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This Week in Black History (Nov. 20 - Nov. 26)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 20 November 2014
        (Elijah Muhammad) November 20 1962- President John F. Kennedy issued executive order barring racial discrimination in federally financed housing. November 21 1918- Henry B. Delany elected ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Nov. 13 - Nov. 19)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 13 November 2014
(Agbani Darego) November 13 1913- Dr. Daniel Hale Williams became the first African American elected to the American College of Surgeons. Williams was also the first person to perform open-heart surgery. 1940- ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Nov. 6 - Nov. 12)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 06 November 2014
(Charlie Sifford) November 6 1928- Oscar DePriest was elected to the 71st Congress from Illinois' First Congressional District in Chicago. He was the first congressman from the Northern part of the ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Sept. 25 - Oct. 1)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Contributing Writer 25 September 2014
(Bessie Smith)   September 25 1861- The Secretary of the Navy authorizes the enlistment of African Americans in the Union Navy. The enlistees could achieve no rank higher than “boys” and receive ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Sept. 18 - Sept. 24)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Contributing Writer 18 September 2014
(Jimi Hendrix) September 18 1850- As part of the Compromise of 1850, U.S. Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law. It required that all escaped slaves were, upon capture, to be returned to their masters ... read more >>
This Week In Black History (Sept. 11 - Sept. 17)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Contributing Writer 11 September 2014
(Quincy Jones) September 11 1851- African Americans routed a band of slave catchers attempting on enslaving escaped slaves in Christiana, Pennsylvania. One white was killed and one wounded. 1965- ... read more >>
‘Queen of Creole Cuisine’ Leah Chase
Written by Kimberlee Buck Sentinel Intern 18 July 2014
In this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo, Chef Leah Chase, owner of Dooky Chase’ prepares for lunch at her restaurant in New Orleans. (Associated Press) Creole chef Leah Chase is practically synonymous with ... read more >>
Late Mississippi Civil Rights Hero Clyde Kennard Honored in D.C.
Written by Avis Thomas-Lester Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 26 November 2013
Greeted at Airport. Chicago, Illinois: Clyde Kennard, 35, the first Negro to try to integrate a Mississippi university, is greeted by his sister, Mrs. Sara Tarpley, at O'Hare Airport here early February ... read more >>
The Second District Steps into the Fight Towards a Cure for Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Written by Sentinel News Servicegeneralinfo@lasentinel.net 17 October 2013
Major support for the event was provided by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas.  Cancer activist and star of Emmy award-winning show “Felicity” and “Tyler Perry’s ... read more >>
Adam Clayton Powell & Wyatt Tee Walker
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor)n 29 November 2012
  Adam Clayton     Wyatt Tee Walker      “TWO PASTORS WHO SERVED BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS”     ADAM CLAYTON POWELL, JR.. Civil Rights Leader, Congressman, Baptist Minister When ... read more >>
AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 22 November 2012
AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE “The First Black Woman to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations” At present, Susan Rice is the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations – she speaks for the U.S. in ... read more >>
“Some who fought for the ‘Right to Vote’- a weekly series counting down to the election”
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 03 October 2012
 Frederick Douglass     Fannie Lou Hamer, Pleading for the right to vote     For those who think that your vote doesn't count, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “NOTHING IN THE WORLD IS ... read more >>
BUSTAMANTE and MANLEY, the fathers of Jamaica’s independence
Written by Super User 23 August 2012
BUSTAMANTE and MANLEY, the fathers of Jamaica’s independence In honor of the 50th anniversary of the independence of Jamaica (August 6), and being the home of the world’s fastest man. (Usain Bolt).      SIR ... read more >>
A tribute to Black Athletes – past and present
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 23 August 2012
Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas The Black athletes who won gold medals during the XXX Olympiad in London included – but definitely not limited to – Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas (gymnastics), Serena and ... read more >>
Eula McClaney
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 03 August 2012
    Eula McClaney, in front of her Holmby Hills estate La-Doris McClaney McClaney's book       EULA MCCLANEY   She went from a sharecropper's shack to a Holmby ... read more >>
Tribute to Independence – Part Four
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 26 July 2012
Boukman’s voodoo ceremony at Bois Caiman   Alexandre Petion Dutty Boukman TRIBUTE TO INDEPENDENCE – Part four Dutty BOUKMAN and Alexandre PETION “Unsung Heroes of the Haitian Revolution” ... read more >>
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 14 June 2012
Dr. Kwame NkrumahNkrumah with the Father of the American Civil Rights MovementThe Big Six--Fathers of Africa's independence movements (Osageyfo) Dr. Kwame NkrumahFATHER of Ghana's independence & indeed ... read more >>
