Black History News

Third World Press Foundation: “Fearlessly Publishing About the Black Experience for 50 Years!”

Third World Press Foundation (TWPF) has big plans for its 50th anniversary, themed “Fearlessly Publishing About the Black Experience for 50 Years!” TWPF50 is a weeklong celebration from Saturday, September 30 – Saturday, October 7 with Black literary and artistic luminaries including Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sonia Sanchez. Founded in 1967 by Chicago poet…

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Mississippi Courthouse Keeps Emmett Till’s Memory Alive

By Frederick H. Lowe (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The Emmett Till Interpretive Center, which was founded to keep alive the memory of Emmett Till, has restored Sumner Courthouse in Sumner, Mississippi, where an all-white male jury acquitted two men for the brutal murder of the 14-year-old on September 23, 1955, 62 years ago this month. The jury…

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John Caldwell Calhoun REVISITED

By Professor Damon L. Fordham, MA With all of the controversy over the statue of John Caldwell Calhoun that is in Marion Square in downtown Charleston, I think that before considering if it is appropriate to be there, we should at least learn something about who this man really was and what he really represented.…

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Allen, Powers Weigh-In On Confederate Monuments

By Barney Blakeney As battles over the proposed removal of Confederate monuments and markers rage across the country, I asked two local historians to share their views.  Michael Allen, Community Partnership Specialist at the National Park Service, and College of Charleston History Prof. Bernard Powers shared their thoughts about Confederate monuments and the call to bring…

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Gwendolyn Brooks Won the Pulitzer Prize While Living in a Housing Project

By Erick Johnson (Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member) Gwendolyn Brooks’ apartment was dark on May 1, 1950. The brilliant, award-winning Black poet, who wrote about life on Chicago’s South Side, had not paid her electric bill. With no electrical power, little money and a nine-year old son to feed Brooks made headlines around the world while living…

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