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Jazz Singer Billie Holiday Was Only 44-Years Old When She Died

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday is one of the most famous jazz singers in history. However, her difficult life came to an end at a far-too-early age.

Meet the First Black Patient To Receive a Full Face Transplant

Robert Chelsea

After a severe car crash in Los Angeles disfigured Robert Chelsea's body, surgeons were able to help him get back to a somewhat normal life. His face, however, was almost destroyed due to the intense flames that engulfed him before he could escape. Doctors suggested a full face transplant, and Chelsea agreed to be put on the waiting list.

Meet the First Black Actor to Win an Oscar

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier was an actor, film director, writer and American diplomat. Most notably, he was the first African American actor (not actress) in history to win an Oscar — but he was nominated twice.

Malcolm X Murder Case Reopened By DA's Office After Netflix Documentary Reveals New Evidence

Malcolm X

Thanks to the findings of a powerful Netflix documentary, the Manhattan District Attorney's office is reexamining the circumstances surrounding the 1965 murder of civil rights icon Malcolm X. In the six-part documentary called Who Killed Malcolm X?, activist Abdur-Rahman Muhammad argues that two of the men convicted for his murder couldn’t have been at the scene of the crime.

The Author of “The Count of Monte Cristo” Was Black

Alexandre Dumas, Black French author of The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo is a popular film that was produced in 1975 and again in 2002, starring actors Jim Caviezel and Luis Guzmán. Many people, however, don't know that the film was based on a popular novel of the same title, and that it was written by a Black French writer named Alexandre Dumas.

14-Year Old Marsai Martin is the Youngest Black Executive Producer in Hollywood History

Marsai Martin

Marsai Martin is a teen actress and singer best known for playing the role of Diane Johnson in the popular comedy series Black-ish. In 2019, at just 14-years old, she made history when she became the youngest Black executive producer in Hollywood history with the film Little.

Meet the First Black Woman to Win a Nobel Peace Prize

Wangari Muta Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai, also known as "Tree Woman", was an activist and ecologist from Kenya. For her remarkable work, she became the first Black woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Macon B. Allen Was the First African American to Become a Lawyer

Macon Bolling Allen, first Black lawyer in America

Macon Bolling Allen had a long journey, but he went far. Allen was born free in 1816. He worked as a schoolteacher after learning to read and write, but later moved to Portland Maine. While working for General Samuel Fressenden in Portland, Allen was able to study law. He hoped to join the Maine Bar Association, but the organization originally rejected him since at the time black people were not considered citizens.

Billboard Magazine Used to Refer to R&B Songs as “Race Records”

Billboard Race Records

In the beginning of the record industry's history, music was primarily marketed toward middle and upper class white Americans. In the early 1900's, the United States was still segregated and it wasn’t until the 1920s when African American artists began to record music with major record labels. Shortly after that, their sales began to take off but these early recordings were referred to as “race records” by Billboard Magazine.

Meet the First African American to Become a Chess Grandmaster

Maurice Ashley, first African American Chess Grandmaster

Maurice Ashley is the first African American ever to be awarded the world title of Chess Grandmaster, the highest title a player can attain. Born and raised in St. Andrew, Jamaica, he was introduced to chess by his brother who would often play the game with his friends.

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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...]