Op/Ed: An Open Letter to Prospective Black Athletes at the University of Maryland, College Park by Colin Byrd
First, the university’s football stadium, Byrd Stadium, is named after Harry Clifton “Curley” Byrd, a former university official who denied Thurgood Marshall admission to the law school because of his race and aggressively opposed racial integration at the entire university. Curley Byrd was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Investigators at the University of Oklahoma have found that, on a leadership cruise, this fraternity taught a racist chant about lynching ‘niggers’ and disallowing them SAE membership. With Byrd Stadium, the university makes it clear: You can run. You can shoot. And you can tackle. But you can’t have the dignity of not having to play the sports you love within the symbolic shadows of someone who would have hated you. Read in Full >>
CHICAGO'S URBAN PREP TO OPEN IN WASHINGTON: Mayor Bowser Leads $20 Million Effort to Save Black and Brown Boys
Urban Prep founder & CEO Urban Prep Tim King spoke at the initiative launch: "We couldn't be more excited by the prospect of Urban Prep's first school outside of Chicago being in our nation's capital. After an extensive national review process of school districts for Urban Prep to expand to, it's clear that DC is the right place. And The Empowering Males of Color
initiative and the leadership of Chancellor Henderson demonstrate that this is the right time." Read in Full >>
Happy 100th Birthday, Billie Holiday :: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 5:30-8 pm. Leonard E. Hicks Multi Purpose Community Center - 2718 W. North Avenue- Baltimore, MD 21216
5:30-6 pm Meet n' Greet - review posters of Billie Holiday, hear last recording, purchase Biography, pictures and CD of Ms. Holiday. 25 Women Honorary Co-Chairs, news woman Rosa 'Rambling Rose, Pryor-Trusty Mistress of ceremony - Elected officials, National Great Blacks in Wax Figure of Ms. Billie Holiday.
6-7 pm Video of Ms. holiday singing songs.
7-8 Open discussion on life of Ms. Holiday and announcement of other city events commemorating the life and contributions of Ms. Holiday. Read in Full >>