Black History News

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month

Caribbean immigrants have been contributing to the well-being of American society since its founding. Alexander Hamilton, the First Secretary of the Treasury was from the Caribbean island of Nevis. We count among our famous sons and daughters, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Cicely Tyson, W.E.B Dubois, James Weldon Johnson, Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier to…

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Bill to Celebrate 400 Years of Black History Passes U.S. House

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) In a rare display of bipartisanship in Congress, the United States House of Representatives voted to establish a commission to examine 400 years of African American history. House bill H.R. 1242 is designed “to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary…

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Remembering History and Black Public Health Champions during National Minority Health Month

In April of 1915, Booker T. Washington proposed “National Negro Health Week,” recognizing that “without health and long life, all else fails.” His idea gradually evolved into observing the month of April as National Minority Health Month to raise awareness and eventually help eliminate the health disparities facing racial and ethnic minorities. National Minority Health…

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SC African American History Calendar April 2017 Honoree: Ethel Lee Lance

The life of Ethel Lee Lance, 70, epitomized loyalty, consistency and dedication to serving others. Born in Charleston where she and her husband Nathaniel Lance raised their family, Lance was a lifelong member of Emanuel AME Church. She took great pride in her beloved church, working as a custodian and helping keep its facilities clean…

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