Posts tagged: Black History Month

Photo of Jackie Robinson in Dodgers uniform, shot from below, poised to swing

Jackie Robinson, Happy 100th Birthday!

Happy 100th birthday to Jackie Robinson, one of the true American heroes of the 20th century. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, a racist barrier so strange and …..

Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. looking calmly straight at the camera with one hand oratorically upraised

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Vision of Love Still Matters

[Editor’s note: The following guest post was originally published by our friends at The Conversation.] By Joshua F.J. Inwood, Penn State University 2017 was a year of increased conflict in the United …..

Black History Month: Allison Davis, pioneering scholar of racism

His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century. He was the first African-American full-time professor at a predominantly-white university, and his research was cited in Brown v. Board of Education.

Photo of Frederick Douglass, in white hair and beard, posed formally in suit and tie

The Story of Black History Month

How did Black History Month get started? Mostly thanks to Carter G. Woodson. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. Until …..

Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks!

American civil rights icon Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She made her mark in history in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, when she refused to …..

Dorie Miller Biography: New!

 One of the first American war heroes of World War II was an African-American named Doris Miller. Heard of him?

Paul Cuffe Biography: New!

 For Black History Month, we have a featured biography of Paul Cuffe — the Massachusetts mariner who was the richest African American of his time.

Black History Month: Mae C. Jemison

 Mae Jemison is not exactly a famous name. But she was the first black woman in outer space. Think about how tough you have to be for that.

Black History Month: W.E.B. Du Bois

 Meet prolific writer and editor William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. He had a topsy-turvey relationship with the NAACP, he was tried for being a foreign agent and he died in Africa.

Black History: Odetta

In honor of Black History Month, we’ve added another activist-entertainer to our files: Odetta, the folk singer who came to fame in the 1960s for her powerful voice in protest songs.

In the History of ‘African-American’

  This week there was an anniversary in the history of the American anti-slavery movement of the 19th century.  A minor piece by the great abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, in his publication The Liberator, made a suggestion that at the time that seemed trivial to white Americans, yet his advice eventually worked its way into our daily language.

Bessie Coleman, You Wonderful Aviator, Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to Bessie Coleman, who was born on this day in 1892.With Black History Month coming up, it’s only natural to toss Coleman an extra salute. She was a rare bird.