A photo of a student who had painted his face black to impersonate an African-American figure sparked outrage among Miami Catholic school alumni after it was shared online. The photo was taken during a Black History Month celebration at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in Miami, the Miami Herald reported. Fourth-grade students had been asked to dress up as famous African-Americans while presenting on them. A student who chose former Secretary of State Colin Powell wore “blackface” as part his costume. Blackface photos used in PTA fund-raiser message ignite outrage On Monday the school posted the photo on its website and social media accounts — triggering complaints from alumni. “I was pretty taken aback that not only did a student come to school dressed that way, it didn’t occur to anybody that that’s offensive, and it go to the point where they posted on a public online platform and nobody saw any issue with that,” alum … [Read more...] about Fourth grader wears ‘blackface’ during Black History Month
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Several NBA teams played what many call the “Negro national anthem” as part of their observance of Black History Month, a report says. The idea of playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during basketball games was the brainchild of Maryland resident Eugene Williams who spent the last six months lobbying each of the NBA’s thirty teams to include the song as part of their celebration of Black History Month, the Associated Press reported.On Wednesday, February 28, the Washington Wizards became the fourth team to play the song during a game. As the tune was played, the team aired a video showing player game highlights as well as video following players performing social activities and supporting community initiatives. The Wizards were the very last team to contact him about playing the song, but since Williams is a Maryland resident, the team was the first he contacted six months ago.The other teams that joined Williams’ initiative were the Oklahoma City … [Read more...] about Several NBA Teams Celebrated Black History Month by Playing ‘Negro National Anthem’ at Games
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Some lucky kids received a life lesson thanks to the Golden State Warriors.They didn't learn it on a basketball court but in a museum.Ninety students from the KIPP Bayview Academy toured the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. It was part of the Warriors' commitment to Black History Month.RELATED: SF holds its first Black History Month ParadeThe sixth graders learned about African art and culture, and the history of African Americans in the U.S. "It's pretty amazing," said Abreanna Hodge. "What I can learn about what kind of, the kinds of Black History I don't know and what I do know I can learn way more."Fellow student Deon Frank echoed the thought. "It's important because you get to learn, a lot of opportunities to learn how people been through slavery and how blacks, I mean Africans used to be treated," he said.RELATED: 'Black History is Golden' Warriors T-shirts pay tribute to Black History MonthThere was fun along with the learning.The students … [Read more...] about Warriors host students for Black History Month in SF
To the President’s contrary, Power-Greene cites cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a major contribution to not only America, but also the world. The mineral is used in cell phone batteries and jet engines. Diamond extraction across the African continent provides “heavy engineering” according to Power-Greene. Firestone Natural Rubber Company, one of the largest rubber farms in the world, is based in Liberia. At least 70 percent of the world’scocoa beans used in chocolate come from West African nations. The first official diplomatic relationship between an African country and the United States began in 1864 with Liberia, Power-Greene explained. Major diplomatic highlights since then include the United States spreading democracy in the region during the decolonization of dozens of African countries during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Feb. 28 marks the 70th anniversary of Accra Riots, which led to the fight for Ghana’s independence from … [Read more...] about Black History Month is ending. Activists say that’s no reason to stop highlighting contributions to the U.S.
NEW YORK -- A racially insensitive menu for a Black History Month meal at New York University has led to a company apology and workers being fired. According to The New York Times, NYU President Andrew Hamilton said it was "inexcusably insensitive" for a food service company to feature barbecued ribs, corn bread, collard greens, and beverages with racist connotations: Kool-Aid and watermelon-flavored water. Sophomore Nia Harris, who is black, said the head cook dismissed her objections and told her black employees planned the menu. She posted about the menu and her experience on Facebook, saying she "was lied to, placated, and ignored." "In 2018 I literally had to explain why displaying watermelon and koolaid in celebration of Black History Month was not only racially insensitive but just ignorant," she wrote. Aramark, which is NYU's food service provider, said it fired two workers and is retraining its NYU employees. It issued an apology to the entire NYU community and … [Read more...] about “Inexcusably insensitive”: Black History Month menu at NYU leads to firings