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Lewis Latimer’s inventions were life changing

September 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lewis Latimer is noted as one of the most 10 important Black inventors of all time.  He was born on September 4, 1848 to runaway slaves. Latimer’s inventions were a great improvement to railroad bathrooms,...

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Can you believe there were Black men who dominated hockey at one point in history? Or, would you believe that Black men created hockey? Hockey as we now know it, was introduced to America by the sons...

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Thomas Wright Waller, known by his stage name ‘Fats Waller,’ was born on May 21, 1904. He was an all around entertainer who gained notoriety for playing the piano, organ, and his vocal skills were...

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Lloyd Lionel Gaines gained attention in 1938 when he filed a law suit against the University Of Missouri School Of Law for refusing to admit him because of his race. In 1939, The U.S. Supreme...

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This brief documentary talks about the origins of Jim Crow—how the name came about and why the character was developed. It’s quite interesting. It also talks about Charles Hamilton Houston, a man who was a...

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Before there was a Spike Lee, Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry, there was Oscar Micheaux—America’s first Black film maker. Having produced 22 silent movies and 15 talking films, Micheaux was known as ‘The Jackie Robinson...

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The Life and Times of Chester Himes

July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chester Himes was an African American writer whose famous works, If He Hollers Let Him Go and the series of novels, Harlem Detective, put him on the map as a literary great. Born on July...

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George Stinney Jr. was the youngest person to be executed in the United States of America. He was tried and convicted of killing two pre-teen white girls, although there was no physical evidence to suggest...

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James Weldon Johnson was born on June 17, 1871 in Jacksonville, Florida to a freeborn Virginian father and a Bahamian mother. He went on to become one of America’s most prolific civil rights leaders and...

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Watch this video about how a blues legend was born and built. HBCUs produce some of the most amazing Americans of all-time, and they deserve credit for what they’ve contributed to America....

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