The National Trust for Historic Preservation says that their program, the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), distributed more than $3 million in grants to fund the protection and preservation of forty African American historic sites this year. According to AACHAF, the fund is the largest U.S. resource dedicated to this effort. Since being […]
Gwendolyn Harrison Smith, the first African-American woman to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has died at age 91. Smith, who lived in Bessemer City, NC and passed away on February 28. At the age of 25, Smith arrived on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill on June 11, 1951. She had already […]
Lola Jones, 5, recreated images of Maya Angelou, Madam C. J. Walker, Rosa Parks, and other notable black women for Black History Month.
1979 Frank E. Petersen, Jr ~ becomes the U.S. Marine Corps’s first Black Brigadier General 1965 Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president, the highest elective office held by a Black woman in a major American city. 1942 Haki Madhubuti ~ is born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is an author, activist, and the founder […]
1992 John Singleton ~ (film director) becomes the first Black director to be nominated for an Academy Award 1919 WEB Dubois ~ (activist) organizes the first Pan-African Congress 1940 William “Smokey” Robinson ~ (singer and recording artist) is born Detroit, Michigan
1942 Huey Newton ~ (founder of the Black Panther Party) born 1963 Michael Jeffrey Jordan ~ (basketball legend) is born in Brooklyn, New York 1982 Thelonious Monk ~ Thelonious Monk, one of the founders of the bebop style and one of only five jazz musicians to appear on the cover of Time magazine, dies of a […]
NBC News Los Angeles reports the Los Angeles Unified School District is investigating a teacher who gave a word problem to 7-year-olds that featured slaves, cotton picking, “masters,” the "missus," and the “Big House.”
The U.S. Department of Education misspelled W.E.B. Du Bois’ name on Twitter while trying to pay homage to the civil rights leader.
1900 For a Lincoln birthday celebration, James Weldon Johnson writes the lyrics for “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. With music by his brother, J. Rosamond, the song is first sung by 500 children in Jacksonville, Fla. It will become known as the “Negro National Anthem”. 1903 American baritone opera singer Todd Duncan, the first […]
In honor of Black History Month 2016, NewsOne will honor the accomplishments of our Black politicians, organizers, entertainers, and everyday people who have undoubtedly contributed to this great nation.