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The FBI Tried to Destroy Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Through Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle to liberate people of color from discrimination and oppression, he also dealt with being surveilled by the FBI. In fact, FBI head of domestic intelligence, William C. Sullivan, is on record of saying of King: “We must mark him now as the most dangerous Negro in the future of this nation.”

20-Year Old Student Discovers Why Patients With Darker Skin Tones Are Often Misdiagnosed

Malone Mukwende

For hundreds of years, doctors and researchers assumed that skin conditions like jaundice, warts, measles, and chickenpox produced the same symptoms for all patients. However, Malone Mukwende, a 20-year old medical student at St George's, University of London, has discovered that the visible symptoms are quite different for people with darker skin tones. This often results in thousands of misdiagnoses.

Black Composers Have Been Missing From Music School Curriculums For 130 Years

Black composers

Established in 1889, The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) is the most influential organization for music curriculums used around the world. However, musicians and industry leaders have long been criticizing it out for its extreme lack of diversity in its exam syllabuses.

Yes, There Were Black Slaves in Mexico and One of Them Changed History

Gaspar Yanga and Black slaves in Mexico

Gaspar Yanga, or Nyanga, was a Prince in the country of Gabon that was later captured and taken to work as a slave at a sugar and alcohol farm in Mexico. Because Mexico is located in Central America, he is considered to be one of the first liberators of America because he led a successful rebellion there against Spain's government.

She Was the First Black Tennis Player to Ever Compete With Whites

Althea Gibson, first Black tennis player to compete with whites

Althea Neale Gibson was an African American tennis player who set many milestones not only in the United States but also internationally.

The History of Black British People in London

Black people in London

Many will be surprised to learn that Black people make up 13.2 percent of the population in England and Wales. However, that number pales in comparison to the whopping 44 percent of black and ethnic minorities in London. In fact, as of 2020, there are more than one million Black British people living in the London Metro area.

Amos 'n' Andy, the First Ever Black Television Sitcom

Amos n Andy, first Black sitcom

In 1951, a new show made history as the first Black sitcom to be broadcasted on national television. The sitcom was titled Amos ‘n’ Andy and starred over fifteen black actors. The first episode aired in 1951, but two white men had been already hosting a radio series with the same name since 1928.

Meet the First Black Woman Elected to the U.S. Congress

Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 30, 1924. She later became the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress and also the first African American to launch a campaign for a major party presidential nomination.

Meet the First Black Federal Judge in the United States

William Hastie, first Black judge

William Hastie was the first African American to become a federal judge. He was appointed President Franklin Roosevelt himself.

Meet The First Black Woman to Travel to Space

Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison was born on October 17, 1956, in Alabama. As an engineer, physician, and a former NASA astronaut who served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, she is the first black woman to travel into space.

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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...]