Black History Facts

The Memphis Association of Black Journalists and the National Civil Rights Museum are teaming up for what is described as a "powerful and informative panel discussion for Black History Month about the history of the Black Press." The session is set for Feb. 15 at the National Civil Rights Museum...
A joyous day of singing and praising occurred on Sunday morning at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church at 7289 U.S. 64. Church organizers and head Pastor Donald L. Johnson set aside the second Sunday of the month of February to honor African-American pioneers of his church in celebration of...
By Andrew Maraniss, The Undefeated In the decades to come, Jesse Owens’s record-setting performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the gold medals he won in the 100-meter sprint, 200-meter sprint, long jump, and 4×100 relay would be celebrated as a powerful rebuke of Adolf Hitler. A black man’s incredible...
by Ian Morrison, Vanderbilt News Service In a landmark moment, Vanderbilt University Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente announced today that Candice Storey Lee, a former standout student-athlete and three-time graduate of the university, has been named interim vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and interim athletic director, effective immediately. Lee succeeds Malcolm Turner. The university accepted Turner’s resignation as vice...
For years, Johnnie R. Turner worked as hard as she could to help contribute to making sure for all people gained civil rights. She toiled selflessly for decades, helping to ensure the rights of all people, putting herself in the front lines on a consistent basis. The Black Student Association...
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum Director Elaine Turner has issued an invitation to come see why MSN.Com has listed the historic site as one of the best places to visit in the United States during Black History Month. Slave Haven is joined by the Stax Museum of Soul Music and...
With Black History Month just around the corner, the University of Memphis Black Student Association has big plans to commemorate the special month in February. The opening ceremony certainly will not disappoint on Friday night. Johnnie R. Turner, a former state representative of Tennessee, will be honored as the recipient...
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By Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, West Virginia University I'll never forget a student's response when I asked during a middle school social studies class what they knew about black history: "Martin Luther King freed the slaves." Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929, more than six decades after the time of...
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By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press The first black woman named to lead Philadelphia's troubled police department pledged to be a "conduit" between the community and police and to address the racist and sexist tensions dividing the force. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney named Portland Chief Danielle Outlaw to the job on Monday,...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. In spite of the pathos of segregation, there were some benefits for African Americans. Segregation created the “crucible of necessity.” A crucible – in its classic sense – is a vessel used to melt materials at a high temperature for the purpose of purification....