Militarized Police In Ferguson, MO

Perhaps someone can tell me under what circumstances police would unleash this sort of weaponry on the residents of any majority white small town anywhere in America — night after night.

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Ferguson, MO, Law & Order



Michael Brown is dead. Any offenses he committed in life died with him. The convenience store video has zero to do with the manner of his death. Chief Jackson is a vicious, cynical, dangerous racist who

- Allowed Michael Brown’s body to lie in the street for hours before it was removed in a police van rather than an ambulance.

- Gave Officer Darren Wilson a solid week of anonymity and cover to concoct whatever story and make whatever personal arrangements he wished. And time to thoroughly scrub his name, image, and words from all online locations, email, and social media.

- Ordered/allowed his police officers to transform themselves into a deadly occupying militarized force that acted with impunity against citizens and members of the media. manandpolice

- Revealed the surveillance video and distributed copies of stills from it without alerting Cpt. Johnson, and claimed to act under FOIA which has no mandate that requested information be made public let alone distributed at a press conference (If, in fact, there had been such a FOIA request at all.)

- Waited hours to say there was no connection between Michael Brown’s death and the video. video

- Said Wilson, who shot Brown, had no disciplinary action on his record. That does not address the possibility of complaints against him.

Flail as they might, Chief Jackson and his minions are not going to get away with this. A corner has been turned. Whatever attempts are made to demonize the victim, his killer will be held accountable.

And a bit of Ferguson Police Department history:


T. J Anderson and Others Discuss Black Composers

An excellent and informative article with wisdom and insight from the brilliant composer, T. J. Anderson — in the wonderful photo below.

A link to an article on an Atlanta performance of Anderson’s Slavery Documents 2 with a brief passage from my program essay for the premiere held at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2002.


Not Maria W. Stewart? Who Is It?

FAYERWEATHERThis picture that has appeared online identified as Maria W. Stewart is actually Sarah Harris Fayerweather of Connecticut. She had an amazing story of her own, as you might imagine. So far, there is no known picture of Stewart. Still searching, though.

War PR 2014


My point in posting this viral photo is that this is what propaganda looks like. This simply promotes hatred and demonization. Further, the fact that something so crude, and certainly not what it is purported to be, could be accepted and believed is a measure of … what exactly? Still sorting that out.

And there are also these IDF graphic design posters — in English. 

Certainly mosques, homes, and schools have been used for destructive purposes. These posters instruct angry, frightened people to see every Palestinian home, mosque, and ambulance as a deadly trap. But the ambulances, for instance, in use now are filled with injured and dying. Yes, there is a risk of sabotage, but the message of the poster is that all ambulances are fair game.

Can reasonable people assume Palestinian doctors, nurses, EMTs, etc. are fanatical enough to show up in ambulances and at hospitals prepared to both work to save lives, and having signed on as willing to be blown up for the cause? They risk their lives, but not in collusion with, or as shields for, guerrilla fighters.







American Cocktail


Women’s Review of Books 


Here’s a link to the first review, which is mine.

 An African American Prima Donna


 Reynolds at 16 on the cover of the NAACP magazine, The Crisis

American Cocktail: A “Colored Girl” in the World

By Anita Reynolds, with Howard Miller. Edited by George Hutchinson

Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014, 333 pp. $29.95, hardcover

Reviewed by Marilyn Richardson

AnitaReynoldsAnita Reynolds, born in 1901 in Chicago, came of age in Los Angeles, California, during the heyday of silent films. She was a smart, clever, and vivacious teenager, who, as she says, early on “relished the role of prima donna.” She and her brother, Sumner, were encouraged in their interest in the arts by their exuberant family, both the bevy of kinfolk in California and the numerous far-flung peripatetic relatives who circled back to visit from time to time. School dropouts and Harvard graduates, their professions ranged from mail sorter at a post office to well-placed member of the foreign service…


Reynolds models a Chanel gown, 1938 


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Harry V. Richardson, Atlanta Black Colleges, The Early Days of the Student Movement

So good to see so many aspects of this valuable history being preserved and properly archived. Here is a glimpse into the early thinking of the Black Atlanta college presidents. I admit I feel pleased about the stand taken by my late uncle Harry Richardson. ITC is the Interdenominational Theological Center of which he was the founding president.

