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Flash Black Photo: African American Man and Children – 1910

Sep 24, 2018 03:05 am

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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 […]

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William Hall: Renowned Canadian Born Mariner

Sep 24, 2018 03:05 am

William Hall was a born Canadian mariner. Hall was born in Horton’s Bluff, Nova Scotia on April 28, 1837. He was the son of a freed slave. At the age of 17, Hall joined the merchant navy as a seaman. He later volunteered for the Royal Navy at Liverpool, England, February 1852. When the Indian […]

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Gwen Reed: Educational Advocate and the Face of “Aunt Jemima” From 1946-1964

Sep 24, 2018 03:05 am

Gwen Reed was an actress and advocate for childhood literacy. At a young age, Reed found her passion for theater, performing and later directing several productions. She would later become a recognized face of a product by the Quaker Oats Company, the face of  “Aunt Jemima.” Reed was born Gwendolyn B. Clarke was born in […]

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Fisk Jubilee Singers: First African-American Choir To Perform at White House

Sep 24, 2018 03:05 am

The #Fisk Jubilee Singers were organized in 1871. The group was composed of African-American students at Fisk University. They were known for their traditional spiritual slave songs and introducing them to the world. The group was first organized as a fundraising effort for the University, facing serious financial issues at that time. To keep the […]

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​September 24, 1935: Joe Louis Defeats Max Baer

Sep 24, 2018 03:05 am

Joe Louis at 198 lbs beat Max Baer at 210 lbs by KO in round 4 of 14. The fight took place at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York. It was 3:09 into the 4th round, Louis knocked Baer out with vicious right then left punch to the jaw. Baer got to his knees but decided […]

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September 24, 1935: Joe Louis Draws $1 Million Gate

Sep 24, 2018 03:05 am

September 24, 1935 is a significant date in boxing history as well as Black history. On this date, “The Brown Bomber” Joe Louis would headline a main event in his 22nd bout. His fight would be against Max Baer, the former World Heavyweight Champion. Joe Louis vs. Max Baer Heading into the fight, Louis was […]

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Afro-American Council: Organized to Replace the Defunct National Afro-American League (NAAL)

Sep 24, 2018 03:05 am

The Afro-American Council (AAC) was established in Rochester, New York, in September 1898 by newspaper editor T. Thomas Fortune and Bishop Alexander Walters of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Fortune and Walters envisioned the organization to work as the earlier National Afro-American League (NAAL), which became the first national black organization created to challenge […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Woman – 1900 Paris Exhibition

Sep 24, 2018 03:05 am

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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 […]

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First African-American Girl Scout Troop Founded in 1917

Sep 24, 2018 03:05 am

The first Girls Scout organization was established in 1912. The United States was segregated, and troops were made-up only with little white girls. However, years later in 1917, the first African-American Girl Scout troop was formed. During this time, Jim Crow laws were very much alive and #Black and White Girl Scouts were not allowed to integrate. In fact, […]

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Godmother of Rock & Roll and Original Soul Sister: Rosetta Tharpe

Sep 24, 2018 03:05 am

#Rosetta Tharpe was one of the world’s greatest gospel singers, songwriter, and guitarist. She attained great popularity during the 1930s and 1940s. She was best known for her mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic/early rock music sound. Tharpe has often been referred to as being “the original soul sister” and “the godmother of rock and […]

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