James Byrd Jr. was born in Beaumont, Texas, one of nine children, to Stella and James Byrd Sr. In 1967, Byrd, who was African American, graduated from the last segregated class at Jasper’s Rowe High School. Byrd went on to marry and have three children.
He is a legend to many because of his singing and for making a handful of low-budget westerns in the 1930s. As America’s first African American movie hero, he provided encouragement and hope to countless thousands of children and adults of all colors during the early days of film.
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is exercised under cover of law, and with the colors of justice …” U.S. v. Jannotti, 673 F.2d 578, 614 (3d Cir. 1982) Cover Story by Darwin Campbell, African-American News&Issues HOUSTON- Open Season: A period when restrictions on the hunting of certain types of wildlife are lifted. A period when all
The impact of his words of hope and deeds are still evident decades later as Black America still works through and strives to overcome 400 years of slavery and 149 years of discrimination, segregation and the spirit of racism that continues to churn in the hearts of some in White America who continue to pass the poison cup from generation to generation.
Fixing discipline problems in the Aldine Independent School District has not been a walk in the park, butSuperintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg is honest and upfront admitting the problems the district has and sharing action plans for dealing with them.
Even 149 years after the treaty signing at the Appomattox Courthouse between Robert E Lee and Gen. Ulysses Grant ending the U.S. Civil War, America still has issues with race. African-Americans have been in a constant battle for acceptance and equality and fair treatment.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will offer free skin cancer screening exams to the public on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cancer Prevention Center at the Duncan Building. The building is located on the MD Anderson campus within the Texas Medical Center at 1155 Pressler Street, Floor 2. Free parking is available.
Crying Out For Justice: The Ray Scott Case Raises Questions on Unfair Trials & Miscarriages of Justice in Lee County – Giddings, TX
Small counties and towns in Texas have long been notorious for settings where the over zealous district attorneys are trying to make names for themselves but have taken advantage of the power of the criminal justice system and used back water juries to convict innocent men.
An unprecedented lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas alleging that highly recognized, good teachers are receiving poor evaluations because of a grossly flawed value-added algorithm used to evaluate them.Seven Houston teachers and the Houston Federation of Teachers are contending that it must be changed.
Inequality is the Issue! Rev. Al Sharpton at Houston Community College Black History Scholarship Gala
Rev. Sharpton is currently the host of a daily television show on MSNBC that analyzes the top political and social news and features the country’s leading newsmakers. ”Politics Nation” with Rev. Al Sharpton airs at 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.