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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Writer Demetrius Walker Says the Media and Others Should Use an Uppercase “B” For Black People

— Launches CapitalizeTheB.com to Change Grammar Rules —

Demetrius Walker

Demetrius Walker, public speaker and writer

Houston, TX — Writer, Demetrius Walker, has launched CapitalizeTheB.com, a website that calls for all media, schools, and others to use an uppercase “B” when referring to Black people.

Walker believes the “B” in Black should always be capitalized to acknowledge the people of the African Diaspora (more than 1 Billion people). By definition, black with a lowercase b is merely a color in a crayon box; Black represents culture and people. “Writing about Black people with a lowercase b is therefore insulting,” he says.

He adds, “The absence of light is black; this does not define my people. We are Black – connected by rhythm, roots, and a light that cannot be extinguished.”

CapitalizeTheB.com serves as the launching pad for a social media movement designed to raise awareness of the incorrect grammatical usage of the lowercase “b” as currently written to denote Black people. The site encourages people to follow its Twitter and Instagram pages, while also referring people to professor Lori L. Tharps’ petition to the New York Times and AP stylebook.

For more details, visit www.CapitalizeTheB.com


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