Black History News

Special Report: U.S. Schools are Failing to Teach the Hard History of American Slavery

By Maureen Costello Special from SPLCenter.org (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Even during Black History Month, U.S. schools are not adequately teaching the history of American slavery, educators are not sufficiently prepared to teach it, and textbooks do not have enough material about it. As a result – students lack a basic knowledge of the important role that…

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The Black Press Remembers “Before the Mayflower” Author, Freedom Fighting Journalist Lerone Bennett Jr.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor Perhaps no other voice—or pen—captured the real life of Africans and African Americans like Lerone Bennett Jr., the former editor of EBONY and Jet magazines who died on Wednesday, February 14 at the age of 89. Chicago Sun-Times reported that, Bennett suffered from vascular dementia. Among his many…

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Biography Comics Debut For Black History Month In New Format

This month, TidalWave Comics celebrates Black History month by re-releasing some of its most popular nonfiction comic books featuring iconic black Americans in an exciting new print format. Since 1976, every United States President has recognized February as Black History Month in order to recognize the pivotal role African-Americans have played in our history. Noted…

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Bernie Mazyck, A New Face In Black History

By Barney Blakeney Recently one Charleston community activist issued a challenge with respect to Black History Month celebrations – instead of invoking the greatness of our past recognize the accomplishments and successes of our present with an eye to our future; acknowledge and recognize everyday individuals in our communities who are doing the work right…

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Forgotten History – The Charleston Race Riot of 1919

By Professor Damon L. Fordham, MA   During a recent episode of Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ PBS documentary series “African Americans-Many Rivers to Cross,” Dr. Gates discussed the race riots that swept through many cities in the United States between 1919 and the famous Tulsa and Rosewood Massacres in 1921 and 1923. He casually mentioned…

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Impactful African American Inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Since the founding of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) in 1973 more than 500 visionary men and women, who conceived, patented, and advanced the greatest technological achievements of our nation, have been inducted. NIHF is the premier nonprofit organization in America dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit…

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Black History Month PSAs Set in Charleston Explore Themes of Education, Cultural Traditions and Cuisine

Nickelodeon is celebrating Black History Month with a brand-new series of PSAs set in Charleston, South Carolina, that explore themes of education, culture and cuisine as they relate to African Americans.  Each PSA is narrated by kids and use Charleston’s storied past and rich culture as both a focal point and a backdrop, given how…

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Black History Month: Remembering Georgia’s First State Park for African Americans

This February, plan to celebrate Black History Month at Cartersville’s George Washington Carver Park (3900 Bartow Carver Rd, Acworth), founded in 1950 as Georgia’s first state park for black Americans. Recently renovated under new management of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the park now features interpretive signage as well as picnic areas and…

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