Local Member of The ‘Tougaloo Nine’ Tells Her Story

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OAK PARK — The efforts of the Little Rock 9 (LR9), the first Black students to integrated Central High School in the early part of the civil rights movement, is well-documented in African American history. The students obtained that notoriety because of the usage of television in the 1950s. About four years after the LR9 […]

Building Named to Honor Grantland Johnson

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SACRAMENTO – The Department of Health and Human Services Administration building, located at 7001 East Parkway, will be renamed in honor of Grantland Johnson, a former County Supervisor who passed away on August 19, at the age of 65. This change is in dedication to his legacy as a revered leader in the community both […]

U-CAN Kicks off 10 City College Recruitment Tour

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SACRAMENTO – The United College Action Network (U-CAN) kicks off the new school year with a 10-city college recruitment tour. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to admit students on the Spot. Thousands of students from Sacramento, the East Bay and San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley and the Inland Empire will gather at […]

Local Organizer On Her Way To Ferguson To Assists Youth

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SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) Community Organizer Danielle Williams is on her way to Ferguson, Missouri, to assist in social justice and political activities. Williams, 29, will depart Sacramento on Aug. 31 and should return by Sept. 1. ACT, is a member of the PICO National Network (People Improving Communities Through Organizing), which […]

United Way Seeks Volunteers for “2nd Annual Day of Caring”

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SACRAMENTO – Five hundred local residents are needed to spend one day caring for the community on Sept. 12 by signing up for one of 31 volunteer projects happening across the region on United Way’s 2nd Annual Day of Caring, sponsored by Nationwide. The event, which kicks off the fall fundraising campaign, will start at […]

Neslon Murder Trial Ends in Three Guilty Verdicts

Richard Nelson Jr., right, leaves the Sacramento County Courthouse with family members on Aug. 20, 2014, after hearing that three men were convicted of killing his sister Monique R. Nelson on Dec. 14, 2014. Ms. Nelson died shielding her two-year-old son from a hail of gunfire outside of South Sacramento barbershop.
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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento jury of seven women and five men found two brothers guilty of first-degree murder and one man of voluntary manslaughter for the killing of Monique Nelson outside of a Sacramento barbershop on Dec. 14, 2010. A fourth man on trial was acquitted of all charges in the murder case. The […]

Sacramento County’s First & Only Black Supervisor, Grantland Johnson Dies

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SACRAMENTO – He rose from humble beginnings in Del Paso Heights to the upper echelons of Sacramento politics and state public service. Grantland Johnson, the first and only African American to serve on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, passed away Tuesday apparently of diabetes-related kidney failure. He was 65. Johnson was referred to by […]

See The Smithsonian’s African American Art Collection at The Crocker Art Museum

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SACRAMENTO – The Crocker Art Museum continues to draw the community in to see and discuss the traveling exhibit, “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond.” The exhibit, drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s rich collection of African American art, is on display at the downtown museum through September 21. […]

Author & Entrepreneur John Hope Bryant to Speak at Indivizible

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OAK PARK – He’s advised three U.S. presidents, has graced national magazine covers and has been lauded by media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Entrepreneur, author and philanthropist John Hope Bryant returns to Sacramento on Monday, August 18 to share wisdom derived from years on the front lines of the fight for African American inclusion and equality. […]

Survey asks, “What Makes Sacramento Special?”

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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — What makes Sacramento distinct and special? The City of Sacramento is working with a firm on a study to uncover that “certain something” essential to the nature of the city. It may be a physical asset, an attitude, an accomplishment or the history. Being able to better understand the unique culture will […]