The Covington Leader

Covington once hosted Blues legends B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Muddy Waters

This article, written by Echo Day, was originally printed int he Covington Leader on Feb 11, 2021 The Blue Flame is no longer standing and the memories of the time when it hosted legendary Blues musicians have begun to fade. Located near present-day WKBL Drive in Covington, the nightclub was once the place where B.B. …

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Recognizing the disparity in news coverage for African American and white soldiers in The Leader

The following article, written by Sherri Onorati, was first published in the Covington Leader Feb 26, 2021 During the early years of the Covington Leader, each week one could find a very short paragraph titled “Colored Folks” which would provide a few sentences of news thought to be of interest to the county’s African American …

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Black History Month: Mason’s John W. Boyd went from slavery to the statehouse

This article, written by Sherri Onorati, first appeared in the Covington Leader on Feb. 7, 2020 Since 1976, the month of February has been celebrated as Black History Month – an opportunity to dedicate an entire month to celebrating and educating Americans across the country and the world on the achievements and amazing accomplishments of …

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Letters from the Warfront: In 1944, Sgt. Ernest Taylor wrote to The Leader about Negro History Week

This article, written by Echo Day, was first published in the Covington Leader on Feb. 24, 2021. On Feb. 24, 1944, The Covington Leader published a letter from Sgt. Ernest Eugene Taylor, of Mason, commemorating what was then known as Negro History Week. In his letter, Taylor spelled out his hopes for progress with race …

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WWII African American Service Contributions

This article, written by Sherri Onorati, was first published in the Covington Leader on Nov. 11, 2020 The soldiers who came home after World War I were tired, traumatized and many felt out-of-place given what they had been through – even in their hometowns – places which should have been welcoming and familiar. A small …

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