Ida B. Wells’s 153rd Birthday and Her Connection with Dr. Tyree Wieder

Today, Thursday, July 16, 2015, Google is honoring the 153rd birthday of civil rights activist, suffragist and journalist, Ida B. Wells, with a Doodle of her typing away on typewriter with a piece of luggage by her side. In a tribute to Wells, Google wrote, “She was a fierce opponent of segregation and wrote prolifically…

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 was…

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 the…

Black History Bus Tour

On Friday, February 21, 2014 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, discover the 1781 African connection to the founding of Los Angeles; travel to the Bridget “Biddy” Mason Memorial and learn the history about the first African-American—a former slave—to purchase land in Los Angeles; learn about the history of the Watts Tower; view the Mother…

The Etymology of “Picnic”

Several LATTC BFSA meetings ago, some members were concerned about using the term, “picnic” in describing our Juneteenth celebration.  Etymologists dismiss the claim that the word picnic derived from events in which blacks were lynched, and online sources like Snopes and Urban Legends support those claims. However, the response from Dr. David Pilgrim, sociology professor and curator…