Soldier father, Airman son change military with selfless service

Greg Allen 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Benjamin Davis Drive is a small street in Clovis, a small town in itself. But it’s named after two very large men who helped change conditions for black servicemembers in the American military and perceptions by the American public. Benjamin O. Davis Sr. was born July 1, 1877 […]

Movie ‘Glory Road’ got it wrong

By Jesse Wolfersberger The Disney movie “Glory Road” paints an inaccurate picture of 1966 Eastern New Mexico University, school officials said on Wednesday. The movie is about Texas Western College (now the University of Texas-El Paso) and its head basketball coach Don Haskins during the 1966 season, when they became the first team with five […]

Why we celebrate with black-eyed peas

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Hopefully as you read this you’ve got the Tournament of Roses Parade on your television, the lineup of football bowl games spread on the coffee table and a pot of black-eyed peas on the stove. I’ve never been too big on setting resolutions for the new year. Sure it’s a good […]

Country singer looks for wife will rolling billboard

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Clovis resident Ann Morrison stood Friday in the parking lot of S&S Supermarket, eyes trained on the blond man crooning from atop a tour bus. Country singer Brian Stace made a stop in Clovis to promote his new CD. The blue-eyed Wisconsin native is also seeking a wife. His 40-foot, black […]

Area youth earn berth in national karate tournament

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Learning the ins and outs of karate is a serious task. But excelling at it can lead to some serious fun, too — as several area youngsters learned this summer. Seven karate students qualified for the AAU national karate championships, held June 27 through July 3 in Lakeland, Fla. The […]

Honoring past, moving on to future

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers For more than 10 years, Clovis has been celebrating Juneteenth, an event that began in Texas to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in America. Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement, according to Candice Tyler, an event coordinator for Clovis’ Juneteenth celebration. “It’s important […]

PGA veteran set to give local lessons

By Dave Wagner After 22 years on the PGA Tour, Lovington native Ronnie Black was ready to get back to his roots. A two-time winner on the Tour, Black will be in Clovis all day on Saturday giving golf lessons on an hourly basis to individuals or groups at Municipal Golf Course. He said he’s […]

Wit and wisdom from the Black side

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist “These are javalina,” pointed out the zoo tour guide. “Tayassu tajacu, the collared peccary.” “Pig family,” I commented, in an effort to dazzle the sixth-graders on the tour. “No,” stated the guide. “A common mistake made by the ill-informed unknowledgeable ranger groupies who cover up their ignorance of the species […]

Positives can be found in history’s negatives

By Jim Lee Slavery did not confine itself to the South. Massachusetts, for example, tolerated slavery over 140 years. In 1641, it became the first colony to legally recognize slavery. Some of the “founding fathers” at Plymouth Rock probably became slave owners. The city of Boston had a thriving slave market long before places like […]

Black coming to help Miss Rodeo

By Lesli Radford According to the Washington Post, “he could make a dead man sit up and laugh.” The New York Times describes him as “probably the nation’s most successful living poet.” Baxter Black says he just wants to be remembered as “someone who didn’t embarrass his friends.” A former veterinarian, Black said he stumbled […]

Black History Month more than an apology

By Jim Lee This is the first Sunday of Black History Month. This observance means more than simply giving black people an occasion to point to contributions that were so long ignored or denied. Black History Month provides the opportunity for all Americans to express appreciation of the contributions of Americans who happen to be […]

MLK a day to reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Evelyn Rising is a feisty girl. She’s a classy dresser. She’s intelligent and headstrong and yet sensitive to people’s needs. Evelyn is a counselor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Evelyn, by the way, is black. Some of you may know her. She spoke the past two years during Juneteenth […]

Buffalo soldiers honored at historic hill

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By Kevin Wilson LINGO — It took Oscar Robinson 14 years to get to mile marker 46 on Texas Highway 114. It took him just a few seconds to realize he’d come to the right place. The mile marker is in southern Roosevelt County, about 18 miles west of Morton, Texas, and parallel to a […]

Taekwon-Do athletes go international

By Kevin Wilson Some have been involved for decades, some more than half their lives. Some are eligible for the first time, some eligible for their last. All are black belts, and all hope for a chance at world domination, starting this weekend in New Haven, Conn. Five members of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do are […]

Hill to be renamed

By Mike Linn This is the story of a group of black men who fought for their lives, and one black man who fought for their honor. It’s about soldiers who sought shelter, and a Portales man in search of a colorless society. It’s about a 50-foot hill near the Texas border in Roosevelt County, […]

Hometown hero tells of time in Iraq

Ryan Lengerich MELROSE — In his hometown Sgt. Jeremy Black is a hero, and the town’s children let him know — letter by letter. The 24-year-old Army reservist returned to the United States last month from a 14-month tour in Kuwait and northern Iraq. On Monday he returned to the school he attended as a […]

Black history deserves more than February

Jim Lee Since Saturday was the vernal equinox, the first day of spring (according to the calendar anyway), I have an easy choice for a topic this week. Of course, as we all know by now, that means I’ll go on and on about something totally unrelated to that. I neglected to write about the […]

Obits 1-15

Ralph Black, 93 Ralph Black, 93, of Portales died Monday, Jan. 13, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on June 24, 1910, in Stafford County, Kan., to Cynthia Cora and Harry Gordon Black. From 1934 until 1938 he owned and operated his own printing shop in Portales. He earned a bachelor’s […]

Obituaries, August 3

Juanita Black, 76 Mrs. Juanita Faye Black, 76, of Melrose, a U.S. Postal Service clerk, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Jan. 21, 1927, in Melrose, to Walter and Edna O’Donald Swopes. She was a lifetime resident of Melrose. She was preceded in death by her […]

CAFB honors POWs

Darell Todd Maurina With a black flag in the background commemorating prisoners of war and those missing in action, four somber airmen in camouflage uniforms walked slowly across the stage. Just moments before, 27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Robert Yates had drawn loud applause by reminding those in attendance at Saturday’s Cannon homecoming celebration the […]