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 […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Effa Manley, Queen of the Negro Leagues Effa Manley Date: Tue, 1900-03-27 *Effa Manley was born on this date in 1900. An African American business entrepreneur, Manley was the only female owner in the history of Negro Leagues. Manley was from Philadelphia, and rarely discussed her heritage, and most people assumed she was a light-skinned […]

An appreciation: Dr. Ben, legendary Egypt scholar, dean of Harlem Street University

by Todd Steven Burroughs Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, known to the African world as “Dr. Ben,” believed that education belonged to any member of his race who wanted it. Perhaps that was because of the 20th century tradition of ad-hoc “street universities,” with step-ladder orators as varied as Malcolm X and “Porkchop” Davis, a tradition […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Puerto Rico ends slavery Slave Bond (copy) Date: Sun, 1873-03-23 On this date in 1873, Puerto Rico abolished slavery. Leaders of the Puerto Rican abolitionist movement, including José Jull6n Acosta, Francisco Mariano Quicones, Julio L. de Vizcarrondo, Ramón Emeterio Betances, and Segundo Ruiz Belvis, waged a long struggle to end slavery on the island. The […]

Abu-Jamal on Obama, Ferguson, and How Afrikan-Amerikanz ‘Live in Hell’

“Oppression abroad gives rise to oppressions at home,” Abu-Jamal tells Sputnik in his first exclusive interview following a stint in solitary confinement. America’s most famous “political prisoner” argues that the plight of African-Americans has only gotten worse under President Obama. Activist and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Bahia, a source point for Afrika in the Amerika’z Capoeira (practiced) Date: Wed, 1500-03-13 *The state of Bahia in Brazil from 1500 is remembered on this date. This is a former Portuguese/African slave region. The Portuguese Pedro Álvares Cabral landed at what is now Porto Seguro, on the southern coast of Bahia in 1500, and […]

Why James Arthur Baldwin (1924-1987) Still Matterz

by Anthony Monteiro “He gave us the concepts and language to talk about and begin understanding the oppressive system of white supremacy in holistic ways.” James Arthur Baldwin, perhaps the greatest essayist in the English language, matters because of his unconditional defense of humanity. He is one of the most original thinkers on racial and […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

54th Infantry created Col. Robert Shaw Date: Tue, 1863-03-10 *This date celebrates the creation of the all-Black Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry in 1863. Robert Gould Shaw, twenty-six year old member of a prominent Boston abolitionist family, organized the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry in March of that year at Camp Meigs, Readville, and Massachusetts. Shaw had earlier served […]