There is one African American notable that is not often attributed to Black History, but in fact should be because of his deep contributions to jazz and American music as a whole. That individual is Cal Massey.
There was one student who sat pensively most of the morning, but his question ended up riveting me the most. It still haunts me to this day: "Do you think it is possible to be a success in life if you don't come from a successful family?"
It is so difficult to choose only ten books for Black History Month; my list should be immediately expanded to include any book by the authors I cite.
Ending DADT can be traced directly back to those extraordinary civil rights leaders who bravely fought discrimination and second-class citizenship. It's important to keep drawing these dots and making these connections. Let us not forget to remember.
Gospel music is the most authentically black cultural expression and the most glorious music on earth with a sound and a feeling all its own.
Before her death in 2006, in preparation for a new biography, Coretta King met many times with Dr. Barbara Reynolds, one of the founding editors of USA Today. I recently interviewed Dr. Reynolds on her time with Mrs. King.
This Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of Absalom Jones, the first African-American priest in what is presently, the Episcopal Church, U.S.A. This day of devotion is annually set aside in February, to commemorate this pioneer of religion, social action and transformation.
February is Black History Month -- a chance to remember, honor, and celebrate the myriad of gifts that African Americans have given to America and the...
I don't need Hollywood to remind me of African-Americans' achievements in WWII. I have my father. For his valor and bravery my father earned the World War II Victory Medal, among other commendations. But when he returned home he never received his medal or an official "thank you."
Why in 2012 are we returning to the days of limiting the vote rather than encouraging it? How can we forget how far we've come as a nation?
There are a lot of people that believe the path is already set for them or they don't have options, but none of that is true. If you want something changed, change it yourself. Don't wait for someone else to come along. Only rely on yourself to get you to where you want to be.
Because James Derham lived in the late eighteenth century, the information about his is thin. But even with not too much information, his story is clear, James Derham was the first African American to practice medicine in the U.S.
Every February, we celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of outstanding African Americans. Why? Because it allows us to pay homage to our ances...
Some people meet with adversity and still manage to amaze. Allen Allensworth (1842-1914) was one of those people who started life with no advantages, and yet his accomplishments go on and on. He inspired then; he inspires now.
The second installment of "Living Legends" features one of America's foremost poets and intellectuals, Nikki Giovanni. Her literary works investigate a plethora of topics, from jazz to racism and are extremely individualized messages conveyed through a range of emotions.