12-02Â marks the birthday of Charles Harris Wesley in 1891. He was an African-American historian, educator, and minister who was an early proponent of African-American studies.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Charles Wesley attended public schools in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and then went on to receive a B. A. at Fisk University in 1911, an M. A. in economics at Yale University in 1913, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1925. Wesley’s doctorate in history was the third awarded by Harvard to an African-American. Wesley served on the Howard University faculty from 1913 to 1942.Â
In 1916, Wesley began a long association with Carter G. Woodson’s Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, serving as president from 1950 to 1965 and as executive director until 1972. In 1942, Wesley became president of Wilberforce University in Ohio, a school supported by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME). As president until 1965, Wesley improved the faculty, founded new programs (such as African Studies), and integrated the student body. Wesley served as director of the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia from its opening in 1974 to 1976.
In addition to his work as an educator, Wesley was AME Church minister and elder from 1914 to 1937. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1930, Wesley went to England to study slave emancipation in the British Empire. From 1931 to 1946, he was president of Alpha Phi Alpha, a Black fraternity about which he wrote in 1953. Wesley also wrote many other articles and books on African-American history, leaders and organizations, including Negro Labor in the United States, 1850-1925 (1927), Collapse of the Confederacy (1937) and his last book, The History of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs: A Legacy of Service (1984).
Charles Wesley died August 16, 1987, in Washington, D. C.
Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate says claims of electoral fraud without evidence by President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott were sowing seeds that could undermine confidence in [...]
In Maryland, a black couple is suing a Costco store after police stopped them because an employee accused them of shoplifting. Barbara and Bahri Wallace spoke to WJLA on Friday and said they were shop [...]
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN took its access battle against the Trump administration to court on Tuesday, demanding the reinstatement of correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House credentials because their revocat [...]
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area even as many neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled its adv [...]
A South Jersey woman claims a funeral home let her brother’s body “decompose” in their facility before the service was set to take place. Ashkeya Pratt-Williams has filed a lawsuit against Carl Miller [...]
Officials with the University of Texas at San Antonio issued a statement Monday, saying they were “concerned” by a video circulating Twitter showing a student being escorted out of a lecture hall by c [...]
When the custodian at Dallas Independent School District’s Frank Guzick Elementary School had an emergency, principal Adreana Davis stepped up to handle the responsibilities. Davis told WFAA, “I just [...]
NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI says hate crimes reports were up about 17 percent in 2017, marking a rise for the third year in a row. An annual report shows there were more than 7,100 reported hate crimes la [...]
A 64-year-old woman was pushed out of a moving car and carjacked near a church in Houston, Texas. Kevin Chambers, 34, was arrested and charged in the crime. Authorities told ABC 13 ,that same night C [...]
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A California man accused of making a hoax phone call that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed man in Kansas is expected to enter new pleas. Twenty-five-year-old Tyler R. Barris [...]
NEW YORK (AP) — During the height of Mexican drug wars in 1993, an attempted hit on Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman went wrong. A team of gunmen sent to rub out the notorious drug lord instead killed a Roma [...]
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A man has been arrested after he drove his pickup truck into a courthouse in Mississippi. News outlets reported that the Gulfport Police Department said in a news release that 2 [...]
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plans. The online ret [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t hire someone you can’t fire, like the son of a campaign donor or the child of the mayor. No matter what you may have said during the campaign about changing Congress, hire enou [...]
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — After Republicans, including President Donald Trump, made unsubstantiated accusations of illegal activity, a judge on Monday urged the warring sides in the Florida recount [...]
NEW YORK (AP) — No, it wasn’t a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night. As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats ha [...]
When did fatigue make you shoot someone? [...]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the F [...]
A Texas judge ousted in this year’s midterm elections spent the following morning releasing nearly all of the juvenile defendants who came before him, and he didn’t show up to court Thursday. Harris C [...]