Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
To celebrate Black History Month, the “Newseum” opens “Jailed in Birmingham,” a new exhibit featuring a casting of the original jail cell door behind which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was confined after his April 1963 arrest for leading nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Ala. It was in this cell that the civil rights leader penned his historic letter defending civil disobedience. The “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” written in response to a statement by a group of eight White Alabama clergymen, includes the now-famous quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The door on display is a bronze casting made from the original door to King’s cell in the Birmingham jail. The exhibit also features one of the first publications of the letter, a 1963 pamphlet published by the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group. The exhibit is on display in the Newseum’s News Corp. News History Gallery.
BET and AEG have teamed up to create the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, June 28-30. The BET Experience takes over L.A. LIVE with three days and nights of music and comedy concerts, film screenings, “106 & Park” tapings, BET Fan Fest, seminars, BET Grammy Museum exhibit, various social events and celebrity appearances. Beyoncé is set to headline the first of the three-night Staples Concert series on Friday, June 28. Each night will feature comedy showcases, mega concerts from Staples Center and late-night soul performances at Club Nokia. Other major celebrities included are comedian Mike Epps, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Miguel, Schoolboy Q, R. Kelly, New Edition, Kirk Franklin, The Jacksons, and The Roots.