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The Secret History of Memorial Day

History books credit a Union officer with the idea of a holiday to remember the war dead. But the first people to honor those who died had far less power. African Americans have fought and died for America from its earliest days, from...Show More Summary

Born This Day: Carl Akeley

Read his story over at Atomic Surgery The Hall of African Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History exists thanks to the efforts of Carl Akeley (May 19, 1864 - Nov 17, 1926) who was the kind of adventurer that Indy Jones could only dream of being. Show More Summary

60 Minutes Discusses ‘Moving’ African-American Artifacts in DC

In their latest “Overtime” segment, 60 Minutes went to Washington to explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture — a project that is 80 years and $500 million in the making. Producer Nicole Young and correspondent Scott...Show More Summary

The U.S. Might Finally Be Reading For A Museum Of African American History, A Century After It Was Planned

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“In 1915, a group of black Civil War veterans began pushing for a memorial and museum dedicated to black service members. A little over a decade later, President Calvin Coolidge approved the construction of a building to serve as a ‘tribute to the Negro’s contributions to the achievements of America,’ according to the Smithsonian Institution. […]

African American Museum Takes Shape On National Mall – Exhibit Preview Opens

The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, originally slated to open this year, is still under construction and on schedule to open next year. As an introduction to the new museum’s collection, curators Jackie Serwer and Rhea L. Show More Summary

National Museum of American History exhibits selections from the permanent collection

3 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

African Americans have survived slavery, fought for their freedom in the Civil War, for the freedom of others in subsequent wars and created lives of meaning for themselves, their families and their country. Since its creation in 2003,...Show More Summary

The Media Needs A History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest, Says The Director Of The African-American History Museum

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture: “In some ways as I watch the media coverage of Baltimore, Ferguson and other things, I’m amazed at how ahistorical the coverage is. How people do not understand that in some ways this is part of a long tradition where […]

President Obama describes the 'tragic history' that led to Baltimore protests

President Barack Obama addressed the unrest in Baltimore that occurred in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, the African American male who died April 19 from a fatal injury to his spine while he was in police custody. The president...Show More Summary

Ben Carson Loses Himself to Eminem, Says He's Running for President

3 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and conservative folk hero, announced Monday he will seek the Oval Office. Carson made the announcement at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, his hometown. Before Carson took the stage, a gospel choir, entertained the crowd with gospel renditions of popular music. Show More Summary

Ben Carson To Announce Tomorrow

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Detroit News: In Michigan on Monday, Carson will pray with a group of pastors at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History before officially launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination before supporters at the Detroit Performing Arts Center. Show More Summary

D.C. celebrates U Street history during packed Funk Parade

Carl Gray Jr. stood on the makeshift stage at the African American Civil War Memorial by the U Street NW Metro station, hyping up the crowd in between sets from a line-up of funk bands. “It’s not about loot-y, it’s about shaking your...Show More Summary

The Kind of Demonstration I'd Like to See

This weekend I'm off to Ferguson again to help build bridges in a community where the history between police and African American citizens are broken. The irony is that similar bridges are out in my own backyard. Over the last week there...Show More Summary

On the Cusp of an 'African American Spring'

Aghast at the sight of the Baltimore riot, I struggled for days to find meaning in what appeared senseless. I searched history for answers, discovering that what's happening through the protests and riots of African Americans throughout the country is similar to the "Arab Spring" that occurred in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain. Show More Summary

Baltimore Riots: The LONG Criminal History of Freddie Gray

The riots in Baltimore have their start in the death of career criminal Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American who died after being injured in police custody. Now his long

The Director Of The National Museum of African American History Decides How To Curate #BlackLivesMatter

“‘It’s our job to give people voice that have been voiceless and make visible those that have been invisible,’ said [Lonnie] Bunch, addressing why the NMAAHC decided to host a symposium on such a controversial topic. ‘This must be a museum that helps America remember its past to better understand its present.'”

#BlackLifeMatters: Just Ask the Director of the Museum of African American History and Culture

Sometimes it’s hard to know which events today might have historical relevance tomorrow. It’s easier in some cases than in others. Loretta Lynch’s appointment as the first black woman to serve as attorney general? That’s something worth noting. Show More Summary

Some Jewish activists don't want Cornel West at UCLA conference

last monthHealth : Booster Shots

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was a Jewish theologian and civil rights activist close to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Cornel West, the philosopher and African American history scholar who often speaks out on public issues, describes himself as an admirer of Heschel.

Historical Badass: Conservationist and African Explorer Delia Akeley

If you’ve ever been to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, you’re familiar with the work of Delia Akeley. She was responsible for shooting one of the elephants in the African

BLAX NEWS Journalist: "The Skeptical African Boy" Gives A Vote Of No Confidence That The "Americanized Negro" Would Render Aid If He Was Drowning. He Has Better Odds In Demanding That The "Italian Navy" Express Their Obligation As "Humanitarians

THIS PORTION OF THE TRUTH WILL BE EDITED OUT OF "BLACK PROGRESSIVE HISTORY", NEVER TO BE TAUGHT BY A "AFRICANA STUDIES PROFESSOR" WITH A CONTRACT WITH MSNBC DURING HER DAY The Famous Black Progressive Feminist Activist Ella Baker (1903...Show More Summary

Sean Hannity Whitesplains To Black Congressman About Police Shootings And Black-On-Black Crime

In Sean Hannity’s world, there are a few bad cops but far more bad African Americans. That was the message condescendingly imparted to his guest, Rep. Hank Johnson. Hannity introduced Johnson by saying he “has a history of making controversial...Show More Summary

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