Rutgers University students study the way stories are told to better understand the truth behind the messages We are riveted by TED Talks, tune in to NPR shows like “The Moth” and share videos of people telling personal tales on social media. But what is it about stories that captivate us? In “Once Upon A […]
Racial discrimination in the army helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement decades later.
Though often overshadowed by World War II, the African-American experience in World War I was a transformative moment in black history, says Chad Williams, chair of the African & Afro-American Studies Department. The author of “Torchbearers of Democracy: African-American Soldiers in the World War I Era,” Williams says the African-American experience in the Great War sowed the seeds of the civil rights movement that would flower decades later.
Remembering 1964: A pivotal year in civil rights history Newseum in Washington, D.C. captures the triumphs and tragedies in year-long exhibit By D. Kevin McNeir Museums have changed over the years, evolving from places where only paintings and statues were displayed to expansive spaces where history is retold in plush theaters, through widescreen televised reports, […]
BRANDED OUTCAST RE-BRANDED CHAMPION—Summum Bonum. Bayard Rustin, known for his outstanding work in orchestrating the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, receives our nation’s highest civilian honor award posthumously from President Obama; long in the offing it is the cornerstone of a historic legacy. By Troy Longmire Years of campaigning by loyal supporters from […]
Germans like posting baby pictures, party snapshots and witty comments on Facebook just like anyone else. They just do not want to get caught doing it. Many of us use fake names for their profiles – silly puns, movie characters or anagrams and “remixes” of their real names. (Yes, I have one. No I’m not […]
THE AMAZING THING IS the March On Washington For Jobs and Freedom that took place on August 28th, 1963 went off without a hitch. For with Jim Crow in its death throes the climate was anything but favorable for a mass meeting of civil rights activists on our nation’s front lawn. By Troy Longmire [Originally […]
LOS ANGELES — Hip hop culture expressed through music and dance is often associated with the black and Latino cultures in the United States. The youth of these cultures may have started hip hop more than 40 years ago in urban New York, but it has now become mainstream, with Asian Americans finding a prominent […]
Marches and candlelight vigils were held across the United States Thursday on the 45th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. A wreath was laid in front of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where King preached. King also was honored during a candlelight vigil at his memorial in Washington. A […]
WASHINGTON — A civil rights pioneer, and her groundbreaking action, were remembered by President Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. They honored the late Rosa Parks with a full-sized statue of her in the Capitol Building. By Cris Simkins It’s a lasting tribute to Rosa Parks — known as the mother of the […]
February is Black History Month in the United States. It draws attention and pays tribute to people, organizations and events that have shaped the history of African Americans and their contributions to American society. Delta Sigma Theta, a black women’s organization, fought for civil rights and made a difference in the lives of many for […]