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Fannie Lou Hamer
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 02 October 2008
Fannie Lou HamerIf Fannie Lou Hamer were alive today, the 2008 presidential campaign would bring tears to her eyes and a smile to her face. She would have been able to rest for a while, take a deep breath ... read more >>
Duke Ellington
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 11 September 2008
 Duke EllingtonBorn Edward Kennedy Ellington, the masterful music he made and left a distinguished legacy to the world. As one of the most important composers in the history of jazz, “Duke” ... read more >>
Shirley Clarke Franklin
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 28 August 2008
Mayor Shirley Clarke FranklinIn 2005, Mayor Shirley Clarke Franklin of Atlanta was named one of the top five best big-city mayors and one of the best leaders. She was the first woman ever to be elected ... read more >>
Isaac Hayes
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 14 August 2008
  1942 - 2008Isaac Hayes was called the Black Moses, but he would always let it be known that he was the Moses of Music and nothing more. As one of the leading artists for Stax Records, Hayes ... read more >>
Thomas ‘Tom’ Bradley
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 07 August 2008
 Mayor Tom Bradley Thomas J. “Tom” Bradley made history in 1973 when he became the first Black mayor of Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest city. He went on to be the longest ... read more >>
Willie L. Brown
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 31 July 2008
 Mayor  Willie BrownIn addition to serving two terms as the first Black mayor of San Francisco, Willie L. Brown is also well known as the longest serving Speaker of the California Assembly. ... read more >>
David Dinkins
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 24 July 2008
  David DinkinsWhen David N. Dinkins became the first Black mayor of New York City, he completed a coast-to-coast phenomenon that started with Los Angeles, Chicago and several large urban municipalities ... read more >>
Kenneth ‘Ken’ Gibson
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 17 July 2008
  Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Allen Gibson was an engineer for the New Jersey Highway Department, the chief engineer for the Newark Housing Authority and the chief structural engineer for Newark ... read more >>
Richard G. Hatcher
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 10 July 2008
 Mayor Richard G. HatcherAfter the Civil Rights Era of the 1960’s, the historic March on Washington and the passing of some sweeping civil rights laws, several Black mayors of major cities—especially ... read more >>
Coleman Young
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 03 July 2008
 Mayor Coleman Young views his cityColeman Young was famous for the blunt statements he sometimes used publicly because they were often peppered with profanity. He said, “Swearing is an art ... read more >>
Maynard Jackson
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 26 June 2008
Maynard JacksonWhen Maynard Jackson was elected the first Black mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, he also became the first Black mayor of a major southern city. (That same year Thomas “Tom” Bradley ... read more >>
Harold Washington
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 19 June 2008
Like so many clichés, Chicago politicians seem to be unfairly stigmatized with a negative reputation for underhanded backroom dealings in smoke-filled rooms, but Harold Washington, the city’s ... read more >>
Landmark Decisions (Cases and Admendments)
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 12 June 2008
According to the United States Constitution, “all men are created equal” and recent events have brought the nation closer to that reality. Senator Barack Obama is the ultimate recipient of ... read more >>
Cardinal Bernardin Gantin
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 05 June 2008
 His Eminence Cardinal Bernardin GantinCardinal Bernardin Gantin was born in Toffo, Benin, West Africa, on May 08, 1922 in the archdiocese of Cotonou; there his surname translated “tree of ... read more >>
Alexis M. Herman
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 29 May 2008
 Alexis M. HermanAlexis Herman, the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor, was the first African American to lead that department and the lone Black woman in the Clinton cabinet. When the president announced ... read more >>

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Jomo Kenyatta
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 22 May 2008
Jomo Kenyatta  Looking at a map of Africa early in the 20th century, one gets the feeling that he is looking at the “states of Europe.” With exception of Liberia (founded by ex-slaves ... read more >>
Frances Cress Welsing
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 15 May 2008
  Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, M. D.In the dedication of her book, “The Isis Papers,” Dr. Frances Cress Welsing wrote, “This work is dedicated to the victims of the global system ... read more >>
Frantz Fanon
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 08 May 2008
“The Wretched of the Earth,” “Black Skin, White Masks,” “A Dying Colonialism” and “Toward the African Revolution” are four major literary works by Frantz ... read more >>
Leo Branton Jr.
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 01 May 2008
Branton speaking at luncheon for Justice Vaino Spencer.When the annals of great legal scholars are written, a special place has to be allocated for Leo Branton Jr. the prominent civil rights and entertainment ... read more >>
Bishop Vashti McKenzie
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 24 April 2008
“The first woman elected AME Bishop” When Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first woman to be elected bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, was speaking to a graduate class ... read more >>

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