Malcolm on Lumumba: He was “the Greatest Afrikan”

Had he not been assassinated in 1961, Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected prime minister of the Congo, would have been 90 years old on July 2. Maurice Carney, of Friends of the Congo, notes that this year also marks the 90th birthday of Malcolm X, assassinated in 1965. “To a large extent, it was […]

Are Beethoven’z Afrikan Originz Revealed By Hiz Music?

A secluded life devoted to music, powder worn on his face in public and body doubles who sat in for him for portraits – these devices allowed Beethoven to hide his African heritage to all but the Viennese elite. After his death, a Euro-centric vision of “greatness” unwittingly upheld this illusion – originally created by the Master himself. […]

“Iola,” Princess of the Press: The Story of Feminist Anti-Lynching Crusader, Ida B. Welllz-Barnett, by Kiilu Nyasha

“I then began an investigation of every lynching I read about.  By 1893, over a thousand Black men, women and children had been hanged, shot and burned to death by white mobs in America.” A tireless champion of her people, Ida B. Wells was the first of eight children born to Jim and Elizabeth Wells […]

Rememberance 13 May Day of Infamy

By Christina Coleman <img alt=”MOVE Philly bombing” src=”″ width=”824″ height=”610″ /> On May 13, 1985, a bomb was dropped on a row house in Philadelphia, unleashing a relentless fire that eventually burned down 61 houses, killed 11 people (including five children) and injured dozens. The fire department stood by idly. The Philadelphia Police Department did […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Blacks celebrate abolition from slavery Date: Thu, 1866-04-19 On this date in 1866, the Black citizens of Washington, D.C., celebrated the abolition of slavery. A demonstration of 4,000 to 5,000 people assembled at the White House there they were addressed by (then) President Andrew Johnson. Marching past 10,000 cheering spectators, the procession, led by two […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Booker T. Washington, educator and inspirational source Booker T. Washington Date: Sat, 1856-04-05 On this date in 1856, Booker T. Washington was born. He was a Black activist and educator, who urged Blacks to gain equality through education and economic advancement. Washington was born a slave on a plantation in Hale’s Ford, in Franklin County, […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

THE messenger, Dr. Maya Angelou Maya Angelou Date: Wed, 1928-04-04 *Maya Angelou was born on this date in 1928. She was an African American poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. Born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou was raised in segregated rural Arkansas and in San Francisco where she fulfilled […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Augustus Tolton, one of America’s first Black Catholic Priest Augustus Tolton Date: Sat, 1854-04-01 Augustus Tolton was born on this date in 1854. He was one America’s first Black priest. He was born in Ralls County, Missouri, the son of Peter Paul and Martha Jane Tolton. He had one older brother, Charles, and two younger […]