Media Pioneers
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 07 June 2012
William M. Trotter Media Pioneers"They chronicled the Black experience in different ways; print & film"William Monroe Trotter Civil Rights Activist and JournalistSunrise: April 7, 1872--Sunset: April ... read more >>
Inventors and Pioneers
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 31 May 2012
 Inventors and Pioneers Their works have lived on and have shaped our quality of lifeGeorge Washington Carver“The Wizard of Tuskegee”Sunrise: 1864 – Sunset: 1943      George Washington Carver ... read more >>
WILMA (Rudolph) and ALTHEA (Gibson)
Written by Super User 25 May 2012
WILMA (Rudolph) and ALTHEA (Gibson)They paved the way in Track-and-Field and Tennis for Flo-Jo, Jackie Joyner Kersee, and others; and Serena and Venus Williams, and many, many more. WILMA G. RUDOLPH (Sunrise: ... read more >>
Those Who Made a Difference and Are Not Well-Known
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 25 May 2012
“Women and Men who made a difference and are not well-known or remembered”MAGGIE LENA WALKER   Maggie Walker was the first woman to found a bank in the United States. She also established the ... read more >>
Mothers
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 23 May 2012
Mothers  “They were Mothers to us all”CORETTA SCOTT KING:  When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was felled just before he was to lead a protest march, in Memphis in 1968, his wife Coretta Scott King, ... read more >>
3 Women who have changed society
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 10 May 2012
aption:Dr. Niara SudarkasaZora Neale HurstonMarian Anderson*** Legends ***By Yussuf J. Simmonds“3 Women who have changed society”Dr. Niara SudarkasaAnthropologist, Scholar, University PresidentShe ... read more >>
Two Men who understood money
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 04 May 2012
Don H. BardenDr. Andrew F. Brimmer Brimmer being sworn in as President Lyndon Johnson looks on*** Legends *** Two Men who understood money“They blazed a trail in finance for others to follow and learn ... read more >>
“The Sentinel turns 79”
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 26 April 2012
Colonel Leon Washington, founder and first publisher COLONEL LEON H. WASHINGTON JR. Colonel Leon H. Washington Jr. founded the Sentinel newspaper in 1933 and served as its publisher until 1974.  The ... read more >>
TWO BLACK WOMEN WHO PAVED THE WAY
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 18 April 2012
Maggie Lena Walker EDITH SPURLOCK SAMPSON*** Legends ***by Yussuf J. SimmondsTWO BLACK WOMEN WHO PAVED THE WAY“They set the tone and blazed the trail for all professional women”MAGGIE LENA WALKER ... read more >>
Legendary Black Business Men
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 12 April 2012
Comer Cottrell Cottrell’s Proline products COMER COTTRELL“A businessman who made a difference” The name “Pro Line” is synonymous with black hair care products.  When it’s mentioned immediately ... read more >>
African American Women Appeal Court Justices
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 29 March 2012
CULMINATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH “LEGENDS” AGAIN PRESENT“African American Women Appeal Court Justices”JUSTICE ARLEIGH M. WOODS was the first Black woman to be appointed to the California Second ... read more >>
Two Black Judges - pioneers who paved the way for women
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 22 March 2012
Sr. Judge Constance Baker Motley Judge Motley Judge Jane Bolin Atty. Jane BolinLegends By Yussuf J. SimmondsManaging Editor Two Black Judges - pioneers who paved the way for women Judge Constance Baker ... read more >>
SHIRLEY CHISHOLM and CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 09 March 2012
SHIRLEY CHISHOLM and CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN"The first Black women in the US Congress: in the House and the Senate" Rep. Shirley Chisholm "Unbought and Unbossed," that described and defined the Honorable ... read more >>
Bobby Rush
Written by Super User 05 January 2012
Congressman Bobby RushRush at a press conferenceRush at a hearing¥¥¥ Legends ¥¥¥ By Yussuf J. SimmondsBobby Rush "The only man to beat Barack Obama in an election" It is sometimes said that had ... read more >>
Athletes in the Struggle
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 20 December 2011
Tommie Smith  John Carlos Recognition years later Tommie and John, today *** Legends  *** by Yussuf J. SimmondsManaging Editor Athletes in the StruggleTommie Smith & John Carlos(Dr. Harry Edwards)          ... read more >>
MEDICAL DOCTORS
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 18 November 2011
Dr. Benjamin CarsonCuba Gooding as Dr. Carson and the real Dr. Ben Carson Dr. Keith L. Black Sidney Poitier, Dr. Black and Quincy Jones*** Legends *** By Yussuf J. SimmondsManaging Editor MEDICAL DOCTORSSociety ... read more >>
Diane E. Watson
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 10 November 2011
 Congresswoman Diane Watson making a point Watson passing the torch to Bass  The Honorable Diane E. Watson *** Legends ***Diane E. WatsonLA School Board Member, State Senator, Ambassador, Congresswoman ... read more >>
Dr. Benjamin F. Payton
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) and Tasia Smith (Intern) 02 September 2011
Dr. Benjamin F. Payton Dr. Payton's final speech as presidentDr. Payton presenting an award to a former studentThe Benjamin F. Payton HallLEGENDSBy Yussuf J. Simmonds and Tasia SmithDr. Benjamin F. Payton"Visionary ... read more >>
Independence
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 16 July 2011
Toussaint L'OuvertureJean Jacques Dessalines*** LEGENDS***By Yussuf J. SimmondsSentinel Managing EditorIndependenceBlack men and women of independence movements Part One -- HaitiINTRODUCTIONIn the United ... read more >>
