Black History News

B.B. King Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

By Freddie Allen, NNPA Newswire Contributor In 1949, a fight broke out at a dance in Twist, Kansas. During the melee, a barrel filled with kerosene, that had been lit earlier to warm the party, was knocked over. As flames licked the dance floor, B.B. King, a twenty-something musician, escaped into the cool Kansas night…

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Dr. King’s Dream on the Ballot

By Lee Saunders (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Fifty-five years ago this week, Dr. Martin Luther King stepped to the podium at the Lincoln Memorial and delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history: “I Have A Dream.” The March on Washington was about more than desegregation, voting rights and equal access to public accommodations. It…

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The Slave Dwelling Project, Historic Charleston Foundation and the Charleston Gaillard Center Present “Prints in Clay”

The Charleston Gaillard Center announces Prints in Clay, a day-long multimedia artistic and educational exploration into the many significant contributions of African-Americans to the history and culture of the community. The four-part program consists of a historical tour, a visual exhibit, a curated dinner, and an evening concert. This program was developed in partnership with…

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With Funding Secured From IAAM Construction, What’s Next?

By Barney Blakeney Charleston’s International African American Museum last week completed its 18-year fundraising effort to obtain $75 million necessary to construct the state’s largest museum dedicated to African American history and culture. Former Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley in 2000 presented the concept for the museum he said would document, preserve, interpret, present and promote…

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Spiritual Warfare Art Exhibition Coming To Grace Chapel In Adams Run August 26

Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Adams Run, SC offers a rare opportunity for public audiences to view major paintings from the largest privately-held Anti-Slavery Collective Resistance Spiritual Warfare art collections in the United States. Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Adams Run, SC where Rev. Maurice Heyward is the pastor, will host this historic art exhibition…

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor Aretha Franklin, arguably the greatest voice in music history, has died. The Queen of Soul was 76. “She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin,” said longtime friend Roger Friedman, who also covered the Queen of Soul for decades and originally broke the story about…

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Plan Launched to Rename Richmond’s Boulevard for Tennis Great Arthur Ashe, Jr.

By Jeremy Lazarus Special from the Richmond Free Press (TriceEdneyWire.com) – A new effort is underway to rename Richmond, Virginia’s Boulevard in honor of Richmond-born humanitarian and tennis great Arthur Ashe, Jr. Richmond City Councilwoman Kim B. Gray says she plans to introduce legislation in September to change the street’s name to Arthur Ashe Boulevard.…

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Film Review: BlacKkKlansman

By Dwight Brown You just can’t make this stuff up! A black detective infiltrates the white racist Ku Klux Klan. When? Where? Why? How? If you want to know the details and want to be entertained while you catch up on this bit of Americana history, just set aside 2h 14min and watch this screen…

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