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Join WDAM 7 as we bring you special Black History Month reports from different notable African Americans in the Pine Belt each week in February. Tune in to the reports on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and every Thursday at 6 a.m.

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  • Jesse Brown, Hattiesburg hero

    Jesse Brown, Hattiesburg hero

    Friday, January 29 2016 8:10 AM EST2016-01-29 13:10:33 GMT
    Monday, March 5 2018 12:17 PM EST2018-03-05 17:17:02 GMT
    Jesse Brown remembered. Photo Credit WDAMJesse Brown remembered. Photo Credit WDAM
    Jesse Brown remembered. Photo Credit WDAMJesse Brown remembered. Photo Credit WDAM

    Ensign Jesse Leroy Brown remembered as part of Black History Month.

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    Ensign Jesse Leroy Brown remembered as part of Black History Month.

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  • Celebrating Black History: The life of Willie McBride

    Celebrating Black History: The life of Willie McBride

    Wednesday, February 28 2018 10:41 PM EST2018-03-01 03:41:30 GMT
    source: Alleta McBridesource: Alleta McBride
    source: Alleta McBridesource: Alleta McBride

    When we think about Black History month, we think of those that marched on the front lines and protested for their rights. However, many times people forget about the unspoken heroes that while they didn’t march, still faced prejudice and managed to keep moving forward. Hattiesburg resident Alleta McBride says her grandmother, Willie McBride, faced prejudice every day on the job working in retail. “Just imagine having to everyday get up and go to work and no m...

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    When we think about Black History month, we think of those that marched on the front lines and protested for their rights. However, many times people forget about the unspoken heroes that while they didn’t march, still faced prejudice and managed to keep moving forward. Hattiesburg resident Alleta McBride says her grandmother, Willie McBride, faced prejudice every day on the job working in retail. “Just imagine having to everyday get up and go to work and no m...

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  • New film documents life of civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard

    New film documents life of civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:45 PM EST2018-02-22 04:45:47 GMT
    A new documentary about Clyde Kennard called, "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story," premiered at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Wednesday night. Photo credit WDAM.A new documentary about Clyde Kennard called, "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story," premiered at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Wednesday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    A new documentary about Hattiesburg civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard premiered at the Lake Terrance Convention Center Wednesday night.   "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story" documents Kennard's attempts at enrolling at the University of Southern Mississippi in the 1950's when it was a segregated Mississippi Southern College. He was turned down several times and ultimately was sent to prison on trumped up charges.  He died of cancer after be...

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    A new documentary about Hattiesburg civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard premiered at the Lake Terrance Convention Center Wednesday night.   "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story" documents Kennard's attempts at enrolling at the University of Southern Mississippi in the 1950's when it was a segregated Mississippi Southern College. He was turned down several times and ultimately was sent to prison on trumped up charges.  He died of cancer after be...

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  • Hattiesburg surgeon breaks down barriers

    Hattiesburg surgeon breaks down barriers

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 2:40 PM EST2018-02-21 19:40:55 GMT
    Photo Credit: WDAMPhoto Credit: WDAM

    Throughout her years, Dr. Kate Aseme has seen a lot of changes in the Pine Belt.. It's because of her, some of those changes happened. 

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    Throughout her years, Dr. Kate Aseme has seen a lot of changes in the Pine Belt.. It's because of her, some of those changes happened. 

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  • Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:57 PM EST2018-02-20 22:57:25 GMT
    Pastor Tony Reimonenq, Jr. speaks to students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at PRCC in Hattiesburg Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.Pastor Tony Reimonenq, Jr. speaks to students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at PRCC in Hattiesburg Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    The speaker at a Black History Month event in Hattiesburg Tuesday talked about the importance of faith.  Tony Reimonenq, Jr. is the executive pastor of West Point Baptist Church.  He addressed students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at he Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College. It was organized by the college's History and Humanities Club.  "The principle that the people before us exuded was faithfulness in spite of, puttin...

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    The speaker at a Black History Month event in Hattiesburg Tuesday talked about the importance of faith.  Tony Reimonenq, Jr. is the executive pastor of West Point Baptist Church.  He addressed students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at he Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College. It was organized by the college's History and Humanities Club.  "The principle that the people before us exuded was faithfulness in spite of, puttin...

