A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph was a labor leader and civil rights activist who founded the nation’s first major Black labor union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) in 1925. In the 1930s, his organizing efforts helped end both racial discrimination in defense industries and segregation in the U.S. armed forces. Randolph was also a principal organizer of the March on Washington in 1963, which paved the way … Continue reading A. Philip Randolph

Michael Brown’s father, Ferguson activists demand $20M from BLM

The father of Michael Brown and other activists from Ferguson, Missouri, are demanding financial support from Black Lives Matter after the organization revealed it raised over $90 million last year. Michael Brown Sr., whose son was fatally shot by a white police officer in August 2014, along with the other activists who helped propel the movement, want $20 million from the group to help their community. “Where … Continue reading Michael Brown’s father, Ferguson activists demand $20M from BLM

11 Powerful James Baldwin Quotes

James Baldwin was one of the leading voices of the civil rights movement. The author was born in 1924 in Harlem, New York — right in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance that gave birth to the still-influential foundation of Black arts and culture. His hometown and birth became prophetic, and Baldwin became one of the most successful and revered Black authors of all time. The author developed a … Continue reading 11 Powerful James Baldwin Quotes

10 Black Inventors Who Changed Your Life

From the time European settlers began forcing Africans into the horrors of slavery in the early 17th-century American colonies, enslaver stole more than just these men and women’s freedom.  Over the course of American slavery’s nearly 250-year history, these particular slaveholders also attempted to take credit for their enslaveds’ inventions, and, as such, there’s no way of knowing exactly how many or, in some cases, … Continue reading 10 Black Inventors Who Changed Your Life

Video appears to show Baton Rouge officer with arm around the neck of Black teen

The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating an arrest captured on video Sunday that appears to show an officer wrapping his arm around the neck of a Black teenager. Sharon Weston Broome, the mayor-president of Baton Rouge, said in a statement that the incident involving the 13-year-old is a “concerning encounter” that warrants a “prompt, transparent review.” She and Baton Rouge police Chief Murphy Paul … Continue reading Video appears to show Baton Rouge officer with arm around the neck of Black teen

Black History Facts

Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. Among prominent figures are Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first U.S. woman to become a self-made millionaire; George Washington Carver, who derived nearly 300 products from the peanut; Rosa Parks, who sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and galvanized the civil rights movement; and Shirley Chisholm, who was the first African American woman … Continue reading Black History Facts