Race in America

Voting Rights Act made a difference from the beginning in N.C.'s Franklin County

When she turned 18, Rosanell Eaton, a young black woman determined to vote, rode in her brother’s mule wagon to Louisburg. Before she could register, a court clerk explained, “You’ve got to do a whole lot of things.” Stand against the wall. Arms at your side. Look straight ahead. Recite the preamble to the Constitution without missing a word. Eaton did as she was told, and the clerk told her mother, “She’s a brave little girl.” Now 91, Eaton’s mind turns again this week to election law in her native Franklin County. | 02/27/13 13:51:47 By - Josh Shaffer

Negro Leagues history lost as players pass away

They buried more history on Tuesday. Not many of them left now. This is a precious resource, an irreplaceable connection to a proud and triumphant history that is already too often overlooked. What will happen when all the voices are gone? What will people remember about the Negro Leagues’ place in the Civil Rights movement? | 02/27/13 07:14:57 By - Sam Mellinger

Commentary: My mother is my hero

I’m here because my mother, Elizabeth Bailey McDaniel, refused to die. | 02/26/13 13:51:22 By - Issac J. Bailey

Six students who changed Cary High School in North Carolina

Gwendolyn Matthews’ first bus ride to Cary High School was quiet. And then she saw the protesters. | 02/26/13 13:10:45 By - Sarah Nagem

Lexington subdivision opened American dream to black families in the 1950s

It looks like many Lexington subdivisions built in the 1950s and '60s — rows of modest brick and stone houses with well-tended yards. | 02/26/13 13:02:40 By - Tom Eblen

Are some civil rights era protections still relevant? Supreme Court will decide

The Justice Department stayed silent when Indiana and Washington state strengthened their voter identification rules. But when Georgia and Texas lawmakers wanted to do the same, they needed federal approval. | 02/22/13 15:27:47 By - By Michael Doyle

New details about author William Wells Brown's life found by Texas professor

"I was born in Lexington, Ky."

That is the first sentence of the first chapter of the first manuscript published by William Wells Brown, the first and most prolific black writer published in the 19th century. And it appears to be wrong. | 02/20/13 12:26:43 By - Tom Eblen

Commentary: One part of black history must change

No one for Black History Month should view kindly the economic degradation that African-Americans still face. | 02/18/13 13:12:54 By - Lewis W. Diuguid

Commentary: America still struggles with its racial past

The story of Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the daughter of once avowed segregationist U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond by the black maid who worked for the family, is more curiosity than revelation to most who’ve paid attention to America’s history. Hypocrisy was a constant companion of race relations in this country during Thurmond’s lifetime – hypocrisy that Thurmond embraced through anti-black words and actions in much of his public life. | 02/16/13 06:08:34 By - Fannie Flono

S.C. woman was an unsung hero of civil rights era

More than a year before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, a young black woman from Eastover took a similar stand in Columbia. | 02/14/13 07:22:32 By - Mindy Lucas

Tuskegee Airman George Porter passes away

George W. Porter, an American patriot who fought for his country in World War II while battling racism at home as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, died Saturday at 91. | 02/13/13 15:27:52 By -

February 1960 sit-ins move to Raleigh, N.C.

The lunch counter sit-ins that began at the Greensboro Woolworth’s on February 1, 1960, quickly spread across the state. Following demonstrations in Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, the movement landed in Raleigh on February 10. | 02/13/13 14:42:09 By - Teresa Leonard

Commentary: Freed from slavery, Lewis Hayden became a leader in Boston

With his own debt of freedom repaid, Lewis Hayden could focus on helping others become free. The escaped slave from Lexington already had accomplished a lot by this time, as I wrote in last Wednesday's column. | 02/13/13 13:34:37 By - Tom Eblen

A lot of black history found on Myrtle Beach's Carver Street

Prior to 1965, Myrtle Beach’s Booker T. Washington neighborhood was a bustling area, many who lived there in the ‘60s said. | 02/12/13 10:45:43 By - Maya T. Prabhu

