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Local history museums suspend executive directors, pledge more diversity, after featuring KKK-related content during Black History Month

by Feb 18, 2022
The Suffolk County Historical Society and Southampton History Museum are suspending their executive directors and pledging to increase the diversity of their leadership after apologizing to members of the Black community for featuring Ku Klux Klan-related content on their websites during Black History Month.

Speakers: MLK’s words ring still true today

by Jan 17, 2022
The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came alive at Riverhead Free Library Saturday on what would have been the civil rights leader’s 92nd birthday, during a program sponsored by the Riverhead Anti-Bias Task Force.

Riverhead Marine is first recipient of special recognition award named in his honor

by Jan 30, 2021
U.S. Marine Sergeant Marcus Santana, who saved the life of an elderly woman Nov. 24, is the first recipient of the Sgt. Marcus L. Santana Special Recognition Award, presented to him yesterday by the Eastern Long Island Branch, NAACP.

Riverhead man elected president of NAACP Eastern Long Island Branch

by Dec 5, 2019
Lawrence Street of Riverhead has been elected president of the NAACP Eastern Long Island Branch. He takes office in January, succeeding long time president Lucius Ware.

Growing up black in 1960s Riverhead

by Mar 25, 2018
Lifelong Riverhead resident and Vietnam veteran Ronnie Smith says he didn't realize until leaving Riverhead how bigoted and racist his hometown really was. New column by Lawrence Street.

History lessons: It was not that long ago

by Feb 5, 2018
It's important to remember how things used to be in order to best understand how things are today. To paraphrase the Spanish philosopher George Santayana, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

A call to action: We must do better

by Jan 22, 2018
We are at a crossroads of our moral compass in this country. We have to question, are we really free? Are we moving back or regressing to a period in time where we have made significant gains in race relations. We must do better.

The aftermath: hate-mongers, the second story

by Nov 27, 2017
This story is about Barbara Langhorne, a lifelong Riverhead resident, a mother and grandmother, retired after 36 years working at Brookhaven National Lab.

The aftermath: A call for unity, the first story

by Nov 13, 2017
Racism is woven into American society. It's sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle— always destructive. New column by Lawrence Street.

Changing our hearts and minds

by Oct 30, 2017
"We need continuous dialogue about racism from every aspect; dialogues where preconceived notions, stereotypes and prejudices are left at the door." In a new column, Riverhead native Lawrence Street tackles the subject of race and racism.