Walter Samuel McAfee, theoretical physicist, professor, and civil servant was born in Ore City, Texas to Susie and Luther McAfee on September 2, 1914.  His father, Luther McAfee, was a mechanic and carpenter, while his mother, Susie, was an educator.  McAfee earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1934 from Wiley College, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Marshall, Texas. In […]

By Bashir Muhammad Akiyele Editor: Victor Trammell Photo credits: ASCAC Greetings, Afrikan family! This segment covers Day 6 of the 2021 Kemet Nu Educational Tour. This tour was sponsored by professors Ashra and Merira Kwesi -the legendary teachers of Egyptology (the scientific study on Egyptian history, culture, and spirituality) and history. Our Kemetic studies concluded with visits to […]

Orpheus Myron McAdoo his own minstrel company by recruiting former students and graduates of Hampton Institute after touring Europe, Australia, and New Zealand as a performer. McAdoo was born in 1858 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He attended Hampton Institute where he studied to be a teacher and graduated in 1876. After college, he taught in […]

At Black Then, we often see videos that make us stop and think. They frequently reveal information that is not broadcasted to the masses and are created by great talents that are not shown in mainstream media. In this video we found, we learn more about The Black Then Channel is an all-black history, news […]

By Ryan Brennan Dating back to 1852, an intellectual #black man, McCune Smith, wrote that Jeremiah G. Hamilton was the “only black millionaire in New York,” to Frederick Douglas. However, modern Americans have chosen to ignore this very successful African-American despite his achievements and the pursuit of wealth. Behind the great story of Jeremiah Hamilton […]

John W. “Bud” Fowler was one of the first professional black baseball players when in 1872 he joined a white team in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Jackson played for the team for two and half decades; he played in parts of the country that Blacks were not permitted to play. Fowler was born in Fort Plain, […]

Singer Robert Hicks helped popularize the Atlanta blues during its formative period. Given the name ‘Barbecue Bob’ by Columbia Records, Hicks had numerous hit songs during his career. Hicks was born to a family of sharecroppers in Georgia. At a young age, Hicks along with his brother, Charley, and other boys in the neighborhood formed […]

African American man seated, head and shoulders, in a buttoned overcoat. c.1890 For more on African American experience and achievements in the U.S. and elsewhere visit Discover Black Heritage , a travel guide to black history and culture Found On Flicker.com in Black History Album

Anna DeCosta Banks became the first head nurse of the Hospital and Training School for Nurses, years later she served as the superintendent of nurses. Banks was born on September 4, 1869, in Charleston, South Carolina, during the Reconstruction Era. She was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth DeCosta. She was educated in the Charleston […]

On this day in Black history, Vivian Malone Jones graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965. The beginning of her story is well known and discussed often when going into segregation in the South, Alabama history, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. However, her story often stops at Governor George Wallace […]

Garrett Morgan – Biography The son of former slaves, Garrett Morgan was born in Paris, Kentucky on March 4, 1877. His early childhood was spent attending school and working on the family farm with his brothers and sisters. While still a teenager, he left Kentucky and moved north to Cincinnati, Ohio in search of opportunity. […]

At Black Then, we often see videos that make us stop and think. They frequently reveal information that is not broadcasted to the masses and are created by great talents that are not shown in mainstream media. In this video we found, we learn more about The Black Then Channel is an all-black history, news […]

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