Lionel Hampton and Quincy Jones
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 08 July 2011
Lionel Hampton Quincy JonesLegends by Yussuf J. Simmonds Some Big Band LeadersLIONEL HAMPTON and QUINCY JONES (the Lion and 'Q')Part Two LIONEL HAMPTON "Hamp, the Lion of Jazz"When the history of jazz ... read more >>
Historic Big Band Leaders
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 02 July 2011
Edward K. "Duke" EllingtonWilliam "Count" Basie*** Legends ***by Yussuf J. SimmondsSome Big Band LeadersDuke Ellington and Count Basie..."(A Duke and a Count)Part OneDUKE ELLINGTON"A Musical Genius of ... read more >>
Same Men of Song and Music
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 25 June 2011
Nat "King " Cole James Brown and Michael JacksonStevie WonderLegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsSome men of song and music"Nat King Cole, James Brown, Michael Jackson & Stevie Wonder"NAT KING COLE"His voice ... read more >>
Honor Thy Father
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 18 June 2011
*** Legends ***By Yussuf J. SimmondsHONOR THY FATHER"Fathers led the way; daughters followed"MUHAMMAD ALI/LAILA ALIHe was a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, a social and religious activist ... read more >>
Don Barden
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 31 May 2011
Don Barden“He parlayed a sure bet into a mega casino business”          Don Barden does not go to Las Vegas to roll the dice or play the slots; he goes there to ante up millions to buy the ... read more >>
Celebrating Memorial Day in Honor of Those Who Lead the Troops
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 30 May 2011
General Colin L. PowellBrigadier Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.General Daniel "Chappie" JamesBrigadier General Hazel Johnson-BrownAdmiral Michelle J. HowardLt. General Frank E. Petersen ... read more >>
The Scottsboro Boys
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 19 May 2011
The Scottsboro Nine with their attorney The Nine minus one in Birmingham Jail The Jackson County marker erected in their honor *** Legends ***By Yussuf J. SimmondsThe Scottsboro Boys "They became the 'poster ... read more >>
Jennifer Carroll
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 16 May 2011
Lt. Gov. Jennifer CarrollCarroll delivering a messageCarroll with a winning smileThe Carroll family*** Legends ***By Yussuf J. SimmondsJennifer Carroll"The first Black woman elected as lieutenant governor ... read more >>
Mothers from the Motherland
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 05 May 2011
"They led the way and bore the pain for an entire continent"IN HONOR OF ALL THE MOTHERS, THE LOS ANGELES SENTINEL IS PLEASED TO PRESENT MOTHERS FROM THE MOTHERLAND WHERE THE HUMAN FAMILY ORIGINATED.WINNIE ... read more >>
Black Business Month: Broadway Federal Bank
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 30 April 2011
The beginning as Broadway Federal Savings & LoanDr. H. Claude Hudson, [founder, 1st generation] Elbert T. Hudson (right), [2nd generation] Paul Hudson, [3rd generation, chairman] LegendsBy Yussuf J. ... read more >>
Carlton Goodlett
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 23 April 2011
Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett, the publisher by Yussuf J. SimmondsCarlton Goodlett"Medical Doctor, Businessman, Scholar, Civil Rights Activist and Publisher"Born in July 1914, in Chipley, Florida, Carlton Benjamin ... read more >>
Marcus Garvey School
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 14 April 2011
"An educational institution for Black children like no other"Education is a power and a force ... it is the surest way for a people to rise and overcome traditional and historic barriers ... without a ... read more >>
Women Poets
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 03 April 2011
By Yussuf J. Simmonds This is the final week of Women's month and students are about to return from their Easter break. Those who have accepted the responsibility as poets/educators--past and present--have ... read more >>
George Washington Carver
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 25 February 2011
The Eminent George Washington Carverby Yussuf J. Simmonds"The Wizard of Tuskegee"Sunrise: 1864--Sunset: 1943"In honor of Black History Month, the Sentinel presents on the country's foremost scientist" ... read more >>
JIM BROWN
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 17 February 2011
Jim Brown, the Humanitarian Jim Brown, the ActorJim Brown on the GridironLegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsJIM BROWNThe Los Angeles Sentinel wishes Jim Brown "a Happy 75th Birthday""His accomplishments off ... read more >>
A. Leon Higginbotham
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 28 January 2011
Judge A. Leon HigginbothamHigginbotham's literary masterpieceBy Yussuf J. SimmondsA. Leon Higginbotham"A Militant Jurist (Judge)"Some legal historians have described Judge A. Leon Higginbotham as one of ... read more >>
Remembering MAYOR THOMAS "TOM" BRADLEY
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 30 December 2010
The Bradley family celebrating his 1973 mayoral victory (L to R) daughters-Phyllis and Lorraine; wife-Ethel; and Tom BradleyLegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsRemembering MAYOR THOMAS "TOM" BRADLEYDecember 29, ... read more >>
C.L.R. James
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 23 December 2010
Young C.L.R. Depicting the Haitian Revolution in the Black Jacobins*** Legends ***  by Yussuf J. Simmonds C.L.R. James"A historian, journalist, author and social theorist, who was influential in the United ... read more >>
Johnny Mathis
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 16 December 2010
