Curating my 2013 faves
I read a lot in a year and want to highlight my 2013 favorites.
Articles/Blogs/Posts/Things Written on the Internet
NPR’s look back at 1963, including the @Todayin1963 timeline and the Summer of ’63 series – including Karen Grigsby Bates’ talks with the children of slain civil rights leaders – Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, and Viola Liuzzo.
Diane McWhorter’s op-ed in NYT: Civil Rights Justice on the Cheap
When the Lights Shut Off: Kendrick Lamar and the Decline of the Black Blues Narrative by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
If You Live Your Life On The Move, Where Do You Call Home? By Joshunda Sanders
26 Women Share their Abortion Stories in New York Magazine
On PRISM, or Listening Neoliberally by Robin James
What’s Killing Poor White Women by Monica Potts in The American Prospect
Harry Belafonte’s Speech at the NAACP Image Awards
Imani Perry and Jelani Cobb’s podcast on President Obama’s comments at the March on Washington commemoration
Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s look back at Nelson Mandela’s life
Jesse Williams on Aisha Tyler’s Girl on Guy podcast
the short “Coach” on C. Vivian Stringer, part of ESPN’s Nine for IX series
Writers I discovered this year:
Writers whose writings I eagerly await.
The story that I read the most about was the turmoil in the Philadelphia school district. From the closure of 23 schools in June, the draconian budget cuts deemed necessary to open the schools in September, to the ongoing budgt crisis and continuing labor negotiations with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. An assortment of sources provided coverage: the Philadelphia Public School Notebook is my number one stop for Philly education news. Also: Helen Gym’s twitter feed, Susan Snyder, Kristen A. Graham and Martha Woodall at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daniel Denvir at City Paper and the team at Newsworks. In national media, there were good pieces in the New York Times, NPR, The American Prospect and more.
There were many parallels in the school closings in Chicago, DC, and more and the systematic dismantling of public education in US cities.
This is what I’ve got for now.
Onward and upward for 2014.