Civil Rights

California Governor pardons Bayard Rustin

  the pardon is part of a clemency initiative   California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a posthumous pardon to civil rights icon Bayard Rustin, who was arrested in 1953 for engaging in sex with two men. The pardon is part of a clemency initiative by Gov. Newsome targeting individuals who were prosecuted in California for being gay. California legislators[Read More…]


Frederick Douglass historic newspapers are now available online

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   The Library of Congress is publishing for free online digitized copies of the Frederick Douglass Newspapers that date from 1847 to 1874. The papers are  North Star, Frederick Douglass’s Paper and the New National Era. There are 137 issues of The North Star, 220 issues of Frederick Douglass’ Paper and 211 issues of the[Read More…]

Montgomery, Alabama, where it all began, honors Rosa Parks

  Anger over Emmett Till’s murder led Parks to refuse giving up her seat After the boycott, Parks couldn’t find work and Congressman John Conyers hired her     By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Sunday was Rosa Parks Day in Montgomery, Alabama. The city of Montgomery and Alabama, where the capitol is based, unveiled a life-size bronze statue of[Read More…]

VoteRiders Helps Citizens Get the Voting Identification They Need

 By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today A non-profit, non-partisan organization called VoteRiders works to help people struggling with voter ID issues. VoteRiders leaves the legal and political battles around voting to “partners” such as the ACLU of Arkansas, Black Voters Matter and Florida’s UnidasUS.  Workers with partner groups can contact VoteRiders when they need to help people struggling with understanding and[Read More…]

New plan to rename Richmond Boulevard in honor of Arthur Ashe

By Jeremy Lazarus Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Richmond Free Press ( – A new effort is underway to rename Richmond, Virginia’s, Boulevard in honor of  tennis great and native son Arthur Ashe Jr. Boulevard, usually referred to as “the Boulevard” is a historic street near the West End of Richmond. providing access to Byrd Park. Richmond[Read More…]

Deadline is here for public comment on 2020 Census

By Khalil Abdullah Trice Edney News Wire  Before the public comment period on the 2020 Census closes at 11:59 pm today, August 7, civil rights organizations continue to amplify the clarion call to Americans to denounce the inclusion of a “citizenship question” on the final census form – a question as to whether respondents are U.S. citizens. Jeri Green, Senior[Read More…]

Editor named of university press series concerning black men and boys

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Tommy Curry, professor of philosophy and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University, has been named editor of the first-ever university press book series focused on studies of black and racialized males. Curry, author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre and The Dilemmas of Black Manhood,” has called for creation of an interdisciplinary field of[Read More…]

Black top and mid-level staffers are hard to find among Democratic Senators even in states with large black populations

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today U.S. Senators who represent states with significant black populations have people of color in top and mid-level positions but not many African Americans, according to a report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington, D.C. -based non-partisan public policy organization. Of the 147 top-level positions held by Democrats in the U.S.[Read More…]