policeman.