Tisdale’s Topics:Whose interest?

Reprint: March 23-29, 2000 When I was a tiny kid of two or three, I wanted to run around in the backyard, picking up frogs, snakes, even a tool or two. Once I found an old wheelbarrow.It is the wheelbarrow that I remember best. My mother told me: “Charlie, put that wheelbarrow down, you don’t […]

Tisdale Library hosts women’s history month event

The Charles W. Tisdale Public Library transformed into a living history classroom for adults and children alike on Saturday, March 5, 2011. A Black History Month finale and kick off to Women’s History Month was filled with music, words of wisdom, theatre, artifacts from the past, and good eating. Participants learned about picking cotton, churning […]

Tisdale’s Topics:Pride goeth before a fall

My philosophy teacher at LeMoyne Owens College in Memphis was a Mr. Lionel Arnold, who was and is, if he continued in his ways, the most pedantic man I ever met.“I’m the teacher. I have the knowledge; therefore I’m the one who deserves an ‘A,’ Mr. Arnold often opined. “No one else deserves one,” he […]

Tisdale’s Topics:Middle class: Move to the front in the struggle for justice

Reprint: April 27-May 3, 2000 Adding insult to injury is nothing new for Jackson’s black middle class.Once its members have acquired a home in  Northeast Jackson, a Cadillac, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or some other autmobile of equal dimension, middle class negroes –the black boirgeoise—quickly disassociate themselves from the struggles and aspirations of Jackson’s black lupen […]

Tisdale’s Topics:Who stole de lock from the henhouse do’?

Reprint: March 9-15, 2000 As a child, I was impressed by the sterling integrity of the teachers, preachers and other black leaders who were not only our color, but also our kind. These peerless leaders also lived right down the same street we lived on!The universal dream of all the black peole on Plato Jones […]

Tisdale’s Topics:Christ in concrete

Reprint: May 4-10, 2000 And if is true the soul can rise And on the wings of vapor take its flight, Twert not a pity for him there to lie? -From the Rubiat of Omar Khayam Statistically, Jackson could well be called a city of churches. And while the density of religious institutions in Mississippi’s […]

Tisdale’s Topics: Mississippi’s final solution

Reprint: May 25-31, 2000 The second class citizenship of African Americans in America today is rivaled only by the decline in the economic status of African Americans in Jackson, Mississippi, which has declined more precipitously per capita in recent years than in any other city in the nation. From a perilously low earning rate of […]

Tisdale’s Topics:Good night, sweet prince

Reprint: May 18-24, 2000 The untimely death of C. Eric Lincoln leaves all who knew him with a deep sense of bereavement and loss that cannot be filled. Eric was witty, caring, and erudite, often humorous and generous to a fault. Most of all, he was a brilliant writer and historian, who spoke with great […]

Tisdale’s Topics:As things change, the Black condition remains the same

Reprint: March 11-17, 2000 What is the legitimate role of black political, religious and social leaders in today’s society? Has that role changed so much that black leadership has become impractical? Perhaps the latter case is true. It was the German philosopher Hegal who assiduously maintained that the only thing certain is “immutable mutation” – […]

Tisdale’s Topics:Whose interest?

Reprint: March 23-29, 2000 When I was a tiny kid of two or three, I wanted to run around in the backyard, picking up frogs, snakes, even a tool or two. Once a found an old wheelbarrow. It is the wheelbarrow that I remember best. My mother told me: “Charlie, put that wheelbarrow down, you […]