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BY STACY M. BROWNNNPA NEWSWIRE  Dr. Lonnie Bunch III, the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, recently sat down for an exclusive interview with National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The two discussed Bunch’s timely new book, “A […]

The Florida A&M University community celebrated the 100th birthday of Marching “100” founder William P. Foster last week with music, alumni tributes and the unveiling of portraits and memorabilia destined for the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the Dr. William P. and Mary Ann Foster Foundation at Lee Hall Auditorium, the Feb. 12 […]

BY TYRONE BEASONLOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS CHARLESTON, S.C. — Five years before the first shots of the Civil War rang out from the harbor here in 1861, alderman Thomas Ryan and a business partner opened Ryan’s Mart at No. 6 Chalmers St. Their merchandise was slaves: African men, women and children who were prodded, picked over […]

BY CATIE WEGMAN SUN SENTINEL/TNS The “look, but don’t touch” rule at the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum was briefly suspended on a recent Tuesday morning.  Wearing white gloves to protect the automobiles, about 20 visiting teens ran their hands over the massive, luxurious Packard automobiles. They poked the 2-foot tires, caressed the leather seats […]

Project honoring victims expected to open in 2022 BY KATE SANTICH ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – It is an early June morning, waves of heat already rising off Orange Avenue, as a 40-ish Orlando woman winds her way around the interim memorial at the former Pulse nightclub, taking in the photos and mementos and reading the […]

BY LAUREN VICTORIA BURKENNPA NEWSWIRE In a historic selection, the Smithsonian has selected Lonnie Bunch, III as the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Bunch will serve as the 14th Secretary. Bunch, 66, is the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He will now oversee 19 museums, 21 libraries, the […]

Civil rights museum in Missipppi opens without the presence of some prominent activists – and with Trump. BY JAWEED KALEEM LOS ANGELES TIMES/ TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE JACKSON, Miss. – Protesters greeted President Donald Trump in the Mississippi capital on Dec. 9 as he came to speak at the opening of a civil rights museum. After […]

On the road – As of this writing Wednesday night Aug. 9, your humble writer is reporting from just outside St. Louis, Missouri, where my two “road dogs,” 16-year-old Chayla and 13-year-old Charles III, and I are on the return leg of a round trip driving our 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan from South Florida […]