The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is almost here and the
commemorative events have already begun. Throughout
Washington, D.C., there will be ceremonies, speeches, round-table
discussions and festivals all in remembrance of the rally that took
place on August 28, 1963, a big day in civil rights history.
The Paul Laurence Dunbar High in Washington, D.C., was built in 1870 and
is billed as the nation’s first Black public high school. In her new book,
First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High
School, author Alison Stewart tells of the school’s rich history and how it ended up in its current state of
lower-than-average graduation rates and a decrepit infrastructure.
A statue of the slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass was
recently unveiled in the Capital. In attendance was his
great-great-granddaughter, Nettie Washington Douglass, Vice President
Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Eleanor Holmes Norton as well as other congressional leaders, city officials, rights activists and historians.
The bronze statue, located in Emancipation Hall, debuted on Juneteenth
(or Emancipation Day), before a crowd of 600 attendees.
STSC Transportation Services was just launched in April of this year but
it is already making major news. The company, launched by attorney
Jeremy Walker and two investors, is actually the first Black-owned and
operated transportation company in Philadelphia.
Higher Heights For America is a non-profit organization
aimed at bolstering African-American women and their participation in
civic matters. The organization has some serious goals—including helping Black women harness their collective power and influence to eliminate
inequities in education, health and economic opportunities. Here, co-founder Glynda C. Carr tells TNJ.com about the organization's goals.
Few people fully realize the power of Black spending. But all one has to
do is look at some dollar figures to see just how important it is.
Currently, Black spending is at $967 billion per year. According to data
collected from Nielsen, a leader in the field of market research, that number is expected to reach $1.1
trillion by the year 2015. The figures were revealed earlier this month at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition conference in Chicago.