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John William “Blind” Boone, was born on this day in Miami, Mo., to a fugitive slave woman who had been owned by descendents of Daniel Boone and to a man who was a bugler in the 7th Missouri State Militia Calvary (Union). Boone became a well-known pianist and composer of ragtime music despite his blindness.
by Frederick H. Lowe
A Chicago man who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit was cleared on Tuesday of one charge, but he still faces another charge related to the same crime.
Lake County, Ill., prosecutors dismissed rape charges against Bennie Starks, 52, who spent nearly two decades
by Frederick H. Lowe
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) marching band, which has been under suspension since November, following the hazing death of a drum major, will remain on suspension through the 2012-2013 academic year, James H. Ammons, FAMU's president
Eighty percent of Democrats are satisfied with President Barack Obama as the party's presidential nominee, compared with 59 percent of Republicans who are happy with Mitt Romney as the party's standard bearer, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll.
A U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana has ruled that state officials must provide voter-registration materials and assistance to welfare recipients in person, online, through the mail and over the telephone to comply with Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993.
Judge Jane Richie Milazzo said the NVRA requires that all public-assistance recipients must be provided with a voter registration application whether they
The United States Department of Agriculture and the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service recently awarded $400,000 to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to pay for the organization's 10-week college
Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach, who helped write the 1965 Voting Rights Act, died May 8 at his home in Skillman, N.J. Katzenbach was 90 years old.
Participation in the crafting the Voting Rights Act, the landmark
President Obama's Support of Same-Sex Marriage
I just sent a message to President Obama beginning with God bless you! I am a straight, gray-haired granny. And I think love and the option for marriage are a wonderful thing: heterosexual or same sex. It is a matter of social justice. I am proud of President Obama and Vice President Biden for speaking out on its behalf.
May 17 through May 23
1864 ----- John William “Blind” Boone, was born on this day in Miami, Mo., to a fugitive slave woman who had been owned by descendents of Daniel Boone and to a man who was a bugler in the 7th Missouri State Militia Calvary (Union). Boone became a well-known pianist and composer of ragtime music despite his blindness.
Boone was reared by his mother, who worked as a domestic for prominent families in Warrensburg, Mo. As an infant, he suffered a life-threatening fever that caused his brain to swell dangerously. Physicians attending him removed his eyes in a desperate attempt to reduce the swelling in his brain and to save his life.