Wednesday, June 28, 2006

MLK Collection Safe and Sound

Personal papers and books of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are safe and sound.

Valued at about $30 million, the individual components of the collection were to be auctioned off to the highest bidders this week.

Dr. King’s alma matter, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia will receive the entire collection.

Corporate donors and philanthropists put up the money to secure the collection for Morehouse.

Andrew Young, an advisor of Dr. King, and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin lead the effort to liberate the civil rights leader’s archive from Sotheby’s auction house.

I never had a doubt that this happy outcome would materialize.

Dr. King’s papers are clearly one of the most valuable collections of 20th century history.

Among black history people, Dr. King’s impact supersedes race.

His legacy as a Nobel Peace Prize winner proves how possible it is for one person to change the world.

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Posted by Hugh Smith on 06/28 at 03:44 PM
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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Dr. Carolyn Payton's Ethnic Psychology

Former Dean and Director of the Howard University Counseling Service, Dr. Carolyn Payton (1925-2001) developed the first American Psychological Association accredited Pre-doctoral Internship Training Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at a historically black institution.

Her work improved the quality of mental health services to underserved African American communities.

Dr. Payton was the first woman to become Director of the Peace Corps (1977 during the Jimmy Carter Administration).

The leader of the Peace Corps sets the agenda for nearly 10,000 volunteers in scores of developing countries around the world.

Carolyn Payton was an outstanding educator who earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University.

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Posted by Hugh Smith on 06/21 at 02:54 PM
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Juneteenth Celebration of Emancipation

Here’s the reason why African American slaves in Texas had been free for two and a half years, but didn’t know it until June 19, 1865.

Surrounded by Confederate soldiers and geographically isolated, news of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 did not reach the black folks in Texas until two months after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia.

Union General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 and immediately proclaimed the slaves freedom.

The celebration that followed the announcement has been reenacted every year in Texas, eventually becoming known as Juneteenth.

After cycles of popularity and decline, Juneteenth has experienced a resurgence across the USA, adopted beyond the borders of Texas (the only state where it is an official holiday) as a day to celebrate the freedom of all black Americans.

Posted by Hugh Smith on 06/13 at 10:11 PM
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

100 Years of Greek Black History People

The Black Greek Network, run by Otis Collier, compiles information about what African American greek organizations are doing across the USA.

Collier focuses on nine black fraternities and sororities, but he does include other important fellowship organizations, including but not limited to: the Prince Hall Masons, Eastern Star, NAACP, and the Urban League.

On December 4, 1906, the “grandfather of all black Greek organizations.” Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  Today, the black greek organizations are known as “the divine nine.”

  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Zeta Phi Beta

When you discover the Black Greek Network, you’ll find some very interesting profiles of black history people who are also noteworthy black greeks.  Otis’ site offers a great platform for black fraternity and sorority members to share and exchange ideas, information, and news.

Posted by Hugh Smith on 06/07 at 08:37 PM
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