Whitehead wins second Pulitzer for Fiction

  Author Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys,” a book about a brutal reform school for black boys in the Jim Crow South, on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It is the second time in three years, Whitehead has won this prestigious literary award for fiction. In 2017, he won the Pulitzer for “The Underground Railroad,” which takes place[Read More…]


Author Albert Woodfox will he honored

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will honor Albert Woodfox, author of the memoir “Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope” as the 2020 Stowe Prize Winner. Woodfox, one of the “Angola Three,” spent more than four decades in solitary confinement at the notorious Angola State Prison in Angola, Louisiana, for a crime he[Read More…]

“The Undefeated,” awarded 2020 Caldecott Medal

“The Undefeated,” a children’s book about the resiliency, strength and perseverance associated with historical and contemporary black experience has been named the 2020 winner of the Caldecott Medal. Kwame Alexander wrote the book which is illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The book is a poetic tribute to black Americans, celebrating their brilliance and acknowledging their contributions to America. The American Library[Read More…]

Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi recently spoke at Evanston Township High School

Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D.,l discussed his latest book “How to Be an Antiracist,” Friday, September 6 at the Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois. Marcus Campbell, assistant superintendent/ principal of Evanston Township High School, will interview Dr. Kendi from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Kendi is founding director of The Antiracist and Policy Center at[Read More…]

Albert Woodfox, who spent 43 years in solitary confinement, spoke at the University of Illinois in Chicago

Albert Woodfox, who spent 43 years in solitary confinement at Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, for a crime he didn’t commit, is scheduled to speak  this month at the University of Illinois Student Center in Chicago Woodfox’s speech is scheduled to begin a 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, at the UIC Student Center East, Room 302, 750 S.[Read More…]

In a nationwide speaking tour, Lonnie Bunch III will discuss the founding of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Bunch,  Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution,  initially will speak in 8 cities. More locations will be added later   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Lonnie G. Bunch III, the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the first African American to hold the post, will embark on a nationwide speaking tour to discuss his book concerning the founding of the[Read More…]

New children’s book, “Gabe & His Green Thumb,” a book for young black boys — David Miller knows only eighteen percent of black fourth graders read proficiently. Likewise, he’s aware that it’s increasingly difficult to find quality children’s books by authors of color. Miller is counting on his newest work, Gabe & His Green Thumb, to be the first of many children’s books to buck those trends. A husband, father of three,[Read More…]

Harvard study: black men sentenced to longer prison terms after being convicted of the same crimes as whites

By Frederick H. Lowe Republican-appointed judges on the federal bench sentence black men to longer prison terms compared with white men convicted of the same crime, according to a study by the Harvard Law School. The report also found that black judges impose shorter sentences on average than non-black judges. However, in Chicago, where the first African-American judge was appointed[Read More…]