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    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...

    Civil Rights: Unfinished Business of Our Nation’s History

    As one of his final acts in office, President Obama established the Freedom Riders National Monument.  Building upon the ‘Journey of Reconciliation,’ an integrated bus ride through the Upper South 56 years ago, the...

    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...

    Spotlight on Black Educators: D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson

    D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson started on Feb. 1. "I have spent the past few months hearing ideas from students, families, and community members and now I am excited to get the work started....
    0525 SADTSZNGZ 3 PHOTO MAC 1 POST SPORTS COPY PHOTO BY CARL J. SINGLE AT BIRD LIBRARY 1994 PHOTO COPY OF WILMETH SADAT-SINGH (1936-8) A GREAT AND FORGOTTEN SU STAR KILLED DURING WORLD WAR II.

    Sam Lacy Scoop Derailed History at University of Maryland

    Former Afro Sports Editor and Hall of Fame journalist Sam Lacy was always ahead of his time. He tackled the social injustices of race in sports with a voracity that changed the complexion of...

    Definitely Back to Birmingham’ Pledges Dr. King

    During Feb. the AFRO has been celebrating the work of former AFRO Executive Editor Moses J. Newson, who turned 90-years-old this month. In this final installment, Newsom reports from the South Christian Leadership Conference...

    African-American GIs of WWII: Fighting for Democracy Abroad and at Home

    Until the last decade, the contributions of African-American soldiers in World War II barely registered in America’s collective memory of that war. The “tan soldiers,” as the Black press affectionately called them, were also...

    Editor Has Close Brush With Death

    Moses J. Newson turns 90 on Feb. 5. The fearless AFRO reporter sent back news from some of the most dangerous places in America during the fight for civil rights in the 1950s and...

    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...

    Lynch Trial Begins

    Carolyn Bryant, the woman who’s accusation against Emmett Till lead to his brutal lynching, recently recanted her allegations. The following article from 1955 details the beginning of the trial against J.W. Milam and Roy...

    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 –...

    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...

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