Category Archives: News

Great Plains Black History Museum Receives Grant to develop community education programs

The Great Plains Black History Museum in Omaha is rolling out over 20 free educational programs with the help of a $17,000 grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

With the help of local history professors from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Metro Community College, along with archived records, the museum will develop 24 programs discussing a number of topics ranging from the history of African American music in the Omaha community to the involvement of African Americans in the settlement of the Great Plains.

Great Plains executive director Eric Ewing said the museum applied for the grant last year and plans to hold two sessions per month. One session will focus on local history and the other will focus on large-scale, national issues.

The free, 90-minute workshops…

Read More

100 facts about Nelson Mandela for his 100th birthday

Nelson Mandela, whose successful struggle against South Africa's apartheid system of racial segregation and discrimination made him a global …
Read More

Local groups discuss marijuana in African-American communities

(WXYZ) – Multiple health-based organizations hosted an event on Tuesday focused on the impact of marijuana on African-American communities. Second Ebenezer church hosted Marijuana’s Impact on our Community: Featuring Will Jones from Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

The event was held from 4 to 7 p.m. with help from Healthy and Productive Michigan, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Detroit Association of Black Organizations and Detroit DEA. 

Will Jones said tackling the topic of marijuana in communities of color is more important than ever.

“People often say we should regulate marijuana like alcohol and that’s actually what frightens me,” Jones said. 


Read More

King from Ghana to attend 50th African Cultural Festival in Saginaw

SAGINAW, MI — For its 50th year, the Saginaw African Cultural Festival — one of the country’s longest continuous festivals of its kind — is celebrating with some royalty.

The festival, which features clothing vendors, entertainment and plenty of children’s activities, runs from noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 10-12 at 2533 Lapeer Ave., the former Morley Elementary School. 

Highlighting this year’s festival is a visit from King Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, of Akyem Abuakwa, Ghana. Panin, who is the 35th king of the ancient kingdom in the Eastern Region of Ghana, plans to hold a discussion on the importance of elders in a community. The discussion panel kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday Aug. 11.

Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin is the reigning king of Akyem Abuakwa, an ancient powerful…

Read More

10 Best Locations In South Africa Connected To Nelson Mandela

South African Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have worked together in updating Madiba's Journey, an app listing 100 locations around …
Read More

Aramis Ayala, Florida’s first elected African-American state attorney, endorses Andrew Gillum for governor

Aramis Ayala, the state’s first elected African-American state attorney who unsuccessfully sued Gov. Rick Scott last year over her stance to not seek the death penalty, endorsed Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for governor at a campaign stop in Orlando Tuesday afternoon.

Though the Orlando-based prosecutor’s stance at the time conflicted with Gillum’s — he has said he is not opposed to the death penalty but would use it sparingly — she praised his progressive record in Tallahassee and said she planned to campaign with him ahead of the Aug. 28 primary.

“He’s shown true courage in this race — from speaking truth to power, to standing up for our most important values of inclusion and decency,” said Ayala in a statement.

Ayala made headlines just months after she took office last…

Read More