The Rev. Charles Prince believes that history holds lessons for us today, so much so that he’s hosting a special service to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation.
When the Black church gets involved with issues it is “not supposed to” get involved with, great things tend to happen.
Dear Professor Gates:
I am an amateur genealogy enthusiast seeking help with my family tree research. How can I find records of slave trading in the U.S.? I know my grandparents on both sides of the family were born in Mississippi and Tennessee, but I’m pretty sure their parents didn’t arrive straight from Africa or the Caribbean to those states. How can I locate the areas from overseas that embarked slaves to the U.S. and which states in which they disembarked? I have relatives all over but have been concentrating on Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. —Toni Stovall Continue reading “Is it Possible to Identify the Slave Ports Through Which My Ancestors Came?”
A book claims that a man’s great-grandfather was abducted as a boy and sold into bondage. Official records back up at least part of the heartbreaking story. Continue reading “Henry Louis Gates Jr. Helps Man Find Out if his Great-Grandfather Was Kidnapped From Freedom to Slavery”
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Morehouse College. Over the past 150 years, Morehouse College has been home to some of the best and brightest black leaders in the world. Only two years after the American Civil War, the Augusta Institute was established by Rev. William Jefferson White, an Atlanta Baptist priest and cabinetmaker (William Jefferson White’s relative James E. Tate, was one of the organizers of Atlanta University, now known as Clark Atlanta University), with the support of the Rev. Richard C. Coulter, a previous slave from Atlanta, Georgia, and the Rev. Edmund Turney, coordinator of the National Theological Institute For Instructing Freedmen in Washington, D.C.
Glen Brooks, a Chicago Police Department area coordinator, stood in front of a sometimes hostile crowd for the third time this week, calling on the community to help curb the city’s gun violence. Continue reading “Chicago Police Department Officials Urge Community to Assist in Curbing Gun Violence After Tragic Deaths of Three Innocent Children”
A story of hope is emerging from the shooting death of 11-year-old Takiya Holmes as her cousin, who is also a kidney disease advocate, received a desperately-needed kidney from the child. Continue reading “A Ray of Light Out of the Darkness: Kidney Disease Advocate Receives Kidney of 11-Year-Old Chicago Shooting Victim”
Kanari Gentry-Bowers, 12, the second pre-teen girl who was struck by a stray bullet in separate shootings Saturday, died Wednesday, a source said. Continue reading “WATCH: Kanari Gentry-Bowers, 12-Year-Old Chicago Girl Shot in Head, Dies”
A federal civil rights investigation into the police chokehold death of Eric Garner has been moving forward in New York, but its future is uncertain as a U.S. attorney general with a law-and-order bent takes over the Justice Department.