Black History

Dorothy Counts-Scoggins was one of four Black students who helped integrate public schools in Charlotte. She temporarily attended Harding High in 1957, where many people who opposed integration yelled racial remarks, spit at, and threw rocks at her. She only remained at Harding High for four days, however, pictures surfacing of her courage were enough to […]

Today kicks off the beginning of Black History Month! What better way to celebrate than by looking into some of Charlotte’s black excellence? Mayor Vi Lyles is Charlotte’s first Black female mayor. She served two terms on the City Council as an at-large representative from 2013 to 2017. She was eventually elected as mayor in […]

February not only celebrates love, it also celebrates Black history! If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate this month, here are a few local events happening around the Charlotte area. Tuesday, February 1, 2022 Celebrate Black History with Fyütch (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Program) Explore Black women in history with national recording artist, Fyütch Location: […]

William T. Coleman was a pioneering legal figure who argued major cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of civil rights. The longtime lawyer and former director of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund died last Friday at his Alexandria, Va. Home. He was the oldest living former U.S. Cabinet member. […]

A rare photo of Underground Railroad hero and 19th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman sold at a New York City auction for $162,500 Thursday.

LISTEN: The Tom Joyner Morning Show pays tribute to music icon Chuck Berry.  While Elvis Presley became the face of Rock ‘N’ Roll, the true genius behind the art form was Chuck Berry. Berry passed in his home last Saturday at the age of 90, leaving behind a legendary influence that stretched far beyond rock music. […]

In the late 1800’s, young Black girls and women looking to escape the dearth of opportunities for education and jobs in the south traveled north. In New York, the White Rose Mission was established by a pair of Black women activists who saw a need to subvert the men who often preyed on the new […]

Gwendolyn Harrison Smith, the first African-American woman to attend  the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has died at age 91. Smith, who lived in Bessemer City, NC and passed away on February 28. At the age of  25, Smith arrived on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill on June 11, 1951. She had already […]

Can you spot all her nods to Black history and culture through her fashion?

The music world lost another of its bright stars in Leon Ware last Thursday, but the songwriter has left behind one of the richest legacies in the industry. As a songwriter and producer, Ware was behind some of R&B’s biggest hits and lent his pen to many a musical legend. Ware was born on February […]

Lola Jones, 5, recreated images of Maya Angelou, Madam C. J. Walker, Rosa Parks, and other notable black women for Black History Month.

NBC News Los Angeles reports the Los Angeles United School District is investigating a teacher who gave a word problem to 7-year-olds that featured slaves, cotton picking, “masters,” the "missus," and the “Big House.”