Saturday, July 2, 2022

Black History Facts

Mark Neal has been the principal of Melrose High School in Orange Mound for four years. On Tuesday, he and several dozen students were combing an area of downtown in search of history. It was all around them. Melrose partners with...
Simeon Booker, the Washington bureau chief of Jet and Ebony magazines for five decades, died Dec. 10 at an assisted-living community in Solomons, Md., according to The Washington Post. He was 99 and had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia,...
By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's first black astronaut, Air Force Maj. Robert Lawrence Jr., finally got full honors Friday on the 50th anniversary of his death. Several hundred people gathered at Kennedy Space Center to...
Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) announced Thursday that they will be skipping Saturday’s opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson because Donald Trump will be in attendance—something they consider to be “an insult” to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be traveling to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum. That's according to a White House official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the...
By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The great African-American writers James Baldwin and Richard Wright began their feud over Wright's novel "Native Son," at Cafe Les Deux Magots. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis held hands with his white girlfriend, French...
Next time you enjoy a classic "Jack & Coke," pour out a little liquor for Nearest Green, a former slave who mentored Jack Daniel in the craft of making Tennessee whiskey. In a segment on CBS This Morning, author Fawn...
STARKVILLE, Miss. — A new plaza at Mississippi State University commemorates the legacy of the school's first African-American student-athletes, Frank Dowsing Jr. and Robert Bell. A university news release says a dedication ceremony was held Thursday for Dowsing-Bell Plaza, on...
By KRISSAH THOMPSON, The Washington Post (via The Associated Press) ORANGE, Va. (AP) — In her mind's eye, Bettye Kearse could see her ancestor walking the worn path that led from the big house to the slave quarters. She thought of that path...
I first learned of my cousin’s lynching when I was 10 years old. During the summer, I often spent time at my Uncle Johnny’s house, but that summer, my great-grandmother, a wizened old black woman whose face spoke of years...