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  • FedEx's first African-American woman pilot talks about experiences

    FedEx's first African-American woman pilot talks about experiences

    Monday, February 19 2018 9:00 AM EST2018-02-19 14:00:35 GMT
    Tahirah Lamont Brown (Source: FedEx)Tahirah Lamont Brown (Source: FedEx)

    Tahirah Lamont Brown, a FedEx Airbus captain and line check airman,  is the first African-American woman pilot for FedEx.  

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    Tahirah Lamont Brown, a FedEx Airbus captain and line check airman,  is the first African-American woman pilot for FedEx.  

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  • Integration leads to winning tradition for Oak Grove baseball

    Integration leads to winning tradition for Oak Grove baseball

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 7:32 PM EST2018-02-15 00:32:42 GMT
    In 1970, Mississippi public schools integrated. Breland was one of 32 teachers at all-black John Jefferson High School in Purvis. Breland said under government mandate, all 32 teachers were sent to white schools. (Photo source: WDAM)In 1970, Mississippi public schools integrated. Breland was one of 32 teachers at all-black John Jefferson High School in Purvis. Breland said under government mandate, all 32 teachers were sent to white schools. (Photo source: WDAM)

    At a time when racial tension pulsed through our nation, the vibration didn't reach one place in the Pine Belt...

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    At a time when racial tension pulsed through our nation, the vibration didn't reach one place in the Pine Belt...

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  • AARP celebrates black history month at MS Civil Rights Museum

    AARP celebrates black history month at MS Civil Rights Museum

    Monday, February 12 2018 11:59 AM EST2018-02-12 16:59:20 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Using historical artifacts, documentation and multimedia, the museum is designed to give people a true insight into one of the most important times in American history.

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    Using historical artifacts, documentation and multimedia, the museum is designed to give people a true insight into one of the most important times in American history.

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  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum having strong impact on visitors

    Mississippi Civil Rights Museum having strong impact on visitors

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 8:12 PM EST2018-02-08 01:12:32 GMT
    The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened on Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo source: WDAM)The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened on Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Mississippi Civil Rights museum in Jackson is making a strong impression on those who visit it, from both inside and outside the state.  

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    The Mississippi Civil Rights museum in Jackson is making a strong impression on those who visit it, from both inside and outside the state.  

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  • Hattiesburg kicks off Black History Month with 'Celebration of Soul Food'

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 10:24 PM EST2018-02-07 03:24:33 GMT
    People line up for tasty dishes during the 12th annual "Celebration of Soul Food" at the Historic Train Depot. Photo credit WDAM.People line up for tasty dishes during the 12th annual "Celebration of Soul Food" at the Historic Train Depot. Photo credit WDAM.

    Hattiesburg began its celebration of Black HIstory Month in a tasty way Tuesday night.  The 12th annual "Celebration of Soul Food" brought out dozens of people to the Historic Train Depot for great food and live music.  Local residents brought their favorite dinner items and Jackson freelance writer Brinda Willis spoke about why all the delicious dishes are called Soul Food. "We use soul food for healing, for bonding with each other," said Wi...

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    Hattiesburg began its celebration of Black HIstory Month in a tasty way Tuesday night.  The 12th annual "Celebration of Soul Food" brought out dozens of people to the Historic Train Depot for great food and live music.  Local residents brought their favorite dinner items and Jackson freelance writer Brinda Willis spoke about why all the delicious dishes are called Soul Food. "We use soul food for healing, for bonding with each other," said Wi...

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  • MS Freedom Trail marker honoring Clyde Kennard unveiled

    MS Freedom Trail marker honoring Clyde Kennard unveiled

    Friday, February 2 2018 3:40 PM EST2018-02-02 20:40:20 GMT
    Clyde Kennard tried several times in the 1950s to enroll as a student at USM but was refused admission. (Photo source: WDAM)Clyde Kennard tried several times in the 1950s to enroll as a student at USM but was refused admission. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The 26th Mississippi Freedom Trail marker was unveiled at the University of Southern Mississippi on Friday. 

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    The 26th Mississippi Freedom Trail marker was unveiled at the University of Southern Mississippi on Friday. 

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  • LIST: Black History events around the Pine Belt

    LIST: Black History events around the Pine Belt

    Thursday, February 1 2018 11:55 AM EST2018-02-01 16:55:28 GMT

    A series of events will be hosted in the Pine Belt throughout February in celebration of Black History Month. 

