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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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16th Street Baptist Church bombing

16th Street Baptist Church bombing

The 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL

The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Although city leaders had reached a settlement in May with demonstrators and started to integrate public places, not everyone agreed with ending segregation. Bombings and other acts of violence followed the settlement, and the church had become an inviting target.  Continue reading

National Negro Business League

National Negro Business LeagueBooker T. Washington (1856-1915), founder and principal of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, organized the National Negro Business League in 1900 to promote “commercial, agricultural, educational, and industrial advancement … and the commercial and financial development of the Negro.” Washington believed that blacks should “leave political and civil rights alone” in order to “make a businessman of the Negro.”

Washington was hoping that the League would encourage blacks to start their own businesses, thus proving that they were as capable as whites of economic success. This in turn, Washington reasoned, would eventually lead whites to allow blacks — or at least certain blacks — their right to vote and due process of law. The League’s membership included a number of successful black businessmen (and women) and professionals and a large number of the black middle class “strivers” who hoped to start their own businesses.
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Kelly Miller – 1st Black Math Grad

Kelly Miller - 1st Black Math Grad

Kelly Miller

Kelly Miller was the sixth of ten children born to Kelly Miller, a free Negro who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and Elizabeth (Roberts) Miller, a slave.

Miller received his early education in one of the local primary schools established during Reconstruction and, based on the recommendation of a missionary (Reverend Willard Richardson) who recognized Miller’s mathematical aptitude, Miller attended the Fairfield Institute in Winnsboro, South Carolina from 1878 to 1880.

Awarded a scholarship to Howard University, he completed the Preparatory Department’s three-year curriculum in Latin, Greek, and mathematics in two years (1880-1882), then attended the College Department at Howard from 1882 to 1886.

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Philemon T. Reid

Phil Reid

“I create not with the intention to produce a finished piece of art, but to give nourishment to the artist within meâ€� – Phil Reid

(July 1, 1945 – June 9, 2009)

Philemon Timothy Reid was an African American Artist and recipient of a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from North Portland’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.

Reid’s love for blues and jazz, particularly musicians John Coltrane, Miles Davis and singers Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, was reflected in his colorful paintings and sculptures. Although Reid’s only formal art training was in high school, he developed his own unique style that was heavily influenced by Cubism and the artist Picasso.

“Philemon is part of an artistic movement that took hold in the 1970s that laid the foundation for Portland’s creative identity today,� according to Adrienne Flagg, creative director of North Portland’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, where Reid’s art is prominently displayed. The IFCC’s dance studio exclusively showcases his early work. Continue reading

Voting Rights Act – 1965

Voting Rights Act - 1965

Voting Rights Act Signing

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Forty-seven years later, the U.S. is embroiled in a controversy over Voter ID laws that have been passed in several states, and which critics say could prevent millions of Americans from voting this year. Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson sent out a press statement today, making just that point. The statement read:

“Today, we commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a historic milestone in the Civil Rights Movement. So many people died so that we could have the right to vote. I never thought that in my lifetime we would have to fight again for our Constitutional right to vote. Continue reading