Black History Facts

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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...
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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America's history of slavery and racial discrimination. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, the sponsor...
Substantial work had already been done revising the $20 bill with an image of Harriet Tubman before a six-year delay was announced by the Trump administration, citing security and technical concerns. A mock-up of the bill, obtained by The New York Times on Friday, shows the fearless freedom fighter. The...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender With a 7 p.m. parade down Beale Street to Church Park, Memphis will celebrate the birth of Robert Reid Church Sr. as a part of the Memphis Bicentennial Tuesday, June 18. Mayor Jim Strickland will issue a proclamation...
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum will celebrate Juneteenth in conjunction with the 400th Year of Perseverance commemorating the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade on June 22. The year 1619 marks the beginning of slavery of African Americans. Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) is the date that the last African Americans were granted their...
By KRISTEN DE GROOT Associated Press DENVER, Pa. (AP) — A flag that was carried into battle by a black Union regiment during the Civil War and hand-painted by an acclaimed African American artist is going up for auction in Pennsylvania. The 127th United States Colored Infantry Regiment's flag depicts a...
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By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — It was the most massive amphibious invasion the world has ever seen, with tens of thousands of Allied troops spread out across the air and sea aiming to get a toehold in Normandy for the final assault on Nazi Germany....
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By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When Lonnie Bunch started working on the Smithsonian's first black museum, he had no collection, no building and one employee. The Smithsonian Institution rewarded the founding director of the wildly popular museum on Tuesday by putting him in charge of all 19...
It only took about 60-70 people to pack out the tiny Orange Mound Gallery at 2232 Lamar on Wednesday for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Orange Mound ‘s official annexation into the City of Memphis. The event was part of a full day of events celebrating the city’s...