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The campus of Columbia University is dotted with monuments to illustrious alumni and high-minded ideals. But on a sunny afternoon earlier this week, about two dozen people gathered around the sundial in its central plaza to pay tribute to a momentous event that has gone uncommemorated in stone.

“Horam expecta veniet — await the hour, it shall come,” Frank Guridy, an associate professor of history at the university, proclaimed, reading a Latin inscription on the sundial. “I think it’s sort of poetic that things began here.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s image has been flattened into that of a non-threatening dreamer. But the truth is, he was a politically radical thinker who not only fought for racial justice but for restructuring the economic order in this country.

COLORLINES, by Obery M. Hendricks Jr
http://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-i-met-real-martin-luther-king-jr

Fall 2014 Conference: Call for Proposals
"Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?: Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics"

Deadline: April 15, 2014
Pot Reform’s Race Problem
The fight against marijuana prohibition must put racial justice at the center.
 
by Carl L. Hart
Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton all acknowledge illicit marijuana use in their younger years. Of the three, who do you suppose was most at risk for arrest and all of the associated negative consequences, including truncating his political aspirations?
 

Holder's Proposal Is Insufficient: Congress Needs to Decriminalize Drugs

By Carl L. Hart

Challenging Punishment: What the California Prisoners' Hunger Strike Tells Us About Mass Incarceration

By Samuel K. Roberts, PhD

IRAAS Professors Carla Shedd & Dorian Warren individually awarded Columbia Provost’s Junior Faculty Grant for contributions to the University’s diversity goals.

IRAAS Faculty Kevin Fellezs is the Co-Winner of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music - US Branch's 2012 WOODY GUTHRIE BOOK AWARD for the most distinguished English language monograph in popular music studies published during 2011.

Souls Journal: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society is now housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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