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William Edward Burghart DuBois: Cultural Icon, Scholar, Civil Rights Pioneer, and Intellectual (1868-1963)

W.E.B DuBois is arguably the greatest African American scholar, writer, intellectual, and civil rights pioneer of the 20th century. DuBois, whose life spanned nearly a century, was an immediately recognizable figure, a brilliant scholar and a prolific writer. He was born February 23, 1866 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In 1890 he...


Thomas Morris Chester: Civil War Correspondent (1834-1892)

The American Civil War was carefully observed by all the nations of the western world. Correspondents came from all over Europe to cover this epic conflict. Hundreds of foreign correspondents arrived in the United States to record the events, battles and personalities of one of America’s bloodiest wars. The outcome of this struggle...

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Spring = 23.5 Degrees

On our planet, the most welcomed seasonal event is the advent of Spring. The earth seems to reawaken itself from a deep slumber and announce the return of renewed vitality. Young men’s fancies turn to romance. Aahh... there is love in the air. Few however, really understand what is actually happening...


Ralph Featherstone: Activist, Freedom Fighter, Friend (1939-1970)

Ralph Featherstone was the unlikeliest candidate on the campus of the D.C. Teachers College during the 1960’s to become a militant Black activist. He was quiet by nature and unassuming in demeanor. He was rather short by the standards of the time for men’s height and possessed a rather slender frame. Some would say he was...

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Organ Regeneration

Believe it or not… It’s not to be confused with science fiction. Actually it’s a cutting-edge medical discovery with implications for radically altering the way that organ replacement in humans is approached. “Star Trek” technology has found its way into the complex world of human organ transplantation/regeneration...


Opinion: Red Meat and The Old Testament

The Old Testament is replete with directives, which if followed, are intended to lead to a virtuous, rewarding and healthy life. It is comparable to an operating manual for mankind. Manuals are standard equipment with every conceivable consumer device, so why not one for people? A form of these ubiquitous instructions is found...

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Ona Maria (Oney) Judge: A Darling Heroine for Freedom (?-1848)

Ona Judge Stains led a remarkable life. Ona was born a slave. Her mother Betty, was an expert at textiles and her father, Andrew Judge, was a white indentured servant from Leeds, England who arrived in America in 1772. “Oney” as she was called was a slave owned by President George Washington and his wife Martha...


Professor Bill Messenger: Jazz Historian & Musician

Professor Bill Messenger is considered one of the foremost authorities on the history of jazz. He is a musician, composer, teacher and lecturer in the jazz arena. He has played with and traveled with some of the finest groups in American music lore. He can play the piano. Professor Messenger teaches a “Jazz History” course as a lecturer...

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Wayne Chandler: Intelligent Design?

Arguments on both sides of the debate have essentially been exhausted. Neither camp seems willing to concede victory…yet unsettling cracks occasionally appear in the “con” side of the debate. The arguments of the non-believers contain generally recognized contradictions, and though these inconsistencies fail to allow for a decisive refutation...


Washington Post: With D.C.’s African American population declining, many wonder how the city’s identity will change. 

Browsing through any of DC’s daily newspapers, it’s pretty much the usual suspects no matter the day of the week; crime, war, politics and the economy. But wait a minute…what’s this? There it is again, this time in the Style section…another maudlin, avuncular pronouncement of the demise of DC’s African American community...

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Ft. Stevens: A Historical Battle in DC

Fort Stevens, now partially restored and located at 13th and Quackenbos Streets, NW, was built to defend the approaches to Washington from the 7th Street Pike (now Georgia Avenue) which was then the main thoroughfare from the north into Washington. Originally called Fort Massachusetts by the soldiers...


Dispatches From Richmond: One Man's Account

From the firing on Fort Sumter South Carolina by Confederate forces on April 12, 1861, to the surrender of General Lee to Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, Thomas Morris Chester was the only African American among 500 others assigned to cover the Civil War...

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Charles Waddell Chestnutt: First African American Novelist, Civil Rights Activist, Social Critic (1858-1931)

Charles W. Chestnutt never intended to become a writer. Had things gone as planned, he would have become a grocery store owner, just as his father had been and lived a modest, uneventful life. Such was not to be the case however, and fate chose a path for the young man far from the ordinary, but safe existence he had envisioned...


Black Confederate Soldiers

It's one of those inconvenient truths…some African Americans in the south, did in fact, fight for and support the rebel army of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. They fought for the South. These Black southerners were ready to die for the South…

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Egbert (Bert) Austin Williams: Entertainer Extraordinaire (1876-1922)

In 1912, Bert Williams was earning over $10,000 a week as a minstrel in black face. In today’s money that would be equivalent to $220,000 a week. It was an enormous sum of money for that era. Bert was a man who though extremely successful, was full of contradictions; a college student who had to be taught black dialect so that...


The Almost Forgotten First Rhode Island Regiment

The First Rhode Island Regiment, a Continental Army regiment, was well known as the “Black Regiment”, because for some time, it allowed several companies of African American soldiers. They served in their own segregated companies...

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Who is Professor Gabriel Oyibo?

Well… it depends upon who you ask. By all appearances, he is an accomplished scientist with solid credentials and research experience. His specialty though is mathematics. It seems that his life was cruising along rather uneventfully until he announced that he had discovered a mathematical theorem which explained the universe and existence. He named this theorem GAGUT, God Almighty Grand Unified Theorem...


A Witches Brew: Water

I’m not feeling well. It’s some kind of stomach, headachy thing that’s got me down. I’m home alone with chicken soup, tea with lemon and honey…and TV. The History Channel is on but I decide to go lower on the selection scale. I tried the teens. The one I randomly hit is the City Council channel. But something’s going on here...

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Kidnapped by the State: Maryland's Response to President Lincoln's January 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation

As the long, bloody American Civil War entered its most critical phase, President Abraham Lincoln issued a January 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. This 5 page handwritten document forever changed the human landscape of the United States and ushered in an era of social chaos and political violence that lasted up through...