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Black Wall Street

April 13th, 2009 // 6:50 am @

Black Wall Street by Hannibal B Johnson Greenwood Avenue, a.k.a. Black Wall Street, In the Oil Capital of the World. Entrepreneurs and innovators, Black men; black women. Bold. Visionary. Of national renown. Doctors and lawyers, Musicians and morticians, Theaters, shine shops, and beauty parlors. Greenwood—Black Wall Street— Rife with activity and excitement. Black gold lubricating [...]

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DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP: THE BUSINESS IMPERATIVE

December 31st, 2006 // 8:13 pm @

©2006 Hannibal B. Johnson Well known syndicated columnist and author, Richard Reeves, recently said this about diversity: “The big question [of our times] is diversity, the question of how very different people co-exist with each other as they come together in more complicated societies.” I concur in Mr. Reeves’ assessment. I would add only that [...]

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The All-Black Towns in Oklahoma

December 31st, 2004 // 8:11 pm @

©2004 Hannibal B. Johnson My book, Acres of Aspiration, recently referenced in the New York Times, explores the roots of the all-Black towns, their formation, success/failure, and prospects for the future. Take the time to learn your history. Prominently in Kansas, then principally in Oklahoma, all-Black towns founded by Black seekers mushroomed in the post-Reconstruction [...]

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Visionary for the Ages

December 31st, 2004 // 8:10 pm @

©2004 Hannibal B. Johnson What I find most remarkable about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is his vision. This champion of social equality and economic parity possessed an unparalleled penchant for timeless, incisive, inspirational prose. More than anyone, Dr. King elevated our discussions of race beyond parochial concerns to universal principles and precepts. Only when [...]

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Poles, Polls, and Pols – The Decline of Free Thought In America

December 31st, 2004 // 1:17 am @

©2004 Hannibal B. Johnson At our own peril, we as Americans place entirely too much reliance on poles…and on polls…and on pols. We frequently seek that which affirms our beliefs and opinions, while simultaneously rejecting that which challenges them. We readily cede our common ground—fertile field for collaboration and compromise—in the interest of partisan turf. [...]

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Forget The “Melting Pot”: Make Mine A Salad Bowl

December 31st, 2003 // 8:09 pm @

©2003 Hannibal B. Johnson My 1960s-era elementary school social studies teachers routinely referred to America as the world’s great melting pot. The metaphor implicitly characterized the history of race and ethnicity in America as one of inclusion, adaptation, and, ultimately, assimilation. This simplistic, superficially appealing slant on American history did not jibe with my own [...]

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Race and Beyond

December 31st, 2002 // 8:08 pm @

©2002 Hannibal B. Johnson The important and always-timely issues of race, racism, and reconciliation in America continue to challenge us as we approach the end of another year in this “new” millennium. The essential question seems clear: How do we elevate ourselves to the ideal of “one nation, under God, indivisible…” so eloquently described in [...]

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