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Flash Black Photo: Pearl Bailey | Legends of Film Series

May 18, 2020 09:30 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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Black History Observed Through Genetic Makeup, According To Research

May 18, 2020 09:30 am

By Amendeep Thakur When it comes to the genetic history of African-Americans, two incidents played a major role in shaping the genetic component of Black descendants of slaves. The first one was the human trade that led thousands of African slaves to the southern United States, and the second was the Great Migration period, which started around 1910, […]

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A Place All Our Own: The Highland Beach Resort, The First Black Owned Beach Resort Town In The United States

May 18, 2020 09:30 am

The Highland Beach resort town is the first black owned beach resort town in the United States. It was started and founded by the son of activist Frederick Douglas; Charles Douglas and Charles’ wife Laura.  The resort was founded on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in 1893.  Charles Douglas and his wife founded […]

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Judge Israel Augustine Jr: First Black District Judge in Louisiana & Civil Rights Activist

May 18, 2020 09:30 am

Judge Israel Augustine, Jr., was the first African American district judge in Louisiana. Augustine was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a graduate of McDonogh 35 High School he received a B. A. from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He obtained his law degree from Lincoln University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1951, […]

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Lucy Harth Smith: Pioneer Activist and Educator

May 18, 2020 09:30 am

Lucy Harth Smith  was born in Virginia in 1888. She was known for promoting the study of black history in nation’s schools. She served thirty years on the executive council of the National Association for the study of Negro Life and History. Smith attended Hampton Institute and Kentucky State College, where she earned an MA […]

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Venture Smith: The Black Paul Bunyan

May 18, 2020 09:30 am

Venture Smith was born free in Africa but he was captured and enslaved at the age of eight. He became a figure of mythical proportions in New England and was known for having great size and strength. Smith was named Broteer Furro by his father, a Prince of the tribe of Dukandaara in Guinea. He […]

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Ruth Simmons: First Black President of an Ivy League Institution

May 18, 2020 09:30 am

Ruth Simmons was the 18th president of Brown University, the first black president of an Ivy League institution. Simmons was elected to the position in 2000. In 2001, Ruth Simmons made history when she became the first African-American president of an Ivy League university, as well as Brown University’s first female president. Prior to this […]

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Curlee Brown, Sr: Early Pioneer and Fearless Warrior in the Struggle for Human Rights

May 18, 2020 09:30 am

Curlee Brown, Sr. was an early pioneer and fearless warrior in the struggle for human rights. In 1966, Brown led many efforts in Paducah, Kentucky and throughout the state to integrate public facilities. Brown moved to Helena, Ak., when he was a child. As a teenager, he moved with his family to Paducah. He received […]

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Basil A. Paterson: Influential Harlem Labor Lawyer and Politician

May 18, 2020 09:30 am

Basil Alexander Paterson was an American labor lawyer and politician. Born in Harlem, New York, he was the son of Leonard James and Evangeline Alicia Paterson. His father was born on the island of Carriacou in the Grenadines and arrived in the United States via New York City aboard the S.S. Vestris on May 16, […]

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Black Woman Schools Uninformed English Man About the Harsh Aftermath of Slavery (VIDEO)

May 18, 2020 09:30 am

An African woman quickly corrects an English man about the reality of slavery. Video by the BBC’s ‘The Big Question.’

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