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Police Damage Control Tactics Hurt Them With Community, Activists SayActivists criticized police departments for their lack of full transparency. [...]

Man Who Walked 20 Miles To Work Gifted A CarNot many people would be willing to walk all night to get to work in the morning. But Walter Carr, a 20-year-old college student in Alabama did just that. Carr was hired by Bellhops moving company and [...]

12-Year-Old Earns Her Second College Degree [Video]While preteens are known for being worried about what they’re going to wear to the school dance, there’s one girl who’s celebrating getting her college diploma. Dorothy Jean Tillman, known  as D.J., i [...]

Jade Colin: The Youngest Mcdonald’s Franchisee Makes Her Mark In New Orleans [Video]  (Via Black News) – 28-year-old Jade Colin from New Orleans has made history as the youngest Black woman to ever become a McDonald’s franchise owner. While in college, she started her career as an em [...]

White Man Calls Cops On Black Man For Hard Foul In B-Ball Game [Video]Here we go with the bull crap again. Once again some nitwit white person can’t handle reality and ends up calling the cops on a black person for absolutely no realistic reason. In this situation, the [...]

After Criticism From Left And Right, Trump Backs Down On Russia Statements  WASHINGTON (AP) — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump strained Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence a [...]

Obama Gives A Word On ‘Strange And Uncertain Times’ While Honoring Nelson MandelaDuring a Tuesday speech commemorating Mandela's 100th birthday, Obama warned against "strongman politics," emphasized the need for global diplomacy and delivered a message of hope for t [...]

Texas Death Row Inmate To Be Executed Though Victim’s Son Supports ClemencyHUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was set for execution Tuesday evening after lawyers unsuccessfully argued in the courts that the state parole board improperly refused his clemency re [...]

First Black-Owned Bottled Water Company To Be Sold In Walmart!Select Walmart stores have something special on their shelves this summer. For the first time, a 100 percent Black-owned bottled water product is being sold in three of its locations. According to Bla [...]

10 Black Wash. U Students Accused Of Dining And DashingThe Clayton police department issued an apology after 10 Washington University students were falsely accused of not paying their bill at an IHOP restaurant on July 7,2018. All of the students were bla [...]

Swimsuit Model Breastfeeds On The RunwayModel Mara Martin turned heads as she walked in The Paraiso x SI Swimsuit runway show while breastfeeding her 5-month-old daughter. Martin rocked a sparkling gold one shouldered swimsuit and baby Aria [...]

Parents Buy Car For Teacher Who’d Been Taking The BusTeachers may be some of the most hard working, under appreciated people in the country. Courtney Adeleye and her husband decided to bless their daughters teacher with a car after they found out that s [...]

Man Runs Back To Burning Car To Light CigaretteA car burst into flames when a suspended drunken driver crashed into the back of an SUV. After the man was safely out of the vehicle he ran back to the burning car to light his cigarette, reports Fox [...]

President Obama Heads To Kenya To Help Sister Open CenterNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Former U.S. President Barack Obama Monday praised Kenya’s president and opposition leader for working together but said this East African country must do more to end corruption. [...]

Trump Shocks The World With Support Of Putin, Even Conservatives Are OutragedHELSINKI (AP) — In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Monday openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S [...]

Eric Garner’s Mother Gets Closer To Justice For Her SonEric Garner's Mother, Gwen Carr, responds to NYPD's ultimatum to DOJ over the cops involved in her son's killing. [...]

Community Activist Requests Full Footage Of Chicago Police Shooting  CHICAGO (AP) — A community activist who has pushed for more police transparency said Monday that he’s asked Chicago police for the body camera footage from all the officers at the scene where one of [...]

Former NBA Star Kevin Garnett’s Wife Files For Divorce After 14 YearsAccording to TMZ, Brandi Padilla filed the divorce papers Thursday in Los Angeles listing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. The couple had a lengthy courtship before jumping the [...]

Federal Judge Halts Deportation Of Reunited Migrant FamiliesSAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to any deportations of immigrant families who were reunited after being separated by the Trump administration at the border. U.S. Di [...]


