On May 13th, 2013, Vernon Tyson, then an 83-year old Minister, was arrested along with 48 other people who were demonstrating civil disobedience at the North Carolina General Assembly. He was just a spectator. Filmmaker Eric Preston interviewed Mr. Tyson immediately following his release at the Wake County Detention Center. This is that unedited interview.
Commentary

IN MEMORIAM: Civil Rights Trailblazer Rev. Dr. Vernon Tyson Dies at 89

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Vernon Tyson was like a father and bishop to me and the Moral Monday movement,” said the Rev. Dr. William Barber, the architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement and president of the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP. “Often his presence in our midst kept us focused and strong,” Barber said. […read more]

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Photos Courtesy of the family of Doris Turner KeysPhotos Courtesy of the family of Doris Turner Keys
Black History

IN MEMORIAM: Remembering the life of Doris Turner Keys, a Civil Rights and Union Icon

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I believe some of her endearing qualities was her unabiding love of family and friends, her big heart and generous spirit which always had her helping others, her unwavering commitment to pursuing social justice and helping working class people, and her ability to walk with kings and queens while keeping the common touch,” said Doris Turner Keys’ goddaughter, Karen Towns. […read more]

Born on May 11, 1906, Richard Arvin Overton, a member of what is often called America’s “Greatest Generation,” died on December 27th in Austin, Texas.
Black History

IN MEMORIAM: Cigars and Whiskey – America’s Oldest Veteran, Richard Arvin Overton, Dies at 112

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “He was there at Pearl Harbor, when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God said former President Barack Obama in 2013 during a Veterans Day ceremony honoring Overton at Arlington National Cemetery. […read more]

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.
Commentary

My Legacy with George Herbert Walker Bush

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Bush was tapped on the shoulder many more times, like when he created a Yale chapter of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in 1948, gave royalties from his book to the UNCF, and had his brother Jonathan serve as chairman of the board of directors for the UNCF in the early nineties. He was the U.S Envoy to China, headed the CIA, and served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, vice president, and president. […read more]

Willie McCovey attempts to tag Cincinnati Reds' shortstop Dave Concepcion out at first base (Photo: Sheldon Dunn/Wikimedia Commons)(Photo: Sheldon Dunn/Wikimedia Commons)
Black History

IN MEMORIAM: Baseball Great Willie McCovey Dies at 80

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “For more than six decades, he gave his heart and soul to the Giants – as one of the greatest players of all time, as a quiet leader in the clubhouse, as a mentor to the Giants who followed in his footsteps, as an inspiration to our Junior Giants, and as a fan cheering on the team from his booth.” — Giants CEO Larry Baer […read more]

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a fourth-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties.Official Photo
Commentary

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Death of Sgt. La David Johnson

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “October 4 marks one year since the tragic ambush in Niger that resulted in the death of four U.S. service members, including my constituent, Army Sgt. La David Johnson. The circumstances surrounding the attack have been muddled, raising questions about both the mission, which led to a firefight with insurgents, and the chain of events that separated Sgt. Johnson from his unit…” […read more]

Aretha Franklin sings "My Country 'Tis Of Thee'" at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force
Entertainment

Star-Studded Musical Tribute Saluting Aretha Franklin Will Be Held August 30 at Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre

MICHIGAN CHRONICLE — More than 20 performing artists, activists, and family members will celebrate the life and legacy of Aretha Louise Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, during a Musical Tribute event at Chene Park Amphitheatre in downtown Detroit on Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m ET. […read more]