"They Continually Aim To Take The Food From Our Mouths and The Shirts Off Our Backs!"
"On Day One, the new Congress ...
Posted Wednesday, January 7th 2015 at 5:07PM
On January 30, 2009, Michael Steele became the first African American to lead the Republican Party as Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Chairman Steele is also only the second African American to lead either the Democratic or Republ ...
Posted Wednesday, February 18th 2009 at 12:03PM
Very few know the story of the man known as the "Gullah Statesman."
He was born, Robert Smalls, on April 5, 1839. His birthplace was Beaufort, a bustling waterfront town sitting on one of the Sea Islands, in what was known as the South Carolina l ...
Posted Monday, April 20th 2009 at 5:27PM
She was born, Jane Matilda Bolin on April 11, 1908. She was the youngest of four children. Her father was Gaius Charles Bolin. He was the first African American (also part Native American) to attend Williams College, in the Berkeshire Mountains o ...
Posted Friday, May 1st 2009 at 1:19PM
The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution officially abolished, and continues to prohibit, slavery, and, with limited exceptions, prohibits involuntary servitude. Prior to its ratification, slavery remained legal only in Delaware and Kentucky, everywhere else; the slaves had been freed by state action and the federal government's Emancipation Proclamation executive order. ...
Posted Wednesday, December 19th 2007 at 5:15PM
Introducing one of the nineteenth century's most famous and perplexing pianists. Born a slave in Georgia, Blind Tom died an international celebrity in 1908. He had an encyclopedic memory, all-consuming passion for music and mind boggling capacity to ...
Posted Saturday, July 10th 2010 at 8:27AM
"Bloody Sunday" occurred on March 7, 1965, when 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by state and local police with Billy clubs and tear gas so the march was cancelled. The route taken by the marchers is memorialized as the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. ...
Posted Wednesday, December 19th 2007 at 5:39PM
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan., of 1954 is the landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court, which overturned earlier rulings going back to Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, by declaring state laws that established separate public schools for Black and White students denied minorities of equal educational opportunities. ...
Posted Wednesday, December 19th 2007 at 5:53PM
The Emancipation Proclamation consists of two executive orders issued by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. The first one, issued on September 22, 1862, declared the freedom of all slaves in such territory of the Confederate States of America (the South) and the Union (the North), which was already practicing abolition. ...
Posted Wednesday, December 19th 2007 at 5:56PM
Atlantic Southeast Airlines flights 5202 (Atlanta to Nashville) and 5106 (Nashville to Atlanta) became the first commercial jet revenue flights to be operated by an all-female all-African-American crew, on February 12. Captain Rachelle Jones and Fir ...
Posted Tuesday, March 3rd 2009 at 6:55AM
Civil rights activists called “freedom riders” rode on interstate buses around the segregated South on “freedom rides” to test results of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Boynton v. Virginia from 1960. In that case, the Court sided with Boynton and mandated all interstate facilities were allowed to be used by any citizen regardless of their ethnicity. ...
Posted Thursday, January 31st 2008 at 12:27PM