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The Milly Project Wins Two New York International Film Awards

by Emily ZimmermanUnite Guest Writer Springfield, MO—The Milly Project has placed as a winner in two categories and a finalist in one at the New York International Film Awards.Nearly two centuries have passed since Milly Sawyers was first known. While a lot about her still remains a mystery, archivists, journalists, and even students have helped […]

Passing the Torch: Q&A with John Oke-Thomas

by Logan AguirreReprinted with permission fromBiz 417 Magazine Jan 2022 Logan Aguirre: We’ve had a few “firsts” in the last couple of years for Chamber Chairmen. Robin Robeson and I were the first back-to-back female Chairmen, and you will be our first African American Chairman. Tell me about the significance of that to you.John Oke-Thomas: […]

Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Is on USPS’ New Black Heritage Stamp

USPS—The United States Postal Service is honoring the contributions of late pioneering sculptor Edmonia Lewis.The 45th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Edmonia Lewis, the first African American and Native American sculptor to earn international recognition. The stamp art is a casein-paint portrait based on a photograph of Lewis by Augustus Marshall made in […]

Research, Rethink and Reimagine Black History

Equipping teachers to Research, Rethink and Reimagine how they teach African American Studies. Springfield, MO— Timmons Hall will host the Newark, New Jersey high school principal Akbar Cook, Sr. as part of its Black History Month programming in February. Cook is the keynote speaker in the Freedom Classroom 101 Workshop Series and will present at […]