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Daisy Bates Launched One of the First Black Newspapers and Helped Desegregate Schools

Daisy Bates

Daisy Bates was a natural-born leader, known commonly as a heroine of the civil rights movement. After getting married, Bates and her husband started a newspaper called The Arkansas Weekly, which at the time was one of the only African American newspapers solely dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement.

Lusia Harris, the First and Only Black Woman to Play in the NBA

Lusia Harris, first woman to play in the NBA

In 1977, professional basketball changed forever when a player named Lusia Harris became the first and only Black woman to play in the NBA. Growing up in Mississippi, Harris began her basketball career as the captain of her high school team as well as earning the most valuable player award three years in a row.

More Than 40,000 Black Soldiers Were Killed in the Civil War

Black soldiers in the Civil War

Due to the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Black men were allowed to serve the US Army and were allowed them to fight for their freedom from slavery. Because of this, thousands of Black men enlisted to fight.

The History of Birthday Celebrations

African Americans celebrating birthday

Since ancient times, birthdates have been recorded as historical data. These dates have proven important and helpful when studying civilizations past, and even today it is common to know the birthdates of close friends and family. With these annual birthdates has also come birthday celebrations, but the very idea of celebrating the date of your birth is deeply rooted in pagan traditions.

Cathay Williams, the First Black Female in the U.S. Military, Pretended to Be a Man

Cathay Williams

In 1866, the U.S. military unknowingly enlisted their first Black female soldier during the Civil War. Her name was Cathay Williams, but she enlisted herself as a man using the name William Cathay. According to America's Female Buffalo Soldier, "there were only two people that knew her true identity – a cousin and a friend, who faithfully kept her secret."

The History of African American Females in Golf

Black woman golfers

Golf is a sport that, since its conception, has been made exclusive to only certain demographics. Because of this, it took many decades until Black men were even allowed to compete. However, it took even longer for players of the sport to accept Black women onto the field.

Willie O'Ree, the First Black Hockey Player to Play in the NHL

Willie O'Ree, first Black NHL player

The NHL (National Hockey League) was founded in 1917 and is currently made up of 24 teams in the United States and 7 teams in Canada. However, it wasn't until 1957 that the league accepted their first Black player, Wilie O'Ree.

Alice Coachman, the First Black Woman to Win an Olympic Gold Medal

Alice Coachman

Alice Coachman was a trailblazer for Black women in the world of sports. In 1948, she became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She broke through barriers and managed to succeed in a time where the world didn’t want to see a black woman in sports.

Stepin Fetchit, Hollywood's First Black Movie Star

Stepin Fetchi

It was the 1930s and film had grown to new heights. However, one of the peaks in film at the time has been lost to history. That peak was Stepin Fetchit whose real name is Lincoln Perry, the first ever black movie star. Perry first started out as a comic character actor before growing to become a vaudeville artist, according to a book entitled Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry.

Garrett Morris Was the First Black Cast Member on 'Saturday Night Live’

Garrett Morris

After premiering in 1975, Saturday Night Live grew exponentially to become one of TV’s longest, most adored shows. It has started the careers of many famous actors and sparked the joy of comedy into the hearts of millions. However, it took two years before Saturday Night Live debuted their first black cast member.

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Top Black History Museums and Cultural Centers:
There are hundreds of Black history museums in the United States that preserve artifacts, records, documents, and more related to African Americans. They vary in size and popularity, but all of them have exclusive exhibits and collections that millions of people from all ethnic backgrounds take interest in. [Find one to visit...]

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There are many organizations and projects that are dedicated to African American history. These include foundations and other educational initiatives. All of them typically have the common goal of preserving Black culture and heritage for those who are interested in gaining more awareness about the African American experience over the past 500 years or longer. [Learn more...]

The History of Black History:
The heritage and experience of African Americans that typically dates back to the mid 1500's when Black people were captured in Africa and brought against their will to America to become slaves. After nearly 400 years of slavery and dehumanization, African Americans were eventually freed but were oppressed, discriminated against, and were initially not even recognized as legal citizens of the United States. [Learn more...]