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Flash Black Photo: African American Man and Child

Aug 07, 2020 01:55 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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Schooled By YouTube: Who Said We Didn’t Fight Back? — Quilombo Dos Palmares

Aug 07, 2020 01:55 pm

Originally found on The Great Griot We are rarely taught of instances where our ancestors fought back against the harsh treatment of white supremacy unless it was in the form of REFORM. However, most of our ancestors fought for revolutionary change, meaning TRUE LIBERATION. We wanted our own sovereignty because it was completely unnatural for […]

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In 1875, Oliver Lewis Became The First Jockey To Win The Kentucky Derby

Aug 07, 2020 01:55 pm

In 1875, Oliver Lewis became the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, America’s longest continuous sporting event. Lewis was born in 1856 in Fayette Country, Kentucky, to his parents Goodson and Eleanor Lewis. Lewis was born free, but there is little known about his parents or family. Lewis was only 19 years old when […]

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Biopic ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Covers the Life Story of Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton

Aug 07, 2020 01:55 pm

Judas and the Black Messiah is the name of the film that aims to tell the story of Fred Hampton, the charismatic chairman of the Black Panthers’ Illinois chapter, who was killed in a 1969 Chicago police raid. This film is directed and co-written by Shaka King (FX’s “Shrill”). Ryan Coogler, who directed Marvel’s “Black […]

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Richard L. Davis: Prominent African American Labor Organizer During Nineteenth Century

Aug 07, 2020 01:55 pm

Richard L. Davis was a prominent African American labor organizer during the late nineteenth century. Davis was born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1864. After spending several years working at a tobacco factory, Davis became a coalminer. He eventually settled in Rendville, Ohio, where he became involved in the labor movement. Rendville is located in Perry […]

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George Peake: First African American to Settle Permanently in Cleveland

Aug 07, 2020 01:55 pm

George Peake was the first African American to settle permanently in Cleveland arrived in 1809. He was said to be a British soldier who deserted the army. Peake arrived in Cleveland with his wife and 2 sons in Apr. 1809. They were apparently well-off financially when they arrived. Peake’s wife reportedly had a half a […]

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August 6: Black Americans Got Their Guaranteed Right To Vote Today in 1965

Aug 07, 2020 01:55 pm

African-Americans won the guaranteed right to vote on Aug. 6, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. The bill banned restrictions on African-Americans that were designed to deny Blacks their right to vote in federal, state and local elections. At the polls, often potential voters would be “told by election officials that they […]

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James Still: Pioneer Medical Doctor & Herbalist

Aug 07, 2020 01:55 pm

James Still was a medical doctor and herbalist. He was born on April 9, 1812, in Burlington County, New Jersey. He was the son of Levin and Charity Still, two former slaves who lived in the Pine Barrens to avoid being captured and sold back into slavery. Although the Still family was poor, the children attended school […]

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Lear Green: Escaped Slavery in an Old Wooden Sailor’s Chest

Aug 07, 2020 01:55 pm

Many people have heard of the story of Henry Box, but Lear Green also has an incredible escape story. Green was an enslaved young African-American woman who escaped from her slaveholder, James Noble, by hiding in an old wooden sailor’s chest. The chest was delivered to Philadelphia after a long voyage. James Noble had “inherited”” […]

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Great Negro Plot of 1741: The Rumors And Lies That Led To Execution Of Over 30 Black Americans In New York City

Aug 07, 2020 01:55 pm

New York slave rebellion of 1741, also called New York Conspiracy of 1741 or the Great Negro Plot of 1741,  a supposed large-scale scheme plotted by black slaves and poor white settlers to burn down and take over New York City. Possibly fueled by paranoia, the city’s white population became convinced that a major rebellion was […]

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