Johnny Mathis, the man, the crooner in action***LEGENDS***By Yussuf J. SimmondsJohnny Mathis"A voice that makes its own music"The holiday season brings out a plethora of music made famous by an array of ... read more >>
NAT KING COLE
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 09 December 2010
 Vintage Nat King ColeThe man and his musicThe King belting out , "Unforgettable"  Maria and Nat King Cole*** Legends *** "His voice coined the phrase silky smooth while his singing made music"Though ... read more >>
Educators and Scholars (PART TWO)
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 02 December 2010
Educators and Scholars (PART TWO)These are some of the teachers of this generation and beyond who share the universal Black experience, and have catalogued those experiences in academic and practical terms, ... read more >>
“We Wish you a Happy Birthday”
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 04 September 2010
 LEGENDSThe Sentinel extends birthday greetings to those who have given of themselves for humanityby Yussuf J. SimmondsSentinel Managing EditorChief Mangosuthu Buthelezi — August 27Chief Mangosuthu ... read more >>
Sister and Brother
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 28 August 2010
"Born of the same parents, some went separate ways" Grace Jones and Bishop Noel Jones are sister and brother. GRACE JONES/NOEL JONESGrace Jones, born in Jamaica on May 19, 1948, is a well-known actress, ... read more >>
Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln)
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 21 August 2010
  Aminata Moseka in BraidsAminata in ActionAminata in a Pensive MoodAminata Young and VibrantAminata in Style  *** Legends ***"Legendary Jazz Singer, Songwriter and Actress."By Yussuf J. SimmondsSentinel ... read more >>
Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 14 August 2010
 “Satchmo” in action“Satchmo” The ManLouis “Satchmo” Armstrong   A Jazz Trumpeter who put the 'J' in Jazz and the 'T' in Trumpet by Yussuf J. SimmondsComing of age in the jazz capital of ... read more >>
The Congressional Black Caucus (Update)
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 06 August 2010
 Barbara Lee (CA-9), ChairwomanMaxine Waters (CA-35), senior memberCharles Rangel (NY-15), co-founding memberJohn Conyers (MI-14), co-founding member*** Legends ***by Yussuf J. Simmonds"They are still ... read more >>
The South Africans
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 29 July 2010
 *** LEGENDS ***by Yussuf J. Simmonds"They fought so that Black people could get Freedom, Justice and Equality"The recent announcement that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will be leaving public life ... read more >>
Annie Turnbo Pope Malone
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 23 July 2010
 Annie Turnbo Pope MaloneAnnie Turnbo Pope MaloneThe First Poro BuildingThe hot combs--some of her products*** Legends ***"Though her name was not well known, she left a rich legacy" By Yussuf J. SimmondsWhen ... read more >>
Single-Named Celebrities
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 15 July 2010
 *** Legends ***"They are famously known only by one name, so their other name might just be a legality"In the world of celebrities and high-profiled individuals, some have injected themselves thoroughly ... read more >>
Paul Robeson
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 08 July 2010
Paul Robeson, the ScholarPaul Robeson, the OratorPaul Robeson, the TravelerPaul Robeson, the Entertainer*** LEGENDS *** 'A scholar, athlete, lawyer, singer, actor, activist and freedom fighter'By Yussuf ... read more >>
Women in the Pulpit
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 02 July 2010
 LEGENDSThey brought a spiritual balance to religion  Yussuf J. SimmondsThese women brought a balance to the natural order of things in creation. Since it takes two to procreate, any ideal that is ... read more >>
The Fathers of California’s Black Politicians
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 24 June 2010
LEGENDSThey pioneered the way for generations of elected officials By Yussuf J. SimmondsSentinel Managing EditorIn February 2007, the California State Assembly adopted a bill referencing Black History ... read more >>
Fathers and Sons Together II
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 17 June 2010
 Judge David S. Cunningham IIIMaxcy FilerJudge Kelvin D. FilerDr. Walter R. Tucker, Jr.Walter R. Tucker III*** Legends ***Yussuf J. Simmonds"They shared elected offices with the family"A father's presence ... read more >>
Roles
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 10 June 2010
*** Legends ***by Yussuf J. SimmondsSometimes the media (print, electronic, film, etc.) depict art imitating life and/or sometimes they depict life imitating art. Very often, art and life intersect blurring ... read more >>
Fathers of Black Music & Entertainment
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 03 June 2010
LEGENDSThey were the force that gave Black music guidance, expression and an outlet to the worldBy Yussuf J. SimmondsManaging EditorAlong with Berry Gordy, the Motown master, the ABC of career building ... read more >>
Harry Edwards
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 27 May 2010
 Dr. Harry EdwardsThe Intellectual MilitantA Moment in Time: 1968 Olympic GamesKnown as 'A Rebel With a Cause,' he advocates passionately for the Black athlete in professional sportsYussuf J. SimmondsSentinel ... read more >>
Whoopi Goldberg
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 20 May 2010
 Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi, the StarWhoopi, the ComicYussuf J. SimmondsManaging Editor 'Academy-Award, Emmy-Award, Grammy-Award and Tony-Award Winner'At the opening of "Motown 30," Whoopi Goldberg appeared ... read more >>
