Former NFL Great Michael Vick Doesn’t Dodge His Past

By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO Michael Vick became an NFL legend by eluding defenders that were trying to stop him.  With his playing days now over Vick doesn’t run away from his past...

HBCUs Continue to Fill a Major Void

By Maria Thompson, Special to the AFRO As we all know, HBCUs were established because of segregation and a lack of adequate higher learning opportunities for African Americans.  But what most Americans don’t know or...

Local Students Step Up on Gun Control

By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO About 200 youth and administrators from area schools made up a diverse audience who attended the “Town Hall for Our Lives,” in Washington, D.C. April 11. It was organized...

The Black Press and the Baltimore ’68 Riot

By E. R. Shipp, Special to the AFRO Part 2 This is the second and final part of a series documenting how the AFRO and other news publications covered the Baltimore ’68 Riot. In some cities, civil disorders...

Erin J. Gilbert’s Job is to Archive Black Art for the Smithsonian

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO Erin J. Gilbert recalls the wise advice of a former mentor who told her, “Nothing matters besides acquisitions, exhibitions and publication.” In the world of fine art, the value...

Remembering the Baltimore Riot of ‘68

By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO “My God, there’s going to be some action this summer,” the AFRO reported April 6, 1968. The quote is from an unnamed youth on Pennsylvania Avenue. The AFRO reporting of the...

Rally to End Racism Stirs Thousands To ACT NOW

By Tilesha Brown, Special to the AFRO ACT Now. Take a stand. That was the order of the day. And as thousands converged onto the National Mall in Washington, D.C. April 4 to rally for the end of...

Gilman Senior Accepted to Every Ivy League School

By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, [email protected] Anxiety is pervasive in the hearts and minds of millions of high school seniors across the nation, as college acceptance and rejection letters are being mailed out, carrying the hopes...

2018: The Year of Frederick Douglass

The governor’s reception room at the Maryland State House in Annapolis was packed as Gov. Larry Hogan proclaimed 2018 the Year of Frederick Douglass. The Feb. 13 announcement marked the bicentennial of the birth...

Korean Veteran Shares the Ups and Downs of Life as a Black Soldier

On June 25, 1950, about 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army crossed the 38th parallel, a boundary that separated the north’s Soviet-backed Democratic Republic of Korea and the south’s pro-Western Republic of...

Review: ‘Black Panther’ is Dazzling Grand-Scale Filmmaking

NEW YORK (AP) — The supposedly cosmically vast Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it's called, spans planets peppered throughout the galaxy, but Ryan Coogler's Earth-bound "Black Panther," glittering and galvanizing, stands worlds apart. For those of...

Trump’s Smear of the King Legacy

President Donald Trump has crossed the line. Trump, who continues to disrespect former President Barack Obama, who is hell-bent on repealing the Affordable Care Act, who shows disdain for civil rights and supports White...

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