Tag: Civil Rights Movement (1954-68)

Ed Dwight Was Set to Be the First Black Astronaut. Here’s Why That Never Happened.

The bone-rattling trip to the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere used to require a steady hand, a powerful jet and the precision of an airman ready to dodge enemy fire. The dangers were immense. You could black out. Gravitational force could pull blood from your eyes, rendering you sightless. Or you could merely end up […]

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Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, Baton Rouge Community Leader, Is Found Dead in Homicide

Louisiana was bracing for a dangerous tropical storm over the weekend when the call came about a different kind of crisis: a dead body in a car trunk near downtown Baton Rouge. What the police discovered Friday was a surprising blow. The body was that of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, a community leader and the founder […]

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Is It Time to Play With Spaceships Again?

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] Most earthlings alive today were not yet around when humans landed on the moon. Millions of them seem willing to consider the far-out theory that it never even happened. To some of […]

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2019 Belongs to Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm stares out from the side of a dozen coffee mugs these days, her epochal glasses, brocade dresses and distinct crown of curls recognizable trademarks of the most regenerative political figure in modern American culture. As a number of new congresswomen begin to emerge in her image, Ms. Chisholm, who 50 years ago began […]

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2020 Democrats Address Poverty and Systemic Racism at Presidential Forum

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday defended his approach to working with Republicans, suggesting that those who cannot conceive of compromising with the opposition might as well “start a real, physical revolution.” “Folks, look, if you start off with the notion there’s nothing you can do, well, might you all […]

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His Martin Luther King Biography Was a Classic. His Latest King Piece Is Causing a Furor.

When David J. Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sat down last spring to dig through a trove of previously unreleased government records, it was business as usual for a researcher known for prodigious reporting and doorstop books. “There’s this weird ability I have of complete recall with […]

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A Black Feminist’s Response to Attacks on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

As a black feminist and a civil rights historian, I do not need to be persuaded that many black male ministers during the civil rights era were morally duplicitous, felt sexually entitled and slept around. So did many Catholic priests, politicians, Hollywood celebrities and some award-winning male academics. Many historians have already argued that the […]

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Leah Chase, Creole Chef Who Fed Presidents and Freedom Riders, Dies at 96

Leah Chase, the nation’s pre-eminent Creole chef, always knew what to feed her famous customers. The Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. liked barbecued ribs, and James Baldwin preferred gumbo. The singer Sarah Vaughan ordered stuffed crab to go, and Nat King Cole always wanted a four-minute egg. She once had to stop President Barack Obama […]

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Leah Lange Chase, Famed Creole Cook Who Fed Civil Rights Leaders and Presidents, Is Dead at 96

Leah Lange Chase, the Creole cook whose gumbo sustained everyone from jazz superstars and two United States presidents to troubled families in the housing projects across the street from her family’s New Orleans restaurant, died on Saturday. She was 96. Her death was announced by her family. Mrs. Chase fed fried chicken, jambalaya and red […]

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At 90, Photographer Fred Baldwin Still Has ‘So Much Work Left to Do’

Fred Baldwin reckons he could have become a writer — if the manual Olivetti typewriter he used while studying at Columbia in 1955 had spell-check. But his spelling was atrocious and he was impatient, so he tried photography instead. He had beginner’s luck: He talked his way into Pablo Picasso’s villa in the south of […]

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