Black History Month

Stories of the Ages: Endangered Black History

A one month special project focusing on the fading remnants of rich black cultural history in Oklahoma. Featuring stories about important towns such as Boley and Langston and the people who made them so iconic.

Blues vocalist Jimmy Rushing of the Count Basie orchestra is seen in a 1936 publicity photo.  (AP Photo)
Blues vocalist Jimmy Rushing of the Count Basie orchestra is seen in a 1936 publicity photo. (AP Photo)

Remembering Jimmy Rushing, the 'Five by Five' man with the enormous voice

A&E | Updated: Sun, Jan 29, 2012 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Jimmy Rushing was big in 1942, so big that a song called “Mr. Five By Five” was written in his honor and went to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Chart. The song described a man who was “5-feet-tall and he's 5-feet-wide,” but the biggest thing about Rushing was his voice, an instrument that could compete with the loudest horns in any band.

Black History Month Articles from NewsOK

  • Reporter takes 'Box' on short adventure

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    The Oklahoman's Carla Hinton helped add to the travels of teacher Deya Adams' Henry "Box" Brown miniature.

  • Putnam City teacher takes history lesson outside the box

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Hefner Middle School teacher Deya Adams created a fun project to immerse her eighth-grade reading students into the true story of the slave’s remarkable journey to freedom. Henry "Box" Brown’s Underground Railroad tale added an interesting splash of black history when she inserted it into a...

  • Production celebrates Black History Month at Oklahoma City-area libraries

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Rhythmically Speaking, a singing, dancing and acting troupe, is touring libraries in Oklahoma County's Metropolitan Library System this month, portraying the story of Hannah Atkins.

  • Video: Screening of documentary ‘Through the Lens Darkly’ planned in Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    A one-night-only screening of the documentary “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers And The Emergence Of A People"  is planned for 9:12 p.m. Feb. 25 at Cinemark Tinseltown and XD, 6001 Martin Luther King Blvd. A 2014 Sundance Film Festival selection, the film explores how...

  • Film explores role of youth in Civil Rights Movement

    Kathryn McNutt | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    MIDWEST CITY — The Black Student Association will screen a 2015 documentary about the role of youth in the Civil Rights Movement at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Student Center at Rose State College. The screening is open to the public. A discussion with Joyce Jackson, who was involved in the...

  • Oklahoma History Center marks Black History Month

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The Oklahoma History Center will dedicate each Saturday in February to celebrating Black History Month.

  • State briefs for Feb. 3

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Sunbeam training in OKC, OCU physician assistant program and a chance to learn about black history at an event in Aline.

  • The Archivist: Teacher goes on to Broadway run

    By Mary Phillips For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Mary Phillips: African-Americans have played many roles in Oklahoma history. One was the great black actor Richard Berry Harrison, best known for his role of "de Lawd" in the 1930 Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Green Pastures."

  • Documentary explores Langston's role in civil rights reform in Oklahoma

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Oklahoma Educational Television Authority's award-winning documentary series "Back in Time" will look at Langston University in its latest episode.

  • Documentary, exhibit celebrate all-black towns in Oklahoma

    By Max Nichols  For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame are planning a documentary film, a traveling exhibit and a series of Saturday presentations in February in addition to the African-American exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center to celebrate Black History...



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