01 29 2015
  2:26 pm  
40 Years of Service

Amateur Historian Pushes Behind the Scenes History

Before gentrification, before Northeast redlining, and before Vanport – there was the Golden West Hotel. Sitting in the shadow of Union Station, where a large number of African Americans found gainful employment, the Golden West was a community gathering place for pool games, drinks, meals, haircuts and even a Turkish bath. The early part of the 20th century was kind to the grand hotel and the surrounding Black-owned businesses – the Depression was not. In the late '80s, a group of concerned citizens formed the Friends of Golden West group ...

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Quintard Taylor, Online Historian Extraordinaire

Of all the electronic resources available for anyone interested in Black history, BlackPast.org is the richest gold mine on the planet. Developed by University of Washington history professor Dr. Quintard Taylor – the foremost historian of African Americans and African descendents in the West – BlackPast.org has attracted millions of visitors to its hundreds of free and easily-searched features since its launch in 2005. ...

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Tv Review: CNN Presents Black in America 2

Soledad O'Brien Hosts Second Annual Special

A year ago, “Black in Americaâ€" debuted on CNN to a lot of fanfare, but the 2-part special failed to live up to the hype basically because it bit off more than it could chew. After all, there is tremendous diversity among African Americans, and the show did its best to cover as many sectors of the Black community as possible. Unfortunately ...

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