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OUR VIEW: Preserving black history preserves OUR history



He created an awareness that must continue to grow today because until we all understand African-American history, true peace and harmony will …
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Before Black Lung, The Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Killed Hundreds


Southern West Virginia is a playground for hikers, cyclists and rock climbers, but in the heart of that lush landscape rests the site of what many consider the worst industrial disaster in American history.

Today, from a picturesque overlook on the mountain above, tourists can see the gate of the Hawks Nest Tunnel, located on the New River in Gauley Bridge. There, water rushes through 16,240 feet of steel and rock.

But almost 90 years ago, thick clouds of dust blurred the eyes and choked the lungs of workers inside the tunnel. The project attracted thousands of men, hoping to find work during the Great Depression. Three-fourths were African-Americans fleeing the South.

“To these men, going to West Virginia was like going to heaven — a new land, a new promised land — and when they got here,…

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Black History Month: Two Centuries of Black History and the Black Press | BlackPressUSA


By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

In the March 2018 story, “Race News: Chronicling the Black Press and fight for Justice,” journalist Tony Pecinovsky noted that the rocky relationship between journalism and the struggle for African-American equality, like any other courtship, is full of ebbs and flows, fluctuations that often times mirror larger societal changes.

“Exploring this relationship, in all its nuance and complexity, is especially important today as we try to discern and understand contemporary reality, a reality the Trump Administration increasingly attempts to obscure and mystify with its reliance on “alternative facts…’ ‘…facts’ that oftentimes lack quantifiable, tangible evidence,” Pecinovsky said.

In that context, he said Fred…

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Northern Anne Arundel Cultural Preservation Society announces Black History Month production


The Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society (NACPS) will commemorate Black History Month by presenting “Emancipation Continues: War & Peace”with two riveting performances.  The first performance will be Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 2pm at St. John’s College in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Avenue in Annapolis. The second performance will be February 9, 2019 at 1pm at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD.​

During a present-day meeting of diverse members of a local community organization, including the local choir, a “battle” occurs to create an exciting show for Black History Month celebrating great African American entertainers, authors, artists, and speakers of the 1940’s and…

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Mobile Black History Museum Visits Centralia College



There's no question that Centralia residents are proud of their town's African-American founders George and Mary Jane Washington. One need look …
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Proposed SC Statehouse statue to black WWI regiment faces stiff state law | Palmetto Politics


COLUMBIA — Historian Sonya Grantham wants a statue on Statehouse grounds honoring an African-American World War I infantry unit that includes a Medal of Honor recipient, but she must overcome a stringent state law that makes adding or removing monuments from public buildings almost impossible.

Even legislators trying to honor the accomplishments of African-Americans have faced the obstacle of the Heritage Act. A bill by two state senators last year to erect a statue for Robert Smalls, an escaped slave who became a Civil War hero and congressman, did not even receive a hearing.

The grounds around South Carolina’s Statehouse feature more than 30 monuments, including three honoring the…

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