Month: February 2022

Key Developments From Second CSSBMB Meeting

Subject Government Commissions, Black men and youth, Social Status Description The Commission on Social Status of Black Men and Boys (CSSBMB) held a public business meeting virtually on January 14. The meeting was chaired by Florida’s 24th congressional district representative Fredricka Wilson. Rep. Wilson opened the meeting by […]

GUYS READ builds confidence and skills for boys

Subject Children’s Services, Literacy, Programming, Reading, volunteers Description Ten fourth-grade boys collectively yell “EWWWWW!” as Johnny Rodriguez, 48, read aloud how mold can form on their leftover food. They were sitting in their school’s library, eating their lunch and listening to Rodriguez read The Bacteria Book. “I love the loud and funny […]

‘We’re still facing the challenge of we’re not good enough or worthy of the business’: How a 141-year-old Ohio moving company became America’s oldest Black-owned business

Subject Black-Owned Business; Moving Company; John T. Ward Description Sometime in the mid-19th century, John T. Ward, a Black man from Virginia who had relocated to Central Ohio, began transporting escaped enslaved people via the Underground Railroad. He relied on two horses and a wagon, covering a critical […]

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