Carrie Parker – 1st African American woman to enroll at IU

Carrie Parker – 1st African American woman to enroll at IU

This is huge folks. Unless somebody has been keeping it a really good secret, to this point we had no idea who was the first African American woman to attend Indiana University. We know Frances Marshall was the first African American woman to graduate (1919), we knew there had been other black women before her who attended but did not complete their degrees, but we had no clue as to who was the first. I contacted my friends at the Office of the Registrar who confirmed that Carrie did indeed matriculate January 4, 1898 and attended through Fall 1898. Wow. Okay, now to find see what else I could find out. A bit more digging in the newspapers found a write-up about her graduation from Clinton High School, which names her as the first ever African American woman to graduate from a Vermillion county school. The article, titled “Colored Girl’s Triumph: She Overcomes Terrible Obstacles and Graduates With Distinction,” (June 4, 1897, Bedford Mail) covers nearly a full column and verily sings Parker’s praises: She was the main object of interest in the graduating exercises. Her subject was “Home and Its Influence,” and when it came her time to speak she stepped to the front, cool and unembarrassed. She handled her subject with the skill and judgment of a professional lecturer, and it was the wonder of the audience how so young a girl could have learned so much on the practical affairs of life. She easily carried off the honors of her class, and the applause was hearty.” More…

Fathers Incorporated Launches “The Honorable Man” Campaign to Encourage 20,000 Black Fathers to Represent at the Upcoming Million Man March

Fathers Incorporated Launches “The Honorable Man” Campaign to Encourage 20,000 Black Fathers to Represent at the Upcoming Million Man March

Atlanta, GA — It has been nearly 20 years since the historic Million Man March in October of 1995. Much has transpired over this time with the nation’s Black Men and Families. […] More…

Kenya Attack: Survivor of al Shabab Massacre Played Dead

Kenya Attack: Survivor of al Shabab Massacre Played Dead

The Islamist extremists who slaughtered 147 people in a Kenyan school appeared to have planned extensively, even targeting a site where Christians had gone to pray, a survivor said Friday. Police on Friday were at the campus of Garissa University College, taking fingerprints from the bodies of the four assailants and of the students and security officials who died so they could be identified. More…

On Iran, Obama Gets His Breakthrough

On Iran, Obama Gets His Breakthrough

"It is a good deal,” President Barack Obama said on Thursday, after the framework of an agreement to keep Iran from getting a nuclear bomb was announced. If it is good—and that will depend on getting the final settlement done and signed between now and June—it will be in large part because the President avoided the temptations of resentment and self-pity. And Republicans in Congress will have failed to thwart it because they embraced them. More…

Inmate freed after nearly 30 years on death row

Inmate freed after nearly 30 years on death row

Anthony Ray Hinton says he's thankful to be free after nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row for murders he didn't commit. And incredulous that it took so long.Hinton, 58, looked up, took in the sunshine and thanked God and his lawyers Friday morning outside the county jail in Birmingham, minutes after taking his first steps as a free man since 1985. More…

Judge tosses conviction of George Stinney, executed at 14

Judge tosses conviction of George Stinney, executed at 14

A judge has vacated the conviction of a 14-year-old boy who was executed for allegedly killing two girls some 70 years ago in South Carolina. The judgment against George Stinney, the youngest person to be executed by an American state since the 1800s, effectively exonerates the boy, said family attorney Matt Burgess. A black teen in the Jim Crow South, Stinney was accused of murdering two white girls, ages 7 and 11, as they hunted for wildflowers in Alcolu, about 50 miles southeast of Columbia. Stinney, according to police, confessed to the crime. No witness or evidence that might vindicate him was presented during a trial that was over in fewer than three hours. An all-white jury convicted him in a flash, 10 minutes. More…

Tens Of Thousands March On NYPD Headquarters To Protest Police Killings

Tens Of Thousands March On NYPD Headquarters To Protest Police Killings

Tens of thousands of protesters streamed out of New York City's Washington Square Park on Saturday to protest the killings of unarmed black people by police officers, as part of the "Millions March NYC." The crowd began to wind its way through Manhattan. A large labor union contingent was present, including members of the Communications Workers of America wearing red shirts and AFL-CIO supporters waving blue signs. In contrast to other marches over the past weeks, this large, orderly demonstration took place during the day. A number of families with children took part, and demonstrators followed a pre-planned route. The march made its way uptown to Herald Square, then looped back downtown, with thunderous chants of "Hands up! Don't shoot!" and "Justice! Now!" echoing down Broadway. The demonstration culminated at One Police Plaza, the New York City Police Department's Lower Manhattan headquarters. Organizers estimated that 30,000 demonstrators participated in the march. The NYPD told The Huffington Post that, as of the official end of the march, no arrests had been made. Protesters held up 8 panels depicting Eric Garner's eyes, created by an artist known as JR. "The eyes were chosen as the most important part of the face," said Tony Herbas of Bushwick, an assistant to the artist. More…

Taliban halted after slaughtering at least 130, mostly children, in Pakistan school

Taliban halted after slaughtering at least 130, mostly children, in Pakistan school

A deadly, hours-long siege of a school in northwest Pakistan ended Tuesday evening with all the Taliban militants responsible killed, at least 130 people -- most of them children -- dead and a country once again grasping for answers after a horrific attack. Six suicide bombers scaled the walls of Army Public School and Degree College in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar around 10 a.m. (midnight ET) intent on killing older students there, according to Mohammed Khurrassani, a spokesman for the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan, or Pakistan Taliban. These Taliban had "300 to 400 people ... under their custody" at one point, Khurrassani said. More…

Teen Nobel Prize winner Malala's bloodied school uniform on display

Teen Nobel Prize winner Malalas bloodied school uniform on display

For the first time since she was attacked two years ago, the world can now see the uniform that teenager Malala Yousafzai wore when she was shot in the head by the Taliban. Malala, 17, has authorized the public display of the bloodied uniform, which includes a blouse, trousers and head scarf. It's part of an exhibit at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, where she will be receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday. The Pakistani teen is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. She shares this year's award with Kailash Satyarthi of India, who was also honored for fighting against the oppression of children and working for children's right to education. More…