The ringing of the bell from the historic First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, is one of the highlights of the dedication ceremony at the Smithsonian National National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. on Sept. 24. Photo by Travis Riddick

JESSE JACKSON: New Museum Is a Stunning Achievement

Demonstrations continue in Charlotte, N.C., and protests have spread to Atlanta and elsewhere, sparked most recently by the police killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. Against that backdrop, I joined thousands for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the mall in Washington, D.C. [read more…]

William Garth Sr.
NNPA History

William Garth Sr., 78, Publisher of Chicago Citizen Newspapers, Dies

William Garth Sr., the legendary publisher and chairman of the Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group, died Friday. He was 78. Garth, the guiding force behind what is known as the largest black-owned ABC-audited newspaper in America, died of complications of diabetes, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing family members.
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A screenshot from the new Google Expedition highlighting the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached
Black History

Google Gives $1M to African-American Museum

Black engineers at Google are creating a first-of-its-kind 3-D interactive exhibit that will debut in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in early 2017. The exhibit will accompany a $1 million grant as part of’s ongoing work to address racial and social justice issues.
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Black History

Emotions Run High at New African-American Museum

Tears streamed down the face of several black journalists while their white counterparts appeared almost numb by the emotion that would be nearly impossible not to experience. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, curators and other personnel provided a daylong media tour of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture which sits on the National Mall in the nation’s capital.
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D.C. native Sterling A. Brown, the city's first poet laureate (Courtesy of

Literary Giant Sterling Brown Remembered

D.C. native Sterling A. Brown, often called the Father of African-American Literature; and the Dean of American Negro Poets will be the focus of a conversation about his lasting contributions, his life and his work at a symposium sponsored by a Brookland community group dedicated to improving the quality of life for Ward 5 residents. [read more…]