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)

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

  • 63 years ago today, Bill Greason broke OKC's pro sports color barrier

    Mike Sherman | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Mustang businessman, baseball historian and collector Mark House never forgets, and thank goodness for that. It was House who three years ago did the heavy lifting to make sure Oklahomans met their own Jackie Robinson and ensured the Rev. William "Bill" Greason had his moment in the...

  • 63 years ago today, Bill Greason made OKC history

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Sixty-three years ago today, July 31, 1952, Bill Greason broke the Oklahoma City baseball color barrier. I wrote about the Rev. Greason a few times over the years, and local historian/memorabilia collector Mark House has befriended Greason and even brought him to OKC to be honored at a...

  • Discussion of black towns will feature mayors, scholars

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma History Center will host a panel discussion  titled "Black Towns Then ... Black Towns Now" at 7 p.m. June 30. The event is also the public’s last chance to see the Coltrane Group's exhibit  “Colored Memories: Historic Colorized Photos of Life in ‘The Crown Jewel’” at the...

  • Documentary filmmaker to host discussions on black towns

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Documentary filmmaker Kari Barber will be traveling to five historic all-black towns of Oklahoma to host screening and discussion events about this unique part of Oklahoma’s history.

  • Oklahoma City foundation plans activities focusing on diversity

    BY CARLA HINTON, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    A theatrical play and panel discussions are among the highlights of the 14th annual Respect Diversity Art Exhibit set to open Wednesday at the Wanda Bass Music Center at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder.

  • 'Tracking Booth'

    By Ryan Leonard, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Story of presidential assassin’s flight retraced

  • Crowning glory

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Hats and the women who wore them were the guests of honor at a recent Crowns Tea hosted by the Midwest City Library in conjunction with Black History Month.

  • 5 little-known facts about Oklahoma's black history

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    From the 50-plus all-black towns to the history of OKC's Deep Deuce, here are 5 little-known facts you should know about Oklahoma's black history.

  • Theater review: Joint production of 'Mountaintop' shines in Guthrie

    By Elizabeth Hurd, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The joint production of “The Mountaintop” is directed by Rene Moreno and stars W. Jerome Stevenson as Martin Luther King Jr. and JuNene K. as Camae.

  • 5 reasons the Tulsa Race Riot should always be remembered

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The Tulsa Race Riot is an example of humanity at its worst, and is one of the darkest moments in Oklahoma's history. And that's one reason why it should always be remembered.



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