Black History Facts

video
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as "Julia," has died. She was 84. Carroll's daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated...
“If Free Joe and the original church members could see us here today, they would be absolutely astounded. I think it would be unbelievable to them that we have progressed like we have from their humble beginnings,” said Pastor Leonard Dawson of Cane Creek Baptist Church. “These ex-slaves would look...
It’s been about 70 years since Verdell Mathis pitched for the Memphis Red Sox. During the 1940s, he was considered the greatest lefty pitcher of the Negro Leagues. At 5-10 and 150 lbs., Mathis was known for his arsenal of pitches – a terrific curve ball, a pretty good fast...
The Withers Collection teamed with the Memphis Branch of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History and the Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society - Memphis Chapter to recall the “400 years of trials and to celebrate the triumphs of African Americans” during “Talk About It...
The Withers Collection teamed with the Memphis Branch of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History and the Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society - Memphis Chapter to recall the “400 years of trials and to celebrate the triumphs of African Americans” during “Talk About It...
video
By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis, Maryland, and Syracuse, New York,...
Clyde Foster came of age in Alabama in the 1950s, a place and time so oppressive for African Americans that a former Nazi rocket scientist stood out as a figure of racial moderation. Foster’s father worked at a Birmingham iron foundry, where the dirtiest, most backbreaking jobs were reserved for...
Legendary photojournalist Dr. Ernest C. Withers was one of the most prolific photographers to document the lives of African Americans in Memphis. A new book on Dr. Withers’ early work is in the works, but several photos need identification. That’s where YOU come in! Several weeks ago, we published the...
video
This Thursday (July 4), marks Independence Day, even as protesters mark America’s denial of liberty to people of color. As The Associated Press noted in 2018, formerly enslaved abolitionist Frederick Douglass addressed the failure of American commitments to freedom more than a century ago in several Fourth of July-focused...
It was quite an extraordinary encounter: a Christian, a Muslim and a Spiritualist on a panel at the Hattiloo Theatre talking about their belief systems during a discussion framed against a backdrop of 400 years of Africans living in America. One truth outweighed every likely point of contention: each of...