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Why Slave Weddings Were Not Recognized Under the Law of the Land

Jan 10, 2019 04:02 pm

by Renata Johnson Slave weddings were often discouraged by the slave’s master. Many of the plantation owners outright disapproved of it. However, there were a few that allowed their slaves to marry because they felt it would keep their men slaves grounded. If the male slaves had a wife and family, they were less likely […]

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William Perry: First Known African American to Work for Ford Motor Company

Jan 10, 2019 04:02 pm

William Perry was the first known African American to work for Ford Motor Company. He started his position with at the Highland Park Plant in 1914. In the winter of 1888, Perry and Henry Ford worked together, sharing a two-man saw on Ford’s timberland estate. Henry Ford had hired Perry to help him cut and saw […]

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Why Fredrick Douglass Created ‘The North Star’ Newspaper

Jan 10, 2019 04:02 pm

The North Star, later Frederick Douglass’ Paper,  antislavery newspaperpublished by African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass. First published on December 3, 1847, using funds Douglass earned during a speaking tour in Great Britain and Ireland, The North Star soon developed into one of the most influential African American antislavery publications of the pre-Civil War era. The name of the newspaper paid homage to […]

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Vince Cullers: First African-American to Own a Full-Service Advertising Agency

Jan 10, 2019 04:02 pm

In 1956, Vincent Cullers and his wife, Marian, founded the Vince Cullers Group. It was recognized as the first African-American owned full-service advertising agency in the United States. Vincent T. Cullers was born around 1924 in Chicago to Samuel and Letitia Cullers. His mother was a spiritual person who inspired in Cullers a commitment to leaving […]

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​January 10, 1975: The Vactican Makes History

Jan 10, 2019 04:02 pm

Bernadette Olowo of Uganda became the 1st female ambassador to the Vatican. Pope Paul VI broke a 900 year old policy by accepting a woman as an envoy from to the Vatican. Bernadette Olowo was appointed by Uganda, which had 3.5 million Roman Catholics, more than any other nation in Africa, and was also that […]

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​January 7, 1974: Maynard Jackson Is Sworn In As Mayor

Jan 10, 2019 04:02 pm

Jackson became the 1st African-American mayor of Atlanta. He served three terms, two consecutive terms from 1974 until 1982 and a third term from 1990 to 1994.  MAYOR OF ATLANTA: During Jackson’s first term as the mayor, much progress was made in improving race relations in and around Atlanta. As mayor, he led the beginnings and much […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American WACs, World War II

Jan 10, 2019 04:02 pm

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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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Is Mass Incarceration the New Jim Crow?

Jan 10, 2019 04:02 pm

BY: SETH WILLIAMS Black men and women make up just 13% of the total U.S. population, but comprise 40% of the U.S. prison population. Sadly, though, the practice of subjugating people of color in America is not new. In an interview with PBS in 2003, Ira Berlin describes the aftermath of Bacon’s Rebellion three hundred […]

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The Interesting Narrative Of Olaudah Equiano: A Captive Tell His Own Story

Jan 10, 2019 04:02 pm

Captured far from the African coast when he was a boy of 11, Olaudah Equiano was sold into slavery, later acquired his freedom, and, in 1789, wrote his widely-read autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. The youngest son of a village leader, Equiano was born among the […]

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Shirley Clarke Franklin: Served as the 58th Atlanta, Georgia Mayor

Jan 10, 2019 04:02 pm

Shirley Clarke Franklin is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party who served as the 58th mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, from 2002 to 2010. Franklin was born on May 19, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls and later received her B.A. in sociology from Howard University. […]

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