July 5, 2014
In Conversation with Cynthia McKinney
May 3, 2014
April 26, 2014
April 19, 2014
April 12, 2014
April 5, 2014
March 29, 2014
March 22 and 29, 2014
March 15, 2014
March 8, 2014
March 1, 2014
February 22, 2014
February 15, 2014
February 8, 2014
February 1, 2014
January 25, 2014
January 18, 2014
January 11, 2014
December 16, 2013
OUR COMMON GROUND ANNUAL KWANZAA TEACH-IN
November 23, 2013
November 16, 2013
Dr. Raymond A. Winbush is the Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland.
Dr. Raymond Winbush is an American-African, scholar/activist in the field of developmental psychology of African boys and r
eparations for the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He is the author of three books, including, “Belinda’s Petition: A Concise History of Reparations for the Transtlantic Slave Trade”, (Xlibris, 2009) a “prequel” to his book,” Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations” which was published by HarperCollins in 2003 and hit Essence Magazine’s bestsellers list shortly after its release. It has been called by Cornel West a “must read” when it comes to understanding the struggle for reparations.. His book, “The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys”, (Harper Collins, 2001), is a comprehensive African-centered program for rearing healthy Black boys in a racist society.
A clinical psychologist and director of The Warrior Institute (TWI), he is engaged in research concerning adolescent development, education, health and Black men and boys. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books “The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing Healthy Black Boys” and “Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations”. In 2007, Winbush traveled to Australia to participate in a 5-day National Conference on Racism held at Murdoch University and delivered a lecture series at Australian National University.
November 2, 2013
Dr. David Ikard, Professor and Author
“Blinded By Whites” and “A Nation of Cowards
October 26, 2013
“In Conversation with George Curry”
October 19, 2013
October 12, 2013
October 5, 2013 SATURDAY NIGHT OPEN MIC
September 28, 2013
Sexual Assault and Mental Health Crisis in the Military: Black Pain Invisible”
Cathy Santos, Founder, National Alliance of Women Veterans
September 21, 2013 Returns
Our Guest: Dr. Tommy J. Curry
Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University
Tommy J. Curry’s work spans across the various fields of philosophy, jurisprudence, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies. Though trained in American and Continental philosophical traditions, Curry’s primary research interests are in Critical Race Theory and Africana Philosophy. In Critical Race Theory, Curry looks at the work of Derrick Bell and his theory of racial realism as an antidote to the proliferating discourses of racial idealism that continue to uncritically embrace liberalism through the appropriation of European thinkers as the basis of racial reconciliation in the United States. In Africana philosophy, Curry’s work turns an eye towards the conceptual genealogy (intellectual history) of African American thought from 1800 to the present, with particular attention towards the scholars of the American Negro Academy and the Negro Society for Historical Research.
In Biomedical ethics, Curry is primarily interested government regulation, the ethical limits of government intervention in the practice of medicine, and democratic potentialities that arise from collaborative doctor-patient diagnoses and regenerative medicine like stem cells. Currently his research focuses on the linking the conceptualization of ethics found in the Belmont Report to Civil Rights and social justice paradigms.
April 20, 2013
An Evening with Dr. Runoko Rashidi: His Life and Work”
Runoko Rashidi is an extraordinarily gifted historian, research specialist, writer, world traveler, and public lecturer focusing on the African presence globally and the African foundations of world civilizations.
Dr. Rashidi is the author of Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations(published by Karnak House in London in 1993), the editor, along with Dr. Ivan Van Sertima of Rutgers University and a major pamphlet titled the Global African Community: The African Presence in Asia, Australia and the South Pacific (published by the Institute of Independent Education in 1994). In 1995, he completed editing Unchained African Voices, a collection of poetry and prose by Death Row inmates at California’s San Quentin maximum-security prison.
