Black History News

Vietnam Vet Fighting for the Rights of Black Soldiers

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Vietnam War veteran Ari Merretazon is spending another Veteran’s Day fighting for fellow soldiers in Philadelphia. A court is expected to hear soon more arguments in a case Merretazon has brought against the city. Philadelphia officials have failed to follow a 1955 provision in the city charter…

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$100,000 Naming Rights Contribution Announced by Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum in Orangeburg

  A $100,000 contribution to the Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum in Orangeburg has been announced with naming rights to one of the museum’s eight history galleries. “In accordance with wishes of the donors, Kathy and Kenneth Chenault of the Ayco Charitable Foundation, the entrance foyer and gallery in the museum has been named the,…

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Australian Researchers Say Botswana is Ancestral Home of Modern Humans

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The ancestral home of modern humans is in Botswana, according to a new study by researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. Although some of the oldest skeletal remains suggest an eastern African origin, Southern Africa is home to contemporary populations that represent the…

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National Museum of African American Music Assembles All-Star Band of Creative Agencies to Launch Grand Opening

When the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) officially opens its doors in the summer of 2020, it will be a first-of-its-kind cultural institution that celebrates the tradition of the people behind Black music and the music’s significant impact on the soundtrack of American society. Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, Tennessee, the museum will…

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Illinois Prison Bans Black History Books

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia In the 1800s, many states in the Union adopted laws that prohibited teaching African American slaves how to read and write. Thirty lashes or even death would be the punishment for blacks who learned to read or write. Whites who taught blacks would incur fines or…

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‘Hidden Figure’ Katherine Johnson Turns 101

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Katherine Johnson, one of the African American women whose stories received global attention in the best-selling book and blockbuster movie, “Hidden Figures,” has turned 101. The renowned mathematician was instrumental in Alan Shepherd’s 1961 journey to space. She also played a pivotal role in John Glenn becoming…

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Gwen Ifill Immortalized with Postal Service Forever Stamp

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The 43rd stamp in the United States Postal Service’s Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill, one of America’s most esteemed journalists. The stamp features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi and designed by Derry Noyes, according to the Postal Service. Among the…

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Groundbreaking for Expanded African American Civil War Museum Prepares Historic DC Corridor for National and International Visitors

By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com) – In the 400th year since the first enslaved Africans reached the shores of America, a groundbreaking in the nation’s Capital has begun a monumental $45 million expansion of a facility to honor Black veterans of the Civil War – slaves and descendants of slaves – who literally fought their…

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