Against the Backdrop of 21st Century Racial Turmoil, The Afro-American Newspaper Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary


Prologue On Tuesday, in Baltimore, rain poured from the sky, as if God, Himself, was mourning the aftermath of the Charlottesville protests over Confederate monuments—even before Donald Trump unmasked himself to the world as a defender of bigotry and hatred. Yesterday morning, local television station WBAL reported that in the early morning hours, Baltimore Mayor … More Against the Backdrop of 21st Century Racial Turmoil, The Afro-American Newspaper Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

Black History Month 2017: Feature #2—The Beauty and Dignity of Black People


Over the course of this month, I collected and shared many Black History Month stories on Facebook, with the intention of presenting them as themed posts on this page throughout the month. Unfortunately, I, like so many of you, have been so overwhelmed and frightened by our current national and international calamity of an Un-president … More Black History Month 2017: Feature #2—The Beauty and Dignity of Black People

Black History Month 2017 – Feature #1: Frederick Douglass


I must apologize for my lateness. Here we are, nearly halfway through Black History Month, and I am just now writing my first post. Nevertheless, I have been compiling a number of features to share. Where possible, I will embed either the full text or excerpts of sources I have used. In other cases, I … More Black History Month 2017 – Feature #1: Frederick Douglass

Depending on the Kindness of Strangers—and Friends, Even in These Rough Days


This has been an emotionally excruciating week. Between the barrage of political sniping by—and about—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the outrageous murders of two more African-American men by cops, and the incessant, unavoidable 24-hour news cycle no matter where I turned, I’ve wanted nothing more than to hunker down in my house, shades drawn, hiding … More Depending on the Kindness of Strangers—and Friends, Even in These Rough Days

Reflections from Baltimore on a National Day of Mourning


While our national focus today is on the city of Dallas, which has just endured the vicious, callous massacre of five of their Peace Officers who were engaged in honorable, brave, and committed fashion to uphold the rights of their citizens to engage in lawful, peaceful protest, this has also been a horrific week in … More Reflections from Baltimore on a National Day of Mourning

Black History Month 2016: At the Intersection of the Past, Present, and Future


One year ago, I began my first Black History Month Celebration with the goal of bringing to light Black historical figures and triumphs of the past, attempting to cover the spectrum of Black achievements: from the arts and sciences, politics, commerce, inventions, and other contributions to the life of our nation and of our world. … More Black History Month 2016: At the Intersection of the Past, Present, and Future

There Is Nothing New Under the Sun: History Just Keeps Repeating Itself – Part II


The War Between the States (aka The Civil War) Last week, I watched the landmark documentary, “Ken Burns’ The Civil War,” which has been restored in celebration of its 25th anniversary. I have seen this series numerous times since its first appearance in 1989. However, in view of recent events in the realm of race … More There Is Nothing New Under the Sun: History Just Keeps Repeating Itself – Part II