We Applaud Black Oscar Winners

As we have come to the close of another empowering Black History Month, once again we are hit squarely with a reminder that there are still some places and institutions where African Americans/blacks have yet to receive full recognition. Generally recognized as the bastion of entertainment and icon for artistic prowess in America, Hollywood apparently remains one of those places. Despite significant strides, African Americans/blacks in the movie and film industries have significant hurdles to receive equitable recognition. Enter Reimagine …

A Church Bell Rings Out for Healing, Peace and Justice

Founded in 1776, First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Va., is believed to be the first black Baptist church that was organized entirely by African Americans — a group of slaves and freed blacks who met secretly under an arbor on Green Spring Plantation. By 1781, the congregation had close to 200 members, and its pastor was a slave who worked in the Williamsburg tavern owned by his master. Having moved from covert locations to a building in Williamsburg, in 1886 …

We Help to Make the Nation Better

Last year, the organization that founded Black History Month, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), celebrated its centennial year. From 1915 to the present, this group has documented the contributions that black people have made to the incredible history and legacy of the United States. Visit AARP Black Community » But as much as we honor the people and events that brought African Americans from slavery to freedom, there are yet other ethnic groups …

Walking Through a Year of Black History

It’s one thing to celebrate Black History Month. But when the organization founded by the father of Black history kicks off its 100th anniversary with an issues forum at the White House, led by America’s first Black president, that’s a Black history moment worth noting. That was the occasion on Feb. 11 as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) had a celebratory Black History Month forum at the White House. As panelists discussed the …

During Black History Month, Experience the Joy of Self-Education

One of my greatest joys over the past couple of years has been engaging in conversations with authors as host of AARP’s Black Community Book Club. From Nikki Giovanni to Terri McMillan to Russell Simmons to Leonard Pitts Jr., it’s been like conversing with living history. In reading these authors’ books and talking with them, it occurs to me how invaluable it is to delve into the knowledge and gifts of people who are enhancing the lives of others. Whether …

Cooking Up Justice With Bryant Terry

Chef and author Bryant Terry says that being a food justice activist could mean lots of things – for example, fighting for small family farmers or supporting major reform of national agriculture policies. But for Terry, author of cookbooks like Vegan Soul Kitchen and The Inspired Vegetarian, activism starts on the plate and centers on health: “My specific focus, for over a decade now, has been to look at the many ways in which people – particularly living in cities, …