Father and Son Legislators
Written by Sentinel News Service 13 May 2010
They shared elected offices within the familyLegacies are very important when traditions are handed down from parents to children. In the history of Black elected officials, that legacy is a rare phenomenon. ... read more >>
Prominent Businessmen & Women
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 09 April 2010
Biddy Mason Maggie L. Walker A.G. (Arthur George) Gaston THE HUDSONS BROADWAY FEDERAL BANK Prominent Businessmen & Women"They have led the way and set the standards for some of the best in the business"Despite ... read more >>
Women Pioneers in (California) Politics
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 28 March 2010
Rep. Maxine Waters Rep. RichardsonRep. Barbara LeeFmr. Speaker Karen BassCouncil Mbr. Jan PerryD.A. Kamala HarrisFmr. Supvr. Yvonne V. BurkeLegends By Yussuf J. Simmonds "Women Pioneers in (California) ... read more >>
First Time Nominees
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 18 March 2010
 Gabourey Sidibe on the red carpetSidibe as PreciousJennifer Hudson, the DreamgirlOprah Winfrey in the Color PurpleWhoopi Goldberg in the Color PurpleDiana Ross in Lady Sings the BluesFirst Time Nominees"Ladies ... read more >>
Legend: Myrlie Evers-Williams
Written by Super User 14 March 2010
Myrlie Evers-WilliamsA Display of Grace Under PressureAt Medgar Evers' funeral3 Women of Distinction: Dr. Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, Myrlie Evers-WilliamsLegendsby Yussuf J. SimmondsMyrlie Evers-Williams'The ... read more >>
Harriet Tubman
Written by Super User 05 March 2010
Harriet TubmanThe "Underground Railroad"Slaves on the runLEGENDSBy Yussuf J. Simmonds HARRIET TUBMAN"Called the Black Moses, she moved slaves through the Underground Railroad"I'll meet you in the morningSafe ... read more >>
Henri Christophe
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 18 February 2010
General Henri ChristopheKing ChristopheThe CitadelIn Memory of the KingLegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsHENRI CHRISTOPHE"One of the architects of the Haitian Revolution"Henri Christophe (pronounced "Or-ree/Ah-ree ... read more >>
Jean Jacques Dessalines
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 11 February 2010
Jean Jacques DessalinesEmperor DessalinesIn Memory of DessalinesLegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsJean Jacques Dessalines"One of the triumvirate that ran the French out of Haiti"After the Haitians defeated the ... read more >>
Toussaint L’Ouverture
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 05 February 2010
 Toussaint L’Ouverture  In honor of the current events in Haiti, "Legends" will carry the stories of the men who fought the French and won its independence at the end of the 18th century--beginning ... read more >>
Dr. Mark Dean
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 14 January 2010
LegendsDR. MARK DEANDr. Dean, the ScholarDr. Dean, IBM's Man Dr. Mark Dean "The dean of Black Inventors referred to as America's high-tech Invisible Man" In the book, Invisible Man, the main character ... read more >>
Cabinet Members of the Past
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 10 December 2009
Robert C. Weaver (HUD)                                       Patricia R. Harris (HUD, ... read more >>
Eartha Kitt
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds 02 December 2009
Miss Eartha KittThe Sultry KittThe Tantalizing KittThe Magnificent Kitt Legends  By Yussuf J. SimmondsEartha Kitt“Though small in physical stature, she was a giant in the entertainment community ... read more >>
Ella Fitzgerald
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds 26 November 2009
 Ella, the GreatThe First Lady of SongElla in ConcertVintage Ella Legends By Yussuf J. Simmonds  Ella Fitzgerald “The first lady of jazz and song, who played with the best in the business”Born ... read more >>
Charles Rangel
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 19 November 2009
Representative Charles RangelChairman RangelThe Gang of Four (L to R – Dinkins, Paterson, Sutton, Rangel)                                                                          LegendsBy ... read more >>
Theodore "Ted" Watkins & WLCAC
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 12 November 2009
Ted WatkinsWatkins speaking to the peopleAt WLCAC center in 1967  LegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsSentinel Managing Editor Theodore "Ted" Watkins & WLCAC"He Really Put Watts on the Map"In 1981, the ... read more >>
Dr. James M. Rosser
Written by Yussuf J Simmonds (Managing Editor) 05 November 2009
LEGENDSDr. James M. RosserDr. James RosserAn Engaging Dr. Rosser The New Campus Look By Yussuf J. Simmonds Sentinel Managing Editor"He continues to serve as the president of Cal-State L.A. after 30 years"When ... read more >>
The Commissioners
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 28 October 2009
Charles MatthewsDr. John A. SomervilleEverette M. PorterElbert T. HudsonMarguerite P. JusticeSamuel L. WilliamsMelanie LomaxDavid S. Cunningham IIIJohn W. Mack LegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsThe Commissioners“They ... read more >>
Black Women on LAUSD Board
Written by Yussuf Simmonds, (Managing Editor) 22 October 2009
Diane WatsonRita WaltersMarguerite Poindexter LaMotteBarbara BoudreauxBlack Women on LAUSD BoardLegendsBy Yussuf J. Simmonds“They answered the call to serve the children of Los Angeles Schools”                                                                                             ... read more >>
Diana Ross
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 08 October 2009
Diana Ross Diana Ross and the Supremes Diana Ross, the DivaDiana Ross as Billie HolidayDiana Ross as Mahogany LegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsDIANA ROSS“Without her, there would not have been ... read more >>
