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Flash Black Photo: Women’s League in Newport, Rhode Island

Oct 01, 2018 03:01 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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Clarence Cameron White: Neo-Romantic Composer and Concert Violinist

Oct 01, 2018 03:01 am

Clarence White was an African-American neoromantic composer and concert violinist. He is best-known for his works such as the incidental music for the play Tambour and the opera Ouanga. During the first decades of the twentieth century, White was considered the foremost violinist of his race. Clarence Cameron White was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, on […]

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Meet Sarah M. Fosset, The Fearless Woman Who Sued the Cincinnatic Streetcar Company

Oct 01, 2018 03:01 am

Sarah Mayrant Fossett is remembered for trying to get on a Cincinnati streetcar in 1860, only to be denied the right to board. The conductor not only denied her the right to ride the streetcar, but he also dragged her for more than a block. Little did the conductor know that the woman he had […]

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​October 1, 1962: James Meredith Enters The University Of Mississippi

Oct 01, 2018 03:01 am

After several attempts and being blocked by the Lt. Governor, James Meredith is escorted by U.S. Marshals and enrolls at the University of Mississippi, defying segregation.  Meredith became the 1st African-American student at the University of Mississippi. His enrollment sparked the Ole Miss riot of 1962. The Ole Miss riot was fought between Southern segregationist civilians […]

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Victorine Quille Adams: First African American Woman to Serve on the Baltimore City Council

Oct 01, 2018 03:01 am

Victorine Quille Adams was the first African-American woman to serve on the Baltimore City Council. Adams was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 26, 1912, to Joseph C. and Estelle Tate Quille, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and attended Coppin Teachers College, as well as Morgan State College. After completing her studies, Adams […]

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National Museum of African American History’s Train Exhibit Preserves Lost History of Jim Crow South

Oct 01, 2018 03:01 am

Facebook has developed into a way to connect people, spread awareness, and spark conversations throughout the U.S. and the world at large. On Past African American History (Not In the Books), we discovered fascinating post by Kamal Shariff about National Museum of African American History’s Train Exhibit Preserves Lost History of Jim Crow South. National […]

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Elton Clay Fax: Illustrator, Cartoonist, and Author

Oct 01, 2018 03:01 am

Elton Clay Fax was an illustrator, cartoonist, and author. Fax was born in 1909, in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Mark Oakland Fax and Willie Estelle Fax. His father was a stevedore at the Baltimore Railroad Depot; his mother was a seamstress. After graduating from Frederick Douglass High School in 1926, where he was classmates with […]

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Jeanne Sophie Redmond: Prominent Surinamese Doctor, Politician, Playwright and Actress

Oct 01, 2018 03:01 am

Jeanne Sophie Everdine Redmond was a Surinamese doctor, politician, playwright and actress. Redmond was born in Paramaribo and was the daughter of teacher Philippus Josef Redmond and Adolfina Herkul. After completing her secondary education, she enrolled in medical school in 1925. Although the director of the school refused to register her, Redmond refused to give […]

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Colonel Merryl Tengesdal: First and Only Black Woman to Fly the Air Force’s Elite U-2 Spy Plane

Oct 01, 2018 03:01 am

Colonel Merryl Tengesdal is the first and only African American woman to fly the United States Air Force’s U-2 spy plane which is used for specialized high-altitude reconnaissance missions. Tengesdal is a native of the Bronx, New York. She is a graduate from the University of New Haven with a Science Degree in electrical engineering. […]

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Pea Island Life-Saving Station: First All-Black Crew in the Country

Oct 01, 2018 03:01 am

Pea Island Life-Saving Station was located on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It was the first life-saving station in the country to have an all-#black crew, and it was the first in the nation to have a black man, Richard Etheridge, as the commanding officer. Richard Etheridge was born into #slavery on January 16, […]

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