This 1948 event in Ghana triggered Afrika’s independence

BY MILDRED EUROPA TAYLOR  This 1948 event in Ghana triggered Africa’s independence Seventy years ago today, February 28, 1948, a group of ex-servicemen were on a peaceful parade at the crossroads near the Governor’s office in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) to present a petition to him about unpaid wages and broken promises after their fight […]


  In celebration of Black History Month, Making Contact features an archive of prominent episodes on Black people and race in America. Episodes to be listened to year round. 1 Making Contact — Long Distance Revolutionary 2 Gil Scott-Heron — The Revolution Will Not Be Televised   3 Making Contact — Spies of Mississippi 4 Donny Hathaway — Tryin’ Times   5 Making […]

The Actual Voices of Enslaved Black People Recorded From The 1800s

Amazing what was found on old recording devices from the late 1800’s. Records were found of multiple interviews of actual Black American slaves of the time. What you will hear is both disturbing and shocking. How does it make you feel?       These recordings are part of the WPA slave narratives, interviews which […]

“FRAMED” Chapter 11 by Michael Richardson

“OK to do” —J. Edgar Hoover, August 19, 1970   On August 18, 1970, the Omaha World Herald published an article entitled “Voiceprint In Bombing To FBI Lab” on the front page of the evening newspaper. The article quoted Deputy Police Chief Walter Devere that a recording of the fatal 911 call would aid the investigation and […]

The ‘Father of Black History’ Was Afro-Puerto Rican

By JANICE LLAMOCA There’s a building in Harlem that houses, some say, the largest collection of Black history in the world. At the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, you can see and touch original documents like the Malcolm X papers and the Nate King Cole papers. The center also holds specialized exhibits, film […]

Book Review: ‘Long Shot: The Triumphz And Strugglez Of An NBA Freedom Fighter’

  Screen shot of cover of “Long Shot” published by Haymarket Books   by KEVIN GOSZTOLA Decades before the National Football League blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his activism and political speech, the National Basketball Association (NBA) blackballed Craig Hodges. He was exiled from professional basketball by NBA owners because he believed players should use the […]

Art imitates life: The Black Panther Party and the birth of a comic book seriez

A Special Collections exhibit organized by graduate students examines the famed Marvel Comics Black Panther series and its connections to black history, including the Black Panther Party By Peggy Townsend An exhibit organized by grad students crystal am nelson, Kiran Garcha, and Cathy Thomas (left to right) includes 45 Black Panther comics as well as […]

Afro-Latino Filmz for Black History (Our-story) Month and Beyond

When discussing black history, the subject is too often limited to black Americans as black history can be traced even to places like Russia.There is much more to the black race as it extends through many languages and cultures around the world. Therefore, when I think of black history or black heritage, I think globally. […]


#WOMENSHISTORYMONTH DAHOMEY: MEET THE BADDEST WOMEN IN BLACK HISTORY The research used to write this article was adopted from the book Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey. The Black Spartans of Dahomey were one of history’s most fearsome warrior class. But unlike the Samurai of Japan, the Knights of Europe, or the […]


by By Robin Batista* The first album of the Brazilian rapper Thiago Elniño, A Rotina do Pombo (The Pigeon’s Routine), talks the marginalized lives of the black people in Brazil. The main character of the album is Sem Nome (Unnamed), a young boy who lives in a metropolitan city, works in an underemployment and is seen […]