Black History Month
A look at the issues facing the Black community and celebrating Black culture during the month of February.
Yacouba, a political activist in Ivory Coast, knew if he didn’t immediately flee his home country, he wouldn’t survive. After being threatened, attacked and tortured by people sympathetic to those in power, Yacouba fled his country in 2018. The second was being detained as a Black immigrant in the U.S.
A Quebec legislator is calling for an investigation into a video that shows a Montreal police officer kneeling on the neck of a young Black teen, his face pressed into the sidewalk, in an image reminiscent of George Floyd's last moments. Frantz Benjamin, a Liberal member of the Quebec National Assembly who represents the Montreal riding of Viau, says several constituents called him about the video. They say it evokes "collective trauma," reminding them of Floyd telling Minneapolis police officer
- Business Insider
Trump complained that Black voters 'all f------ hate me, and none of them are going to vote for me' after he'd 'done all this stuff' for them, book says
Trump blamed Jared Kushner for his criminal justice reform push not helping his standing with Black voters, according to a forthcoming book.
- The Canadian Press
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The coastal Georgia county where Ahmaud Arbery’s slaying raised an outcry over racial injustice has hired its first full-time Black police chief. Glynn County commissioners voted Thursday for Jacques Battiste to lead an embattled department that some Georgia lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to abolish last year. A former FBI agent now serving as a deputy constable in New Orleans, Battiste was chosen after a search conducted by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police with
- The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren. “It’s great, but it’s not enough,” said Gwen Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Kansas City. Grant said she was delighted by the quick vote this week by Congress to make Juneteenth a national holiday be
- USA TODAY
Miss Juneteenth pageants, one of many Black beauty pageants, seek to educate girls about their history and celebrate Black women.
Artists and activists are joining together for the third installment of a Music for the Movement EP to celebrate the Black experience and give back to underrepresented communities
In 1964, after Malcolm X returned from the Palestinian territory of Gaza, he delivered a speech at a rally sponsored by the Organization for African-American Unity in Harlem. “I, for one, would like to impress, especially upon those who call themselves leaders, the importance in realizing the direct connection between the struggle of the Afro-American in this country and the struggle of our people all over the world,” he said. That call for global solidarity between oppressed people is just as i
- Yahoo Finance
It is going to require “generational solutions” in order to tackle the “generational harm” that has impacted Black Americans, Spelman College professor of economics Dr. Suneye Rae Holmes said at Yahoo!'s Juneteenth event.
Black workers in the United States continue to earn less than their white counterparts even as American companies are raising diversity and inclusion as a cornerstone of their brands and business strategies, according to a report published on Thursday. The Conference Board report attributed the wage gaps to a range of factors, including geographical segregation and labor market segmentation, as well as different access to educational opportunities, social and professional networks. "As America