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Black History Month 2017

    Civil Rights Icon Calls on Students

    Bowie State University students received a call to action from the first Black person to graduate from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Their speaker, Ernest Green, was the oldest of the Little...

    Old Western Maryland Farmstead’s Black History Runs from John Brown to James Brown

    DARGAN, Md. (AP) — From John Brown's raid to James Brown's wail, a stream of hot-blooded American history runs through a 19th-century farmstead in the Appalachian foothills of western Maryland. The John Brown connection is...

    Spotlight on Black Educators: Maria Thompson, President of Coppin State University

    For Dr. Maria Thompson, president of Coppin State University, education is a family business. Her paternal grandmother, both of her parents, and her two older sisters were all educators, so it seemed only right that...

    Group Seeks to Showcase Frederick Md. County’s Black History

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick judge in 1913 struck down Maryland's "grandfather clause" as unconstitutional. Maryland was one of a number of states with constitutions that exempted white voters from poll tests and taxes...

    Spotlight on Black Educators: Bowie State University President Mickey Burnim

    Even though Mickey Burnim will soon relinquish his position as president of Bowie State University (BSU), his passion and work for Black higher education will not cease. He said he will still keep fighting...

    Coretta Scott King’s ‘My Life, My Love, My Legacy’

    The spouses of revolutionary leaders, celebrities, and famous athletes, tend to get overlooked. It’s rare that we get a vivid description of what life was like for the spouse. It’s even rarer that we...

    Spotlight on Black Educators: MSU President David Wilson

    While it may not seem like much, to Morgan State University President David Wilson growing up, $5 was the result of years of savings. The youngest of 10 children, Wilson grew up in poverty in...

    Spotlight on Black Educators: University of D.C. President Ronald Mason

    The University of the District of Columbia is recognized federally as an urban land-grant institution and a HBCU. In May 2015, Ronald Mason was hired for the presidency by the board of trustees of...

    Manse Built by America’s First Self-made Millionairess in Jeopardy

    When Madam C.J. Walker first rolled into Irvington, New York, in her high-powered motorcar, the 49-year-old beauty magnate caused tongues to wag. “Impossible,” the Hudson River town’s residents told the New York Times when...

    Black Women Change Wildest Dreams into Reality

    Stephanie Wilson and Joan Higginbotham, two Black women who dared to dream the impossible. One reached for the stars, the other was exceptional at math. Nevertheless, both reached, what seems, the ultimate height –...

    Washington D.C. Arts Collective Promoting Local Black Storytelling Industry

    Three arts groups based in Washington, D.C., are joining forces to create a film and theater collective to galvanize the Black storytelling industry, locally.   Prosperity Media, a nonprofit media arts organization, Koalaty Entertainment, a...

    Spotlight on Black Educators: Sonja Santelises, CEO, BCPS

    Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) CEO Sonja Santelises has always loved everything about the learning process. As an educator, she said she is privileged to be able to merge the need to engage in...

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