Month: February 2020

D.A.: cop lied about 69 drug arrests

Black people who hoped police officers who looked like them would lead to fairer treatment should steel themselves for a gut punch when they learn about black Houston narcotics police officer Gerald Goines. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said on Wednesday that she has filed motions with judges to appoint attorneys for 69 individuals to begin the process of[Read More…]

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Black gunman kills 5 at Molson Coors brewery

Third mass shooting by a black gunman since February Last week’s workplace shooting at Molson Coors brewery in Milwaukee was the third deadly mass shooting since February 2019, in which the gunman was an African American man. And the gunman in this instance, Anthony N. Ferrill, was the victim of a racially hostile work place. According to social media reports,[Read More…]

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in prison

Judge orders her to pay $669,000 in restitution   Because of events over the last several years, it seems as though the Baltimore mayor’s office is a gateway to prison or probation. Catherine Elizabeth Pugh, “Charm City’s” 50th mayor, and its third black woman mayor, was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to fraud and tax[Read More…]

San Francisco prepares for coronavirus

The city’s residents frequently travel to China By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday an emergency plan to strengthen the city’s preparedness to respond to the coronavirus because the global picture of the virus keeps changing. Additionally, there is a high volume of travel between the city’s residents and mainland China, which is the center[Read More…]

Wrongfully convicted man awarded a Certificate of Innocence and more than $1.5 million

  Lamonte McIntyre, who was wrongfully convicted and served 23 years in prison for a double murder, on Monday received a Certificate of Innocence and more than $1.5 million in total compensation, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced. Police arrested McIntyre in 1994 for the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn. A Wyandotte County Court ordered McIntyre’s release in[Read More…]

Library of Congress buys the collection of Shawn Walker and the Kamoinge Workshop

The Library of Congress has purchased the archives of Shawn Walker, including his collection of photos, ephemera, and audio recordings, representing the influential Kamoinge Workshop based in Harlem. The materials will join the Library’s other important collections of photography by African Americans, including Gordon Parks, Robert McNeill, Roland Freeman, Dawoud Bey, and Roy DeCarava, Walker’s mentor. The Kamoinge Workshop, which[Read More…]

Penn State to honor first black astronaut to fly into space

    By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Penn State University is expected to name a building in honor of alumnus Dr. Guion “Guy” Bluford Jr. , the first African American astronaut to soar into space. Bluford, who graduated in from Penn State in1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, flew into space as a mission specialist aboard[Read More…]

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson, who plotted and checked calculations on paper for Astronaut John Glenn’s successful 1962 Earth orbit, died Monday. Mrs. Johnson was 101 years old. Glenn requested that Johnson specifically check and confirm trajectories and entry points the IBM computer had generated. Glenn did not trust computers and he asked Johnson to confirm the machine’s finding. She spent a day[Read More…]

Unveiled Florida memorial honors 4 black men wrongfully convicted of rape

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A memorial honoring four black men who were arrested for raping a white woman, including two murdered by police before or shortly after the trial, was unveiled recently in front of the Lake County, Florida, Historical Museum in Tavares. The men, known as the Groveland Four, named for the town Groveland, Florida, were Charles[Read More…]

Illinois governor calls for an investigation into the arrest of a black college athlete

The athlete, a member of school’s swim team, is suffering trauma resulting from his false arrest   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has demanded a thorough investigation into the arrest of an Eastern Illinois University athlete, who police arrested and terrified with guns pointed at his head during a bus stop near East Moline, Illinois.[Read More…]