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., 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.
The idea of erecting a museum that would highlight the contributions of African Americans first received public attention a century ago when Black veterans of the Civil War proposed the idea. [read more…]
A historic church bell from Virginia, donated as a symbol of freedom, will ring in the nation’s capital Saturday, heralding the opening of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture. [read more…]
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 google.org’s ongoing work to address racial and social justice issues.
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.
A motel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where black entertainers often stayed when performing in the area during the segregation era has been partially demolished, with plans to use some of the remaining property for a museum and space for small businesses. [read more…]
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…]