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Black History Month 2018: Stories and events

  • Memphis teen creates subscription box to inform, inspire African-American girls

    Memphis teen creates subscription box to inform, inspire African-American girls

    Whenever 17-year-old Journi Prewitt and her relatives spend time together, she always gravitates toward caring for the younger children. That earned her the nickname “Mother Hen.” “I would go out of my way to do anything for the little people around me,” said the Memphis, Tenn.-based teen. “That’s...

  • Art, slavery and civil rights: Black history comes alive at these Midwest museums

    Art, slavery and civil rights: Black history comes alive at these Midwest museums

    As visitors file through the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection at Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the message becomes clear: Slave documents and Martin Luther King Jr. posters reveal only a narrow view of black history. The African-American experience...

  • Why parents need to talk to their kids, and celebrate, Black History Month

    Why parents need to talk to their kids, and celebrate, Black History Month

    As we celebrate Black History Month in 2018, we are facing challenges; some similar to those of the past, some not. Once again white nationalism and bigotry are a threat to marginalized groups of people. But unlike before, more white parents are realizing that they are equally responsible for preparing...

  • 10 ways to celebrate Black History Month in Chicago

    10 ways to celebrate Black History Month in Chicago

    A city rich with black history, Chicago is brimming with events throughout February to celebrate Black History Month. Here are 10 of our favorite events from the remainder of the month. Chicago Black Restaurant Week Feb. 11 - 18 at participating locations chiblackrestaurantweek.com Chicago Black...

  • Walking in Memphis, visitors retrace Martin Luther King Jr.'s footsteps

    Walking in Memphis, visitors retrace Martin Luther King Jr.'s footsteps

    Shortly after noon, as Sunday services at Memphis’ abundant churches conclude, another gathering of the faithful is getting underway at a restaurant popular for its soul food. “Hi, welcome to The Four Way,” owner Patrice Thompson greets every customer, often in quick succession. Many dressed in...

  • 'Aren’t you that guy that got shot?': Victim talks about life after a police-involved shooting

    'Aren’t you that guy that got shot?': Victim talks about life after a police-involved shooting

    Amadou Diallo, 23, died in New York City on Feb. 4, 1999. The immigrant’s identity was mistaken for another, and he was shot 19 times by four NYPD officers — all acquitted. Victor Steen, 17, died Oct. 3, 2009, in Pensacola, Fla. The teen was riding his bike when an officer chased him down, tasered...

  • Origin of Black History Month can be traced to Chicago's South Side

    Origin of Black History Month can be traced to Chicago's South Side

    Black History Month, celebrated each February, has its roots in Chicago's South Side. There, in 1915 at the historic Wabash YMCA in Bronzeville, a group of African-American intellectuals led by historian Carter G. Woodson of Washington, D.C., formed an association to promote black history, which...

  • Photos: Iconic black couples

    Photos: Iconic black couples

    We're showing some love for Black History Month by tipping our hats to those African-American couples who exemplify black love. Through the ups and downs of careers and lives, these couples have kept love alive, and for that we salute them. — Darcel Rockett

  • Black History Month events scheduled around western suburbs

    Black History Month events scheduled around western suburbs

    In honor of Black History Month, a variety of events and programs are scheduled throughout the area to celebrate the role of African-Americans in shaping our nation and culture. Elgin Black History Month kick off breakfast at 8 a.m. Feb. 2 Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Building E,...

  • What we learn, and don't, about slavery in school

    What we learn, and don't, about slavery in school

    I’ve been trying lately to remember what I learned in grade school about slavery and the Civil War and the history of black people in the United States. When I tunnel that far back in my mind I glimpse a few words: Underground Railroad. Plantation. Mulatto. Indentured. Eli Whitney. Cotton gin....

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