March 14, 1995
Recently back from a trip to Jamaica, Richard Edson of the Folk Art Gallery has mounted an exhibit of Jamaican artists of African descent.The works of these artists -- painters, sculptors and one ceramist -- are interesting in their own right. But by showing them in the context of present and former African-American artists, Edson allows the viewer to discover common elements that reveal African influence on all of them.As he points out, "Contrary to the belief that all African influence was destroyed when people were transported to the New World, a lot of it went underground."
September 13, 1996
COLLEGE PARK -- University of Maryland officials yesterday dedicated a $4 million African-American cultural center on the flagship campus here.The three-level building, next to Stamp Student Union, is a new home for the Nyumburu Cultural Center, which offers courses and activities aimed at African-American students and others of African descent. However, the programs are open to all students.Pub Date: 9/13/96
March 26, 1993
'African Descent' print to be unveiled SundayThe Greater Glen Burnie chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women will unveil the print "Patriots of African Descent" by Cal Massey during ceremonies Sunday at the North County Library.The numbered print was done to recognize black men who were part of George Washington's encampment at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-1778 and the historic crossing of the Delaware River. It will be the only print honoring African Americans in the military displayed in any county facility, said Christine Davenport, chapter president.
August 23, 1996
One of the county's largest black-oriented festivals will take place at Howard Community College tomorrow.Black FESTAC '96, short for Black Festival of the Arts and Culture, is scheduled to run from noon to 8 p.m. at the Galleria at the college in west Columbia.This year's festival is expected to attract more than the 5,000 people who attended last August, said organizer Christopher Onyejiaka, a Howard County substitute teacher.The free event features storytellers, musicians, artists, dancers, singers, gospel rappers and 50 to 100 vendors.
March 4, 2013
The Census Bureau announced last week that it is dropping the use of the term "Negro" to describe black Americans in its population surveys. I suspect few will mourn the word's passing. Today Americans of African descent, especially younger ones, almost universally prefer to be called African-American, people of color or simply black. The bureau reports that the number of blacks who self-identify as Negroes has dwindled to fewer than 50,000, most of them older people living in the South.
February 22, 2011
On Feb. 21, The Sun reported in a front page story "Tribute questioned: 'Negro Mountain' called an honor, others see racism. " I take this opportunity to express myself in a very serious way on the attempt to change the designation of Maryland's "Negro Mountain" to something else. Although I realize that the term Negro is offensive to some Americans of African heritage, this effort (however well intentioned) would not yield a good result. First, from a historical perspective, "Negro" as a word is an important part of American history and neither "Black Mountain" nor "African-American Mountain" would be a good substitute.