Born in Joplin, Missouri, in the year 1902, Langston Hughes grew up to become one of the most prolific poets of the 20th century, a pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Hughes was integral to the creation of jazz poetry, writing his first jazz poetry piece, “When Sue Wears Red,” while still […]

In a video posted on The Black History School, we learn more about Unlike other presidents, Andrew Johnson never received formal education. He did not even make it to kindergarten. He was also the first president to be impeached. Based on his past, it’s not surprising that while a senator, he purchased his first slave, […]

Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, II was a Presbyterian minister. He served as the first black Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida, and along with Josiah Thomas Walls, US Congressman from Florida, was among the most powerful black officeholders in the state during Reconstruction. Gibbs was born a freeman in Pennsylvania in 1827, […]

Photo credits: North Carolina Historic Sites/Greensboro Convention and Visitor’s Bureau The Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute, better known as Palmer Memorial Institute, was a school for upper class African Americans. It was founded on November 23, 1902, by Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown (pictured left) at Sedalia, North Carolina near Greensboro. Palmer Memorial Institute was named after Alice Freeman Palmer, former president of Wellesley College and benefactor […]

Photo credits: The History Press (Charleston, South Carolina) The Thibodaux Massacre took place in Thibodaux, Louisiana on November 23, 1887. Black sugar cane workers, determined to unionize for a living wage, chose to combine their minimal power during the crucial harvest season. Instead, their actions sparked a relentless massacre. With echoes of the bondage, which […]

Many people are surprised to learn that “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was first written as a poem. Created by James Weldon Johnson, it was performed for the first time by 500 school children in celebration of President Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12, 1900 in Jacksonville, FL. Lift Every Voice and Sing By James Weldon […]

Known as Pink, Pinklon Thomas was a former WBC Heavyweight champion who reigned between 1984 and 1986. His signature included pink trunks and a sledgehammer left hand that took him to 43 wins and 34 knockouts over 15 years.   Career Thomas was born in Pontiac, Michigan on February 10, 1958. While living in Orlando, Florida, he […]

Martin Robison Delany was an African American abolitionist, the first African American Field Officer in the U.S Army, and one of the earliest African Americans to encourage a return to Africa. Delany was born in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) to a slave father and a free mother.  Delany’s mother took her children to Pennsylvania in 1822 to avoid their enslavement and persecution brought on by […]

Freda Gibbs, known as “The Cheetah,” was one of kickboxing most dominant fighters. Racking up a number of championships, she became known as “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World.”   Before Kickboxing Gibbs was born July 8, 1963, in Chester, Pennsylvania. She pursued track and played basketball in college. It would be through track that she earned the name “The Cheetah.” She […]

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, in January 1868, Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones began formally studying music at the Providence Music Academy in Rhode Island at the age of 14. She is believed to have completed her training some years later at Bostons renowned New England Conservatory of Music.The Black Patti, Mme. M. Sissieretta Jones: The Greatest Singer […]

Anti-Haitianism or Antihaitianismo was blatant discrimination against Haitians in the Dominican Republic. The policy wasn’t intended to target Black Haitians, but they were mostly the victims under President Rafael Trujillo. In practice, it was prejudice towards language and culture.   Colonial Roots Starting during European colonial dominance in the Caribbean in the 16th century, divisions on Hispaniola were established early. Haiti had a […]

Nikky Finney is an American poet. She was the Guy Davenport Endowed Professor of English at the University of Kentucky for twenty years. One of three children, Finney is the only daughter of Ernest A. Finney, Jr., Civil Rights Attorney and retired Chief Justice of the state of South Carolina, and Frances Davenport Finney, elementary […]

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