Ronald G. Shafer, The Washington Post Published 7:15 am PDT, Sunday, April 14, 2019 On Monday, every player in Major League Baseball will wear Jackie Robinson's No. 42 to honor the player who broke baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947. The country is also marking the centennial of Robinson's birth on Jan. 31, 1919 throughout the year. But the first African American to play regularly in the big leagues wasn't the Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman - it was Moses Fleetwood "Fleet" Walker. On May 1, 1884, the 26-year-old Walker was the catcher for the Toledo Blue Stockings in their opening game in the then-major league American Association. Six decades later, while Robinson was hailed as a pioneer, Walker was seen more as a curiosity. Before a June game against the original Washington Nationals, The Washington Post noted that Toledo's catcher "is a colored man, and no doubt many will attend the game to see our 'colored brother' in a new role." After Toledo won, The Post … [Read more...] about The first African American major league baseball player isn’t who you think
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Michael Cavna, The Washington Post Published 2:30 pm PST, Monday, February 25, 2019 On the eve of James Baldwin's words taking Hollywood's center stage this past weekend, a controversial cartoon depicting Baldwin was pulled by a Southern California newspaper. On Friday evening, the San Diego Union-Tribune announced that it was removing a work by Steve Breen, the paper's longtime editorial cartoonist, from its website. Jeff Light, the paper's publisher and editor in chief, also apologized for the cartoon, which in his words "drew an ironic parallel between two august figures - James Baldwin and Toni Morrison - and Jussie Smollett," the "Empire" actor accused of staging a hate crime last month and lying to Chicago police about it. The cartoon, published Friday, depicted successive portraits of Baldwin, Morrison and Smollett beneath the caption, "Famous African-American Storytellers." "I consider the cartoon offensive and not in line with our values as a company," Light … [Read more...] about A cartoonist added Jussie Smollett to the list of ‘Famous African-American Storytellers.’ The backlash was swift.
Susan Haigh, Associated Press Updated 8:29 am CST, Sunday, February 10, 2019 This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows an original April 23, 1949 copy of the New England Bulletin, a black-owned and operated weekly newspaper in Hartford, Conn. Old microfilm of this and other incarnations of the newspaper are being digitized so they can be available online as part of the United States Newspaper Program. This issue highlights the first person to take advantage of a Connecticut law that granted blacks equal membership to the Connecticut National Guard. less This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows an original April 23, 1949 copy of the New England Bulletin, a black-owned and operated weekly newspaper in Hartford, Conn. Old microfilm of this and other incarnations of the ... more Photo: Susan Haigh, AP Photo: Susan Haigh, … [Read more...] about Connecticut WWII-era newspapers offer view of black life
By Barton J. Bernstein | August 4, 2018 at 8:45 am Generally unknown even to most A-bomb historians is that a number of African-Americans in 1945-46 who were then of prominence, or future prominence, tended often to be critics of the August 1945 atomic bombings of Japanese cities. Such criticism was far more likely in 1945-46 among such black Americans, including especially black writers, than among their liberal white counterparts in the United States. About three-quarters of those dissident African-Americans were college educated, at a time when less than 1 percent of America’s adult black population had attended college. Most of the African-American critics were northerners, though the bulk of the nation’s black population in 1945-46 still lived in the American south. Among the significant African-American critics in 1945-46 of the atomic bombings were: Bayard Rustin, a future top adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King; Horace Cayton, a sociologist and frequent … [Read more...] about Opinion: Prominent African-Americans opposed atomic bombings
Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society John Quincy Adams, editor of The Western Appeal was one of the most successful African American newspapers of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. At the height of its popularity, it was published in six separate editions in cities across the United States, including St. Paul. The Western Appeal was first published on June 5, 1885, in St. Paul. African American newspapers were common at the time, but few of them lasted longer than a year, since they were started for cultural purposes more than commercial ones. There had been many previous African American newspapers in St. Paul, including one printed in 1876 also named the Western Appeal. It had no affiliation with the paper established in 1885. The 1885 Western Appeal was started by Samuel E. Hardy and John T. Burgett with Frederick Douglass Parker, who also served as the newspaper's first editor. It was a weekly paper, with an edition each Friday containing news, … [Read more...] about From St. Paul, editor John Quincy Adams built ‘The Western Appeal’ into a national African American newspaper