black civil rights icons

It saddens us to reveal that Chicago's own Timuel Black, a longtime civil right activist and respected historian, has died at the age of 102.

Whitney Young was one of the most notable figures of the Civil Rights Movement, but hasn’t enjoyed the same manner of fanfare as his contemporaries for various reasons. The Kentucky native was born July 31, 1921. Young was born in Shelby County to middle-class parents, and attended Kentucky State University for his undergraduate studies. The […]

As the country marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, Samuel L. Jackson has revealed that he served as an usher at the funeral for the civil rights leader in Atlanta. Jackson, 69, was a sophomore at Morehouse College in Atlanta when Dr. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Four days later, he […]

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a common racial statistic: He was an unarmed Black man who was shot to death. Fifty years after King’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, Black Americans are still grappling with gun violence and a troubling pattern of white police officers gunning down unarmed Black men on the streets of America. […]

NEW YORK (AP) — As he considered his growing commitment to activism, Usher only needed to look at the man seated next to him, Harry Belafonte, to know how much more he could give. “Unfortunately, no matter what I say I’m never going to be able to upstage (Belafonte),” the million-selling musician joked during a […]