#Black History

'Environmental racism:' First town incorporated by Black families freed from slavery sits in major NC flood plain

Princeville, N.C. — The first town ever incorporated by Black men and women freed from slavery is right here in North Carolina. During the Civil War, there were over 10,000 enslaved men, women and children in Edgecombe County. Their stories remain etched across several geographical landmarks remaining in modern day Princeville – places like the Tar River, Shiloh Landing and Freedom Hill.
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THe History and Power of Black People

Black history has been a progressive climb from the lowest echelons of society during slavery to the highest. When you think of black history, we often think of the civil rights movement, of John Brown’s violent protests, of the Underground Railroad. But black history doesn’t end with any one event. It is always in the process of being made every day.
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How a reader helped deepen my reflections on the history of oppression for America’s Black and Indigenous people: Nancy Kelsey

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Let’s talk about identity. I have always believed there is no one person who can be an ambassador for an entire race. For people of color, that probably goes without saying. But it is something that some, especially those who are not Black, Indigenous or people of color, might not consider when they speak to us. That’s why I think it is important to share this perspective.


Eric K. Washington is a New York-based historian who works to uncover and preserve historical information pertinent to Black life in the Big Apple. For the past four years, he’s been working to preserve Colored School No.4, one of the last remaining school buildings in New York that was created for Black children during the era of slavery and later segregation. The building is located in Manhattan’s gentrified Chelsea neighborhood. Washington first learned of it while writing his book, “Boss of the Grips,” about the life of James H. Williams, the first Black chief train porter in Grand Central Terminal during the 1930s.

5 Surprises From Our Family Vacation in Idaho

The Spring Break Family worked in partnership with Visit Idaho to create this Travel Tip. This summer, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit Idaho for the first time. Prior to our visit, all I’d heard was that they’re really good at growing potatoes. But I’ve never found a destination to be more of a pleasant surprise than Idaho. The breathtaking scenery, the hospitable people, and all the fun attractions were more than I expected. For other first time visitors to the Gem State, here are five things that may surprise you about this great state!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

QC jazz & heritage fest to include new Black authors forum, book sale

For the first time in the eight-year history of Polyrhythms’ Bill Bell Jazz & Heritage Festival, there will be a Black Authors Forum and Book Fair during the event. The forum (including a Q & A) will be on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Martin Luther King Center’s Ida Robinson Banquet Room, 630 9th St., Rock Island. Several of the authors will be selling their books outside during the festival on Saturday, Aug. 20 beginning at 12 noon.

These Rising Pitmasters Show Why the Story of Black Barbecue is Just Getting Started

In 2021, Kingsford launched its Preserve the Pit® program, an initiative celebrating and fueling the future of Black barbecue. Kingsford continues to invest in Black barbecue culture by kicking off its second year at Memphis in May in the downtown district of Memphis, Tennessee. There, Kingsford did it for the culture and paired six promising pitmasters with topnotch mentors who will help them bring their businesses and barbecue stories to life.

Chanté Adams, Abbi Jacobson talk showcasing Black, LGBTQ+ characters in ‘A League of Their Own’ series

“A League of Their Own” is back! The beloved 1992 film inspired a new series airing this week on Prime Video, and theGrio caught up with show creator, and star, Abbi Jacobson and her co-star Chanté Adams. The two talked about the inspiration behind the series and discussed how the series portrays Black and LGBTQ+ women of the 1940s and ’50s with a depth the film couldn’t.