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California Parents Of 13 Plead Guilty To Torture, AbuseRIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple who shackled some of their 13 children to beds and starved them pleaded guilty Friday to torture and other abuse in a case dubbed a “house of horrors.” Dav [...]

75 Percent Of Revoked Illinois Gun Licenses IgnoredCHICAGO (AP) — More than 75 percent of the people who received gun license revocations last year in Illinois ignored the notices, Illinois State Police said. State police issued a report late Thursday [...]

Man Goes On White Supremacist Rant, Flashes Gun. Police Say It’s ‘Free Speech’An Alabama man went on a racist rant at a local coffee shop that left the business’ customers disturbed. According to the Auburn Plainsman, a man walked into a local coffee shop that’s reportedly know [...]

Texas Man Confessed In Hammer Death Of 2-Year-Old DaughterORANGE, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas man accused of bludgeoning his 2-year-old daughter to death with a hammer was naked and blood-stained when he told police officers he had killed the toddler, acc [...]

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Wanted In Florida Prostitution StingIn a headline you probably weren’t expecting to read today, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has a warrant out for his arrest. Kraft was named in a recent prostitution, human trafficking sting [...]

School Principal Apologizes After Students Were Told To Act Like Runaway Slaves For Black History MonthA principal of an elementary school in Virginia is now apologizing after students were told during a gym exercise to act like runaway slaves for Black History Month. [...]

Police Officer Involved In Shooting Of California Rapper Asleep In His Car Also Shot Father Of Two Last YearOne of the officers involved in shooting 20-year-old Willie McCoy to death in Vallejo, was involved in another shooting that resulted in the death of Black man in February of 2018, according to NBC Ne [...]

Couple Thought Murder Plot Untraceable On SnapchatST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A woman and her boyfriend were deployed with the U.S. Army in South Korea when they conspired via Snapchat to kill her husband so she could claim the life insurance money, pol [...]

Kentucky Teen At Center Of Viral Encounter Sues Over StoriesCINCINNATI (AP) — The Kentucky teen at the heart of an encounter last month with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington is suing The Washington Post for $250 million, allegin [...]

California Student Accused Of Making ‘Banana Plug’ Drug AppSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California college freshman is facing felony charges for allegedly creating an iPhone app he dubbed the Banana Plug to sell illicit drugs. Collin Howard on Tuesday plea [...]

4-Year-Old Inspires With Trampoline Act In His WheelchairFARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota charity event turned into worldwide inspiration when a 4-year-old boy performed his favorite trampoline act in his wheelchair. Wyatt Burggraff was born with spina bif [...]

Delaware State Police Officer Draws Gun During Traffic Stop Involving Black DriverMack Buckley is lucky to be alive after a run-in with a Delaware State Police officer during what should have been a routine traffic stop. According to NBC, Buckley, a self-published author and entrep [...]

Family Says Jailers Tortured Man And Left Him To Die, Files Wrongful Death LawsuitA Mississippi man who was arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge last May and died a day after being booked into the county jail was allegedly beat and tortured before being left to die in his c [...]

Shoe Blowout, Knee Injury Leave Zion, Duke To Mull FutureDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake. And Zion Williamson could have some things of his own to consider, too. All because of a freak [...]

Wisconsin School Ends Cheerleading Awards For Body PartsKENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin high school is ending cheerleading awards given annually to girls with the largest breasts or buttocks — dubbed “Big Booty” and “Big Boobie” — after the American Civil [...]

Park Ranger Furloughed During Shutdown Wins LotteryTRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A park ranger furloughed during the partial federal government shutdown has claimed a $29.5 million lottery jackpot. The New Jersey Lottery on Wednesday announced Judith Smith had [...]

Cory Booker Shows His Tough Side To VotersPORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Nearing the end of a lively town hall with hundreds of voters packed into an art gallery, Cory Booker surveyed the crowd and reassured them that his sunny, unity-first presiden [...]

Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Denied Return To U.S.WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer for an Alabama woman denied return to the U.S. after joining the Islamic State group in Syria says he has evidence she’s an American citizen. U.S. officials contend that H [...]

Coast Guard Lieutenant Arrested After Making Hit List That Included Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris And Corey BookerWASHINGTON (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included [...]

Pastor And Father Of Five Dies From Heart Attack After Communion ServiceRev. Charles M. Franklin Jr of Ray of Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland suffered a heart attack and died after communion service. [...]

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Roy Wilkins

Roy Wilkins

Roy Wilkins

Roy Wilkins (August 30, 1901 – September 8, 1981) was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s. Wilkins was active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and between 1931 and 1934 was assistant NAACP secretary under Walter Francis White. When W. E. B. Du Bois left the organization in 1934, Wilkins replaced him as editor of Crisis, the official magazine of the NAACP.

Roy Wilkins was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in the home of his aunt and uncle in a low-income, integrated community in St. Paul, Minnesota. Working his way through college at the University of Minnesota, Wilkins graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in sociology in 1923.   Continue reading

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born on September 24, 1825 to free parents. A few years later, she was orphaned. Harper received her education at a school for free African-Americans run by her uncle, William Watkins. The school was located at the present day site of the Baltimore Convention Center. At the age of 13, Harper’s formal education came to an end when she took a job as a nursemaid.

Harper’s first publication was a collection of poetry and prose entitled Autumn Leaves. It was published while she was a teenager. Harper moved to Philadelphia. She published another volume of poems entitled Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects (1857). This work sold over 10,000 copies within its first five years of publication. In 1860, Harper married the love of her life, Fenton Harper.  Continue reading

Edith Sampson

Edith Sampson

Edith Sampson

On October 13, 1898, Edith Sampson was born in Pittsburgh, the first black woman elected judge to a municipal court. She was born Edith Spurlock, one of seven children.

Her father, Louis Spurlock, earned $75 per month as a shipping clerk in a cleaning, pressing, and dyeing business. Her mother, Elizabeth Spurlock, worked at home making buckram hat frames and twisting switches of false hair.

Edith graduated from Peabody High School, and three years later married Rufus Sampson, a field agent for the Tuskegee Institute. She also attended the New York School of Social Work. There, one of her instructors was George W. Kirchwey, also a professor at Columbia University Law School. After distinguishing herself in his criminology class, he told her she had the talent to be a lawyer.  Continue reading

Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Tuskegee Syphilis ExperimentFrom 1932 to 1972, 399 poor black sharecroppers in Macon County, Alabama were denied treatment for syphilis and deceived by physicians of the Unites States Public Health Service. As part of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, designed to document the natural history of the disease, these men were told that they were being treated for “bad blood.”

In fact, government officials went to extreme lengths to insure that they received no therapy from any source. As reported by the New York Times on 26 July 1972, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study was revealed as “the longest nontherapeutic experiment on human beings in medical history.”  Continue reading

Richard Robert Wright, Sr.

Richard Robert Wright, Sr.

Richard Robert Wright, Sr.

Despite being born a slave on May 16, 1855, Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr. was a post-reconstruction pioneer and trailblazer, who made remarkable contributions in education, banking, politics, publishing, journalism, real estate, and civic affairs. Among his many accomplishments, he founded a high school, a college, and a bank; and owned several newspapers.

He also founded the National Freedom Day Association, and worked toward establishing a national day to commemorate freedom for all people.

On February 1, 1941, Major Wright invited national and local leaders to meet in Philadelphia to formulate plans to set aside February 1st each year to memorialize the signing of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution by President Lincoln on February 1, 1865. One year after Wright’s death in 1947, a bill passed both U.S. Houses of Congress, making February 1st National Freedom Day, and was signed into law on June 30, 1948.  Continue reading