By Larry Lee | Long-time Fort Wayne resident George Smith died Monday, April 29 at age 69. What made Smith’s life so noteworthy did not play out during his last 46 years, when he lived here. That occurred during the three tumultuous years immediately before his moving to town from Meridian, Miss.
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The city lost a friend and champion and the nation lost one of its most dedicated soldiers of the civil rights era when Brother George A. Smith made his transition April 29 at the age of 69. A native of Meridian, Miss., Bro. Smith came of age during the turbulent ’60s. As an adherent to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of effecting change through nonviolent confrontation, Smith was involved in numerous marches and protests in the south, even being jailed on a number of occasions for boldly standing up for the civil rights of not just black people, but all people.
Black jockeys Kevin Krigger and Victor Lebron, both of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands will be the first Crucians to ever race in the Kentucky Derby. Krigger will ride Goldencents at the Derby and is ranked second and Lebron will be on Frak Attack and is ranked twenty-eighth.
The film “42” is not just a baseball story. It’s a compelling history lesson as well. It tells the story of not just baseball, but of a central facet of 20th century American life—the suffocating reach of racism—in the decades before the 1960s.
State and national dignitaries and descendants recently gathered in Wilberforce, Ohio, to commemorate the life and legacy of Col. Young, who made history as as one of the Army’s famed Buffalo Soldiers…
Eric Hackley interviews a community activist on growing up and being socialized in Biloxi, Miss., in the early 1960s.
In her book about Genois Wilson, Fort Wayne author Carol Butler inspires children to hold onto goals and ambitions despite setbacks and frustrations.