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Marjorie Stewart Joyner was a beauty innovator.  She created a permanent wave machine that allowed permanent curls in ones hair for a significant amount of time. Her invention was so impressive, that it quickly crossed...

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When we think of Slaves revolting, we think of Armistad or the story of Nat Turner. But in America alone, there were over 300 recorded Slave revolts that occurred. In this brief clip, Kara Poole...

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Fountain Hughes was a former slave born in 1848 in Charlottesville, VA.  In 1949 he was interviewed by the Library of Congress as part of their Federal Writers Project that recorded former slaves stories and...

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Henry Highland Garnet was a well respected African American leader. Born into slavery on December 23, 1815, Garnet went on to become a renowned abolitionist, minister, educator and orator. His work as an abolitionist was...

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Martin Robison Delany was born on May 6, 1812 in Charles Town, Virginia.  He was a noted abolitionist, journalist, physician and writer. He is also noted for being the first Black person to promote “nationalism,”...

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Charles Brooks invented the Street Sweeper

September 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Black man from Newark, New Jersey invented the first ever self-propelled street sweeper truck that was patented on March 17, 1896. His name was Charles B. Brooks. Prior to Brooks’ invention, people would often...

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John Burr invented the modern day lawn mower

September 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

In 1899, the lawn mower got the best make over ever, and it came from a Black man by the name of John Albert Burr. Burr’s patent was an improved version of the lawn mower...

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Dudley Randall was a poet, publisher and editor who founded Broadside Press. His most famous poem “Ballad of Birmingham,” was written in response to the 1963 church bombing that killed 4 little girls. It is...

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John McLendon is considered a basketball coach legend.  He is recognized as the first African American basketball coach at an all white university. In this small video clip, McLendon is heard talking about Dr. James...

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Jean Baptiste Point du Sable is known as the founder of Chicago, having established permanent residence there in 1770. In addition to being a well rounded traveler, Mr. Point du Sable was an entrepreneur and...

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