Thursday, June 29, 2017

Local Happenings

HAMPTON A national initiative, HOPE CREW, was launched at Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton on June 19 that will help preserve the fort’s historic structures. In partnership with the National Park Service and the Fort Monroe Authority, HOPE Crew will deploy a team of national experts and young, local participants to rehabilitate Fort Monroe […]

When  Glen Mason first  waded into the field of mainstream media in the early 1970s, the waters of Jim Crow racism were receding, but yet alive. It was somewhat historic when Glen Mason became “head copy boy” and later an editorial assistant at the daily Ledger-Star newspaper in Norfolk.  William “Bill” Forbes was the first […]

On June 16, President Donald J. Trump traveled to southern Florida to announce what seems to be a partial roll back of the Obama-era policies to normalize  political and economic relations with Cuba. Supporters of the reforms imposed by President Obama in 2014 say they are relieved Trump did not dismantle all of the reforms. […]

Let’s say you lost your job during the Great Recession of 2007-2009, lost your home to foreclosure, or wealth flew out of the window; experts say stop brooding, get busy, and make up for lost time. A growing number of reports show people of color lost more household wealth than whites from 1983 to 2013. […]

In 2007, Chesapeake writer Brenda Anderson wrote a thoughtful, 117-page, self-help book about her grandmother who died in 2006 at age 93 of colon cancer. After she wrapped up the book on her grandmother, many of the lessons that her grandmother taught her about fortitude and faith streamed through her mind because nurses were now […]

Special to the Guide PORTSMOUTH Beginning July 7th, Resistance & Resilience: A Memoir Workshop of the Jim Crow Era, a cost-free creative writing class, will meet for eight Friday mornings in July and August from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Colored Community Library Museum in Portsmouth, providing an opportunity to celebrate through the written word the […]

Members of the Concerned Citizens of Booker T. Washington High School (CCBTWHS) plan on going before the Norfolk Public School Board to voice their concerns about the physical conditions of the facility and get an idea on the division’s future plans for the school. CCBTWHS leaders, for the second time this year,  say they will be standing before […]

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Bobby Scott issued the following statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Loving v. Virginia: “In 1959, Mildred and Richard Loving were charged with violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage.  This injustice launched a courageous legal challenge that culminated in the Supreme Court ruling on […]

Ask Jamilla Burney-Divens how she moved from being the first female drum major in high school, to recently being promoted to the regional operations chief for the Virginia Department of Corrections- Eastern Region, and she will say she has a habit of finding her way to the front line. Here are the facts. Burney-Divens was […]

RICHMOND Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe unveiled a State Historical Marker June 12 commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s striking down the state’s law banning interracial marriage. The marker is next to  the Patrick Henry Building on  E. Broad Street, the former site of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals which denied Richard Loving, […]