Atlanta Student Movement Timeline
Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR)
by Lonnie King Jr.

Developed for the City of Atlanta Student Movement Commission, 2013

See Atlanta Sit-ins and subsequent articles for background & more information.
See also Atlanta Movement for web links.

February 1, 1960 — Four young students at North Carolina A&T conducted their first sit-in demonstration.

February 3rd, 1960, Lonnie King confers with Joseph Pierce and Julian Bond regarding organizing a Student Movement in the Atlanta University Center. All agree to organize a movement in the Atlanta University Center.

February 5, 1960, first meeting of prospective movement participants met in Sale Hall Annex at Morehouse College. Approximately 15 students attended. The attendees were predominately Morehouse Men, however, James Felder, President of Clark College Student Government attended representing Clark College.

February 12, 1960, Lincoln’s birthday, was set as the date of the first sit-in. Unable to get a sufficient number of students to participate, the initial sit-in was re-scheduled for February 19th.

February 17, 1960, Lonnie King, Julian Bond et al, were summoned to a 3:00 P. M. meeting in the conference room of the Council of College Presidents in Harkness Hall for a meeting with the six college presidents. All college presidents were in attendance, along with elected student government leaders from the six Atlanta University Center schools.

The presidents spoke in turn and expressed their opinions of the proposed sit-in movement which they had heard was forming in Atlanta. Dr. Clement, president of Atlanta University spoke first. He was followed by Dr. Mays of Morehouse, Dr. Manley of Spelman and Dr. Brawley of Clark. All four men discouraged students from participating in the movement. They argued students should focus on their class work and let the NAACP fight the racial battle. However, when Dr. Brawley of Clark spoke, he asserted that he would be embarrassed if the students staged sit-ins in downtown department stores.

The next speaker was Dr. Harry V. Richardson of ITC. He hesitated for approximately 10 seconds before he spoke up. When he did speak, he shocked all by stating that the students were right in challenging segregation directly. He related that he was a highly educated man, president of a college, but because he was a Negro he also could only eat at segregated lunch counters in downtown Atlanta. The next speaker was Dr. Frank Cunningham of Morris Brown College. He strongly backed up Dr. Richardson and re-iterated his support for the student movement that was sweeping the South. These latter comments apparently caught Dr. Clement off guard. However, before he spoke as chairman of the Council, he asked who would speak for the students. At that point, Lonnie King spoke up and argued that the time had come for the Negro community to come together and end segregation in the Atlanta.


As American As…


A few weeks ago I was at a train station standing next to what turned out to be a mother, father, and young child heading off on a trip, and a few friends and family there to see them off. All white. Blue collar I’d guess, a pleasant group of 7-8 folks of various ages.

The group included a couple of charming little girls, around 4 years old. They were dancing around and singing that song from Frozen, occasionally getting a little too exuberant as they do at that age. We all smiled benignly at them from time to time.

Dad reined in one giddy dancer for a quiet moment. She stood for a bit. Looked at me quite seriously, and then turned to her father and said, sort of as a question, as if she wanted to get it right, “stupid nigger.”

He pretended I wasn’t there, but told her not to say that. No raised voice, no shock or dismay on Dad’s part. All matter of fact. We all continued to stand around. Not everyone in their chatting group even heard it.

It took me a few minutes, but I think I know what happened. It occurred to me that she simply repeated, in the everyday tone her father uses, exactly what he says whenever he notices the President on TV — a casual observation. She wasn’t quite sure, because I was not a man.

So much for that little member of the coming enlightened generation. But also, a bit of insight into the Fox TV demographic living room. Most of their viewers are not wild-eyed weirdos. Just folks raising their kids — and passing along their family values.