History is often reduced to a handful of memorable moments and events. In Black history, those events often include courageous stories like those of The Underground Railroad and historic moments like the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But these are only a few of the significant and important events to know and remember.
Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month, first began his journey to promote black life and culture 100 years ago on the South Side of Chicago. On Sept. 9, 1915, he founded a study group that became known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
About to be overrun by Germans, a young black lieutenant called in an artillery barrage on his own position, knowing he'd be killed. It was the only way to hold off the enemy.
The sacrifice by 1st Lt. John Fox is one of many endured by the 100,000 African-American service members during World War II and is now the focus of an exhibit at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Chaka Khan may have made the song 'I'm Every Woman' the ubiquitous theme of the 80s, but Dyana Williams is a true testament of the title in the present day. When it comes to the recognition, cultivation and preservation of Black Music, she epitomizes the anthem.
Meet 14 inventors who changed history with their contributions to science, industry, business, agriculture, transportation, and communication. Think about what kind of obstacles they may have faced, both personally and professionally.
The last living Buffalo Soldier passed away last weekend at the age of 93, in Greenville, South Carolina. Tomie L. Gaines served from March 1943 to December 1945 with the 27th Calvary, an all-Black unit.
Black History Month provides a great opportunity for students to explore and learn more about a variety of issues. But it's important that teachers "reinforce that 'black history' is American history," writes Pat Russo in Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History Month
A festival in South Carolina is trying to change the color of classical music. Less than four percent of classical American symphony musicians are African American, but that's not because of the talent pool.
Readers will find much to admire about this site, which features an excellent Timeline of Mandela's life, including images and quotes. In addition, the biography section links to iconic photographs, informative biographical information, and a 30-second audio clip of Mandela's famous "it is in your hands" speech.
Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general in the Marine Corps.
A Harlem museum limited for years by its decades-old building is getting a new home. The New York Times reports officials are announcing plans Monday to construct a new $122 million building for the Studio Museum in Harlem. It's home to artwork dedicated to black culture.
Ruby Dee, one of the most enduring actresses of theater and film, whose public profile and activist passions made her, along with her husband, Ossie Davis, a leading advocate for civil rights both in show business and in the wider world, died on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.
A Civil War cannonball that ripped through Hannah Reynolds' master's cabin made her a footnote of misfortune, the lone civilian death at the Battle of Appomattox Court House. She died a slave at 60, hours before the war to end slavery unofficially came to a close.
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