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James Alexander Hood was one of the first African Americans to enroll at the University of Alabama in 1963 and was made famous when Alabama Governor George Wallace blocked him from enrolling at the all-white university, an incident which became known as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door." The ...

0FEBRUARY 28, 20170

James Carroll Booker III was an American rhythm and blues musician who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was known for combining rhythm and blues with jazz standards. He had a very flamboyant type personality. Booker was the grandson of a Baptist ministers, both whom played the piano. He grew ...

3FEBRUARY 28, 20170

The music you will hear is not necessarily preformed by people who played during the time their type of music was created (especially the early stuff). However they are respective and true members of the musical forms they represent. It can also be argued that early forms of some of these forms ...

2FEBRUARY 28, 20170

Flipboard has been used to gather some of the world’s greatest minds together to order to increase awareness, share information, and open our minds to knowledge not often seen throughout mainstream media. In this Flipboard Find by Genetta Adams, we learn more about How Far Back Does My ...

0FEBRUARY 28, 20170

There are four major rail networks in North American---#Norfolk Southern, #Union Pacific, #CSX and the #Canadian National---and all these lines were built and operated with African slave labor. A labor that many people take for granted, do not talk about, or just oblivious to the fact how the rail ...

1FEBRUARY 28, 20170

William "Gus "Greenlee was a prominent businessman, sportsman, banker, politician, and owner of the Pittsburgh Crawfords, a  Negro National League team. He also owned a stable of boxers, including the first black light heavyweight champion, John Henry Lewis, and ran a popular cabaret, the ...

0FEBRUARY 28, 20170

Freddie King was an American blues guitarist and singer. he is often mentioned as one of the three kings of electric blues guitar along with Albert King and B.B. King. At the age of six, his mother, Ella Mae King, and his uncle began teaching him how to play the guitar. King and his family moved ...

0FEBRUARY 28, 20170

Lena Lowe Jordan was an African-American registered nurse and hospital administrator who managed two institutions for blacks—a hospital for the care of crippled children, which later became a general hospital. She also began a unique training program for young black women who wanted to become ...

0FEBRUARY 28, 20170

Edgar Daniel Nixon, known as E. D. Nixon, worked closely with Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King to organize the landmark Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. He was key in bailing Rosa Parks out of jail and positioning her case to spark the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Nixon was born on July 12, 1899, in ...

0FEBRUARY 28, 20170

The Rev. Dr. M. Moran Weston, led one of Harlem's most prominent churches, helped found what became the nation's largest #black-owned financial institution and built housing for thousands., In 1948, Dr. Weston joined with 14 others to found the Carver Federal Savings Bank. He was principally ...

1FEBRUARY 27, 20170

James Johnson Edwards was a highly respected actor in film and television. He was most famous for the role as Private Peter Moss in the 1949 film Home of the Brave. However, his film debut was in a small role in 1949 in "The Set-Up." Edwards was born on March 6, 1918 in Muncie, Indiana. After ...

0FEBRUARY 27, 20170

Joseph Lee lived most of his life in Boston, MA.  He was very prominent in the food services industry, having begun working as a boy at a bakery.  He soon began preparing, cooking and serving food, eventually opening two successful restaurants in the Boston area in the late 1890s. Lee owned ...

0FEBRUARY 27, 20170

#Black and Tan Republicans were mainly Black men in the Reconstruction-era South who were loyal to the Republican Party. Not a lot of Blacks joined during the Party, but there were quite a few who did.  At the end of the Abraham Lincoln election the party began to attract support from the ...

0FEBRUARY 27, 20170

David Robinson is the youngest child of Jack (Jackie) and Rachel Robinson. He grew up watching his parents deal with issue that were at the table of many African-American families during that era, racial injustices and equality rights. As a young boy, Robinson became involved with the civil rights ...

1FEBRUARY 27, 20170

James Hampton was an African-American janitor who secretly built a large assemblage of religious art from scavenged materials; he was considered a folk artist. Hampton was born in Elloree, South Carolina, in 1909. His father was a gospel singer and a traveling Baptist preacher. In 1928, ...

0FEBRUARY 27, 20170

Sgt. Franklin Williams, home on leave from army duty, with his best girl Ellen Hardin, splitting a soda. Baltimore, MD. 1942. In Commemoration of the African American men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Memorial Day 2008. Want to know more about Black History ? Visit ...

