Charleston, South Carolina, has big plans. The mayor of the city, Mayor
Joseph P. Riley Jr., recently announced new plans for a $75 million
International African-American Museum, which has been talked about for
the last decade. Now it seems things are moving ahead.
Yesterday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., President Barack
Obama led the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington celebrations
with a speech that commemorated the March on Washington in 1963.
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.