Tuskegee Airmen (continued)
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds 01 October 2009
Flight School GraduatesLegendsBy Yussuf J. Simmonds  Tuskegee Airmen (continued) "They allowed Black military men to fly the friendly skies with honor"  SOME OF THE NAMED AIRMEN When ... read more >>
Cardinal Francis Arinze
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 23 September 2009
Arinze, the CardinalArinze, the ScholarArinze, the LecturerArinze in his cardinal's regaliaArinze's birthplace LegendsBy Yussuf J. Simmonds CARDINAL FRANCIS ARINZE "Born in Nigeria and was in ... read more >>
Legend: Arthur Ashe
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Assistant Managing Editor) 10 September 2009
Arthur Ashe at WimbledonAshe in ActionThe Ashe Family (Camera, Arthur and Jeanne)Ashe on the courtAshe with Nelson Mandela LegendsARTHUR ASHE"His toughest challenge was not on the tennis court but in ... read more >>
Sidney Poitier
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds 27 August 2009
Sidney PoitierMr. & Mrs. Poitier (Joanna Shimkus Poitier & Sidney Poitier)The elegant Sidney PoitierPresident Barack Obama and Sidney PoitierSIDNEY POITIER"The first Black man to win an Academy ... read more >>
African Slave Castles
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Assistant Managing Editor) 27 August 2009
Cape Coast Castle, GhanaDown Inside the Slave CastlePacked Like Sardines in a CanIn the DungeonsThe West Coast of AfricaAFRICA'S SLAVE CASTLES"They were the last place a slave would 'reside' before going ... read more >>

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Donna Brazile
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 13 August 2009
Donna BrazileBrazile takes chargeBrazile's MemoirsBrazile at workLegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsAssistant Managing Editor DONNA BRAZILE"The first African American woman to become campaign manager of a major ... read more >>
Gordon Parks
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 06 August 2009
Gordon Parks Parks with Minister Malcolm X, & N.Y. Borough President Hulan Jack (Seated); and Dick Gregory (at microphone)A Parks Masterpiece LegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsAssistant Managing Editor GORDON ... read more >>
Sammy Davis Jr.
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 30 July 2009
Vintage Sammy Davis Jr.Cool Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy and Altovise SAMMY DAVIS, JR."He acted on stage and screen; he was a singer, dancer, author, comedian, impressionist and musician: Mr. Bojangles"He was ... read more >>
Pullman Porters
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 23 July 2009
A. Philip RandolphRandolph - Black Heritage StampRandolph at the March-on-WashingtonLegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsPullman Porters"A Philip Randolph and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters"At the dawn ... read more >>
Africa and Africans
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 15 July 2009
The Great Rift ValleyEllen Sirleaf (Liberia)Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana)Nelson Mandela (South Africa)Patrice Lumumba (The Congo)Winnie Mandela (South Africa)Gamal Nasser (Egypt)*** Legends ***by Yussuf J. SimmondsAFRICA ... read more >>
Michael Jackson
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 02 July 2009
Michael Jackson performing on stage.The Jackson 5Michael Jackson in his infamous red leather jacket (1983).Michael Jackson sporting a trendy afro (1974).MICHAEL JACKSON"The King is Dead; Long Live the ... read more >>
Black Women Poets
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 17 June 2009
 Phillis WheatleyGwendolyn E. BrooksMaya AngelouNikki GiovanniSonia SanchezLegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsBLACK WOMEN POETSPHILLIS WHEATLEY was born a free spirit in Gambia, West Africa around 1753, but ... read more >>
Carter G Woodson
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 11 June 2009
Dr. Carter G. WoodsonWoodson Roadside Marker, West VirginiaBronze Statue of Woodson, West VirginiaWoodson, The ScholarLegends By Yussuf J. SimmondsCarter G. Woodson"Historian, author, journalist and the ... read more >>
Bustamante and Manley
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 04 June 2009
Sir Alexander BustamanteThe Honorable Norman ManleySIR ALEXANDER BUSTAMANTE--"The First Prime Minister of Jamaica, and one of the most influential political figures in the West Indies"Born William Alexander ... read more >>
Niagara Movement
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 28 May 2009
Leaders of the MovementFounding Members of the MovementMen and Women of the Movement "It provided the framework for the NAACP"When Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois published "The Talented Tenth" in 1903, he saw it ... read more >>
Great African American Women
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 14 May 2009
"They led the way and bore the pain for an entire continent" WINNIE MANDELAWinnie Mandela is like no other woman in Africa because she has given all that she humanly can and is still giving so that ... read more >>
Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA)
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 07 May 2009
Attorney Fred Gray in Court                    Edgar D. Nixon - Mug ShotParks, Nixon & Gray Professor Jo Ann RobinsonJohnnie R.D. Carr, President ... read more >>
Buffalo Soldiers
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 23 April 2009
William Carney a Buffalo Soldier, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Soldiers in Cuba, A Soldier of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, A Fighting Unit  "They were the criteria for Black soldiers in the U.S. ... read more >>
Tuskegee Airmen