0FEBRUARY 27, 20170

John Bathan Vashon was a seaman and abolitionist, he was active in the anti-slavery movement. He often purchased the freedom of blacks who were being held by slave catchers. Slave catchers earned a small profit by kidnapping blacks in the North and enslaving them, especially after the original ...

0FEBRUARY 27, 20170

Civil rights activist James Meredith is recognized as the first black person to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962. James Howard Meredith was born on June 25, 1933, in Kosciusko, Mississippi. He grew up on a farm with nine siblings. Growing up, Meredith endured racism almost daily. His ...

0FEBRUARY 27, 20170

George Hickman was one of the original Tuskegee airmen and a longtime usher at the University of Washington and Seattle Seahawks games. He is remembered as one of the country's first black military pilots and ground crew members who fought in World War II. Cadet Captain Hickman from St. Louis, and ...

0FEBRUARY 27, 20170

Thomas L. Jennings was the first #black man to receive a patent. The patent was awarded on March 3, 1821 (US Patent 3306x) for his discovery of a process called dry-scouring which was the forerunner of today’s modern dry-cleaning.  Jennings was born free in New York City, New ...

0FEBRUARY 26, 20170

Paul Edward Winfield was a renowned television film and stage actor. He was the third African-American to be nominated for an Oscar. Winfield was best known for his portrayal of a Louisiana sharecropper, Nathan Morgan, struggling to support his family during the Great Depression in the landmark ...

0FEBRUARY 26, 20170

For stretches of the 27th edition of Williams vs. Williams, Venus gave Serena all she could handle. And when Serena took control down the stretch to emerge with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory in a well-played U.S. Open quarterfinal, allowing her to continue pursuing the first calendar-year Grand Slam ...

0FEBRUARY 26, 20170

Philippa Schuyler was born on August 2, 1931 in New York City. She was a child prodigy who achieved fame in the late 1930’s and 40s because of her musical talents, but also due to her mixed race. She was acknowledged for being the “Shirley Temple of American Negroes.” She was born to George ...

1FEBRUARY 26, 20170

Lee A. "Buddy" Archer, Jr. was the only confirmed ace of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black pilots who never lost an allied bomber to enemy air action in 200 escort missions. Archer was the first and only black ace pilot," credited with shooting down five enemy planes. After graduating ...

1FEBRUARY 26, 20170

Calvin Mims and Dwight Smith of Fayetteville, North Carolina, are avid collectors of African-American art. They describe why it's important to preserve and share the stories told through #black artists. “Art defines a culture. Art is a footprint that a culture is measured by,” said Mims, ...

0FEBRUARY 26, 20170

Cornelius Adolphus "C.A." Scott was a newspaper pioneer. He received numerous awards in his lifetime, including being inducted into the Black Press Hall of Fame in 1990. Scott was born on February 8, 1908 in Edwards, Mississippi to the Rev. Dr. William A. Scott Sr., a Christian minister and a ...

0FEBRUARY 26, 20170

Author Claude Brown wrote "Manchild in the Promised Land," which was published to critical acclaim in 1965. The story is about coming of age during the 1940s and 1950s in Harlem. Brown was born in New York City, New York on February 23, 1937. While in his youth, he turned to crime. From the age of ...

-1FEBRUARY 26, 20170

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was a Baptist pastor and an American politician, who represented Harlem, New York City, in the United States House of Representatives. He was the first person of African-American elected from New York to Congress. Powell was born in 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut, the ...

0FEBRUARY 26, 20170

#Our Nig: Sketches from the Life of a Free #Black is an autobiographical novel by #Harriet E. Wilson. The novel is considered the first novel to be published by an African-American woman on the North American continent. The novel was published in 1859 and rediscovered in 1982 by Professor Henry ...

2FEBRUARY 25, 20170

Keg Johnson was a renowned jazz trombonist who played in several bands. Frederic Homer "Keg" Johnson was born on November 19, 1908 in Dallas, Texas. His father was a choir director and also worked at a local Studebaker plant were Keg worked for a while. Johnson and his younger brother, Budd ...

0FEBRUARY 25, 20170

Born in Barbados, Massiah immigrated to the United States in 1909, where he started as a laborer, working during the day and studying architecture at night. He studied at the Pennsylvania School of the Fine Arts and earned a degree in #Civil Engineering at what is now Drexel University. By the ...

0FEBRUARY 25, 20170

John Mercer Langston, the youngest of four children, was born a free #black in Louisa County, Virginia in 1829. Langston gained distinction as an abolitionist, politician, and attorney.  Despite the prominence of his slaveowner father, Ralph Quarles, Langston took his surname from his mother, ...