Jane Bolin

Jane Bolin
Jane Bolin

In 1939 Jane Matilda Bolin was appointed to the New York City Court of Domestic Relations by Mayor Fiorello Laguardia, becoming the first Black woman judge.

She was born, Jane Matilda Bolin on April 11, 1908. She was the youngest of four children. Her father was Gaius Charles Bolin. He was the first African American (also part Native American) to attend Williams College, in the Berkeshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Upon graduation, he established a law practice in Poughkeepsie, NY. His practice saw great success, and he quickly rose to prominence in the community, as well as in surrounding areas.

He was Poughkeepsie’s first black lawyer, and the first black president of the Dutchess County Bar Association. Naturally looked upon as a leader in the black community, G. Charles also helped found the Dutchess County branch of the NAACP. While solidly establishing his roots in Poughkeepsie, he met and married Matilda Emery, an English immigrant. Matilda died when Jane was only eight years old.  Continue reading

Samuel Ringgold Ward

Samuel Ringgold Ward

Samuel Ringgold Ward

In 1817, Samuel Ringgold Ward was born into slavery in Maryland. He was treated harshly and resented the entire system of chattel slavery. To escape this horrible system, Ward ran away, using the Underground Railroad to reach New York City. In New York, Ward became a school teacher and later a preacher.

His interest in journalism led him to the job of an editor of the Farmer and Northern Star. Wars became involved with the abolitionist movement that was very popular in New York. He, along with others founded the Liberty and Free-Soil parties, edited the Impartial Citizen in Boston and credited the Alienated American. Ward moved to Canada.  Continue reading

Smith vs Allwright

votebattleSmith v. Allwright , 321 U.S. 649 (1944), was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court with regard to voting rights and, by extension, racial desegregation. It overturned the Texas state law that authorized the Democratic Party to set its internal rules, including the use of white primaries. The court ruled that the state had allowed discrimination to be practiced by delegating its authority to the Democratic Party. This affected all other states where the party used the rule.

The Democrats had excluded minority voter participation by this means, another device for legal disfranchisement of blacks across the South beginning in the late 19th century.

Convention of the Colored National labor Union

Convention of the Colored National labor Union

National Colored Convention in 1869v

The Colored National Labor Union arrived shortly after the development of the National Labor Union, which happened to be the first major organization founded by Andrew Cameron in 1866. The National Labor Union was dedicated with helping unions such as construction and other skilled groups and even sometimes towards farmers.

At this point in time African Americans were struggling to be noticed and taken seriously in the work field and in society they felt that if they started their own national union it would help their position in society because they were not given any help from the National Labor Union. The only thing that the National Union offered to African Americans was to encourage them to organize and separate that could be affiliated with the National Labor Union, but this plan was clearly not designed to help with racial unity because it left black workers only fighting for an entry into the union.

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Freedmen’s Bureau

Freedmen's BureauThe Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing and medicine.

The Bureau also assumed custody of confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory. The bureau records were created or maintained by bureau headquarters, the assistant commissioners and the state superintendents of education and included personnel records and a variety of standard reports concerning bureau programs and conditions in the states.

15th Amendment

15th AmendmentThe 15th Amendment to the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Although ratified on February 3, 1870, the promise of the 15th Amendment would not be fully realized for almost a century. Through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests and other means, Southern states were able to effectively disenfranchise African Americans. It would take the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the majority of African Americans in the South were registered to vote.

The Liberty Ship George Washingtion Carver

SS George Washington Carver

SS George Washington Carver

The U.S. Army Hospital Ship Dogwood (of 7933 gross tons), built in Richmond, California, entered mercantile service upon completion in May 1943 as the Liberty ship George Washington Carver. Delivered to the Army in November 1943, she was converted to a Hague Convention hospital ship in 1943-44 and renamed for a flower.

Between July 1944 and the spring of 1945, Dogwood made seven trips between the U.S. East Coast and England. Ordered to the Pacific in May 1945, she arrived in the Philippines in late June. Continue reading

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