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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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Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth fought for the desegregation of public transportation in Washington, DC during the Civil War. She refused to face the indignities of Jim Crow segregation on street cars and had the Jim Crow car removed from the Washington D. C. system. Sojourner Truth brought a local street to a standstill when a driver refused her passage.

With the support of the crowd she forced the driver to carry her. During her legendary life, she challenged injustice wherever she saw it. She was an ab litionist, women’s rights activist and preacher. Born into slavery (as Isabella Baumfree) in upstate New York, Sojourner Truth obtained her freedom and moved to New York City. There she began to work with organizations designed to assist women. She later became a traveling preacher and quickly developed a reputation as a powerful speaker. Continue reading

Negro History Week

Negro History Week

Carter G. Woodson Launched Negro History Week in 1926.

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in October.Black History Month had its beginnings in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. Continue reading

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Though during her life Zora Neale Hurston claimed her birth date as January 7, 1901 and her birth place as Eatonville, Florida, she was actually born on that date in the year 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama. Within the first year or two of her life her family moved to all-black Eatonville, however, and this community shaped her life and her writing to a significant degree.

ohn Hurston, the author’s father, was a carpenter and a preacher and was several times elected mayor of their town. Her mother, Lucy, died in 1904. The young Zora didn’t take very well to her new stepmother and left home to work for a traveling theatre company, then in 1917 attended Morgan Academy in Baltimore to finish high school.  Continue reading

Legal Defense and Education Fund

Legal Defense and Education FundThe NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law firm.  Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality.  From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

As the legal arm of the civil rights movement, LDF has a tradition of expert legal advocacy in the Supreme Court and other courts across the nation.  LDF’s victories established the foundations for the civil rights that all Americans enjoy today.  In its first two decades, LDF undertook a coordinated legal assault against officially enforced public school segregation.  Continue reading

Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy (1843-1929) was a Black inventor who was awarded over 57 patents. The son of run-away slaves from Kentucky, he was born in Canada and lived there as a youth.

As a boy, the young Elijah was fascinated with machines and tools, learning by watching and constantly asking questions. He came to the United States after the Civil War and settled near Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he worked in a machine shop, further increasing his mechanical knowledge and skills.  Continue reading