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Black History Month

Remembering — And Making — History

When Ron Scott Jr. talks to Black students, he makes a point to remind them that Black history is integral to all history. In whatever they’re learning, he said, there is probably someone who looks like them that has made a significant contribution. “And you definitely know it’s true if ...

How Far Ahead Did Martin Luther King Jr. See?

In April of 1968 I was living in Cleveland, Ohio with my family. My father was the pastor of a medium size church and my mother was the church administrator. My father also worked as a United States Postman and my mother also worked for the Internal Revenue Service in downtown Cleveland. ...

Celebrating Influential Black West Virginians

As we celebrate Black History Month, here are some of the most influential Black West Virginians, according to information provided by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History: Mildred Mitchell-Bateman — She was the first Black woman to head a West Virginia state government ...

Mount Pleasant Was Important Stop on Underground Railroad

MOUNT PLEASANT — The village of Mount Pleasant was an important stop on the Underground Railroad and for about a year home to Benjamin Lundy, an early founder of the abolitionist movement. The village was established in 1803 by Jesse Thomas and Robert Carothers. According to National Park ...

Pastor: Fight For Civil Rights Looks Different in 2021

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For America’s civil rights movement, 2020 was a tough year. Giants of the civil rights movement, John Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian, both died July 17. The Rev. Joe Lowery, who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership ...

Underground Railroad Museum To Reopen Soon

FLUSHING — The Underground Railroad Museum will soon be reopened to allow visitors to view documentation and memorabilia relating to Black people and their part in American history. Museum Director Kristina Estle said while water damage from last year had shut down the building and the ...

Monument in Flushing Honors Late Civil Rights Activist Reverdy Ransom

FLUSHING — A monument to honor the late Bishop Reverdy Cassius Ransom, a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a dedicated civil rights activist, still stands near his birthplace in Flushing. The monument that recognizes Ransom and his many accomplishments was unveiled by ...

A Presidential Proclamation on National Black History Month 2021

By PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN This February, during Black History Month, I call on the American people to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the centuries of struggle that have brought us to thisA time of reckoning, redemption, and hope. We have never fully ...