Canada’s Viola Desmond civil rights heroine banknote wins international awards while the U.S. Harriet Tubman banknote proposal stagnates

By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today Canada can give the U.S. a lesson or two or three about how to use national currency to honor a civil rights heroine. Nearly three years ago the Canadian government asked Canadians to suggest a person to feature on a new $10 banknote and 26,300 suggestions were received. In short order the choice became Viola Desmond,[Read More…]

Founder of Sears funded schools for African-American students

  Julius Rosenwald, co-founder, part owner and president of  Sears Roebuck & Company, funded schools for black children and teachers throughout the South during the early 1920s. The Julius Rosenwald Fund donated millions in matching funds to support the education of African-American children in the rural South. The money was spent to hire teachers, enroll students and buy supplies. One[Read More…]

First black player in the NHL is the third inducted into sport’s hall of fame

Black News — William Eldon “Willie”  O’Bree, the first African-Canadian man to play in the National Hockey League, was inducted November 12 into the Hockey Hall of Fame, nearly six decades since he joined the league. Now 83 O’Bree was honored not just for his historical significance but also for his contributions in spearheading numerous youth programs across North America.[Read More…]

White man pleads guilty to shooting three black men attempting to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A white man who shot and wounded three black men, trying to reach safety after Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago pled guilty on Wednesday to a hate crime in New Orleans U.S. District Court. Roland Bourgeois, Jr., 55, was indicted in 2010 but he pled not guilty in legal proceedings that dragged on for[Read More…]

The racist history of banking

This video gives the real reasons for racial wealth gaps, which has roots in reconstruction and continues with common practices that exist today, according to several sources, including the excellent book “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” by Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the[Read More…]

Ethiopian dam threatens destruction of world heritage site

   (TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Lake Turkana, the reputed birthplace of mankind, has been designated an endangered environmental hotspot by a UNESCO panel Currently designated a World Heritage Site, Kenya’s Lake Turkana stands among such treasures as the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China. It’s the world’s largest desert lake, a spectacular site whose fossil finds have contributed[Read More…]

Museum that memorializes black lynching victims opens in Montgomery, Alabama

By Frederick H. Lowe The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum has opened to teach  American history never published in textbooks. The museum is a memorial to the 4,400 African Americans murdered in terrorist lynchings, which included beatings, drownings and being burned at the stake by whites between 1877 and 1950 in 12 Southern States including[Read More…]

Emancipation Proclamation is on display in Washington D.C.

  By Frederick H. Lowe Original copies of two historical documents of crucial importance to the lives of African Americans are now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are on display as part of the “Slavery[Read More…]

Duluth, Minnesota, the site of a triple lynching, has removed two books because of language

  By Frederick H. Lowe Duluth, Minnesota, where three black-male circus workers were lynched by a mob in 1920 for reportedly raping a white girl, has removed “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from the school district’s required reading list with the blessing of the local NAACP. The Duluth School District did not ban the books[Read More…]

Photo of Sen. Barack Obama with Minister Louis Farrakhan surfaces

  By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com) – It was during a mid-2005 Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) meeting on Capitol Hill when award-winning journalist Askia Muhammad captured one of the most significant photos of his career.  Muhammad had doggedly covered then Chicago Sen. Barack Obama since he “first laid eyes on him” at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Now, here was[Read More…]

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