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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,SUN ART CRITIC | September 30, 1995
It will probably surprise a lot of people to learn that the largest furniture manufacturing company in North Carolina before the Civil War was owned and operated by an African-American.Also, that the world's first black Catholic religious community was started in Baltimore in 1829. And that the first American composer to become conductor of a European symphony orchestra was a black man from New Orleans.These and many other revealing facts are brought to light in "A Celebration of African-American Decorative Arts, 1790-1930," opening at the Maryland Historical Society tomorrow.
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By Harvey Cohen | February 27, 2001
WASHINGTON -- More than100 years after his birth, we are still coming to appreciate the enormity of Duke Ellington in both his contributions to the cause of civil rights and to American culture. Organized marching, protests and other confrontations did not represent the only ways blacks struggled against discrimination, though they are the methods of resistance on which historians have concentrated the most. Ellington's efforts in this area showed that those who were quiet on political issues could push the boundaries of racism and black participation at the higher reaches of society and culture.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
When I wrote recently about the multi-lingual Coca-Cola commercial , expressing satisfaction that the influence of white racists appears to be on the wane,* reactions were predictable. A representative specimen from the comment by Blackberry82: " John, you may revel in your smug liberalism now, but your grandchildren and great-grandchildren won't share your amusement when they become the victims of race hatred when they are part of the minority white population in the future USA. They won't understand how you could take such joy in seeing the decline of your own kind and encouraging the onset of their future plight.
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By Georgie Anne Geyer | May 18, 1994
AN astonishing scene unfolded early this month at the United States' greatest cultural guardian, the Smithsonian Institution.The chiefs of the Smithsonian stood silently. They listened while Hispanic activists accused them of "willful neglect" of "Latinos" and grandiosely demanded everything from the establishment of one or more museums about themselves to a special office for (yet again!) "multicultural initiatives."The articles about the event uniformly described the Smithsonian "keepers" -- men such as Smithsonian Secretary Robert McCormick Adams, as well as others distinguished in their fields -- as looking "glum."
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By Steven Stark | December 28, 1990
IT BEGAN 38 years ago as a comic book. It sits on newsstands today from Boston to Berlin, brandishing its distinctive take on what is, after all, a milestone in the publishing world.Thus, for its 300th issue this month, MAD magazine gives us yet again the visage of perhaps the world's most notorious cover boy, Alfred E. Neuman, once described as everything parents fear their children might become.So it goes with a humor magazine that perhaps has changed America more over the last four decades than any other periodical.
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By Peter Goodman and By Peter Goodman,Special to the Sun | November 17, 2002
Most people think of Bing Crosby -- when they think of him at all -- as the ultra-square pop crooner who was overtaken by the very hip Frank Sinatra and eventually thrust aside by the raw power of rock and the growth of cynicism and distrust in American society. Almost nobody knows that the young Crosby was one of the hottest jazzmen around. He was the first singer to popularize a gentle, conversational style speckled with held notes like groans, a pioneer who traded innovations with good friend Louis Armstrong and may very well have been the single most influential American musician of the 20th century.
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By Sam Quinones and Sam Quinones,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 28, 1998
MEXICO CITY -- Now that the Soviet Union has been defeated, now that American capitalism reigns and this century's great ideological debate has been resolved, we are free to puzzle through other important questions.One of these surely is why a show like "The Simpsons" is so popular in the Third World. The show is steeped in the inside humor of American culture -- humor being the one thing most difficult to translate.You could understand the appeal of, say, "Baywatch," whose bathing-suit babes offer nothing too subtle to lose in translation.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer | January 26, 1994
The challenge of racial and ethnic diversity was probed yesterday by 82 Christian audiences across the country via a television hookup that included about 30 men and women meeting at Baltimore's Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation.Dr. Ann Belford Ulanov, professor of psychiatry and religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York, drew on her interpretations of patients' dreams to suggest that spiritual and physical health comes from acceptance of "the other," such as unfamiliar images of God or cultures different from one's own."
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December 27, 1996
EARLIER THIS MONTH, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that heralds the clash of language and culture that already marks political life in parts of the United States. In 1988, voters in Arizona approved an amendment to the state's constitution requiring all the state's business be conducted in English and that state employees use only English on the job.A state worker sued, claiming the provision violated her free speech rights. Questions from the justices indicate that they are more likely to decide this case on narrow procedural grounds than on the broader issues it entails.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | May 7, 1995
Carroll educators are set to administer the state's annual school performance tests next week, but this year students will be asked what they think, along with what they know.In addition to the now-familiar Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP) tests, students will be completing a survey that counties all over the state are adapting to find out how well local schools are incorporating different cultures into their curricula.Another version of the survey will be given to some teachers and other staff members, and yet another survey will go home to some parents, community members and business leaders.
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