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.
African American history is brought to life through engaging exhibits and captivating story adventures! The DuSable Mobile Museum is a traveling, interactive exhibit which explores the life and times of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, an African Haitian, who in 1779 became the first non-native person to establish a permanent settlement in Eschikagou (“the place of smelly onions”), which we now call Chicago.
It's Black History Month, a time we pay homage to the great stalwarts of the past and the prolific blacks of our time; those who are currently breaking racial barriers and paving ways for our next generation of black leaders. One of those leaders is Sheriff Troy Berry of Charles County, Maryland.
As a chemist, Dr. Percy Julian did amazing things. Countless people benefited from his work, from patients with rheumatoid arthritis to servicemen whose lives were saved during World War II. But Julian—the grandson of slaves—had to confront numerous challenges in order to have a career in chemistry.
Julian H. Lewis was a man who accomplished many significant “firsts” in his lifetime and yet he remains something of a mystery. A Black History Month event on Saturday, Feb. 21 will celebrate the life and legacy of Lewis, who was the first African American to teach at the University of Chicago, and who later was heralded as the father of anthropathology, a field that looks at racial differences in the expression of disease.
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.
Chicago's own Ethel Payne was the third African-American to ever receive White House press credentials -- and she was only the second black woman to do so. We talk with the author of a biography about the importance of her legacy.
Doualla-Bell Smith had no idea that first flight - as terrifying as it seemed - would mark the beginning of an illustrious aviation industry career that would ultimately span nearly five decades and earn the honorable distinction of being known as one of the world's first black flight attendants.
Through the years, the overall objective of 4-H has remained the same: the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. 4-H serves youth through a variety of methods. Some of the contributions of African Americans within the Florida 4-H program are included on the following pages of history.
When thousands gather this weekend in Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," some will likely conclude that the town that changed America has not seemed to make much progress of its own.
Merryl Tengesdal’s accomplishments are sky high. The Air Force pilot was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and is the first and only African-American woman U-2 pilot ever. Since 2004, Tengesdal has flown more than 3,400 hours and has taken on combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa.
Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994, following a 20-year anti-apartheid campaign. Read more about his life and legacy, and explore videos, photos and more, at Biography.com.
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