Black History


Breaking new ground: Hayden becomes 14th Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden, a career librarian who grew up in Chicago and kept Baltimore’s libraries open during last year’s civic unrest, was sworn in, Sept. 14, as the 14th Librarian of Congress

EPIA: A Legacy in Photography

“I encountered in the museum’s archives the Sepia photography archive and that immediately inspired me to want to bring some of these images … to the public in some way,” said John Spriggins, Richland Community College gallery director and curator ...

Black cowboy blazed new Texas trails

Fifty years ago, African American cowboy Paul Cleveland rode a paint horse named Stardust into the Astrodome – and the record books.

Descendants look to restore historic home

From her front porch, Hanie Megginson could have seen the land holdings of her son, Albert, sweep up and down both sides of today’s Pleasant Valley Road.

Ruby Dee’s legacy of acting, activism

For Ruby Dee, acting and activism weren’t contradictory things. They were inseparable, and they were intertwined.

Exclusive interview marks Dallas’ civil rights struggle

The date was May 4, 1952. The room was filled with a virtual list of who’s who of attorneys that would later be known as civil rights heroes.

Obama: Civil Rights Movement opened door for me

With civil rights legends Andrew Young, John Lewis, Julian Bond and Jesse Jackson looking on, President Barack Obama on Thursday credited the Civil Rights Movement and landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s for paving the ...

Bill Clinton says voter ID laws undermine civil rights progress

Former President Bill Clinton praised President Lyndon B. Johnson for signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law, but said the progress that stemmed from those landmark measures are being undermined by Republican-led efforts ...

Jimmy Carter: My life was shaped by ‘Black culture’

AUSTIN – Although he grew up in a rural farming community in Georgia during an era of rigid racial segregation in the 1920s and 1930s, former President Jimmy Carter said his life was shaped at an early age by “Black ...

Bush says education achievement gap is ‘scandalous’

AUSTIN, Texas – Former President George W. Bush said the education achievement gap – up to four years at some grade-levels – is a “nation scandal” that deserves immediate action.

John Lewis: When we were ‘Colored’

“Blood on the leaves and blood at the root. Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze. Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees,” a choir soloist sang Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit during the 11 a.m. service at St. Luke “Community” ...

Giddings, standing tall in a male-dominated world

In celebration of the accomplishments of African American women during Women’s History Month in March, the African American Museum in Dallas is hosting a lecture series of distinguished Black women who have made a significant contribution to society through their ...

The woman who helped to shape Texas’ capital

African American history is riddled with stories of unsung heroes across Texas – men and women who knew that the rewards of the struggle for civil rights would outweigh the consequences of their defiance.

Our Civil Rights in Reflection

The Arthello Beck Gallery, located inside the South Dallas Cultural Center at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave., recently wrapped its latest exhibition, “It’s My Right: A Community Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”

A conversation with Dr. Zan Holmes Jr.

“I remember being a high school student in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1968 when Dr. Zan Holmes was first elected to the Texas Legislature.