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These Real-Life African Women Warriors Inspired the Black Panther Film

Dahomey Warriors who inspired the Black Panther film

It’s hard to not notice the similarities and the inspiration of the Dahomey Warriors that was used to create the fictional Dora Milaje Army featured in Marvel’s Black Panther comic book series and movie franchise. On the coast of West Africa, the Dahomey Kingdom, in what is now modern-day Benin, was once home to the only appointed elite female warrior troop in history.

University of Nevada Las Vegas Hires First Black President

Dr. Keith Whitfield, President of the University of Nevada

Dr. Keith Whitfield has been appointed as the new President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is the first Black president in the university’s 63-year history. Dr. Whitfield, currently the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs and a professor of psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit.

The Atlantic Ocean Was Formally Called the Ethiopian Sea

On maps from ancient times until the 19th century, today’s southern half of the Atlantic Ocean in classical geographical works was known as the Aethiopian or Ethiopian Sea or Ethiopian Ocean.

This Math Genius Started College at 13-Years Old and By 19 Had Already Earned His Ph.D

J. Ernest Wilkins Jr.

Born in 1923, J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. was a prominent African American mathematician and physicist. As a child, he was of the youngest students to ever attend college, enrolling at the University of Chicago when he was just 13-years old.

39-Year Old Becomes First Black Woman Supreme Court Judge in New Jersey

Fabiana Pierre-Louis, first Black woman to sit on New Jersey Supreme Court

In June 2020, 39-year old Fabiana Pierre-Louis succeeded Walter Timpone to become the first Black woman to sit on New Jersey’s Supreme Court, the state’s highest court. She carries the legacy of John Wallace, who became the first Black male judge on the state supreme court in 2003.

Here's How Albert Einstein Responded to Racism

Albert Einstein, often considered to be a genius and the most influential physicist of his time, is described by credible sources as both a racist and a civil rights activist.

The First Inhabitants of China Were Black

Native Black chinese people

Historians, geneticists, and advocates of Afrocentrism have argued for years that the first inhabitants of China were Black Africans. According to Chang Hsing-Lang, who was a respected writer and professor in the early 1900s, there was in fact a Negro Empire that existed in the South of China at the dawn of the nation’s history.

8-Year Old Becomes Youngest Black Female to Go Undefeated in a National Chess Competition

Diamond Shakoor, youngest Black female chess champion

Meet Diamond Shakoor, who in 2009 at age 8, became the youngest African-American female to go undefeated in a Chess National competition. She has since played in more than 250 tournaments and is a seven-time national champion.

At 9-Years Old, These Twins Became the Youngest Children in UK History to Attend High School

Peter and Paula Imafidon

Peter and Paula Imafidon, also known as “the Wonder Twins,” made history in 2012 as the youngest children in British history to attend high school. They both were just 9-years old. As British Nigerians, the pair became England’s highest achievers for being the youngest to ever pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam after participating in the Excellence in Education program. They also set world records when they passed the A/AS-level math papers.

10 Years Ago, Detroit Police Shot and Killed This 7-Year Old Girl While She Was Sleeping

Aiyana Mo'Nay Stanley-Jones, 7-year old Black girl killed by Detroit Police

In May 2010, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7-year old girl from Detroit, was shot in the head and subsequently killed by Detroit Police as they raided her home after midnight looking for a suspect. The problem though is that police had raided the wrong house.

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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...]

Top Black History Organizations and Projects:
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...]