Category Archives: race

James Brown The Man Who Saved Boston

In the late 1960s after Arnie Ginsberg finished his evening shift on WMEX, I twisted the knob to WILD broadcasting a universe of music unknown to top 40 radio; Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Booker T, Tina Turner, and James Brown. Civil rights meant freedom for soul. Blacks were welcome on TV, but no one was ready […]

Martin Luther King Lives

Martin Luther King was a man of non-violence. He led his people to greater freedom. MLK showed others the righteousness of his beliefs. His words ring as true today as back at the time of his death. We Have A Dream. To hear Martin Luther King’s Speech I HAVE A DREAM, please go to the […]

Lorraine Hotel Fifty Years Ago

In April 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to address a gathering at the Masonic Temple. The city’s black sanitation workers had walked off the job to protest working condition and low wages. The speech keynoted by the phrase ‘I’ve been to the mountaintop.” That night King stayed at the Lorraine Hotel with […]

GUNS GUNS GUNS by Peter Nolan Smith

American boys loved guns in the 50s. Plastic weapons lay gift-wrapped under the Christmas tree. Our movie heroes slaughtered the country’s enemies on the silver screen and tough cops performed gun ballets on prime time TV. Guns were good for the country and America was good to guns. Armed with air rifles my older brother, […]

Abe And Marilyn and Blackula

Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclaimation in 1863, freeing slaves throughout the South, however thei liberation awaited the arrival on the Union Army at which point they sang, “Free at last, hallelujah.” The unchained darkies’ paradise lasted a few years, as the South instituted Jim Crow laws aimed at their subjugation to sharecropper lands. The […]