Fine Wine and Dr. King

Three men from different backgrounds and strongly differing beliefs met totally by chance on a rainy evening in Atlanta. While sipping fine wine the wide divide in their beliefs did not disappear, but for a time, Jim Sander’s hospitality and a mutual enjoyment of the wine bound them together in pleasant conversation, and a little known but historic meeting passed into history.

Book Review: Guest of Honor: An Invite to White House Dinner for Booker T. Washington

Washington Post- History is like a photograph. Facts are facts, but how we understand them depends on who’s doing the framing. In her new book, “Guest of Honor,” about the famous White House dinner at which President Theodore Roosevelt hosted African American educator Booker T. Washington, Deborah Davis examines race relations in early 20th-century America through the lives of two of the era’s giants. With some success and one stumble, she depicts a brash, independent president and a former slave who became the most powerful black man of his time. Their dinner on Oct. 16, 1901, she argues, helped change the country.  READ COMPLETE REVIEW

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North America: Patriot Day

Patriot Day is held in memory of the nearly 3000+ people who died during terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. During this day of remembrance, flags are flown half-staffed and moments of silence are observed at 8:46 A.M EST. How are you recognizing Patriot Day?

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History of New York’s Governor’s Island

I recently got to attend the New York Vendy Awards on Governor’s Island.  When you are looking for wonderful free things to do in New York, taking the ferry over to Governor’s Island allows you clear view of the Statue of Liberty and chance to visit an island rich with history.- Crystal J, MCCN Editor

The History

First named by the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block, it was called Noten Eylant (and later in pidgin language Nutten Island) from 1611 to 1784. The island’s current name—made official eight years after the 1776 Declaration of Independence—stems from British colonial times when the colonial assembly reserved the island for the exclusive use of New York’s royal governors.

Defensive works were raised on the island in 1776 by Continental Army troops during the American Revolutionary War, and fired upon British ships before falling into enemy hands. From 1783 to 1966, the island was a United States Army post. From 1966 to 1996 the island served as a major United States Coast Guard installation. In 2001, the two historical fortifications and their surroundings became a National Monument. On January 31, 2003, control of most of the island was transferred to the State of New York for a symbolic $1, but 13% of the island (22 acres or 9 ha) was transferred to the United States Department of the Interior as the Governors Island National Monument, administered by the National Park Service. The national monument area is in the early stages of development and open only on a seasonal basis, so services and facilities are limited.

The New York Vendy Awards at Governor’s Island


America I AM: The African American Imprint

Tavis Smiley walks with daughter(L) & sister(R) of Martin Luther King Jr.

I recently got the opportunity to experience the America I AM tour at the California Science Center on a Sunday afternoon.  The blessing came from a friend who gave me a spare ticket to go with her church group.  The America I AM exhibit will remain at the California Science Center until April 15, 2010.  The tour is traveling for the next four years to 10 cities.  It is the brainchild of Radio and TV Host Tavis Smiley.

Take the time to see clothing worn by Frederick Douglass, the shackles worn by slaves, the invention of the traffic light by Garrett Morgan more. It is a great opportunity for people of various cultures to gain an understanding of the past to help toward a brighter future- Crystal Johnson- MCCN Editor

America I AM: The African American Imprint is a four-year touring museum exhibition that celebrates nearly 500 years of African American contributions to this country.

America I AM provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore this uniquely American story. With the nation’s first African American president, America I AM endeavors to bring together Americans of all backgrounds to achieve a greater understanding of their shared culture and history.

Scholar W.E.B. Du Bois once wrote, “Would America have been America without her Negro people?”

To examine the answer to that question, AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint
is mounted as the broadest museum exhibition of its kind. An assembly of poignant artifacts representing nearly 500 years of American history, the exhibition will convey and celebrate the undeniable imprint African Americans have had on the country and the world.

Core Themes
Covering history from the arrival of Africans to the present day, the exhibition presents a collection of pivotal moments of courage, conviction, and creativity that have shaped the culture and society in which we live today in this nation and around the world.

The exhibition examines four themes in particular: economic, socio-political, cultural, and spiritual impact on America. These themes serve as recurring touch points throughout the galleries, as visitors discover how our experience as Americans has been shaped by African Americans throughout history. Read More

Learn about Recent Black History: Shani Davis Olympic Athlete