New museum will celebrate both the pain and triumph of African-American history

It is a blight on American history that history cannot ignore: The exploitation and enslavement of black people for hundreds of years. It will be the challenge of a new museum in the nation’s capital to tell that story, however uncomfortable the subject might be to some, because it defines the history of African-Americans. | 02/11/13 16:30:19 By - By Maria Recio

Descendant of anti-slavery icons follows in their footsteps

The great-great-great-grandson of escaped slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, as well as the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington, the pioneering African American educator, he said it has taken him many years to figure out to handle so much historical weight. | 02/11/13 16:30:11 By - Maria Recio

Odyssey of Nat Turner’s Bible – from hidden in closet to featured at D.C.’s newest museum

Nat Turner is a revered figure to many African-Americans, a tangible example of someone who defied slavery’s shackles. | 02/11/13 16:29:06 By - By Maria Recio

Black History Month: The remarkable life of Lewis Hayden

When the Marquis de Lafayette visited Lexington in May 1825, during his celebrated national tour, a slave child of 13 slipped away from his chores long enough to try to catch a glimpse of the French hero of the American Revolution. | 02/06/13 12:43:22 By - Tom Eblen

Commentary: Black history's lessons are doubly important today

Thanks to noted African-American scholar Carter G. Woodson, the nation celebrates Black History Month in February as a tribute to the birthdays this month of President Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. | 02/06/13 06:09:11 By - Lewis W. Diuguid

Rep. John Lewis helps memorialize African-American history

Today, at 71, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is a keeper of history, a lawmaker whose fingerprints are on some of the nation's most significant tributes and monuments to the contributions of African-Americans to American culture. | 02/04/13 15:22:50 By - William Douglas

Southern cities launch series of civil rights exhibits

For the civil rights movement, 1963 was a pinnacle year. With the 50th anniversary around the corner, six mayors from Southern cities announced at a press conference in Washington on Friday a collaborative commemoration of the nation-altering events of that year. | 02/04/13 15:22:06 By - Rachel Roubein

Martin Luther King joins Lincoln, Roosevelt on National Mall

Rep. Frederica Wilson had a chance recently to take a private VIP tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, but she turned it down. Too soon, she said. "I want to get thrilled seeing it unveiled, to feel the passion," said Wilson, D-Fla. "I want to see the glory of the statue in a finished state. I want to be wowed with everyone else seeing the finished product." UPDATE 8/26/2011: Due to Hurricane Irene the dedication has been rescheduled for Sept. or October. | 02/04/13 15:21:37 By - William Douglas

With Capitol statue of Frederick Douglass, D.C. gets some respect

The statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass that’s standing in the atrium of a Washington government office building has been a symbol-in-waiting – until now. The Civil War-era icon’s image is about to move to the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall, where it will be one of only three statues of African-Americans in the complex. | 02/04/13 15:20:47 By - By Maria Recio

Commentary: Hollywood isn't the place for accurate history

The movie Django Unchained, the 2012 American epic western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, has received a lot of criticism. | 02/03/13 06:04:15 By - Merlene Davis

Obama summons nation for 2nd term: ‘We are made for this moment’

“America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive, diversity and openness, an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention,” he said on a crisp, sun-filled afternoon. “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together.” | 01/30/13 13:08:08 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

From Washington to Obama, the inauguration is an American moment

Inauguration Days are the times America pauses to appreciate and reflect on the orderly transition, or reaffirmation, of power. | 01/30/13 13:06:14 By - By David Lightman

Obama’s and Martin Luther King’s stories will merge Monday

Both battled enormous odds to build historic multi-ethnic, multi-racial coalitions, one to advance the cause of civil rights, the other to win the nation’s highest office. Both won the Nobel Peace Price. Both could use soaring rhetoric to inspire millions. Both also had to overcome critics who accused them of socialist or communist sympathies, as well as black activists who maintained that they weren’t strong advocates for African-Americans. | 01/30/13 13:05:56 By - By William Douglas and David Lightman

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