Posts Tagged ‘African-American History’

The U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution on June 18 apologizing for American slavery (1619 – 1865) and “Jim Crow” laws following slavery through the 1960s that continued to deprive Black people of basic human rights. The resolution concludes:  Whereas it is important for the people of the United States, who legally recognized slavery through the Constitution and the […]


Cleveland-born Alyssa Stanton, 45, will lead a predominantly white synagogue in Greenville, NC, beginning in August. She is the first African-American woman to be ordained as a rabbi. Raised in a Pentecostal family, the single mother of a 14-year-old adopted daughter says she was surprised by the national interest in her ordination. Her new 60-family synagogue, […]


April 4, 1968

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Civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King was killed 41 years ago tomorrow. Life magazine took pictures at the scene of the crime at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN,  that were never published, but now the magazine shares the photos on http://www.life.com. Interestingly, James Earl Ray, the man convicted of killing Dr. King, claimed […]


Pioneering African-American historian John Hope Franklin died yesterday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 94 in Durham, NC, at Duke Hospital. Franklin’s 1947 book, From Slavery to Freedom, is considered a masterpiece in chronicling the Black experience in America. Born in 1915 in all-black Rentiesville, Okla., Franklin’s father was a lawyer and his mother, […]


According to Richard Prince’s Journal-isms, journalist Regina Holmes launched http://www.investigativevoice.com in Baltimore two weeks ago.  Some believe it’s the first investigative web site of its kind founded by a person of color. Most recently, Ms. Holmes was assistant managing editor at the Baltimore Examiner, which shut down last month. Industrious. Check it out. Speak your peace.


  The U.S. Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act of 1965 this week with its new ruling, which now allows race to be considered in drawing electoral boundaries only when minority voters represent 50% of a single district. Black people were hurt by this ruling, which reverses a measure that was meant to help minorities elect their […]


Internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Duke Ellington will appear on the back of the District of Columbia quarter-dollar coin as part of the U.S. Mint’s state and U.S. territories quarter-dollar coin program. Ellington was born and raised in DC. Six new coins, including DC’s, begin circulating in 2009 and represent the final coins in the program, which began in […]


Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye, curator of Senegal’s House of Slaves, died on February 6. He was 86. Mr. Ndiaye dedicated the better part of his life overseeing the slave memorial on Goree’ Island, off the coast of Senegal at Dakar. The island was once used as a holding facility for captured Africans before their long voyage […]


Up from History – The Life of Booker T. Washington (The Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 2009) offers a well-researched and detailed biographical account of the early 20th-century Black leader. A professor of history at the University of Tennessee, author Robert J. Norrell posits that contrary to Washington’s historical label as an Uncle Tom, his passionate […]


No, it’s not Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson most certainly helped establish Negro History Week in 1926–the second week in February (also honoring the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass), which eventually became Black History Month in 1976–but there’s another African-American man who’s credited with first documenting the history of Black people in America. […]


I admit it. I caught Obama fever early in his career, although my fever was perhaps more chronic. I remember when he was an aspiring state politician in Illinois. He would visit with small groups of voters in their homes and answer every question like his life depended on it. He was serious. I once sat […]