Black History


Historic women’s college apologizes for owning slaves

A historic North Carolina women’s college has apologized for having once owned slaves.

Historic women’s college apologizes for owning slaves

A historic North Carolina women’s college has apologized for having once owned slaves. The Winston-Salem Journal reported a research report released April 27 showed Salem Academy and College owned slaves who worked on campus as housekeepers, among other roles. The ...

Exclusive showing of Pardons of Innocence: Wilmington Ten documentary

Screening of the documentary Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten, produced by writer-producer Cash Michaels, was held at the African American Museum in celebration of Black History Month, Feb. 3.

Ada L. Williams: long-time educator, community servant

Ada L. Williams’ name may sound familiar to many – even those who didn’t know her. The Ada L. Williams Auditorium, the auditorium of the Dallas ISD Administration Building, is named in her honor after many years of dedication and ...

Comedian, civil rights activist who ‘answered the call’

“Dick Gregory was an activist and creative genius who knew the struggle for liberation could only take flight if prominent individuals like himself leveraged their considerable influence, and joined the masses on the front lines of the dismantling of Jim ...

Navy honors 102-year-old Black pioneering veteran

The Navy recognized a 102-year-old World War II veteran last Thursday by inaugurating a new barracks in his name, a rare honor for a living recipient. From his wheelchair, retired Chief Steward Andy Mills waved to the sailors attending the ...

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.