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Michigan State University Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Build Slave Trade and Ancestry Database

Sep 07, 2020 01:09 pm

$1.5 million grant gifted to Michigan State University by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will go towards the cultivation of a database that harbors information about former slaves, MSU Today reported. The database, which is part of the institution’s Enslaved: The People of the Historic Slave Trade initiative, will encompass data surrounding those who came […]

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Triggered By Attacks On Black Residents By White Soldiers: 1919 Race Riot Of Washington D.C.

Sep 07, 2020 01:09 pm

Nobody knows precisely how or where it started, but on a steamy Saturday night, July 19, 1919, the word began to spread among the saloons and pool halls of downtown Washington, where crowds of soldiers, sailors and Marines freshly home from the Great War were taking weekend liberty. A black suspect, questioned in an attempted […]

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Hannah Atkins: First Black Woman Elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives

Sep 07, 2020 01:09 pm

Hanna Atkins was known for being a people person who fought for civil rights, women’s rights, child welfare, and mental health reform while serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1968 to 1980. She was also recognized as the first black woman elected to the Oklahoma House. Diggs was born on November 1, 1923 […]

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Jennie S. Dean: Opened Institution to Teach Skilled Trades to African Americans

Sep 07, 2020 01:09 pm

Jennie Serepta Dean was a pioneer educator in Virginia who opened an institution to teach skilled trades to African Americans. Dean was born enslaved in Loudoun County, Virginia on April 15, 1848. She became involved with education at about the age of 30 when she founded a Sunday school in Prince William County. From there […]

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Louis J. Willie: First African American Admitted to Several Segregated Social and Civic Clubs

Sep 07, 2020 01:09 pm

Business Executive Louis J. Willie was the first African American to be admitted to several segregated social and civic clubs in Birmingham, Alabama, including the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Downtown Club, The Club, and Shoal Creek Country Club. Willie was born on August 22, 1923, in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Lincoln High School in […]

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Flash Black Photo: African Americans at War, World War II

Sep 07, 2020 01:09 pm

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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Today In 1972, Jean Heller Broke The Story About The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Sep 07, 2020 01:09 pm

For forty years between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) conducted an experiment on 399 black men in the late stages of syphilis. These men, for the most part illiterate sharecroppers from one of the poorest counties in Alabama, were never told what disease they were suffering from or of its seriousness. […]

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Howard Thurman: Civil Rights Leader & Mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sep 07, 2020 01:09 pm

Dr. Howard Thurman was an author, civil right leader, educator, and philosopher. It is believed he also was the driving force behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thurman was born in Florida in 1899, a time when the state was very much segregated. He was raised by his grandmother who at one time was enslaved. Thurman […]

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The Language of Symbols in Africa

Sep 07, 2020 01:09 pm

Symbols are visual keys that have meaning to people with a common heritage around a given symbol. The Gospel of Saint Philip states that “truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. One will not receive the truth in any other way.” Important iconic symbols arose in many […]

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The Celebration of Dr. King’s Achievements (Cont.)

Sep 07, 2020 01:09 pm

Achievements by Dr. King continued.. Dr. King was one of the driving forces behind the March for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. The march was more commonly known as the “March on Washington,” which drew over a quarter-million people to the national mall. It was at this march that Dr. King delivered his famous “I […]

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