Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department hosted a ceremony to not only
mark the 150th anniversary of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company
(Freedman’s Bank), but also to name the Treasury Annex building the
Freedman’s Bank Building.
Last summer when news anchor Joy-Ann Reid was removed from the lineup at
MSNBC and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” was removed from the
station’s daily prime time perch at 6pm to one time a week at 8am on
Sunday morning, they were like the canaries in the mineshaft, early
warning signs that Black commentators and hosts were becoming ever more
scarce on television and in the media in general.
Wells Fargo, a founding donor of the Smithsonian's Nat’l Museum of African American History
and Culture, has donated artifacts featuring the work of African American artist Grafton Tyler
Brown plus $1 million towards the Museum's inaugural exhibition scheduled to open in September 2016.
In 1996, Detroit attorney Gregory Reed launched the Keeper of
the Word Foundation
with the purpose of protecting the legacies of authors, artists, and
activists. Among the notables under its works and rubric are Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Alex Haley and President Obama. If a recent court order stands, the Foundation’s assets will be turned over to the U.S. Trustee for sale and liquidation in order to pay debts of a third party without any supporting law and contrary to charitable laws for the past 100 years.