Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Reads

Obituary: Civil rights activist, journalist, and historian Roger Wilkins, 85, has died:

President Johnson appointed Wilkins to lead the Community Relations Service, an agency established under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and eventually overseen by the Justice Department.

In a volatile time in the civil rights movement, Wilkins became one of the administration’s point men on rioting that took place in urban areas across the country. Wilkins said he often felt like an outsider as an African-American at that time in the Washington D.C. political world.

Wilkins left government work in 1969 and went to work for the Ford Foundation. He then joined the editorial board of the Washington Post and won a Pulitzer Prize for his work in helping to expose the Watergate scandal with his editorial columns. Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward and cartoonist Herbert Block also won the award for exposing Watergate.

WSWS has a nice writeup on Chuck Berry.

Men have no business dictating to feminists how to be feminists.

Poor women from other countries are selling their hair so that well-off women can have hair extensions.

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