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 16 April 2009
A Graduationg class of Tuskegee AirmenLegendsBy Yussuf J. SimmondsTuskegee Airmen"They allowed Black military men to fly the friendly skies with honor"When Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president ... read more >>
African American Lieutenant Governors
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 09 April 2009
Oscar J. Dunn, Alonzo J. Ransier, Caesar "CC" Antoine George L. Brown, Mervyn M. Dymally, Jennette B. Bradley Michael S. Steele, Anthony G. Brown, David A. PatersonA lieutenant governor in the United ... read more >>
Black Women and the Academy Awards-Winners & Nominees
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 26 March 2009
"Their Stars still shined as bright as anyone else's" At the dawn of the 21st century in 2001, Halle Berry received an Academy Award as the best actress in "Monster's Ball." ... read more >>
Black Women in the Struggle
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 19 March 2009
They Lived "Til Death Do Us Part" In honor of Women's History Month, "Legends" is pleased to re-publish "BLACK WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE" as a tribute to all Black women ... read more >>
Ambassadors (Part II)
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 26 February 2009
"They represented the United States throughout the World" Many of the Black men and women who represented the United States as ambassadors have done extraordinary work and for the most ... read more >>
PATRICE LUMUMBA
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 19 February 2009
"Legendary freedom fighter and founding Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo" "What we want for our country is its right to an honorable life, to a dignity without ... read more >>
Broadway Federal Bank
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 05 February 2009
"For over six decades, "Broadway" has been the community banker." As the nation's economic condition worsens, it is fitting to note that a local of bank, dedicated to serving ... read more >>
Charles C. Diggs, Jr.
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 29 January 2009
"As the first Black congressman from Michigan, he helped form the Congressional Black Caucus." "When we talk about self determination for the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.), ... read more >>
The Campaign
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 22 January 2009
"Obama's road to the White House changed the dynamics of presidential campaigns forever"THE ANNOUNCEMENT One of the cornerstones of American democracy is that every four years a president ... read more >>
The 1963 March on Washington
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 15 January 2009
"There Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I-Have-A-Dream" Speech" The 1963 March on Washington drew a crowd of over 250,000 people and it heralded the height of the ... read more >>
The Ambassadors
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 08 January 2009
"They represent(ed) the United States throughout the world" United States ambassadors are high-ranking accredited diplomats who serve as the official representative of the U.S. to foreign ... read more >>
The Departed 2008
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 01 January 2009
"They're gone but their memories still linger on" JANUARY: ERNIE "ARROWHEAD" HOLMES--won two super bowls as anchor of Pittsburgh Steelers. (1/17) FEBRUARY: JOHNNIE CARR--succeeded ... read more >>
Bob Jones
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 18 December 2008
Though the name "Bob Jones" is a common name, there was nothing common about Robert Gooden Jones, a Motown legend, a publicist, an author and also well known as vice president of Michael ... read more >>
Plessy vs Ferguson
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 11 December 2008
"The dictum of this decision enshrined 'separate-but-equal' into the fabric of society" Prior to the Plessy vs Ferguson United States Supreme Court decision in 1896, Blacks and Whites ... read more >>
John Mercer Langston 1829 - 1897
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 04 December 2008
John Mercer Langston was born a free man in Louisa County, Virginia. He was the son of Ralph Quarles, a White plantation owner and Lucy Langston, a Black Native American woman, one of Quarles' ... read more >>
Rosewood
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 27 November 2008
Rosewood was a predominantly Black town in Florida that experienced one of the most vicious massacres of Black people in America early in the 20th century. That the massacre was not widely reported ... read more >>
The Senators
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 20 November 2008
Since the nation was founded, there have been five Black senators in the United States Senate—there were three Republicans and two Democrats. The Republicans were Hiram R. Revels and Blanche K. ... read more >>
Robben Island
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 16 October 2008
In the annuals of history, there have been numerous inhumane prisons where men have banished other men for crimes and “non-crimes” especially militant, political activities, the latter became ... read more >>
Norman Whitfield
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 09 October 2008
 Norman WhitfieldNorman Whitfield was one of the architects of the Motown sound during the 60s and 70’s; he was a talented songwriter, arranger and record producer extraordinaire. He did not ... read more >>
Fannie Lou Hamer
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 02 October 2008
Fannie Lou HamerIf Fannie Lou Hamer were alive today, the 2008 presidential campaign would bring tears to her eyes and a smile to her face. She would have been able to rest for a while, take a deep breath ... read more >>