He joins us on OUR COMMON GROUND to discuss his life, his scholarship and his life’s work
MARCH 2, 2013
OUR COMMON GROUND kicks off “Witnesses On the Bridge – Lessons Learned” Series
“Witnesses On the Bridge – Lessons Learned”
OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham
02 March, 2013
Florence L. Tate, ” FBI’s Most Wanted Press Secretary”
ABOUT Florence Tate
Many would think becoming an octogenarian reserves one the right to rest on her laurels — but Florence L. Tate, 81, says, “There’s still work to be done.”
The former Civil Rights activist, Dayton Daily News reporter, and press secretary for the historic 1984 Jesse Jackson Presidential campaign has lived through seven decades of American epochs – and now she’s writing about her impressive experiences and achievements in a new memoir – tentatively titled, The FBI’s Most Wanted Press Secretary Opens Her Files on Civil Rights, the Black Power Movement, and Black Partisan Politics.
At a time when our country should be experiencing a sense of accomplishment at realizing the fruits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work — evidenced by the election of the first African American President –Tate feels instead that the racial unease and tension revealed by events like the current drama surrounding the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case signify America still has a long way to go in race relations.
“The country has gone backwards from the time of Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech; we have regressed. There’s been an attempt to take things back to the pre-Civil Rights days,” says Tate.
In her memoir, Tate draws upon her extensive experience integrating major companies like Bell Telephone, and Globe Industries, working with seminal civil rights groups including SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and CORE (Congress for Racial Equality).
As the first African American female journalist at the Dayton Daily News, she also covered current events — including the Dayton riots that occurred during the “summer of ‘68” race riots that swept across the country.
The work that brought her into close confidence with key activist figures — such as Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown — also eventually brought Tate, a middle class Dayton housewife and mother of three children, under the surveillance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation – evidenced by the giant file she received from the FBI when she petitioned for them decades after her civil rights and Pan Africanist work.
Tate wasn’t all that surprised by her voluminous FBI file. “We suspected we were under surveillance because, for example, we would pick up the phone, to try to use the phone, and there would be a silence there… we didn’t know, but we suspected… We suspected there would be people in the meetings, sometimes people who gave off vibes that they were not there to work with us… they were there to spy on us. And figures like Stokely Carmichael were always being followed by the FBI; they didn’t even try to hide it. They would sit outside in cars – for example, if he were at a meeting at my house, or wherever he was, they would be sitting outside my house. When I got my FBI file, then I knew exactly when they had been watching, spying…or infiltrating.”
Tate’s memoir chronicles her journey — from growing up under segregation in the South from the 30s through the mid-50s — to moving north in the late 50s…to finally become an influential figure in the small but dedicated civil rights movement ground work happening in Mid Western cities like Dayton.
“The civil rights activists were working in parts of the country other than the south – where the ground work was well publicized. Little or no publicity was given to the work being done in Mid Western cities like Dayton, Ohio,” she shares.
Related experiences — as Communications Director of the National Urban Coalition, and National Information Coordinator for ’72 African Liberation Day Coordinating Committee — landed Tate the role of Press Secretary in Marion Barry’s first campaign in his successful bid for Mayor of Washington D.C. in 1978, and Press Secretary during his first two years in office. Later she would repeat that role for Jesse Jackson’s 1984 Presidential campaign — during which time she traveled with him to Damascus, Syria during his historic rescue mission to free downed U.S. Air Force pilotLt. Robert Goodman.
Tate also writes of another major life-defining segment of her journey: her experiences with mental and physical health issues. These include battling breast cancer, suffering a major stroke after the birth of her third child — and the subsequent 50-year-long battle with clinical depression triggered by that stroke.
Tate says she hopes her memoir will encourage young people – and especially young women – to understand and act on their power to impact the world around them. But like a true mother, grandmother – and now, great-grandmother — she admits her main reason for penning her memoir is for her children.
“My children and grandchildren have repeatedly asked me to write my biography — so they will know who I am…so they can
Learn more about Florence. Listen in on March 2, 2013.
The FBI’s Most Wanted Press Secretary