Community Culture Education Entertainment Youth 

Black History Scavenger Hunt; Celebrating Black History 365

Carter G. Woodson created Negro History week in 1926 to elevate a period of celebration.  According to Jeff Johnson, “The caveat to that was it required us to actually study enough history outside of the celebration to continuously share during it. ”  Well here at Historic Westside News, we make a concrted effort to do just that. That’s why we are hostikng the Black History Scavenger Hunt on  March 21, 2021, at 1:00PM. Meet at the starting point (Apex Museum Parking Lot ). Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way…

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The 1906 Atlanta Race Riot Education Youth 

Legacy Keepers: The Atlanta 1906 Race Riot

By 1900 the population of Atlanta had more than doubled to 89,872 from its 1880 level including the black population that quadrupled. This increase led to increased job competition and white politicians responded as they had during slavery by implementing and expanding Jim Crow. These laws included segregated neighborhoods, public transportation, and schools. Despite these hurdles, black excellence persisted. By this time three black colleges were created in Atlanta and a small number of black families achieved a significant measure of success. Black men continued to exercise the vote they…

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Uncategorized 

Citi Hires Black-Owned Firms Exclusively to Distribute $2.5 Billion Bond Issuance in Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Collaboration with Minority-Owned Broker Dealers Reinforces Citi’s Commitment to Closing the Racial Wealth Gap in the U.S. (Black PR Wire) NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Citi today announced that it worked exclusively with four Black-owned firms to syndicate a $2.5 billion bond issuance, reinforcing the firm’s commitment to increasing racial equity in the capital markets and broader financial services industry. According to a Citi GPS report, if the key racial gaps for Black Americans in wages, housing, education and investment are closed today, $5 trillion could be added to U.S. GDP over the…

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Education Technology Youth 

Amazon Teams Up with Pharrell Williams’ YELLOW and Georgia Tech to Launch New Music Remix Competition to Inspire Students to Pursue Computer Science

“Your Voice is Power” experience featuring Pharrell’s new song, “Entrepreneur,” encourages students to examine racial equity while learning coding (Black PR Wire) SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Pharrell Williams’ education equity nonprofit YELLOW, and the Georgia Institute of Technology today announced a new educational collaboration called “Your Voice is Power” to encourage middle and high school students to share their voice on equity while learning to code new music remixes. The “Your Voice is Power” collaboration includes five teaching modules with lesson plans that teach coding while kick-starting meaningful conversations among students and their teachers about…

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Issa Rae Community 

Black PR Wire Power Profiler on Issa Rae

Issa Rae is an iconic actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator. She first garnered attention for her work on the YouTube web series, Awkward Black Girl. Rae is a graduate of Stanford University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in African and African-American Studies. As a college student, she made music videos, wrote and directed plays, and created a mock reality series entitled Dorm Diaries for fun. At Stanford, Rae met Tracy Oliver, who helped produce Awkward Black Girl and starred on the show as Nina.…

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Ernest Gaines Uncategorized 

Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines passes at 86

Ernest Gaines is one of those legendary southern writers. He passed yesterday but his presence will always be felt and known in America. While he was a prolific writer, he is perhaps best known for the novel ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’.  Regarding activism in the south and his written contributions, I appreciate the statement from the article below regarding his role in the demands for justice: Gaines found that using his storytelling gifts meant more than militant civil rights action. “When Bull Connor would sic the dogs, I…

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Community Organizations Culture Education Uncategorized 

Why We Must Save Atlanta’s Fountain Hall: The Lynching of Sam Hose

  Produced by Historic Westside News youth journalists, our “Legacy Keepers”, the above video highlights the lynching of Sam Hose,a young black laborer on a farm outside Atlanta, Hose got into a dispute with his employer and killed him in self-defense. During the ensuing ten-day manhunt, the rival Atlanta newspapers excited their readers by competing on lurid details. As days went by, rape, infanticide, and other “unnatural acts” were added to descriptions of the crime.For W.E.B. Du Bois the lynching was an awakening. Having arrived at Atlanta University two years…

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National Politics Politics 

Congressional Black Caucus Issues Statement on the Passing of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

The Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement on the passing of House Oversight Committee Chairman and Congressional Black Caucus Member, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings: “We – the nation, the City of Baltimore, the State of Maryland, and the United States Congress – have all suffered a tremendous loss. As a lifelong advocate for justice, equality, and the truth, Elijah Cummings was the true definition of a leader and his commitment to civility and humanity were invaluable in times such as these. To many, Elijah was a friend and mentor,…

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