HONORABLE REV. DR. VANDROTH BACKUS, SR.

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HONORABLE REV. DR. VANDROTH BACKUS, SR.
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Florence World War II veteran Rev. Dr. Vandroth Backus, Sr.,91, received a full military burial, with honors, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the Florence National Cemetery. Rev. Backus was one of more than 20,000 African Americans who joined the Marines during World War II. He trained at Montford Point Camp in North Carolina before […]

MATTIE SMITH COLIN

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Mattie Smith Colin, a reporter for the Chicago Defender, was dispatched to a Chicago train station in 1955 to cover the return of Emmett Till’s body. A deeply moving experience, covering what would become a flash point in the civil rights movement, Colin eloquently captured the anguish of Till’s mother as her young, black son, slain […]

BLACK WALL STREET

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  Black America’s most eminent historian Dr. John Hope Franklin often told his students that the past is prologue to the future. His message was essentially a lesson for all of us to examine our history and connect it to our present day lives. Using his aphorism as the method for my research to write my […]

FAREWELL MR. PRESIDENT

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From YES WE CAN to YES WE DID! Making history as the first African-American president of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama II was first inaugurated on January 20, 2009. Also making history as the first president being born outside the contiguous United States. He was elected the 44th President of the United States […]