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How The Last Name Washington Became The ‘blackest name’ in America

Oct 26, 2020 10:58 am

The 2000 U.S. Census counted 163,036 people with the surname Washington. Ninety percent of them were African-American, a far higher black percentage than for any other common name. George Washington’s name is inseparable from America, and not only from the nation’s history. It identifies countless streets, buildings, mountains, bridges, monuments, cities — and people. Oddly […]

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Wesley Williams: Third Black Male to Join the New York Fire Department

Oct 26, 2020 10:58 am

Wesley Williams was the third black male to join the New York Fire Department. The first was William H. Nicholson who was appointed in 1898 and shortly after detailed to the veterinary unit. He retired in 1912. The second was John H. Woodson, 1914 – 1936, assigned to L-106 in Brooklyn. Wesley was appointed June […]

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Flash Black Photo: Photography by Gordon Parks, 2-5

Oct 26, 2020 10:58 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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Southside Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration

Oct 26, 2020 10:58 am

Known as the Great Migration, 6 million African-Americans left their homes in the South after World War I and through 1970, moving north and west. “The conditions in the South for the average African-American were unbearable and intolerable,” Georgetown University[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”yes” align=”right” asin=”0822358549″ cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”yes” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51pSV3tmT%2BL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”trehottop-20″ width=”107″] history professor Marcia […]

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Schooled by Youtube: Heads of Hate #5: James Monroe

Oct 26, 2020 10:58 am

In a video posted on The Black History School, we learn more about During James Monroe’s presidency, the U.S. was divided between slave states and free states. Being a slave owner himself, Monroe was an active member in establishing an organization that returned freed slaves to Africa. The American Colonization Society founders believed that freed […]

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Colonel Ruth A. Lucas: First African-American Woman to Rank Colonel in U.S. Air Force

Oct 26, 2020 10:58 am

Colonel Ruth Alice Lucas was the first African American woman in the Air Force to be promoted to the rank of colonel. At the time of her retirement, she was the highest-ranking African American woman in the Air Force. Lucas was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on November 28, 1920. After high school, she attended Tuskegee […]

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Alfred W. Harris: Introduced the Bill that Chartered Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute

Oct 26, 2020 10:58 am

Alfred W. Harris introduced the bill that chartered Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (later Virginia State University) during his time in the House of Delegates (1881–1888). Harris was born enslaved in Fairfax County, during the American Civil War (1861–1865) his family moved to Alexandria, where he attended a school operated by the Bureau of Refugees, […]

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1977: Poem For Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer by Poet June Jordan

Oct 26, 2020 10:58 am

June Jordan was one of the most widely-published and highly-acclaimed African American writers of her generation, poet, playwright and essayist. Jordan was also known for her commitment to human rights and progressive political agenda. Jordan was the only child of Jamaican immigrant parents, Granville Ivanhoe and Mildred Maud Jordan, in Harlem, New York. Her father […]

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Did You Know That A Black Scientist Invented The First Moon Based Observatory Used In The Apollo 16 Mission?

Oct 26, 2020 10:58 am

Physicist and inventor George Carruthers built his first telescope at age 10, and has spent the rest of his life making important contributions to the study of outer space. Carruthers has developed ways to use ultraviolet imaging in order to view images in deep space that were previously impossible to see. In 1972, Carruthers invented […]

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Meet Bernice DeLatte: Dubbed the “Creole Rosa Parks of the Seventh Ward”

Oct 26, 2020 10:58 am

Bernice DeLatte was just seventeen-years-old when she had a life changing experience. DeLatte was a recent graduate of McDonogh No. 35 in Louisiana. She was on her way to enjoy a swim with her sister, Doris DeLatte, and friend, Evelyn Segue at Lake Pontchartrain. As the bus they were riding approached Franklin Ave. and Gentilly, […]

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