Bennett Lester “Benny” Carter was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was recognized as such by other jazz musicians who called him King. Born Bennett Lester Carter on August 8, 1907 in New York, New York. […]

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At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

On this day in 1923, the U.S. Patent Office grants Patent No. 1,475,074 to 46-year-old inventor and newspaperman Garrett Morgan for his three-position traffic signal. Though Morgan’s was not the first traffic signal (that one had been installed in London in 1868), it was an important innovation nonetheless: By having a third position besides just […]

Slaves were not supplied with a lot of clothing. They were barely supplied with one item that was decent enough to wear. If slaves were hired out, they usually received more clothing at this time; two suits, one pair of shoes, and one blanket. However, this was not a general rule; it could vary from […]

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At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

On this day in Black history, the west African country of Togo gets its independence in 1960. Prior to claiming its independence, Togo was under British and French rule at different points since the early 1880s. COLONIAL TOGO Togo’s first exposure to Europe came via Portugal in the late 15th century. The country then began a port […]

Blues singer Wynonie Harris was a leading figure in black music during the 1940s and early 1950s. He formed a style that had a considerable influence on early rock and roll, as he was noted for his voice that powerfully projected over driving, horn-led bands. A distinguished-looking man with striking blue-gray eyes and a flashing smile, Harris was […]

#Samuel Younge Jr., was a student at Tuskegee Institute. He was the first #black college student to be killed as a result of his involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement. Younge death was a violent death in 1966; his crime was trying to use a whites-only restroom. Younge was born on November 17, 1944 […]

Yusef Lateef was a renowned composer, flutist, oboist, and tenor saxophonist. He explored Afro-Asian musical styles during the early 1950s, and produced several recordings. Yusef Lateef was born “William Emanuel Huddleston” on October 9, 1920, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1925, he moved with his family to Detroit. Throughout the years, Lateef established a longstanding friendship […]

Julia May Carson, born Julia May Porter, was a member of the United States House of  for Indiana’s 7th congressional district from 1997 until her death in 2007. Carson was the first African American to represent the 7th district. Born Julia May Porter in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 8, 1938. Carson was the daughter of […]

Long after the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, many white Hoosiers in Indiana continued to work against enfranchisement for #black citizens. Laws limiting the civil rights of African Americans were kept in the state constitution; in many towns and cities, black voters were intimidated or physically assaulted. Intimidation of non-whites at the polls […]

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At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

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