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The Southern Christian Leadership Council

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is an African-American civil rights organization. SCLC, which is closely associated with its first president, Martin Luther King Jr, had a large role in

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NASA Makes History by Adding First Black Crew Member to International Space Station

By Kiersten Willis On the eve of the wide release of the Black female space scientists film “Hidden Figures” on Jan. 6, NASA revealed it is gearing up to add the

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At Age 14 He Invented A New Surgical Technique That Is Now Called The “Hansberry Stich”

Meet Tony Hansberry Tony Hansberry is probably the only 14-year-old boy credited with making a difference in gynecology. For Hansberry, attending a high school with a program geared towards medicine

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First All Female Flight Crew Makes History

By Web Staff History has been made in the country of Zimbabwe. For the first time ever, an all-female flight deck crew took command of a commercial flight. Flight captains


Keeping track of election irregularities

By Tom LoBianco, CNN Nevada judge denies Trump request to separate early voting ballots A Nevada court judge denied a request Tuesday from Donald Trump campaign lawyers to issue an

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Silent Leader

The Biography of Dr. Freddie L. Thomas by Rodney Brown   By Bruce Cosby, Ph.D. Recently in Rochester, a book signing was held in honor of Dr. Freddie L. Thomas

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Serena Williams Makes History

By Kiersten Willis A tennis champion scored a win for the books. Serena Williams is the top winning player in Grand Slam history. She earned her 308th career match win

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Black Lynching Victims: Memorial Opens Next Year in Montgomery

By David Love Finally, the U.S. will have a memorial to lynching, the dreaded, horrific and quintessentially American institution rooted in racial violence and terrorism.  The Equal Justice Initiative, the

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What the 4th of July Means to Black People

By Ricky Riley On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. It was

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10 Thriving Black Towns You Didn’t Learn About in History Class

Posted by Tanasia Kenney Map drawn by Egbert Viele showing the layout of Seneca Village circa 1856 The Town Destroyed to Make Way for Central Park: Seneca Village, N.Y. —

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History Channel Portrays Hannibal as Black, White People Cry Foul Over ‘Historical Revisionism’

by Ricky Riley History Channel‘s newest documentary series, Barbarians Rising, tackles the fall of Rome over the course of 700 years of invasions. However, the most recent episode that aired

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First African-American Superhero Makes His Cinematic Debut In ‘Captain America: Civil War’

  by Alyssa Klein Those five letters appeared in big, bold and 3D letters in movie theaters across the world as more than $180 million worth of people in North America and

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Phillis Wheatley: African-American Poet

OV Staff A pioneering African-American poet, Phillis Wheatley was born in Senegal/Gambia around 1753. At the age of 8, she was kidnapped and brought to Boston on a slave ship.


First African-American NHL Player: Val James

  OV Staff The first black American hockey player in NHL history is telling his story almost 30 years after he retired. Val James was a revered and feared fighter

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Henry Bibb: African-American Abolitionists

By OV Staff Henry Walton Bibb was an American author and abolitionist who was born a slave. After escaping from slavery to Canada, he founded an abolitionist newspaper, The Voice