Sims Thompson was one of three African-Americans honored on February 3, at the City of Richmond Community Services Department’s annual Black History Month Celebration.
The determined faces of Black historical figures sit at the entrance of the Multicultural Children’s Bookstore in the newly re-named Shops at Hilltop mall in Richmond. The display of books is a part of an initiative by the store operator Tamara Shiloh to promote the idea that “Black history can and should be taught all year.”
Richmond resident Jake Sloan has authored a new book, Standing Tall: Willie Long and the Mare Island Original 21ers, that examines discrimination and inequality, including hiring opportunities, pay, and general job security, at Mare Island Shipyard from the 1930’s up until the action was taken in 1961.
During its heyday (1980 – 1993), the United Negro College Fund’s Lou Rawls Parade of Stars was the largest African American special event in the United States held on one day. It forever changed African American philanthropy and how African Americans are perceived as donors, volunteers and fundraising leaders.