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

  • 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.

  • Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photography Fades Up To Joy

    Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    NPR says rare glimpses of black soldiers from the Civil War come into view, their presence asking nothing more than to be remembered, if not celebrated. The documentary film, Through A Lens Darkly, draws audiences deep into a world of black photography, and will broadcast Monday, Feb. 16, on...

  • Unsung heroes: Civil rights pioneers speak in Oklahoma City

    By Heather Warlick | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Fred Gray and Claudette Colvin talked recently about their encounters with history in the early days of the Civil Rights movement

  • Statewide coalition to present Black History Month Film Festival in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    A statewide coalition of community organizations and artists will present the Black History Month Film Festival on Feb. 21 at the Oklahoma History Center and at Cinemark Tinseltown.

  • 6 notable black Oklahomans you should know about

    Richard Hall | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Oklahoma wouldn’t be the state it is today without the involvement of the black community. With a history as rich as rich gets, black Oklahomans from all walks of life have contributed to Oklahoma’s identity since statehood



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