A homework assignment

Loyola University of Chicago is requiring incoming freshman to read the book “Just Mercy,” an award-winning book that discusses the author Bryan Stevenson’s efforts to defend the poor By Frederick H. Lowe Loyola University of Chicago’s incoming freshman are required to read as a homework assignment the book “Just Mercy,” a memoir by Bryan Stevenson, an attorney who is founder[Read More…]

Kanye West’s big deal

He signs footwear and clothing contract with adidas Jesse Owens brought fame to the company By Frederick H. Lowe Adidas, the German sportswear company that supplied Jesse Owens with track shoes that helped him win four gold medals– a record at the time—during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, has signed a long-term agreement with Kanye West, the rapper, clothes designer, outspoken[Read More…]

Jack Daniel’s Distillery gives a wider embrace to Nearis Green, its black distiller

When tourists travel to Lynchburg, Tenn., to visit the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, many of them will hear for the first time the true story of Nearis Green, an enslaved black man, who taught Jasper “Jack” Daniel how to distill whiskey, putting the company on the road to becoming an iconic international brand. Jack Daniel’s Distillery, the nation’s oldest registered distillery,[Read More…]

Matthew Henson, a black man, became the first American to set foot on the North Pole

by Frederick H. Lowe One hundred and seven years ago this month, an American set foot on the geographic North Pole. Although  U.S. Navy Commander Robert E. Peary at one time had been solely honored for this accomplishment, Matthew A. Henson, a black man and the most-important member of Peary’s expedition team, was the  first American to achieve this  honor,[Read More…]

LBJ wanted William T. Coleman should Thurgood Marshall’s nomination fail

  No one even ventured to guess who President Lyndon Baines Johnson wanted to replace Thurgood Marshall should U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee quash Marshall’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Come on, guys! LBJ had tapped William T. Coleman, Jr. a black Republican from Pennsylvania. President Johnson thought Coleman might do better before the Judiciary Committee. Many of the committee’s[Read More…]

We have a winner

  NorthStar News Today.com and Blackmansstreet.Today reader Larry Delano Coleman posted the correct answer in response to last week’s question about Reconstruction. Reconstruction began in 1865 and ended in 1877 when President Rutherford B. Hayes as part of a compromise with southern states to win the presidency agreed to withdraw federal troops stationed in the region to protect the rights[Read More…]

West Virginia was the first southern state to end slavery

  by Frederick H. Lowe NorthStar News Today.com readers Sharon Gale and General Parker were the only ones to  participate in last week’s contest about the first southern state to abolish slavery. Gale said is was South Carolina. Later Gale wrote she had to do more research. Sharon, thanks for participating, but your answer was incorrect. South Carolina was the[Read More…]

Hundreds Celebrate as Nation’s African American Museum Nears Completion

  by Savannah Harris Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from Howard University News Service WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hundreds of people gathered at an inaugural event for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Monday night to celebrate the completion of the museum’s exterior in a year that marks three significant moments in American history. This[Read More…]


  John Head Author John Head hit the nail on the head with his 2004 book, Black Men and Depression: Saving Our Lives, Healing Our Families and Friends. Head, a 1999-2000 Fellow in the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Program in Atlanta, writes about mental illness and depression, subjects that at the time were little discussed among African-American men. The[Read More…]


  Delaware governor pardons black abolitionist African Americans who sought to escape slavery were called mentally ill by Frederick H. Lowe Delaware Gov. Jack Markell on Monday pardoned black abolitionist Samuel D. Burris, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, 168 years to the day he was convicted and sentenced to prison and to servitude for helping black men and women[Read More…]

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