Illinois and Maryland Achieve Firsts in Justice System Reform
This year has started with Illinois and Maryland passing historic laws that many believe will help purify the historically tainted American justice system. Also, see a link to the Congressional Black Caucus' Fact Sheet: George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Of 2020.
Oggi Ogburn's Interviews of Historian Chancellor James Williams
Photographer David "Oggi" Ogburn was the assistant to historian Chancellor Williams (1898–1992). While assisting Williams, Ogburn documented Williams' work through photography and audiotape. Williams is noted for his work on African civilizations prior to encounters with Europeans; his major work is "The Destruction of Black Civilization."
National Iftar Celebration Open to All – April 22
Representative André Carson (D–IN), Ilhan Omar (D–MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D–MI) are the hosts for the 2021 virtual National Iftar. An iftar is the meal that Muslims share to break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The National Iftar is not a devotional event. The program will last about 50 minutes.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Helps Expand Black Medical School COVID–19
Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing more than $6 million collectively to the nation’s four historically Black medical schools to expand their mobile unit COVID–19 vaccine operations in their local communities. Funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, for instance, will allow Howard's College of Medicine to purchase a new, larger mobile unit.
Michael Twitty Wants You to Know a Bit More About Rice
Michael Twitty’s new book, Rice doesn’t claim Africans invented rice; instead, he presents a forgotten and often ignored history of African influence in how rice is cultivated, prepared, and served throughout the American South and the world.
Tony Browder makes is first talk on POH Talk Radio and discusses his Egyptian excavation project. Frederick Douglass historian Nathan Richardson returns to talk about the current voting suppression bills from a historical point of view. See "Becoming Douglass Commonwealth: From D.C. Disenfranchisement to Full Democracy," which includes CR Gibbs.
History articles takes two of the front seats again including our new series Tales from Historic Mount Nebo, which returns with a new episode in the next issue. A beautiful picture of three entrepreneurs compliment Ramadan and guess which one of the many postings on Facebook about the Derek Chauvin trial stood out amongst our readers.