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Witness to King’s Assassination Speaks Out

Witness to King’s Assassination Speaks Out

“We didn’t think he would die… He can’t.” Mary Ellen Ford nee’ Norwood said of the Late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of the 50th commemoration of the assassination. In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin, Ford said she worked at 

Historic Beale Street

Historic Beale Street

Traveling to Memphis, Tennessee for #MLK50, commemorating the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Be sure to visit the First Baptist Church on Beale Street. It’s billed as the first and largest “negro missionary church built after the Civil War.”

The Havard Gazette : Radcliffe acquires papers of activist Angela Davis

The Havard Gazette : Radcliffe acquires papers of activist Angela Davis

Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library has acquired the papers of famed activist Angela Davis. Angela Davis, iconic activist, scholar and leading advocate for prison abolition, has found a new home for her life’s work. In 2016, Kenvi Phillips, Ph.D. (US History) the newly installed Curator for Race 

Spotlight on Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood

Spotlight on Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood

In the first half of the 20th century, black women were largely relegated to playing mammy and jezebel roles. A new exhibition reveals how as early as 100 years ago, independent black filmmakers presented complex portrayals of women of color. Source: Forgotten Black Women of 

Why I’m devoting a year to helping black newspapers survive

Why I’m devoting a year to helping black newspapers survive

As black communities risk being overlooked by many newsrooms, so do black newspapers risk being overlooked or undervalued by advertisers. During the next year, I’ll study family, legacy and the viability of black newspapers in America as a Knight-Wallace fellow. When I first returned to the Richmond 

“Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work”| Detroit Housewives League

“Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work”| Detroit Housewives League

The 3rd Sunday in May is a special day in Black history when we celebrate the founder of the Detroit Housewives League, Fannie Peck.In 1930s Black women couldn’t afford to stay at home and wait for their husbands. Too many businesses would sell goods and services 

NCES : Black Women Most Educated Group in the U.S.|WIFOTIT

NCES : Black Women Most Educated Group in the U.S.|WIFOTIT

When Chesley* entered the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010, black women were making history as the most educated group in the United States. The National Center of Education Statistics1 reports for the academic years 1999-2000 through 2009-10, degree-granting institutions conferred more academic degrees 

Black Women are Working in Record Numbers and Black Men Declining Death Rates | #blacklivesmatter

Black Women are Working in Record Numbers and Black Men Declining Death Rates | #blacklivesmatter

What I found on the Internet today may bolster the clarion call #BlackLivesMatter; and it seems some credit may actually go to past presidential administrations including the current one for  helping to preserve black lives. Let me backtrack, my research actually began in February of 

Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

A black woman’s research project and subsequent manuscript leads to feature film “Hidden Figures” (2017). “Hidden Figures” is the story of a  team of African-American women mathematicians who were the brains behind the space race and astronaut John Glenn’s 1962 orbit. Check out Margot Shetterly talk at