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Pan-African Studies ends the Saturday Academy

Let me be as direct as possible and not bury the lead.

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The real Confederate flag flies high

As a native of the South, I have watched the region’s seemingly unending love affair with the battle flag of the Confederacy with great interest.

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John Cumbler and American history’s 238 shades of gray

Recently, I took a break from the sometimes hellish grind of life to have a few strong cherry stouts and some of the best jerk wings in the city at Cumberland Brews with one of my idols — Uni

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On Strong and Petrino

The recent exit of University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong and re-entry of prodigal son Bobby Petrino created understandable controversy. Reviews have certainly been mixed.

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The passing of great men

The recent passing of Nelson Mandela reminded me of my first visit to one of my favorite cities (San Francisco) with one of my favorite people (James Blaine Hudson — the now deceased Pan-Afri

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Race and Rand

“NO ONE in this country is crafting a better message of uplift for the African-American community than Rand Paul.” —Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Twitter, Sept.

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Jack Hunter is the man!

Some writers are bothered by hate mail. I’m not. In fact, I like it. You can’t write about the subjects I engage — politics, religion, race, empire, etc.

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From the March on Washington to Pan-African Studies

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington (MOW). This fall is also the 40th anniversary of the Pan-African Studies (PAS) Department at the University of Louisville.

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Trayvon Martin is dead; the GOP isn’t

Let me say at the outset that this column only tangentially relates to Trayvon Martin. So much has been written about his case that there’s little left to say.

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Black professors respond to speech

Dear Readers: This month’s column is based on an open letter sent to President Barack Obama by six African-American professors (including myself) immediately following Obama’s commen