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Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Other America 2.0
January 13, 2022
In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., espoused that America literally existed as two Americas.  In his depiction of the two Americas, Dr. King spoke of one America where the land overflowed with the “milk of prosperity and the honey of opportunity.”  King implored Blacks to imagine experiencing the unencumbered pursuit of happiness.  ... read more »
Congresswoman Lee Applauds U.S. Mint Release of Maya Angelou Quarter
January 11, 2022
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today applauded the United States Mint for beginning shipments of the first coins in the American Women Quarters (AWQ) Program, starting with the Maya Angelou quarter ... read more »
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Last Parent of a Child Killed in 1963 Church Bombing Dies
January 4, 2022
Maxine McNair, the last living parent of any of the four Black girls killed in a 1963 Alabama church bombing, died Sunday. She was 93. ... read more »
Mary Alice Jervay Thatch, Freedom Fighting Publisher of Wilmington Journal Dies
December 30, 2021
Mary Alice Jervay Thatch, who often told the story of how as a baby, she used her diaper to clean the floor of the Wilmington Journal and who went on to become the editor and publisher of the historical newspaper, has died at the age of 78. ... read more »
Aaron, Elder Overcame Hate to Achieve Records, Milestones
December 28, 2021
Henry Aaron made history with one swing of his bat. A year later and on the other side of Georgia, Lee Elder made history with one swing of his driver. They both overcame racist threats to reach milestones that will always be part of sports lore. ``Hammerin' Hank'' supplanted Babe Ruth at the top of baseball's all-time home run list and Elder became the first Black golfer to play in the Masters. ... read more »
Procession, Festival Mark Start of Kwanzaa
December 27, 2021
The 45th edition of what organizers say is the world's oldest Kwanzaa procession was held today in South Los Angeles to mark the start of the seven-day African-American festival. ... read more »
Dr. Charles Johnson, Duke Medical School Pioneer, Dies at 94
December 20, 2021
Dr. Charles Johnson, the first Black faculty member in the Duke University School of Medicine and first Black physician on the university faculty, has died. He was 94. ... read more »
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Doc on Civil Rights Icon Fannie Lou Hamer to Air in February
December 20, 2021
A documentary about Mississippi Delta sharecropper and civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer will open the 10th season of the Emmy award-winning PBS series, America ReFramed. ... read more »
Culpeper Elects First Black Mayor in 262-year History
December 20, 2021
Frank Reaves Jr. will become the first African-American mayor of Culpeper in the town's 262-year-history when he is sworn into office at the start of 2022. ... read more »
Bell Hooks, Groundbreaking Feminist Thinker, Dies at 69
December 17, 2021
Bell hooks, the groundbreaking author, educator and activist whose explorations of how race, gender, economics and politics intertwined helped shape academic and popular debates over the past 40 years, has died. She was 69. ... read more »
University Design School Initiative Seeks Racial Justice
December 7, 2021
After the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, the University of Minnesota's College of Design launched the Design Justice Initiative, which seeks to support the retention and inclusion of Black, Indigenous and students of color through affinity spaces, policy adaptations and operational changes. ... read more »
Dictionary.com Anoints Allyship Word of the Year for 2021
December 7, 2021
Allyship, an old noun made new again, is Dictionary.com's word of the year. ... read more »
Project Documents Black Man Banned by Mississippi University
December 6, 2021
Some University of Southern Mississippi students are working on a project to document the story of a Black man who was barred from attending the university in the 1950s. ... read more »
Cultural Property Title Gives New Mexico Family Peace
December 6, 2021
Few community members know the role of Clara Belle Williams in Las Cruces education, but one family made it their mission to get Williams and her legacy recognized by the state. ... read more »
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