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Henrietta Vinton Davis: The Diplomat Pt. II

Jan 25, 2021 09:36 am

The turn of the 20th century was significant for Black Americans socially and politically. In the first two decades, both the NAACP and the UNIA-ACL were formed. The latter would be the organization that one of the most popular speakers, playwrights, and actresses of the time, Henrietta Vinton Davis, dedicated her time and influence.   JOINING […]

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How The Georgia Supreme Court Made This Ex-slave The Wealthiest Negro In America

Jan 25, 2021 09:36 am

In 1886, Ex-slave, Amanda Eubanks, was left millions in the will of her former master. In June of that year, the Georgia State Supreme Court sustained the will of the late David Dickson, making Amanda Eubanks the wealthiest Negro in America. Mr. Dickson, a former slaveholder, willed more than half a million dollars to Ms. […]

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Belle Alexander: One of the First African Americans to Work at Boeing Aircraft

Jan 25, 2021 09:36 am

Belle Alexander was  “Rosie the Riveter” and one of first African Americans to work for Boeing Aircraft. Alexander was born and raised in rural Georgia, she left home at age 18 and moved to Atlanta. When the war broke out three years later, she entered a National Youth Association job training program and learned sheet […]

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Madam Mayor: Four Decades Ago, This Woman Became The First Black Woman To Mayor A Metropolitan American City

Jan 25, 2021 09:36 am

 On June 5, 1973, Doris A. Davis, a 37-year-old school teacher turned city council member, was elected Mayor of the City of Compton, California, making her the first black woman mayor of a major, metropolitan American city, and only the second African American woman chief executive in US history. Focusing on problems of a soaring […]

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Lincoln Hospital: Founded to Serve the African Americans of Durham, NC

Jan 25, 2021 09:36 am

Lincoln Hospital was a medical facility located in Durham, North Carolina founded to serve the African Americans of Durham County and surrounding areas. With original hospital construction financed by the Duke family, Lincoln served as the primary African American hospital in Durham until 1976, when it closed and transferred its inpatient services to Durham County […]

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Flash Black Photo: While Thousands Cheer | 1940

Jan 25, 2021 09:36 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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The Evelyn Toney Story: The Ice Cream Cone That Opened One Young Girl’s Eyes to Racism

Jan 25, 2021 09:36 am

Evelyn Toney was just a little girl when her life was changed, or as most people would say–when her eyes opened up to the world. On one particular day, Toney and her mother visited an ice cream shop. Toney was not feeling well, and her mother wanted to cheer her up with an ice cream […]

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January 23: Halle Berry Won Golden Globe Award For ‘Best Actress’ Today in 2000

Jan 25, 2021 09:36 am

Photo credits: Home Box Office (c) HFPA Portraying legendary actress Dorothy Dandridge in the biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge was for Halle Berry (pictured) was a career move that certainly made Black history in the world of entertainment. It gave Berry an opportunity to pay homage to the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress. It […]

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Black Abolitionists: National Negro Business League

Jan 25, 2021 09:36 am

National Negro Business League Built 5000 Rosenwald Schools with African-American communities in the South! Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), founder and principal of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, organized the National Negro Business League in 1900 to promote “commercial, agricultural, educational, and industrial advancement … and the commercial and financial development of the Negro.” Washington was hoping […]

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The Virginia Calculator: Thomas Fuller, African ”Slave” And Mathematical Genius

Jan 25, 2021 09:36 am

Thomas Fuller, familiarly known as the Virginia Calculator, was a native of Africa. At the age of fourteen he was stolen, and sold into slavery in Virginia, where he found himself the property of a planter residing about four miles from Alexandria. He did not understand the art of reading or writing, but by a […]

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