Black History News

Rosanell Eaton, Queen Mother of Voting Rights, Dies at 97

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Considered a Queen Mother and a leader in the struggle and movement for freedom, justice and equality, Rosanell Eaton proved a true matriarch to many civil rights leaders — especially when it came to the fight against voter suppression. Eaton died on Saturday, Dec. 8, in her…

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Hiram Revels: The First Black Senator

By Professor Damon L. Fordham, MA Much is being said about Mike Espy’s recent loss in the race for the Senate in Mississippi, but did you know that during Reconstruction in 1870, Mississippi elected the first black Senator in the United States? His name was Hiram Revels. Born free in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1827,…

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New Film Honors the Life of Harriet Tubman

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia When one speaks of freedom fighters, Harriet Tubman’s name should always be among the first – if not highlighted as a primary justice crusader. For it was on this date 169 years ago – Dec. 6, 1849 – that Tubman escaped slavery. The brave African American who…

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Coastal Carolina University scholars win $270,327 grant to digitize historic materials from Gullah Geechee communities

The terms “Gullah” and “Geechee” may be vaguely familiar to the general public, but a Coastal Carolina University institute is on a mission to make sure they become widespread cultural knowledge. Two scholars have won a sizeable grant to make Gullah historical records accessible and engaging to the public. Eric Crawford, musicologist, director of CCU’s…

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Explore Gullah Geechee Culture With The Human Library Series

Participate in the Human Library, a new series intended to combat intolerance by creating a safe space for interested members of the community to engage in open, honest and respectful dialogue with individuals who have been exposed to prejudice or stigma. The fourth series session features Reverend DeMett E. Jenkins, Director of Education and Engagement…

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