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Feeling Good: The Nina Simone Story

Airing: Saturday, March 29th 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Description: Told by her daughter, vocalist Lisa Simone Kelly, Feeling Good: The Nina Simone Story is a touching, intimate look at life, work and genius of jazz composer, pianist,  vocalist and civil rights activist Nina Simone. Whether it was a song she composed or one she interpreted, Nina had the ability to communicate its meaning beyond words. She excavated the essential soul of every song that she sang. Whether it [ ... ]

Smartphone Apps That Celebrate Black History

African Americans have made great accomplishments in the worlds of science, entertainment, politics and beyond. Check out these Black History Month apps to learn how their contributions have helped shape America. There’s more to Black History Month than reciting Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. And, sure, you’ve heard about Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver and Madame C.J. Walker. But what about Garrett A. Morgan, Otis Boykin or Lonnie G. Johnson? Use your [ ... ]

Black History Quick Fact – J.C. Watts Jr.

Over 18 years ago J.C. Watts became the first African American selected to respond to the State Of The Union Address. The Oklahoma native was born Julius Caesar “J.C.” Watts, Jr.  In 2002, Watts declined to run for re–election to the 108th Congress (2003–2005), citing a desire to spend more time with his family, who had remained in Oklahoma during his tenure in Washington. “This business is hard on families,” he admitted. “I don’t want to [ ... ]

Happy Birthday Rosa Parks

On this day, February 4, 1913, over 101 years ago one of the most inspirational women in Black History was born. She was Rosa Louise McCauley (Rosa Parks) in Tuskegee, Alabama. During her youthful years she attended Alabama State Teachers College for Negros. Rosa Parks is most famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on the bus after she had a long day. She was arrested on the spot and [ ... ]

Black History Notes – Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. [ ... ]

Black History Note Spotlight – Joseph Cinque

Joseph Cinque was born the son of a Mendi village leader in the village of Mani in West Africa. He was trained to assume his father’s leadership role from childhood, learning the Mendi way of life and laws of the Mendi people. But Cinque was never to lead his people. Cinque ‘s fate took a different path when he was taken captive by African tribesmen of the Ley people, due to impatience of a creditor for [ ... ]

Profile America – February 1, 2013

Profile America for the first day of Black History Month. This is a time to recall and honor the many positive contributions to our nation made by people of African descent. Started as a special week 86 years ago by historian Carter G. Woodson, the observance is now a full month of activities across the country. African-Americans number just over 42 million in the U.S., 13.6 percent of the total population. By 2050, this proportion [ ... ]

Black History Month Story

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of [ ... ]

Profile America – Black History

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