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Court refuses to unseal grand jury testimony concerning 4 murders by white racists

By Frederick H. Lowe The U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta has refused to unseal Grand Jury testimony concerning the 1946 murders of two black couples in rural Georgia believed to have been put in killers’ crosshairs by Governor Eugene Talmadge, who needed to win the rural vote to secure his re-election in 1947 governor’s race. The Court of Appeals[Read More…]

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Court refuses to unseal Grand Jury testimony concerning 4 murders by white racists

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta has refused to unseal Grand Jury testimony concerning the 1946 murders of two black couples in rural Georgia believed to have been put in killers’ crosshairs by Governor Eugene Talmadge who needed to win the rural vote to secure his re-election in 1947 governor’s race. The Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit[Read More…]

Law to make lynching a federal crime passes the House

Similar legislation has passed the U.S. Senate   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation designating lynching, which was used by whites to murder and terrorize black men, women and children, a federal hate crime. The bill, (H.R. 6086), which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago in 2018, passed the House[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…]

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…]