Black History News

NNPA President Talks Black History, Diversity During Fireside Chat with Volkswagen

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The history of Black people long pre-dates the indignity of slavery. “Our history didn’t begin in slavery,” said National Newspaper Publishers Association President Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. “We were kings and queens. We had dynasties long before the slave trade,” Chavis said during Volkswagen Group of…

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NAACP Celebrates 110th Anniversary of Freedom Fighting

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – NAACP – was founded 110 years ago after a deadly race riot rocked the city of Springfield, Illinois. “Because of the riots in Springfield, that brought about serious conversations and meetings about starting an organization, a national…

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College of Charleston Foundation Receives First Edition Frederick Douglass Autobiography

By Vincent Fraley Frederick Douglass emerged on the national stage in 1845 and has never left popular memory. The power and poetry of Douglass’ words – printed and spoken – fundamentally changed the conversation about slavery in the U.S. and continues to inspire generations of activists. With Leo and Vicki Williams’ recent gift to the College of…

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Trans-Atlantic Commemoration Program to be held in Mount Pleasant

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Saturday, February 23, a truly unique cultural and educational event, sponsored by the Snowden Community Civic Association Heritage Committee, will be held in historic Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. This memorable event, centered around the 400 year commemorative remembrance of the horrendous and abominable Trans-Atlantic enslaved journeys of Africans during the infamous Middle…

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Harris, Stabenow, Peters, Lawrence Introduce Legislation to Award Aretha Franklin with Congressional Gold Medal

Today, U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters, and Representative Brenda Lawrence (all D-MI) introduced bicameral legislation to posthumously award the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding artistic and cultural contributions. The legislation was originally introduced in August 2018 in the wake of Franklin’s passing.…

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VP Records, Largest Independent Reggae Label, Celebrates 40th Anniversary

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia VP Records, the world’s largest reggae music company, has announced a year-long calendar of activities in celebration of its 40 years in the United States. For two generations, the Queens, N.Y.-based company has marketed Caribbean culture and island lifestyle through music, events and merchandise, and has been…

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