Author Archives: Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua

Why I Called Herschel Walker Coonish: The Right of Black People to Call Out their Traitors

Editors’ Note: This article has been held until after the Georgia runoff election so there would be no suggestion of a political endorsement. Since Donald Trump’s incursion into US politics in 2015, deprecation and intimidation have become pervasive. Trump and … Continue reading

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SB 148 and the Assault On Teaching Black History

Florida’s SB 148 represents the surging wave of white supremacist fascism sweeping across the country. Entitled “An Act Relating to Individual Freedom,” it symbolizes the deceptive, authoritarian, and racist motivations that characterize the white nationalist Republican Party. By making the … Continue reading

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Slightly Out of Focus: A Review of One Night in Miami and Judas and the Black Messiah

For more than 70 years and over a century, respectively, television and cinema have presented demeaning images of Black people. And for equally as long, African Americans have responded with boycotts, pickets and alternative visions that “depict[ed] our men and … Continue reading

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Unleashing the Whirlwinds of Revolt: A Reflection on the MOW by Sundiata Cha-Jua

Sundiata Cha-Jua, professor of history and African American studies, recently spoke with the U of I News Bureau’s Craig Chamberlain about the 1963 March on Washington. Can you set the stage for the March on Washington? What was happening 50 … Continue reading

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Red Tails, A Historically Accurate Film?

By Sundiata Cha-Jua Dr. Sundiata Cha-Jua is a Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously published at: http://illinois.edu/lb/article/72/59144 America’s first unit of African-American fighter pilots, the highly decorated Tuskegee … Continue reading

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The Roots and Righteousness of the African American Demand for Reparations

“If the strict law of right and justice is observed, the country around about me, or the sunny South, is the entitled inheritance of the Americans of African descent, purchased by the invaluable labor of our ancestors, through a life … Continue reading

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