Everybody can be great. Everybody can serve. AAPN publisher Richard James was please to serve as keynote speaker at the annual MLK Day Rally held at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bardo Gymnasium, January 15, 2018.
About 350 people attended the event. After a brief Peace Walk on campus, James congratulated everyone for coming out on a cold day. He asked everyone to thank each other for showing up. Then he pronounced the group as a “beloved community”. He said there are two rules in a beloved community, “Look out for each other and treat others the way you would like to be treated.”
Red. Black. Green. The colors of the African diaspora. And the flag of the United States of America. The image symbolizes the unique history and experiences of a once enslaved people on the North American continent. Their collective viewpoint is most often different from the common narrative of the white majority. The two groups, working side-by-side for centuries, have formed contrasting and competing opinions on politics, social justice, economics, immigration policies, health care, crime and other issues.
African-American Perspective newsletter intends to present the minority position on a variety of issues confronting America. Through understanding differing viewpoints we can reach common ground. And there are diverse perspectives within the African-American community! Covering all of it is daunting. But we hope to provide the reader a peek into the world of Black Americans.
After much thought, I decided to revive the African-American Perspective Newsletter. I got a little coaxing from my friend Rev. Awun Sam Hwang. He gave me the nudge I needed to plunge into the publishing business again. Thanks Sam!
Above: The first issue of the Newsletter initially entitled An African-American Perspective. From March 2007.
Welcome to the rebirth of the African-American Perspective Newsletter.
Our mentor and hero is Frederick Douglass, publisher and co-editor of the abolitionist newspaper, the North Star.
We will celebrate his 200th birthday on February 14, 2018. He was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in February 1818. The exact date of his birth was not known, he chose February 14th. At 20 years of age, after teaching himself how to read and write, he “stole his body” and escaped to freedom with the help of his wife, a free black woman named Anna Murray. (He changed his name to Douglass later in life.)
He worked the docks of Baltimore harbor, wrote 3 autobiographies, published 2 newspapers, toured the United States and Europe advocating for abolition of slavery, equal rights for ex-slaves and was appointed to high office within the government. He was even nominated as a Vice Presidential candidate!