In Americus, Georgia as in other parts of the South, young people were fired up by meetings at local Black churches. They had become faithful foot soldiers of the civil rights movement. Many had already taken part in sit-ins, protests and picketing at segregated public library and the local courthouse, and voter registration drives were […]

The case of Joan (prononunced “Jo-Anne”) Little helped bring awareness to sexual abuse of women in prison.  In 1975, Ms.Little became the first woman acquitted of murder using a self-defense plea after she killed an abusive white prison guard. At age 20, Joan was ordered to serve seven to ten years at the Women’s Prison in […]

In the first entry about Barbados national hero Samuel Jackman Prescod, we went into his early career in politics and journalism. Now we go further into his political career and his road to the Parliament.   VOTING CHANGE IN BARBADOS For years, Prescod was involved in the abolitionist movement in the British colonies and class […]

The Right Excellent Samuel Jackman Prescod is one of Barbados’ ten National Heroes and the first Black member of Parliament being elected in 1843. He was born in 1806 to a free Black woman by the name of Lidia Smith a White man of status named William Prescod. Because of his ethnic background, he was barred from […]

BY WALTER OPINDE  On this day 15th August, 1935, an African-American civil rights leader, the executive director of the National Urban League from 1972 to 1982, and one of the few African-American partners in a major law firm in the U.S., Vernon E. Jordan, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was a mail clerk […]

Clarence Edward “Big House” Gaines, Sr. was an American college men’s basketball coach with a 47-year coaching career at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Among his numerous honors for his achievements, he is one of the few African Americans to be inducted as a coach into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Gaines was […]

Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Mason (T.R.M) Howard was a physician, civil rights activist and entrepreneur. Howard first reached national prominence in 1955 when he became involved in the Emmett Till affair. Howard was born on March 4, 1908 to Arthur and Mary Howard  in Murray, Kentucky. He later adopted the name “Mason” in honor of Will […]

Civil rights activist Louis E. Austin purchased The Stanford Advertiser in 1927. He transformed the North Carolina newspaper into one of the most important voices for African Americans living during the civil rights era. The newly named “Carolina Times” was used to publicize racial inequities and fight for racial equality throughout North Carolina and the […]

They say necessity is the mother of invention and this is sure the case when it comes to 13 and 15 year old, Nigerian brothers Anesi and Osine Ikhianosime. Their necessity is their need for a faster mobile web browsing experience…because who wants to wait a few extra seconds for Google Chrome to load when […]

The Friendship Nine was a group of #African American men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1961. The group gained nationwide attention because they followed an untried strategy called “Jail,No Bail,”which lessened the huge financial burden civil rights groups were facing as the sit-in movement spread across the South.They […]

Willie Grimes was a 20-year old sophomore attending North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He wasn’t politically active and was at the school purely for his studies. Unfortunately, Greensboro was about to erupt into a protest and violence as a result of a rigged student council election at nearby James B. Dudley High School. […]

Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. was the first black President of the American Cancer Society. He also served as the first black President of the American College of Surgeons. Leffall Jr. was born in May 1931 in Quincy, Florida to LaSalle and Martha Leffall. He was inspired by his father who was the first person […]

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