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Dr. Charles H. Wesley: The eminent historian on Black labor

A few weeks ago, we profiled Dorothy Porter Wesley, the premier librarian, and promised to do one on her scholarly husband, Dr. Charles H. Wesley.

Black US presidents before Obama

Although Barak Obama’s 2008 election to the Oval Office led many to believe he is this country’s first Black president, some “historians” reveal that at least six previous U.S. presidents were of African ancestry.

White House reports high school graduation rates at all-time high

According to a new report from the White House, high school graduation rates are at an all-time high in America, with college enrollment increasing as well.

Elizabeth Keckley, Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker and confidant

My daughter Maya arrived in town the other day to attend and possibly participate in the currency that vibrates with Fashion Week. An artist and fashion designer based in Miami, she often makes this annual pilgrimage, where women of her ...

Photographer behind HONY helps raise money for Brooklyn middle school

The photographer behind the popular blog Humans of New York managed to help raise over $1 million for a Brooklyn middle school, which would fund yearly trips to Harvard University, summer programs and scholarships for its students.

First lady of the Black stage, Rose McClendon

No mention of Black actors and actresses or Black theater—especially from a Harlem standpoint, where Frederick O’Neal and Abram Hill founded the American Negro Theater—is complete without some discussion of Rose McClendon.

Americans support President’s proposal to offer free community college

A recent poll suggests that many Americans support his proposal to enroll aspiring students at local community colleges for free.

Major Taylor, the ‘Black Cyclone’

Not many folks today can cite chapter and verse on Taylor and his phenomenal feats that began in the 19th century, particularly with cycling

Peace Corp director, staff honor Dr. King’s birthday with day of service

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Peace Corp Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and staff members visited children at Barbara Chambers Children’s Center in northwest D.C. Jan. 16.

Josephine Baker, the ‘Bronze Venus’

The recent death of Jean-Claude Baker, while a sad occasion, is an opportunity to renew our acquaintance with his “mother,” Josephine Baker, famously known as the "Bronze Venus".

Physician assistants to mentor HS students

During a time when national interest in careers in the medical field has been increasing dramatically, an all-girls Catholic college preparatory high school and a prominent hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side have partnered to provide a new medicine-focused internship ...

Scholarships available to Black students

A list of scholarships available to Black students.

Scholarships ease the loan debt burden of Black students

According to a 2014 report by the Inaugural Gallop-Purdue Index, a nationally comprehensive study of 29,560 U.S. college graduates found that African-American college students acquire 17 percent more student loan debt then their white counterparts.

Pioneer librarian and archivist Dorothy Porter Wesley

Whenever African-American librarians are mentioned, Jean Blackwell Hutson of the Schomburg; Clara Jones of Detroit, the first Black president of the American Library Association; and Dorothy Porter Wesley of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University usually head the list.

Actor-director Ivan Dixon

Over the past several years, there have been a number of street renaming ceremonies, including one for A. Philip Randolph, W.E.B. Du Bois, John Henrik Clarke, James Baldwin and James Brown.