Black History

World War I and the African-American experience
By August 4, 2014 Read More →

World War I and the African-American experience

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.

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Remembering 1964: A pivotal year in civil rights history
By April 18, 2014 Read More →

Remembering 1964: A pivotal year in civil rights history

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, […]

Presidential Medal of Freedom: Justice Overdue for Bayard Rustin
By September 21, 2013 Read More →

Presidential Medal of Freedom: Justice Overdue for Bayard Rustin

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 […]

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Honoring the 1963 March On Washington
By August 22, 2013 Read More →

Honoring the 1963 March On Washington

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 […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Honored on 45th Anniversary of Assassination
By April 7, 2013 Read More →

Martin Luther King, Jr. Honored on 45th Anniversary of Assassination

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 […]

Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks Honored with Capitol Statue
By March 3, 2013 Read More →

Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks Honored with Capitol Statue

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 […]

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100-Year-Old African American Sorority Leaves Its Mark
By February 24, 2013 Read More →

100-Year-Old African American Sorority Leaves Its Mark

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 […]

First black nurse in Army Nurse Corps honored, anniversary celebrated
By February 6, 2013 Read More →

First black nurse in Army Nurse Corps honored, anniversary celebrated

TUSKEGEE, Ala. – Army ROTC and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health helped to celebrate the achievements of one of black American history’s pioneering professionals, Della H. Rainey, Feb. 1 in Basil O’Connor Hall. During WWII, Rainey became the first black nurse commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States’ Army Nurse […]

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Scholars Assess Damage to Legacy of Timbuktu
By January 30, 2013 Read More →

Scholars Assess Damage to Legacy of Timbuktu

It has long been considered one of the wonders of Africa – Mali’s fabled city of Timbuktu, with historic architecture and extensive libraries, many containing documents found nowhere else. Now, the mayor of Timbuktu says Islamist militants fleeing the city have left a trail of destruction. By Jeff Seldin For all the joy that the […]

Tuskegee Airman Herbert Carter dead at 95
By November 9, 2012 Read More →

Tuskegee Airman Herbert Carter dead at 95

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (November 9, 2012) — Retired Col. Herbert E. Carter died Thursday at East Alabama Medical Center. He was 95. Carter was a university alumnus and member of the original cadre of the 99th Fighter Squadron of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. He flew combat missions during the North African, Sicilian, Italian and European campaigns […]