At the beginning of the year, for the first time in the 144-year history
of Ohio State University, the school appointed a Black president. Many
hope this landmark move will increase diversity at the university.
Historically Black colleges and universities are facing serious
enrollment and economic issues that could significantly impact the
future of the specialized institutions of higher learning, according to a
top administrator at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in Trenton. The discussion occurred at the first annual education conference hosted by the African American
Chamber of Commerce of NJ (AACCNJ) in late February at the Hyatt
Regency in New Brunswick.
Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi; Pan-Africanism activist; and lawyer, has died. He was 66. Here, writer Herb Boyd fondly remembers the "young man with a keen political sense...ready to fight
for a number of local, national and international causes."
Last week, PBS aired the documentary, “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth,” as part of the American Masters series. Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar set out to write the story years ago after
realizing that the series, which celebrates
icons of American pop culture, featured few or no women. Released in 2013, the film touches on the highs and lows of Walker's life as an author and activist.
Late last year Authentic Brands Group, LLC (ABG) acquired Muhammad Ali
Enterprises from CORE Media Group. Under the deal, ABG will own and
manage, in partnership with the Ali family and Joel Weinshanker, chairman and founder of National Entertainment Collectibles Association
(NECA), all of the intellectual property associated with boxing great
One constant theme at several Dr. King birthday celebrations in Detroit on Monday was the focus on a mix of intergenerational activity.
Elders and the youth were in brilliant sync at the Charles H. Wright
Museum of African American History where the guest speaker Dr. Carlyle
Fielding Stewart III discussed the Biblical commonalities shared by Dr.
King and Mahatma Gandhi.
As we celebrate the monumental achievements of civil rights activist
Martin Luther King, Jr., check out Congressman John Lewis’s memoir, March. Lewis, a lifelong civil rights leader who marched with MLK, co-wrote the
book, which was published in August 2013 during the 50th Anniversary of
the March on Washington. In it, Lewis describes his first-hand, graphic account of the Jim Crow days and segregation.