Category Archives: 60s

MISSILE AWAY by Peter Nolan Smith

During his youth my older brother was a pyromaniac. Frunk nearly burned down each of our houses and those of our neighbors on several occasions. Each time my mother punished us both with a wooden spoon and my father sternly admonished our incendiary behavior, yet my older brother was undeterred by cracks across the knuckles […]

The Shine of Donyale Luna

America was white in 1964 from coast to coast, however Malcolm X preached resistance up in Harlem and Martin Luther King led marches in Selma, Alabama. Reacting to the blowing in the wind, Nancy White, the Harper’s Bazaar editor, transported an unknown black teenage from Detroit to the starry heights of the international modeling set. […]

Now More Than Ever

Evil Personified

The FBI waged psychological warfare against Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta. Letter such as the one, which suggested he take his life, were constantly sent to the family at the behest of the FBI director. J. Edgar Hoover was an evil man and his legacy haunts the FBI to this day. Not so […]

I’ve Been To The Mountaintop

On April 3, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee mostly about the ongoing Memphis Sanitation Strike. At the end of his call for unity, economic actions, boycotts, and nonviolent protest, the Man of Peace discussed the possibility of an untimely death. Like anybody, I would like to live […]