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Univ. of Minnesota Launches Online Archive of African-American History Materials

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The University of Minnesota Libraries is doing its part to make sure everyone has African-American history at their fingertips. The university recently launched Umbra Search African American History website, which houses over 400,000 digitized archival materials documenting African-American history from more than 1,000 libraries and cultural organizations. “No...

For A Man Who Helped Free Slaves, This Pardon Is Long Overdue

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Samuel Burris, a free Black man born in Delaware in 1808, helped slaves escape by way of the Underground Railroad during the first half of the 19th century. Burris was convicted and sold into slavery and now, nearly 150 years after his death, the governor...

Must See: John Cummings, Owner of the Only Slavery Museum in the Country, Explains Why America Still Struggles With Race

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John Cummings, owner of The Whitney Plantation in rural Louisiana, says our nation still struggles with racism because we fail to deal with the root cause–slavery. “You have two sides. Blacks are screaming prejudice to the white side, and the white side is looking and saying, ‘Why can’t...

Commanding Officer Kim Royster To Become Highest Ranking Black Woman In NYPD History

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There’s a new boss in charge over at the NYPD and she’s making history with her seat at the top of the totem pole. Kim Royster is currently the Commanding Officer in the NYPD’s Public Information Office and is set to be promoted to Deputy...

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Makes History As First Black Woman To Lead Conference Of Mayors

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2015 is turning out to be a pretty good year so far for Black women in politics and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the latest woman of color to make history with her success. Rawlings-Blake was recently appointed to the top position in the United...

Family Records Of African-Americans Dating Back To Slavery Will Be Made Available Online

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In a significant breakthrough for Black people looking to trace their ancestry back as a far as possible, a new website will allow millions of African-Americans to access previously unavailable records from a federal database with information dating all the way back to the days...