Talking about "Booker's Place", and U.S. Congressman Donald Payne



Democracy Now! now?

I have trouble these days figuring out how I belong to the Democracy Now! community, and subsequent trouble choosing to visit it very often. Do I fit under their "African-American history" interest section? Or their "racism" section? But these recent clips are pretty good. They introduce the Booker's Place clip with some good footage from the aftermath of the L.A. Riots. The piece in general includes an interview with Booker Wright's granddaughter, whose family research was a catalyst for the film. In the piece on the late Donald Payne, his brother shares some old stories that lend amazing insight towards understanding the whole person.


Film "Booker's Place" Tells Story of Black Mississippi
Waiter Who Lost Life By Speaking Out


Info: "In 1965, Booker Wright, an African-American waiter in Greenwood, Mississippi, dared to be interviewed by NBC about racism in America, a decision that forever changed his and his family's lives. He would later be beaten by police, and ultimately be murdered. Wright's story is told in the new documentary film, "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," a collaboration between our two guests: co-producer, Yvette Johnson, Wright's grand-daughter; and director Raymond DeFelitta, whose father, Frank DeFelitta, originally filmed the interview with Wright and later said he regretted it."





Rep. Donald Payne: Remembering New Jersey's First
African-American Member of Congress


Info: "Representative Donald Payne, the first ever African-American congressman from New Jersey, died Tuesday at the age of 77 from complications of colon cancer. The former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus was in his tweleveth term in the House. In 1988, Payne explained his desire to break the colorline in Congress saying, "I want to be a congressman to serve as a role model for the young people I talk to on the Newark street corners ... I want them to see there are no barriers to achievement. I want to give them a reason to try." That year, Payne handily defeated his Republican opponent, Michael Webb, and achieved his dream. In a statement shortly after Payne's death, President Obama said Payne had "made it his mission to fight for working families." We discuss Payne's legacy with his brother, William Payne, and Larry Hamm, the New Jersey chairman of the People's Organization for Progress."



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