Tribute Thursday: Thomas Henry Peterson, First African American Voter

Today’s Tribute Thursday goes to Thomas Mundy Peterson (October 6, 1824 – February 4, 1904) of Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  He was the first African-American to vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. His vote was cast on March 31, 1870. Thomas Mundy Peterson wasContinue reading “Tribute Thursday: Thomas Henry Peterson, First African American Voter”

BFSA Members Featured in Aspirations to Achievement Men of Color Video

BFSA members, Dr. Marcia Wilson, Director of Workforce Development Programs and Grants and Elton Robinson, Department Chair of Cosmetology–both from Los Angeles Trade Technical College–are featured in Achieving the Dream’s “Aspirations to Achievement:   Men of Color and Community College” video, which brings together data about the engagement and attainment of Latinos and Black malesContinue reading “BFSA Members Featured in Aspirations to Achievement Men of Color Video”

Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas in 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American citizens throughout the United States. It was on June 19th, that the UnionContinue reading “Celebrating Juneteenth”

Dedication to Black Fathers

“In daddy’s arms, I am tall…”  Happy Father’s Day 2014 to all of our strong Black Brotha’s.  May today and all the days to come be blessed with love, faith, patience, understanding and joy.  Know in your heart that you are appreciated and loved.  There is no replacement for you.  Ever.   Stay strong. This song,Continue reading “Dedication to Black Fathers”

Juneteenth Celebrations Around Town

Leimert Park: From Leimert Park Beat:  Remember the fun we had last year?  Well it’s time to do it again.  The Juneteenth Heritage Festival rolls into Leimert Park June 14 & 15, 10am to 6pm each day. Lots of fun for the whole family.  Admission is FREE – Come on out and celebrate freedom. Enjoy twoContinue reading “Juneteenth Celebrations Around Town”

California Red Tails to Fly Over Allensworth for Juneteenth Celebration

Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park is the only California town to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans.  On June 14, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Friends of Allensworth will host its annual Juneteenth celebration. When: Saturday, June 14, 2014 Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Where: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park Juneteenth is theContinue reading “California Red Tails to Fly Over Allensworth for Juneteenth Celebration”

Ruby Dee Dead at 91: Legendary Stage and Screen Actress — and Civil Rights Leader

New York Daily News reports:  Stage and screen legend Ruby Dee, who personified grace, grit and progress at a time when African-American women were given little space in movies and on stage, died Wednesday in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91. The death was confirmed Thursday by a family member, who declined to answer anyContinue reading “Ruby Dee Dead at 91: Legendary Stage and Screen Actress — and Civil Rights Leader”

English Professor Rachel Williams Promotes the Arts at West LA College

Professor Rachel Williams, a tenured faculty member in the Language Arts Division at West Los Angeles College, is passionate about the arts and education.  She has dedicated her time and efforts to promoting students’ global awareness and intellectual and cultural development through major academic and cultural arts enrichment programs that have attracted hundreds of people,Continue reading “English Professor Rachel Williams Promotes the Arts at West LA College”

7th Annual Pan-African Studies Forum at CSULA with Dr. Cornel West

The LACCD BFSA supported the Department of Pan-African Studies’ 7th Annual Forum celebrating 45 years of its program.  The theme of the program was “The Indispensability of Black Studies for Understanding the Falsity of Post-Racialism.”  Dr. Cornel West was the featured speaker.  CSULA’s Pan-African Studies department has been involved in a recent struggle to makeContinue reading “7th Annual Pan-African Studies Forum at CSULA with Dr. Cornel West”

LATTC’s Umoja Spring 2014 Induction Ceremony

Umoja, a Kiswahili word meaning unity, is a culturally responsive learning community and student support service dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students.  This year marks the progam’s second annual Spring Induction Ceremony, where students make a pledge toward personal and academic excellence.  Students who have been selectedContinue reading “LATTC’s Umoja Spring 2014 Induction Ceremony”