France gifted the Statue of Liberty to America in 1886 to celebrate the end of slavery

On August 20, 1619, the first black slaves were dragged in chains to America   Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, wants to change Emma Lazarus’s sonnet that begins with “Give Me Your Tired and Poor”… that is inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty to something less welcoming to the huddled masses yearning[Read More…]

New whiskey brand honors Nathan “Nearest” Green, the black man who made Jack Daniel’s a world renown name

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.today Have a glass of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and don’t forget to toast Nathan “Nearest” Green, a black man, whose name is on the bottle, and who is considered the Godfather of the “Tennessee Whiskey Making Process.” Green is believed to have perfected the Lincoln County Process, which is a special sugar maple charcoal filtering[Read More…]

If Trump’s comments aren’t racist? What is?

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today When President Trump told four congresswomen to go back to where they came from because they didn’t love America, his supporters immediately jumped to his defense. They loudly chanted ‘Send her back,’ during a Trump campaign appearance in South Carolina. The crowd called out U.S. Rep. IIana Omar (D., Minnesota), who moved with her family[Read More…]

Seneca Village, a black neighborhood, was torn down in Manhattan to clear the way for New York’s Central Park

Seneca Village, a neighborhood of working class black homeowners, located on Manhattan’s West Side, was bulldozed to clear the land for New York’s Central Park. New York’s elite demolished Seneca Village, the largest community of African-American homeowners in 19th Century New York. The 5-acre neighborhood existed between 1825 and 1857.  According to the 1855 census, 225 residents called the area[Read More…]

Tennessee Governor honors Nathan Bedford Forrest, a founder of the Klu Klux Klan

Forrest ordered the massacre of black Union troops during the Civil War By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Tennessee Governor Bill Lee proclaimed Saturday, July 13, a day of honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest the Confederate General who ordered the massacre of black Union troops who tried to surrender during Civil War battle at Fort Pillow. Confederate soldiers under Forrest’s command killed[Read More…]

Canada’s Viola Desmond civil rights heroine banknote wins international awards while the U.S. Harriet Tubman banknote proposal stagnates

By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today Canada can give the U.S. a lesson or two or three about how to use national currency to honor a civil rights heroine. Nearly three years ago the Canadian government asked Canadians to suggest a person to feature on a new $10 banknote and 26,300 suggestions were received. In short order the choice became Viola Desmond,[Read More…]

Founder of Sears funded schools for African-American students

  Julius Rosenwald, co-founder, part owner and president of  Sears Roebuck & Company, funded schools for black children and teachers throughout the South during the early 1920s. The Julius Rosenwald Fund donated millions in matching funds to support the education of African-American children in the rural South. The money was spent to hire teachers, enroll students and buy supplies. One[Read More…]

First black player in the NHL is the third inducted into sport’s hall of fame

Black News — William Eldon “Willie”  O’Bree, the first African-Canadian man to play in the National Hockey League, was inducted November 12 into the Hockey Hall of Fame, nearly six decades since he joined the league. Now 83 O’Bree was honored not just for his historical significance but also for his contributions in spearheading numerous youth programs across North America.[Read More…]

White man pleads guilty to shooting three black men attempting to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A white man who shot and wounded three black men, trying to reach safety after Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago pled guilty on Wednesday to a hate crime in New Orleans U.S. District Court. Roland Bourgeois, Jr., 55, was indicted in 2010 but he pled not guilty in legal proceedings that dragged on for[Read More…]

The racist history of banking

This video gives the real reasons for racial wealth gaps, which has roots in reconstruction and continues with common practices that exist today, according to several sources, including the excellent book “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” by Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the[Read More…]