Elected Officials Crowd Sharpton’s Tribute To Martin Luther King

Elected Officials Crowd Sharpton’s Tribute To Martin Luther King

New Yorkers honored the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by volunteering and holding events across the five boroughs, including a rally well stocked with politicians at the National Action Network headquarters in Harlem. | Demonstrators protested school closures outside an MLK tribute at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Elected Officials Crowd Sharpton’s Tribute To Martin Luther King
Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:58:22 GMT

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4 Questions With a Black Santa

4 Questions With a Black Santa

Santa Dee and his helpers try in vain to get Morgan Cowart to smile for the camera.

TR: You incorporate the story of St. Nicholas as a Turkish monk of African descent into your work as Santa Claus. When did you first learn about him?

SD: During a fall festival, a woman walked by with her son and pointed to me, asking him if he wanted to take a photo with Santa Claus, and the young man said, “No, Santa Claus ain’t black.”

It made me very upset, to the point that I did a lot of research and even have a gentleman who sends me various images that show St. Nicholas as a darker-skinned man. In one photo he even looks like Frederick Douglass, with the hair and all. That’s what it looked like to me.

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4 Questions With a Black Santa
Aisha I. Jefferson
Sun, 25 Dec 2011 17:18:00 GMT