Rev. C.T. Vivian, key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Freedom Rider, author, and a man of courage, has died

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Funeral services will be held Thursday in Atlanta for Rev. C.T. Vivian, an early and key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the funeral service will be open only to the immediate family.  The service is scheduled to begin at 11a.m. in Providence Missionary Baptist Church. It will be[Read More…]


Will Congressman Lewis’ death give new energy to passage of a restored Voting Rights Bill?

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The recent death of Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who spent much his life fighting for voting rights, is expected to give supporters incentive for the restoration of key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. There is hope that with a strong turnout, Democrats[Read More…]

In the Covid-19 pandemic, Birmingham mayor says health comes first

African American essential workers should not die on the front lines By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today Like gingerly placing down a strategic chess piece, Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Randall Woodfin declared mandatory use of face masks would start May1. The 39-year-old African American Democrat, has been dancing a cautious waltz with 75-year-old, white, Republican governor, Kay Ivey, since mid-March when the country[Read More…]

Kweisi Mfume returns to Congress

  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday swore in 71-year-old Kweisi Mfume as a member of the House of Representatives, succeeding Elijah Cummings who died in office. Mfume defeated Republican Kimberly Klacik in a special April 29 election in which many residents voted by mail  because of the coronavirus. Cummings represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in Baltimore. During[Read More…]

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in prison

Judge orders her to pay $669,000 in restitution   Because of events over the last several years, it seems as though the Baltimore mayor’s office is a gateway to prison or probation. Catherine Elizabeth Pugh, “Charm City’s” 50th mayor, and its third black woman mayor, was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to fraud and tax[Read More…]

Everything that’s old is new again

  Voters carried Kweisi Mfume to victory in the recent Democratic primary for Baltimore 7th Congressional District, a seat he held for five consecutive terms before resigning to run the NAACP in 1996. After Mfume decided against seeking re-election in 1996, voters elected Elijah Cummings the district’s Congressman. Mr. Cummings served in Congress from 1996 to his death on October[Read More…]

Congressional Black Caucus to host “emergency” leadership summit

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Congressional Black Caucus will convene a 2020 Black Leadership Summit in Washington to discuss a number of crucial issues that have grown more urgent over the years. The meeting, defined as “An Emergency Convening” will be held February 4 in the United States Capitol. The conference begins at 8a.m and ends at 2:30 p.m.[Read More…]

Senator Cory Booker suspends his presidential campaign

  What was once a diverse group of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the president became less so Monday when U.S. Senator Cory Booker suspended his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, citing difficulty raising enough money. “It’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president,”[Read More…]

Sen. Sherrod Brown makes a hire

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) has hired Trudy Perkins as communications director in his personal office. Perkins is the first black communications director in the U.S. Senate since D. J. Jordan left in August 2018. She is one of approximately 340 top Senate staffers who serve as chiefs of staff, legislative directors, communication directors or full committee staff directors.[Read More…]

Elijah Cummings’ widow has announced that she will run to succeed him

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of  U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, has announced that she is running to succeed him, adding to an expected crowded field of candidates. The 48-year-old Rockeymoore Cummings announced her candidacy yesterday to serve out the remainder of her late husband’s term representing Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. Mr. Cummings was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee,[Read More…]