Thelma Elizabeth Porter Parros was the first black woman in America to win a beauty pageant, she was named “Miss Subway” in New York City. Porter was born on June 29, 1928, to Sarah and Thomas Porter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Eastern District High School in New York, she went on to attend […]

On August 21, 1860, enslaved Eliza Winston was freed from her Mississippi owner in a Minneapolis court. She was granted legal freedom, however, Winston faced a white mob who threatened her with violence and  forced her to leave the area. The event showed that although the slavery was illegal in Minnesota – many whites supported […]

Hayes died of kidney failure, after battling prostate cancer and liver ailments. Robert Lee “Bullet Bob” Hayes was an Olympic sprinter turned football wide receiver in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. An American track and field athlete, he was a two-sport stand-out in college in both track and football at Florida A&M University. Hayes […]

Undoubtedly, African Americans have a huge influence on southern cuisine. Foods such as corn bread catfish, #black eyed peas and fried chicken all have roots in #African American culture. Adrian miller give us some details: Mary McCarthy reporting from Denver. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H51jBkjGzk

Michael Francis Blake is credited as the first African American to open a photography studio in Charleston, South Carolina. Blake was born in 1850 in Needham, Massachusetts. He spent his formative years as a scientist on the United States Coast Survey and Darien Exploring Expedition from 1866 to 1874. After such a great experience, Blake […]

In 1866, exactly 150 years ago, the Ku-Klux-Klan was formed. The first domestic terrorist movement in the United States was reworked violence so that it would fit a modern post-slavery nation. The group sought out to disempower and control rural African-Americans. They not only used violence but also used bizarre costumes and performances to create […]

Luther Holbert and his wife, both African-Americans, were burned at the stake by a mob of more than 1,000 people for killing James Eastland, a prominent white planter, and John Carr, another black man on the Eastland plantation, two miles from Doddsville, Mississippi. The lynching of Holbert and his wife resulted in eight people losing […]

Frank Garvin Yerby was an African American historical novelist. He is best known as the African American writer to become a millionaire from his pen and to have a book purchased by a Holly wood studio for film. Yerby was born in Augusta, GA. He was the son to Rufus Garvin Yerby and Wilhelmina Smythe […]

Hoyt W. Fuller was an editor and writer who worked as editor of the Negro Digest, which became the Black World in 1970. The Negro Digest, later renamed Black World, was an African-American magazine founded in November 1942 by John H. Johnson. It was first published locally in Chicago, Illinois. The Negro Digest was similar […]

Mamie Luella Williams was a prominent educator and respected resident of Topeka, Kansas. Williams was born in Greenwood, South Carolina, in 1894. In 1899 the Williams family moved to Topeka to purchase a home on Quincy Street. Mamie never left Quincy Street and her life there was the subject of a 1976 TV special “75 […]

The British authorities had a very ugly secret during the mid-1950s and early 1960s. The country hid the fact that #Mau Mau Kenyans had been tortured by their hands during these years. Hidden documents showed these African were castrated, beaten and sexually assaulted while at British camps. The UK Government heard about incidents of Ndiku Mutua, […]

At 59, Scott died from tuberculosis. He was survived by his wife and his two daughters. Scott was originally interred in Wesleyan Cemetery in St. Louis. When this cemetery was closed 9 years later, Taylor Blow transferred Scott’s coffin to an unmarked plot in the nearby Catholic Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, which permitted burial of […]

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