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    A series of events will be hosted in the Pine Belt throughout February in celebration of Black History Month. 

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  • Honoring the life of Clyde Kennard

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 3:44 PM EST2018-01-30 20:44:28 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    Clyde Kennard was born in Hattiesburg in 1927,

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    Clyde Kennard was born in Hattiesburg in 1927,

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  • Honoring the life of Leontyne Price

    Honoring the life of Leontyne Price

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 3:44 PM EST2018-01-30 20:44:27 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    Leontyne Price was born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi.

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    Leontyne Price was born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi.

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  • Tamron Hall: Making black history

    Tamron Hall: Making black history

    Wednesday, February 24 2016 3:32 PM EST2016-02-24 20:32:53 GMT
    Wednesday, February 24 2016 3:42 PM EST2016-02-24 20:42:33 GMT
    Tamron Hall/Hall's Facebook pageTamron Hall/Hall's Facebook page

    Every morning you can watch Tamron Hall deliver the top headlines, pop culture news and interview politicians. 

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    Every morning you can watch Tamron Hall deliver the top headlines, pop culture news and interview politicians. 

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  • Clarence Weatherspoon, gold standard

    Clarence Weatherspoon, gold standard

    Friday, February 5 2016 10:20 AM EST2016-02-05 15:20:43 GMT
    Monday, March 5 2018 12:17 PM EST2018-03-05 17:17:02 GMT
    Clarence Weatherspoon. Photo courtesy of WDAMClarence Weatherspoon. Photo courtesy of WDAM
    Clarence Weatherspoon. Photo courtesy of WDAMClarence Weatherspoon. Photo courtesy of WDAM

    Clarence Weatherspoon wore the number 35 for Southern Miss and carried the Golden Eagle spirit into the NBA. 

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    Clarence Weatherspoon wore the number 35 for Southern Miss and carried the Golden Eagle spirit into the NBA. 

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  • Widow shared fight for justice with slain civil rights leader

    Widow shared fight for justice with slain civil rights leader

    Tuesday, February 16 2016 9:23 PM EST2016-02-17 02:23:51 GMT
    Wednesday, February 17 2016 8:26 AM EST2016-02-17 13:26:52 GMT

    More than 50 years ago, Ellie Dahmer made a dangerous decision that could have killed her.

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    More than 50 years ago, Ellie Dahmer made a dangerous decision that could have killed her.

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  • Players of the Pine Belt - Columbia Academy's Ras Pace

    Players of the Pine Belt - Columbia Academy's Ras Pace

  • Players of the Pine Belt - Columbia Academy's Ras Pace

    Players of the Pine Belt - Columbia Academy's Ras Pace

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:23:19 GMT
    Columbia Academy senior quarterback Ras Pace. Courtesy: WDAMColumbia Academy senior quarterback Ras Pace. Courtesy: WDAM
    Columbia Academy senior quarterback Ras Pace. Courtesy: WDAMColumbia Academy senior quarterback Ras Pace. Courtesy: WDAM

    As a freshman quarterback playing behind one of the best athletes to come through Columbia Academy in recent years, Thomas Erastus “Ras” Pace got his first career start in what was arguably the Cougars’ biggest game of the 2016 season. “I thought I did a pretty good job handing the ball off,” said Pace of his starting debut in a second-round MAIS AAA playoff game in place of the inured Wiley Cleland.

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    As a freshman quarterback playing behind one of the best athletes to come through Columbia Academy in recent years, Thomas Erastus “Ras” Pace got his first career start in what was arguably the Cougars’ biggest game of the 2016 season. “I thought I did a pretty good job handing the ball off,” said Pace of his starting debut in a second-round MAIS AAA playoff game in place of the inured Wiley Cleland.

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  • 68th annual Miss Hospitality Pageant begins in Hattiesburg

    68th annual Miss Hospitality Pageant begins in Hattiesburg

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:38:33 GMT
    The 68th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant begins in Hattiesburg Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.The 68th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant begins in Hattiesburg Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.
    The 68th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant begins in Hattiesburg Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.The 68th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant begins in Hattiesburg Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    Thirty-one contestants from across Mississippi are taking part in the 68th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant. 

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    Thirty-one contestants from across Mississippi are taking part in the 68th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant. 

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