Will the Force Be With Wilberforce

  Historically black college faces tough financial challenges following the Great Recession. School hires a turnaround specialist as president By Frederick H. Lowe Wilberforce University, a Historically Black University owned by the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, will know in November if it will remain an accredited institution, nearly 150 years after it was founded to educate the black children[Read More…]


A Woman Will Appear on the $10 Bill

  It is less popular than the $20, which is more widely distributed than other banknotes through ATMs By Frederick H. Lowe A woman will appear on the redesigned $10 bill, but not on the more widely distributed $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson, as many had hoped. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced yesterday that a woman will appear[Read More…]

United States Military Academy honors Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

  Classmates didn’t speak to Davis when he was a West Point cadet By Frederick H. Lowe The United States Military Academy is erecting cadet barracks that will be named in honor of Four-Star General Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the fourth African-American and the first in the 20th century to graduate from West Point. The barracks, which will house 650[Read More…]

Police Beat

Blown Cases, Deaths in Custody and Beatings CHICAGO — A Cook County, IL. judge on Monday dismissed manslaughter charges against an off-duty Chicago police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman before the cop’s defense had even put on its case. In a directed verdict, Judge Dennis J. Porter ruled that officer Dante Servin was not guilty of[Read More…]

Historical Marker on Wall Street to Acknowledge the Slave Trade

New York City officials will install a marker on Wall Street, finally acknowledging the city’s role in the slave trade. The marker will be unveiled Juneteenth (June 19th), which was the day in 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and told the slaves that the Civil War had ended and they were free. June 19th, 2015,[Read More…]

Report: Nearly 4,000 African Americans Were Lynched in Acts of Terror by Whites

  The overwhelming majority were men By Frederick H. Lowe Nearly 4,000 black men, black women and black children were lynched between 1877 and 1950 in 12 Southern states, and their violent murders were celebrated, attracting huge crowds including some who used the occasion to hold picnics. The Equal Justice Initiative on Monday published, “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy[Read More…]

Ernest Cole Grey Art Gallery

Ernest Cole: the Black Photographer who told the story of Apartheid’s inhumanity

Ernest Cole had an artistic eye for the heartbreak of inhumanity. One of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, Cole was also one of South Africa’s most famous black photographers for his deeply emotional and compassionate documentation of life under apartheid. The 125 gelatin silver prints of his work that were displayed until December 6 at New York University’s Grey Art[Read More…]

Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke

Former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke Coordinated the Arrest of the Boston Strangler

Brooke died Saturday By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, the first popularly elected African American to serve in the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction, died Saturday at his home in Coral Gables, Fla. Sen. Brooke, a Republican, who served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1967 to 1979, was 95 years old. Before Brooke was elected to[Read More…]