By Jordan Blum Published 6:04 pm CST, Saturday, February 16, 2019 Early in the 1950s, Hall of Fame bull rider Willie Thomas was forced to ride a bull for 15 seconds, further risking his safety to tire it out because white officials refused to blow the whistle for the African-American rider at the customary eight-second mark. That was just one of many racial indignities black rodeo riders suffered through, including having to enter and exit through animal chutes and being forbidden from winning many cash prizes, en route to Thomas’ countless victories. Thomas, 89, grew up on A.P. George Ranch in the 1930s and, on Saturday, the George Ranch Rodeo spotlighted Thomas and his brother, James, in an effort to honor Texas’ oft-overlooked black cowboy legacy. Several hundred congregated for the inaugural event at the George Ranch Historical Park southeast of Richmond for the all-day rodeo. “All these cowboys trailblazed the way for us to be here today,” … [Read more...] about New rodeo marks rich history of African American cowboys in Fort Bend
Robinson is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann, who was a successful real-estate agent in Los Angeles, and two children, Frank Kevin and Nichelle. Services were not announced. According to MLB, the Robinson family asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington. … [Read more...] about Frank Robinson, Hall of Famer and first African American big-league manager, dies at 83
King was not oblivious to social ills, but her understanding deepened, she said, as she watched the video of police officers beating Rodney King, followed by the trial that acquitted them. She also recalled the riots of 1992 when, as a young teacher, she stood in her hillside home in South Los Angeles' largely African American, largely upscale View Park neighborhood, watching large swaths of Los Angeles burn. The experience deepened a longstanding instinct to help foundering students push ahead. … [Read more...] about Dr. Michelle King, the first African American woman to lead L.A. Unified, dies at 57
Published 8:01 am CST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 (BPT) - Looking for a window into the past? For families, history buffs, students — and anyone aspiring to understand the legacy of African-Americans who helped shape our country's history — there's no better place than Virginia. Explore the significance and impact of African-American history by visiting these sites from the 17th through the 19th centuries, which bring to life the amazing stories of the people who shaped the American Evolution. Jamestown Settlement: Explore America’s first permanent English settlement, vividly revealed through more than 500 fascinating artifacts in museum galleries and outdoor living history. Exterior exhibits include re-creations of a 17th-century Powhatan Indian village, colonial fort and three 1607 English ships that arrived in Jamestown. Learn about the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, west central Africans and English who converged in 1600s Virginia. Discover the … [Read more...] about Discover the legacy of African-American history in Virginia
By Filipa Ioannou Updated 5:08 pm PST, Friday, January 25, 2019 Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball." Click through the gallery for things you might not know about Sen. Kamala Harris. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball." Click through the gallery for things you might not know about Sen. Kamala Harris. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Andre Chung Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Andre Chung Image 1 of / 23 Caption Close Image 1 of 23 Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball." Click through the gallery for things you might not know about Sen. Kamala Harris. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball." Click through the gallery for things you might not know about Sen. Kamala Harris. Photo: Photo … [Read more...] about MSNBC host: Is Kamala Harris ‘seen as African American’?