Duke Ellington
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 11 September 2008
 Duke EllingtonBorn Edward Kennedy Ellington, the masterful music he made and left a distinguished legacy to the world. As one of the most important composers in the history of jazz, “Duke” ... read more >>
Shirley Clarke Franklin
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 28 August 2008
Mayor Shirley Clarke FranklinIn 2005, Mayor Shirley Clarke Franklin of Atlanta was named one of the top five best big-city mayors and one of the best leaders. She was the first woman ever to be elected ... read more >>
Isaac Hayes
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 14 August 2008
  1942 - 2008Isaac Hayes was called the Black Moses, but he would always let it be known that he was the Moses of Music and nothing more. As one of the leading artists for Stax Records, Hayes ... read more >>
Thomas ‘Tom’ Bradley
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 07 August 2008
 Mayor Tom Bradley Thomas J. “Tom” Bradley made history in 1973 when he became the first Black mayor of Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest city. He went on to be the longest ... read more >>
Willie L. Brown
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 31 July 2008
 Mayor  Willie BrownIn addition to serving two terms as the first Black mayor of San Francisco, Willie L. Brown is also well known as the longest serving Speaker of the California Assembly. ... read more >>
David Dinkins
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 24 July 2008
  David DinkinsWhen David N. Dinkins became the first Black mayor of New York City, he completed a coast-to-coast phenomenon that started with Los Angeles, Chicago and several large urban municipalities ... read more >>
Kenneth ‘Ken’ Gibson
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 17 July 2008
  Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Allen Gibson was an engineer for the New Jersey Highway Department, the chief engineer for the Newark Housing Authority and the chief structural engineer for Newark ... read more >>
Richard G. Hatcher
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 10 July 2008
 Mayor Richard G. HatcherAfter the Civil Rights Era of the 1960’s, the historic March on Washington and the passing of some sweeping civil rights laws, several Black mayors of major cities—especially ... read more >>
Coleman Young
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 03 July 2008
 Mayor Coleman Young views his cityColeman Young was famous for the blunt statements he sometimes used publicly because they were often peppered with profanity. He said, “Swearing is an art ... read more >>
Maynard Jackson
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 26 June 2008
Maynard JacksonWhen Maynard Jackson was elected the first Black mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, he also became the first Black mayor of a major southern city. (That same year Thomas “Tom” Bradley ... read more >>
Harold Washington
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 19 June 2008
Like so many clichés, Chicago politicians seem to be unfairly stigmatized with a negative reputation for underhanded backroom dealings in smoke-filled rooms, but Harold Washington, the city’s ... read more >>
Landmark Decisions (Cases and Admendments)
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 12 June 2008
According to the United States Constitution, “all men are created equal” and recent events have brought the nation closer to that reality. Senator Barack Obama is the ultimate recipient of ... read more >>
Cardinal Bernardin Gantin
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 05 June 2008
 His Eminence Cardinal Bernardin GantinCardinal Bernardin Gantin was born in Toffo, Benin, West Africa, on May 08, 1922 in the archdiocese of Cotonou; there his surname translated “tree of ... read more >>
Alexis M. Herman
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 29 May 2008
 Alexis M. HermanAlexis Herman, the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor, was the first African American to lead that department and the lone Black woman in the Clinton cabinet. When the president announced ... read more >>

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Jomo Kenyatta
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 22 May 2008
Jomo Kenyatta  Looking at a map of Africa early in the 20th century, one gets the feeling that he is looking at the “states of Europe.” With exception of Liberia (founded by ex-slaves ... read more >>
Frances Cress Welsing
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 15 May 2008
  Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, M. D.In the dedication of her book, “The Isis Papers,” Dr. Frances Cress Welsing wrote, “This work is dedicated to the victims of the global system ... read more >>
Frantz Fanon
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 08 May 2008
“The Wretched of the Earth,” “Black Skin, White Masks,” “A Dying Colonialism” and “Toward the African Revolution” are four major literary works by Frantz ... read more >>
Leo Branton Jr.
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 01 May 2008
Branton speaking at luncheon for Justice Vaino Spencer.When the annals of great legal scholars are written, a special place has to be allocated for Leo Branton Jr. the prominent civil rights and entertainment ... read more >>
Bishop Vashti McKenzie
Written by Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor) 24 April 2008
“The first woman elected AME Bishop” When Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first woman to be elected bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, was speaking to a graduate class ... read more >>

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