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

  • Church hat tradition reigns in Norman with Crowns Tea

    Church hat tradition reigns in Norman with... FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Mar 2, 2016

    The annual Crowns Tea hosted by the Norman Public Library Central this year drew 365 participants celebrating a tradition of church hats as part of Black History Month.

  • African-American genealogical research group launched in Oklahoma

    By Kimberly Burk Staff Writer kburk@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 24, 2016

    Gloria Treece wants so much to find her ancestors that she has considered paying someone to do it for her. Professional genealogists can help her, Treece was told Saturday during a meeting to launch an African-American genealogical research group in Oklahoma, but there's also free assistance...

  • Trivia Tuesday: Black History Month

    Trivia Tuesday: Black History Month Tiffany Gibson,Linda Lynn | Updated: Tue, Feb 23, 2016

    It's Black History Month, so we took our trivia to Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City and put a few people to the test. Watch the video to see how they did. You can also play along and participate in our bonus round below. Questions compiled by Linda Lynn Q1: Frederick...

  • Hip-hop history lesson: Oklahoma City Philharmonic explores musical evolution with 'Celebrate Black History'

    Hip-hop history lesson: Oklahoma City... By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Feb 18, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Philharmonic will showcase the music of Saint-Georges, Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, George Walker and more at 2 p.m. Sunday at its “Celebrate Black History” concert, part of its Discovery Family Series. The concert also is believed to be the OKC Philharmonic’s first performance...

  • Family history enthusiasts to form African-American genealogy group in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 17, 2016

    Genealogy enthusiasts will meet Saturday in Oklahoma City to form what will be known as the Black Historical and Genealogy Research Group of Oklahoma.

  • Parents outraged after students shown ‘white guilt’ cartoon for Black History Month

    Parents outraged after students shown ‘white... Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    A Virginia school district has banned the use of an educational video about racial inequality after some parents complained that its messaging is racially divisive. The four-minute, animated video — “Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race” — was shown last week to students at...

  • Oklahoma History Center to present documentary on black aviator

    Oklahoma History Center to present documentary... From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The Oklahoma History Center will present a film documentary on James Herman Banning, the first black to be licensed to fly in the United States and the first black to fly across the nation, coast to coast. Pat Smith, one of the creators of the film and co-writer of the book “On Freedom’s Wings,”...

  • Reporter takes 'Box' on short adventure

    Reporter takes \'Box\' on short adventure By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    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

    Putnam City teacher takes history lesson... 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

    Production celebrates Black History Month at... 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.



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