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Maryland creates Truth Commission about lynching. Can the commission deliver

    More than 40 lynchings have been documented in Maryland By The Conversation   Between 1850 and 1950, thousands of African American men, women and children were victims of lynchings: public torture and killings carried out by white mobs. Lynchings were used to terrorize and control black people, notably in the South following the end of slavery. Yet despite the[Read More…]

Billy Porter and his dresses

He is taking us back to the future when slaveholders ordered black men to wear dresses to emasculate them By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today I am surprised and more than a little mystified why black men are not speaking out about Billy Porter, a black man who wears dresses and high heels and screams “bitches” at every chance he gets.[Read More…]

Father Augustus Tolton, the first black Roman Catholic priest, is expected to become a saint

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Father Augustus Tolton, the Roman Catholic Church’s first black priest, who is slated to become a saint, was forced to attend seminary in Rome because no American school would admit him despite his intellect, special abilities (he spoke several languages) and his devotion to the church because of his race. Tolton, a former slave[Read More…]

State black–white unemployment gaps hold steady or widen

By The Economic Policy Institute The gap between black and white unemployment widened or remained unchanged in 14 of the 22 states for which data were available in the first quarter of 2019, according to a state-by-state breakdown of unemployment rates by race and ethnicity by Valerie Wilson, Director of EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy.…-steady-or-widen/ “Taking a[Read More…]

Traveling museum exhibition will honor black men

One of the first stops is the Washington State Historical Museum in Tacoma, Washington   By Frederick H.Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Smithsonian Institution, the nation’s premier museum, will host a three-year, 10-city traveling exhibition at affiliate museums, honoring black men who changed the nation’s political, academic and cultural landscape. Titled “Men of Change: Power, Triumph, Truth,” the exhibition will highlight revolutionary[Read More…]

Smithsonian names Lonnie Bunch III secretary

He is the first African American elected to the post The Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents has elected Lonnie Bunch III the 14th Smithsonian Secretary effective June 16. Bunch is the first African American, and the first historian elected Secretary of the Smithsonian, which was founded in 1846 with a bequest from British scientist James Smithson. The Washington, D.C.-based Smithsonian[Read More…]

Apply for the Journalists in Aging Fellows Program; Deadline Is July 19

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Journalists in Aging Fellows Program is welcoming applications for its 10th cohort of reporters. The deadline is Friday, July 19. Since its founding in 2010, this program has been responsible for nearly 700 news stories produced by 156 alumni. It has two goals: to educate journalists about issues in aging, better allowing them to[Read More…]

Kevin Warren named Big 10 Commissioner

Kevin Warren, chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League, has been named the sixth commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, a position he will assume September 16. “I am absolutely honored to become the sixth commissioner of the Big 10 Conference, “  Warren said. “The opportunity is an incredible and unique blend of my lifelong[Read More…]

Irish voters elect a black mayor

  A black man walking through Bridgeport, a heavily Irish neighborhood in Chicago, might well put his life at risk. But in Ireland, it’s a different story. Rotimi Adebari, a Nigerian who arrived in Ireland seven years ago as an asylum-seeker, recently was elected mayor of  Portlaoise, a bustling commuter town west of Dublin. Backed by both the right-wing Fine[Read More…]

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