Setting it Straight: Race and Racism, Minority Groups
Reaching back in time to discover and shine a light on events and peoples whose roles in shaping history may be unknown, misunderstood, or misrepresented.
March 18th, 2014
Written by Meg Kinnard - Associated Press in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Columbia, South Carolina played a role in civil rights and wants its citizens, the country and the world to know it with the recent unveiling of a memorial. In 1960, Simon Bouie - a black student at Allen University - was arrested for the only time in his life while leading a sit-in aimed at integrating a lunch counter in South Carolina. With hundreds of fellow students, Bouie went to a Columbia...
March 11th, 2014
Written by Ula Ilnytzky in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Just a few short years after the invention of "Basket Ball", black players formed their own segregrated teams and leagues, which eventually created a barnstorming circuit featuruing such teams as the New York Renaissance and the Harlem Globetrotters. Dozens of teams flourished between 1904 and 1950 in what became known as the Black Fives Era, an often-overlooked piece of black history that is...
March 2nd, 2014
Written by Rob Harris - AP Sports Writer in Setting It Straight with 1 Comment
Nicolas Anelka's racially aggravated goal celebration earned him a five game banishment from the English Football Associatation, and an immediate suspension from his West Bromwich Albion team. The French striker performed the gesture, which is known in his homeland as a "quenelle" and has been described as an "inverted Nazi salute," during a Premier League match in December. Although an FA...
March 1st, 2014
Written by Rick Callahan in Setting It Straight with 1 Comment
Park Tudor School apologized Thursday for a lunch menu featuring fried chicken, collard greens and a soul food bar to commemorate Black History Month. The Imdoamapolis school called it "an offensive and misguided" attempt by the their food vendor to honor the African-American culture. Wednesday's menu, which also included black-eyed peas and candied yams, was titled "A Celebration of Black...
February 26th, 2014
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Massachusetts will honor the first African-American woman freed from slavery through litigation under the state constitution when she sued for her freedom in 1781. Supreme Judicial Court Justice Roderick Ireland will deliver keynote remarks Tuesday in recognition of Mum Bett Day. Her court case was later cited as a precedent in the appeal of another case heard by the SJC, which laid the...