1FEBRUARY 25, 20172

Horace Waymon Bivins was a buffalo soldier and gunner. He went to war in Cuba with the 10th Calvary. While at the Battle of Santiago, he operated a three-man Hotchkiss mountain gun alone and suffered a head wound. Bivins was born on May 8, 1862, in Accomack County, Virginia to Severn and ...

0FEBRUARY 25, 20170

#Brock Peters, was an African-American actor who was born in July, 2, 1927. He was born George Fisher in New York City. He began his acting career at the age of ten. As a young boy he attended New York City’s Music and Arts High School. Peters had to take odd jobs to help support himself. He ...

0FEBRUARY 25, 20170

At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this great ...

0FEBRUARY 25, 20170

“Our role is to support anything positive in black life and to destroy anything negative that touches it.” - Elma Lewis   Pioneering arts activist and educator Elma Lewis spent years educating students in the Boston Public Schools. Lewis taught dance, drama, and speech therapy. Lewis was born ...

0FEBRUARY 25, 20170

Leah Chase is a renowned master chef and entrepreneur. She is known as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine" and for her tireless work as a political activist. Chase was born and raised in a small town across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. After rejecting the usual occupations for respectable Creole ...

0FEBRUARY 25, 20170

Dr. Leroy T. Walker, Sr. was the first African-American to coach an Olympic team. He led the 1976 track team at the 1976 Montreal games. He was the president of the USOC from culminating in the Olympic games in Atlanta. Walker also served as a coach at North Carolina Central University and coached ...

0FEBRUARY 25, 20170

#Peggy Jones, also known as “#Lady Bo” purchased her first guitar in 1955 at the age of 15.  Jones grew up in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, and attended the High School of Performing Arts where she studied tap and ballet dance and trained in opera. She is often referred to as the “#Qu...

0FEBRUARY 24, 20170

Fred  "Snowflake" Toones was a highly-regarded actor during his time. He was one of the most prolific character faces in B-Westerns and cliffhangers. He appeared in over 200 films and worked under contract for Republic Pictures. Toones was born in North Carolina on January 5, 1906. He usually ...

0FEBRUARY 24, 20170

02The real Django, Dangerfield Newby, was a mulatto freed by his Scotish master but his enslaved wife and 7 children were not. After he worked hard to get the money to buy their freedom, their new master raised the price. Can you imagine saving up $1500.00 in those days only to be doublecrossed? ...

3FEBRUARY 24, 20171

"World of Black Art" takes a mesmerizing journey into the past and present world of African-American artists. This riveting documentary features interviews and commentaries from actress Angela Bassett (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Rosa Parks Story), Otis Williams (Temptations), renowned ...

1FEBRUARY 24, 20170

John Caesar was the first Australian bushranger and one of the first people of recent African descent to arrive in Australia. It is believed that Caesar was born in Madagascar or the West Indies. On March 17, 1786, Caesar was tried at Deptford, Kent for stealing 240 shillings. His sentence was ...

0FEBRUARY 24, 20170

For all the football lovers a big part of the game is watching the marching bands hit the field as well. To get into the college football season mood, you have to know what bands are representing their school team to the fullest. Here are four of best ranked Historically #Black Colleges and ...

0FEBRUARY 24, 20171

George Washington and his wife Mary Jane founded the plat that established the town of Centerville, later renamed Centralia, in Lewis County in Southwest Washington. Washington, a pioneer from Virginia and the son of an African-American slave and a woman of English descent. Washington was born ...

0FEBRUARY 24, 20170

During the late 1950's and 60's Rev. Claude Black led and organized marches throughout the state of Texas. He often challenged various establishments for their unfair treatment of minorities. Black was born in San Antonio to C.W. and Cora Black. He graduated from Douglass High School in 1933 and ...

1FEBRUARY 24, 20170

The Berbice Slave Uprising was a slave revolt in Guyana that began on February 23, 1763 and lasted into 1764. It is seen as a major event in Guyana's anti-colonial struggles, and when Guyana became a republic in 1970 the state declared February 23rd as a day to commemorate the start of the ...

0FEBRUARY 24, 20170

Just 5 days before she was due to go on trial for aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder in the death of Judge Harold Haley extending from the Marin County courthouse incident, Angela Davis finally made it to freedom. After 18 months in prison and seemingly endless petitions for bail in ...

FEBRUARY 24, 20170
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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