african-american-history

Africatown Groundbreaking

Philly’s Africatown project to get $9M in state aid

BY: - November 29, 2022

The corridor is intended to become a tourism destination in a community that is home to African and Caribbean immigrants, officials said.

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How Octavius Catto is keeping up the fight for Black voting rights | Michael Coard

BY: - October 4, 2022

A century-and-a-half after his death, the Philadelphia icon's inheritors are continuing his fight.

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Queen Elizabeth II Dies At Balmoral Castle

You can’t untangle Queen Elizabeth’s legacy from Britain’s cruel colonialism | Michael Coard

BY: - September 20, 2022

Britons continue to benefit from their supremacy – correction, savagery – throughout the world in 2022.

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Lewis Howard Latimer, 1882/Exhibit in the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Ill. (Image via The Philadelphia Tribune).

Meet Lewis Latimer, who made the light bulb longer lasting | Michael Coard

BY: - September 13, 2022

Latimer was an inventor, draftsman, engineer, and scientist as well as a poet, author, artist, flautist and philanthropist.

Philly radio station WURD Founders Day celebration honors richness of Black culture

BY: - August 30, 2022

The festivities will take place Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central branch at 1901 Vine St.

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A Texas law says slavery cannot be taught as part of the ‘true founding’ of the United States (Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images/The Conversation).

How politicians are seeking to control classroom discussions about slavery | Opinion

BY: - August 16, 2022

A Texas proposal to refer to slavery as 'involuntary relocation' is part of an ongoing effort to hide its horrific and brutal nature.

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Kids charged in brutal Philadelphia murder still deserve due process | Michael Coard

BY: - July 19, 2022

The online lynch mobs already are baying for blood. There's a long and racist history of that happening.

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A photo illustration of some of the attendees at the first Niagara Conference meeting in Fort Erie, Canada, in 1905. From left, top row: H.A. Thompson, Alonzo F. Herndon, John Hope, possibly James R.L. Diggs. Second row: Fred McGhee, Norris B. Herndon, J. Max Barber, W.E.B. Du Bois, Robert Bonner. Bottom row: Henry L. Baily, Clement G. Morgan, W.H.H. Hart, B.S. Smith. — Library of Congress photo

The Niagara Movement, a precursor to NAACP, fought for economic and civil rights | Michael Coard

BY: - July 6, 2022

The Niagara Movement was right in rejecting an accommodationist approach and in advocating for economic wealth backed by intellectual, voting, and political power.

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What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July? | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 4, 2022

On Independence Day, a reminder that the promise of America is still unfulfilled.

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The U.S. has a long and shameful history of treating women like property | Michael Coard

BY: - June 28, 2022

Free white women's bodies have it bad in the U.S. History shows that enslaved Black girls' bodies had it worse.

Juneteenth in Philadelphia: A list of events celebrating the holiday

BY: - June 18, 2022

By Chanel Hill Community events, concerts and a parade are just some of the activities that will be taking place Sunday in Philadelphia to celebrate Juneteenth. “Juneteenth is the celebration of freedom,” said Tamara Staley, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Juneteenth Family Inc. “The holiday was first celebrated in Texas with food, music and […]

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When you say ‘that’s not us’ remember this historic tale of racial savagery | Michael Coard

BY: - June 14, 2022

The story of white racism in America is one of sociopathy, psychopathy, perversity, sadism, savagery and malice.