Tracing my family tree, I found my roots

My name is Dennis Richmond Jr. and I’m a 26-year-old Black man from Yonkers, New York. Since March of 2008, at the age of 13, I’ve been researching my family history. In 2017, I discovered my connection to the Felmetta ...

Elizabeth ‘Mum Bett’ Freeman, her lawsuit helped to end slavery in Mass.

The exact date of Elizabeth Freeman’s birth remains uncertain, but what is incontestably true is she was the first Black woman in the state of Massachusetts to file a lawsuit for freedom.

The invisible shield: how activists and lawmakers are breaking down qualified immunity, Part 3

Laws to eliminate qualified immunity as a defense were proposed almost as soon as the doctrine became a significant shield that protects law enforcement officers from being sued by those whose federal constitutional rights they violate.

Rev. William Drew Robeson, patriarch of a distinguished family

Last week we celebrated the life of Paul Robeson (1898-1976) whose birthdate is April 9. But much of his brilliance was passed down to him through his remarkable father, William Drew Robeson, born July 27, 1844.

Celebrate National Poetry Month

After a long and difficult winter, spring is finally here. Along with much nicer weather and hopefully more opportunities to be out and about, April also brings joy to those who are literary minded.

Anna Murray Douglass, an abolitionist deserving wider recognition

Anna Murray, the wife of Frederick Douglass and the mother of their children, personifies the unheralded woman behind the great man.

‘We Are Family’ community affair promoting peace, education, business through sports

On Saturday, April 3, 2021, during Easter weekend the Brownsville community came out to show support for the youth, pray for ones the neighborhood has lost, and praise those who are using what they learned on the field with the ...

MLK: I just want to do God’s will

This Easter Sunday marked the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination when he was shot at 39-years-old, April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of a Memphis motel.

The invisible shield: how qualified immunity was created and nearly destroyed the ability to sue police officers in America Pt. I

In the aftermath of the Civil War an America broken by bloodshed and riven by racial strife began slowly putting itself back together.

Frank Webb, poet, essayist and early Black novelist

Whenever there is mention of early African American authors, invariably, Frank Webb is among them, but little else is said about him other than mention of his novel “The Garies and Their Friends.”

Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a spy during the Civil War

“When she was around 18 years old,” author Tonya Bolden began in her profile of Mary Elizabeth Bowser, “she was freed upon death of her owner, John Van Lew, whose plantation was just outside Richmond, Virginia (and on whose property ...

CUNY names Dr. Patricia Ramsey as sixth president of Medgar Evers College

The CUNY Board of Trustees today voted to appoint Dr. Patricia Ramsey, an innovative educator with extensive experience as a leader at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as the sixth president of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

Jumaane Williams Open Letter to School Safety Agents

Jumaane Williams Open Letter to School Safety Agents

Boys & Girls of Mount Vernon to host Community Conversation Series with Sister Souljah

The Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon has developed a new event series featuring high profile leaders from across a broad spectrum of society who will join them to fulfill their mission to develop today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders.

UNCF celebrates the power of HBCUs through its virtual New York “A Mind Is…” Gala

On Thursday, March 4, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) asked friends and supporters to come together and virtually attend one of its five “A Mind Is...” Galas around the country.