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Happy Birthday to the “Mother of the Freedom Movement”, Rosa Parks

Oct 23, 2020 10:24 am

”The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” -Rosa Parks Rosa Louise McCauley Parks  (1913-2005) was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.” On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey […]

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Flash Black Photo: Booker T Washington

Oct 23, 2020 10:24 am

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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Dr. Clarence S. Green Became Black America’s First Certified Neurosurgeon Today in 1955

Oct 23, 2020 10:24 am

Photo credits: The Montreal Neurological Institute Largely because of the advances of the Civil Rights movement in the mid-20th century, an increasing number of African-Americans have had the opportunity to become physicians. Many entered the distinguished field of neurosurgery. Others have made the most of this opportunity, becoming prominent in both academics and private practice. […]

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Black The Future: Poet’s Spoken Word Piece Is Probably The Most Honest Wedding Vow You’ll Ever See

Oct 23, 2020 10:24 am

By now most are familiar with Janette…IKZ (pronounced “Genetics”). She is the poet behind the spoken word piece “I Will Wait” and last summer she launched a web series entitled “The Wait Is Over” to document her journey to the altar with her now husband Matthew Watson. Then “I Will Wait,” which has been viewed over […]

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Today in 1906, Thousands of Blacks Protested Against ‘The Clansman’ Stage Play in Philadelphia

Oct 23, 2020 10:24 am

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: The University of Tulsa In 1905, a book written by a pro-segregationist author (Thomas Dixon Jr.) stirred racially-triggered controversy in the early 20th century. Dixon’s book was called The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the KKK. It was published in 1905. The novel was the second edition in the Ku Klux […]

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Schooled by Youtube: Heads of Hate #4: James Madison

Oct 23, 2020 10:24 am

In a video posted on The Black History School, we learn more about The same man who wrote the first drafts of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights was also a slave owner.  He believed that slaves were both human and property; he referred to slaves as being members of  an “unfortunate race” […]

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Samuel Ballton: Known as the Greenlawn Pickle King (1899)

Oct 23, 2020 10:24 am

Samuel Ballton, a successful farmer, businessman, and believer in the progressive ways, earned the title “Greenlawn Pickle King” in 1899. He managed to grown 1,500,000 pickles in one season. Ballton was born a slave on a plantation in Westmoreland, Virginia, in 1838. He married in 1861, and often thought about freedom for himself and wife. […]

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The 1937 Parsley Massacre

Oct 23, 2020 10:24 am

The Parsley Massacre was a slaughter of tens of thousands of Haitians by the Dominican Army. This slaughter took place between October 2 and October 8, 1937 in border areas with Afro-Haitians as the target. The name of the event comes from eyewitness testimony of soldier’s investigations. These soldiers showed potential targets a sprig of […]

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Sarah Randolph Bailey: Focused on Empowering Young Black Girls with “Girl Reserve Groups”

Oct 23, 2020 10:24 am

“I shall be rewarded on Earth according to the way I’ve lived. To me a healthy body, sound mind and equal opportunities mean more than wealth; and happiness and success are the products of our gifts to the world and of our fairness and sincerity to ourselves and others.” -Sarah Bailey Sarah Bailey was known […]

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Happy Birthday To Emile Alphonse Griffith!!!

Oct 23, 2020 10:24 am

Emile Alphonse Griffith was a professional boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands who became a World Champion in the welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight classes. His best known contest was a 1962 title match with Benny Paret. Griffith was born on February 3, 1938 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He turned professional in 1958 and […]

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