1. In 1866, through an act of Congress, legislation was adopted to create six all African-American Army units. The units were identified as the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st [read more…]
[WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM] Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, according to a statement released by his family. Ali was hospitalized in the Phoenix area as family members gathered by his bedside Friday. [read more…]
[THEROOT.COM] Cassandra Quin Butts, the former Deputy White House Counsel and nominee to the Ambassadorship to the Bahamas, died suddenly on Thursday. She was 50 years old. A statement from Butts’ family says that she [read more…]
By Freddie Allen (NNPA News Wire National News Editor) When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in September, Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s founding director said that it will not only tell [read more…]
By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA News Wire Contributor) In August 2013, Georgia Congressman and civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis teamed up with artist Nate Powell and writer Andrew Aydin released a graphic novel entitled [read more…]
A. Philip Randolph founded the first Black labor union chartered in America and the first to win a collective bargaining agreement with a major U.S corporation, the powerful Pullman Company. (Photo: A. Philip Randolph Pullman [read more…]
By Louis C. Ward (The Orlando Times, NNPA Member) Gessner Harris remembers White students hanging out of the windows at Eustis High School shouting racial slurs as he entered the school in 1965. Four White [read more…]
Residents of the District of Columbia and tourists had the opportunity to observe the DC Emancipation Day parade on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. along Pennsylvania Avenue in northwest. The event, which was made an official holiday in 2005, featured educational and commemorative activities that celebrated the end of slavery in the nation’s capital. Participants included DCPS and College marching bands, dancers, all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, balloon floats, local officials, community associations, and DC Statehood organizations. Proceeding the parade was a concert and fireworks display at Freedom Plaza. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation on April 16, 1862, which granted freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The act passed nine months before Lincoln’s famous Emancipation Proclamation, thereby granting freedom to citizens living in the District of Columbia, and making it the country’s first freed from the institution of slavery.
By Lyn Hughes Ph.D. and F. Finley McRae (A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Founding Collection) America’s political, economic and social landscape is dotted with trees bearing fruit from A. Philip Randolph’s vision, courage, genius [read more…]
Alumni from Dunbar High School were delighted to attend the world premiere of “Dunbar: The Alchemy of Achievement,” at the Landmark E Street Cinema, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in northwest D.C. Patrons purchased popcorn and found the best seat in the house to view the first documentary highlighting one of America’s oldest public high schools for African Americans. The high school, named after the famous poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, has a controversial history that many continue to find of interest today, in which some claim it to have been a school for the elite. The film featured well known alumni such as former DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Congress woman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Colbert King, who gave an oral history of the school’s challenges with desegregation, funding issues, low enrollment, and building renovation. Dorothy C. Egbufor, a 1991 alumnae, moderated a panel discussion with the cast members after the screening.